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By: Maria King
Date: December 4, 2016
December 4, 2016
Nov 11, 2016 - Jan 08, 2017
Since 1985, over 40 spectacular displays consisting of over a million colorful lights displayed throughout 300 rolling acres of the 6 mile drive. Businesses participate with decorations to add to the festive atmosphere. There are craft demonstrations, a laser light show and train exhibits as well. This is a free event, however donations are graciously accepted.
Nov 22, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
Since 1994, more than 1.5 million lights adorn Shannon Springs Park in sparkling displays that shine their reflections on a peaceful lake and also America's tallest Christmas tree.In 1992, what started out as a small group of local citizens with a dream to spark community spirit, became Festival of Light, Inc., a nationally recognized Christmas light display dedicated to long-term initiatives that enhance and improve quality each year. The pride and enthusiasm that the Festival of Light brings to the citizens of Chickasha is evident bringing about a spirit of community pride that transcends economic or social barriers. Virtually every citizen can enjoy and feel a part of this magnificent event.
Dec 10, 2016
Since 1999, features musical performances, children's activities, re-enactors in period costumes, carolers and strolling characters and more.
Nov 17, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
Since 2002. The 15th annual Southern Lights Stroll will take place on Thursday, 11/17, as the kick-off event for the annual Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky. As the only evening of Southern Lights when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot, visitors may choose to run, walk or stroll their way through thousands of dazzling holiday lights on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. Three Way Racing will provide the chip timing for the competitive 5K race, and awards will be given to winners in various age categories. Additional activities include complimentary Mini Train Express rides, refreshments, prize drawings and more. A food drive for God’s Pantry Food Bank and a local animal shelter will be held in conjunction with this event. All participants are asked to bring non-perishable items to help local families and animals in need. Registration for the 5K race is $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 7-12. Registration for the stroll/walk is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 7-12. There is no charge for children 6 and under. Online registration has concluded for this year's event. Walk-up registration begins at 5pm, and a limited number of t-shirts may be available, as well. The 5K race begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the recreational walk/stroll at 6:35 p.m. Check-in is at the park’s Visitor Center. A limited number of t-shirts are available but are expected to be gone at some point prior to the race. Strollers, wagons and dogs on leash are welcome. All proceeds from the Southern Lights Stroll support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.
Nov 18, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
Since 1996, Drive on the Virginia Beach boardwalk! Take a shining journey into nautical, holiday, and adventure lands – all along the beautiful Virginia Beach boardwalk. Festive fish, jumping dolphins, frolicking porpoises – all in bright, colored lights against the clear night-time sky, are the stars of McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach. They are joined by Santa, elves, and a 40-foot tall Christmas tree erected on the beach and in the beautiful parks along the Virginia Beach boardwalk. Over 25,000 families a year make this unique light show a part of their holiday celebration! This “Fanta-Sea” of lights is sure to dazzle and amaze holiday travelers visiting Virginia Beach. One of the highlights is the giant “12 Days of Christmas” display, where some fixtures stand 20 and 30 feet high! Drivers are able to tune their car radios to a frequency to hear holiday music along the McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach display, making it easy to see AND hear why this event has been named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 November Events” and the American Bus Association's "Top 100 Events in North America for 2011!" McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach opens nightly beginning at 5:30. Hours of operation are 5:30pm-10:00pm Sunday through Thursday and 5:30pm-11:00pm Friday-Saturday.
Dec 10, 2016
Since 1971. The Boat Parade will stage on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, along the docks west of Stranahan House to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Parade travels East to the Intracoastal Waterway as it continues North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. It’s 12 Miles of the “Greatest Show on H20.” The parade takes approximately 2 and 1/2 hours to view from one location (starting locations stagger as you travel north – please look at the bridge closings on this website). Private boats to the giant showboats and corporate megayachts will be adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights, music, entertainment, decorations, celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens and many other exciting entries expected to be viewed by over one million spectators. Parade highlights: Grand Marshal Showboat, Galleria Mall Reindeer Barge and the Santa Showboat.
Dec 11, 2016
Since 1963, a fabulous yearly boating event set in Pompano Beach is the Holiday Boat Parade, the nation's oldest boat parade. Nearly 100 glittering yachts and smaller boats, decorated with lights and fantastic holiday themes, delight the thousands of people who watch from the shores of the Intracoastal Waterway beginning at Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach north to Deerfield Beach. This boat parade is a special way of getting into the holiday spirit--South Florida style. Te\he event is free for boaters and spectators, but boaters MUST register their vessels ahead of time through the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Nov 25, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
Celebration in the Oaks in City Park is one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the country, with more than 165,000 visitors pouring into the park to see the magical winter spectacle. City Park’s famous oaks are swathed in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout 25 acres of the Park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens. New Orleans’ mild winter weather and City Park’s stunning natural landscape, with its oak groves, moss-covered cypresses and meandering lagoons, make Celebration in the Oaks a truly unique holiday event. This beloved annual celebration is fun for all ages and has become an enduring holiday tradition for families, who come to Celebration in the Oaks to ride the train or carousel every year. Visitors are treated to a wide range of attractions, from light displays to the walkways lined with dozens of Christmas trees decorated by local school groups. Perennial favorites include the two-mile train ride through glittering light exhibits, the animated Cajun night before Christmas display, and of course, New Orleans’ iconic snowman Mr. Bingle – a holiday character beloved by generations of New Orleanians. Due to the immense popularity of this holiday attraction, we strongly recommend buying and printing tickets in advance - See more at: http://neworleanscitypark.com/celebration-in- the-oaks#sthash.kLPsz8CV.dpuf
Dec 10, 2016
Since 1962, Ring in the holidays with this Clear Lake tradition. More than 100,000 people traditionally enjoy this event from land and from hundreds of boats anchored throughout the Lake The parade features more than 100 brightly decorated power and sailboats that will traverse the Clear Lake channel from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay.
Dec 10, 2016
Floating lights parade with backdrop of fireworks, Beachwalk luminaria walk with 4000 luminarias, caroling, hayrides, light/decorations contests, free food and drink along beachwalk at 25 bonfire lit campsites, Santa Claus, Benefit for "Make a Wish Foundation" sponsored by the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce.
Nov 24, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
Newport News Park will be transformed by over 800,000 individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes. New for 2016 are blooming cherry trees in the Peace Garden, Magical Trees that change colors, a penguin snowball fight, gingerbread people, new toys, and more animated snow tubes that create a snowfall effect. The event continues to refurbish old displays with energy efficient LED bulbs and add new display pieces. The event will be open each evening, 5:30 - 10:00 p.m., through January 1, 2017. Over 300 individual display pieces (70 animated), 43 arches, and three miles of rope lighting enhance the natural beauty of the two-mile drive along Newport News Park’s main road. All new display pieces added since 2007 use LED lights which result in a savings of approximately 30% on electrical cost compared to incandescent bulbs and last 100,000 hours verses 3,000 hours for incandescent. Older (pre 2007) display pieces are being refitted with LED lights.
Nov 23, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
Since 2009, the annual Christmas Wonderland of lights, one of the Carolinas Largest Light Shows. With over 3 million lights, and a computerized light show set to music this will be a memory your entire family won't forget. Along with the lights, Santa will be visiting nightly until Christmas Eve, we have petting zoos, pony rides, concessions, roasting pits to make smores, a candy shop, general store, and much, much more.
Dec 10, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016
Chicago’s Randolph Street Market, the country’s largest and liveliest urban antiques market. This shopping extravaganza that stimulates ALL the senses, will include over 300 vendors spanning 8 acres with one-of- a-kind treasures including: Art and Antiquities, Fashion, Furniture, Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry, Paintings, Posters, Maps, Sculptures, and so much more from the world’s TOP pickers.Doors open at 10 am, with early buy beginning at 8 am. Because the Market puts their guests FIRST- visitors can get easy access to the Market by way of TWO complimentary Trolleys! The Market Trolley, sponsored by Mariano’s will depart round trip from the Water Tower on the hour and the NEW West Loop/Fulton Market trolley courtesy of Randolph Street Market will pick up and drop off all along the West Loop and Fulton Market. Since its inception, the Market has doubled its number of dealers with 300+ quality pickers, tripled in size encompassing 8 acres of one-of-a-kind treasures. Thanks to Sally Schwartz, The Randolph Street Market put Chicago and the Midwest on the map for well- curated antiques and vintage offerings as the first market of its kind in the Chicago area.
Nov 23, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
Bright Nights at Forest Park is the Northeast's premier holiday lighting experience with more than 650,000 lights along a three-mile drive. Stop, shop and visit Santa's Magical Forest for amusement rides, visits and photos with Santa, gifts, snacks, souvenirs and more. Bright Nights displays include Seuss Land, Winter Woods, Victorian Village, Happy Holidays Springfield, Jurassic World and more. Come for the lights . . . Stay for the fun
Dec 11, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016
Join us for the 45th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, a time-honored tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will adorn their boats to fit this year’s theme, “It Began with a Roar – San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years.” The parade begins at Shelter Island and proceeds to Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park, and ends at the Ferry Landing in Coronado.
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays starting at 5 PM:
• Sunday, December 11, 2016
• Sunday, December 18, 2016
Approximate Times at Locations Around the Bay:
• Shelter Island (start of parade): 5:00 PM
• Harbor Island: 5:30 PM
• The Embarcadero: 6:00 PM
• Seaport Village: 6:30 PM
• The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park: 7:00 PM
• Ferry Landing on Coronado: 7:30 PM
Boat owners interested in participating in this year’s San Diego Bay Parade of Lights are strongly urged to submit the registration form and the $60 entry fee online at www.sdparadeoflights.org. Everyone who participates in both nights of the parade and passes both sets of judges will be eligible to win this year’s grand prize, a luxury cruise package for two with Star Clippers, as well as the “Best in Theme” prize, a seven-night exploration for two to either Mexico’s Sea of Cortez or Costa Rica and Panama with UnCruise Adventures!