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EventCrazy "Holiday" Staff Picks of the Week 12/14/2014

By: Maria King
Date: December 14, 2014
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From now through New Year’s Eve, we will be featuring mostly holiday events. You know what they say, ‘tis the season!

Events are the life blood of a society. They are occasions that gather people together united in a common theme, cause or celebration. Events bring people together to pay tribute to their heroes, to raise awareness of a cause or to witness history in the making. Events can be as simple as a child's kindergarten graduation or as dramatic as the Super Bowl. It doesn't matter what your preference is or even if it is constantly evolving. What does matter is that you are "experiencing" something that will give you great satisfaction and a lifetime of memories.

This list represents the EventCrazy staff choices of the events for the week. If you live nearby, any of these would be an excellent way to spend your weekend. If it is not geographically possible, you are encouraged to search the site for the personal experience that is just right for you. We hope that you find EventCrazy to be an excellent tool as you search for ways to create your own lifelong memories each and every week.

Dec 20, 2014
Decorated vehicles with colorful lights as they parade through Centennial Park at this unique holiday event. Participants will meet at Centennial Park, no later than 6:30 PM to enter. The parade will proceed around the park and then to Wenden. Great Fun and Prizes (prizes range from $15 to $50) Decorate your vehicle ( 4-wheel drive not required) use your imagination! No entry fee.
Dec 20, 2014
This event that began almost two decades ago celebrates the magic of the holiday season with a winter lights show against the majestic backdrop of Mammoth's ski slopes. Guests of all ages are invited to ride the complimentary Village Gondola to Canyon Lodge where they can enjoy a fun-filled night complete with a firework show, torchlight parade, live music and more. View the show from the snow, or grab tickets to one of the VIP viewing areas for a premium perspective on the festivities. Stick around after the sights for the sounds of The Naked and Famous, whose blend of indie-pop is like a mix of MGMT and Passion Pit.
3,000 Attendees
Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014
One of Connecticut's most popular Christmas activities. Old style theatrical scenes from Christmas past along with visits with Santa, horse drawn carriages, carolers and other yuletide activities. There is a live action production storyline taking place in 1876. This one hour moving performance/walking tour meanders through our 19th-century maritime village. The route covers approx. 1/2 mile of uneven terrain (including cobblestone, wood planking, grass, gravel, and stairs). Audience will walk or stand for the entire show. Please wear appropriate shoes. Also please bring a donation of one non- perishable food item per person to be distributed at Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.
8,000 Attendees
Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014
Enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of the season and explore the history of Christmas traditions in the setting of a 19th-century Village. In December, the Center Village is transformed by exhibits that tell how Christmas came to New England. Capture the Spirit of the Season as you stroll the festively decorated Village. Weekends only.
Dec 18, 2014 - Dec 20, 2014
More than 350,000 twinkling lights illuminate the park after dark, turning the desert into a holiday winter wonderland. North American and African plants and animals as well as traditional holiday scenes are depicted in giant lighted displays. This year the WildLights festival has expanded to include many never-before-seen animated scenes and the ever-popular giant red teddy bear and tunnel of lights.
Dec 16, 2014
In partnership with the Jewish Learning Institute of San Francisco- Chabad, Ghirardelli Square will light a 9’ Menorah and celebrate with music, activities and good company.
Dec 20, 2014
Merriment, drama, and romance will fill the air this holiday season when Tryon Palace reaches the Eve of Revolution. Experience 300 years of Christmases past as families and soldiers come together on the eve of war. Dance the night away with characters in stunning costuming, tour through historic homes adorned with 18th-, 19th, and 20th-century decorations, and be amazed as performers entertain you with fire eating, magic, slack-rope walking and the heart-moving rhythm of Jonkonnu. The ?Eve of Revolution? comes to a magnificent end each night with black powder fireworks on the South Lawn. This famed North Carolina tradition returns in 2014 with beautiful, new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight. Join costumed characters in the Governor?s Palace, Stanly House, Hay House, and the Commission House as each home is brought to life with families sharing the precious moments of being together during the holidays, and times of war. Visitors will be introduced to families and uniformed soldiers from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, and World War II. In the spirit of bringing families together during times of war, visitors are invited to write letters to soldiers who are deployed during the holidays.
Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 20, 2014
See the Chattanooga Zoo transformed into a magical wonderland! Visit the animals and watch them open their Christmas presents. Get your picture taken with Santa Claus and enjoy fun holiday games and crafts. Annual Holiday Lights signify the holiday season at the Chattanooga Zoo. Members receive half off ticket prices. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Zoo Gift Shop.
Dec 20, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014
Flamingo Garden's Botanical Gardens are decked out with thousands of lights and decorations while holiday music fills the air, with visits from Santa and special holiday light show set to music runs continuously on Saturday and Sunday nights from 5pm-8pm. Gardens of Lights is complimentary with daytime admission to Flamingo Gardens, or $5 per person after 5pm to see the lights and lightshow.
Dec 21, 2014
Since 1971. Join us for the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, an annual time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community.The parade takes place on San Diego Bay with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated to a new theme each year. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Whether you're a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!
Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 20, 2014
Enjoy a festive light show in the Events Plaza set to your favorite holiday music every Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas at 6, 7, and 8pm. This sparkling event will also be featured during the holiday editions of the Wednesday Night Concert Series at 7pm.
Maria can be reached directly at eventsblog@eventcrazy.com
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