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By: Maria King
Date: December 11, 2016
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December 11, 2016

Nov 11, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
Half a million twinkling lights, rides, games and seasonal entertainment transform Hershey Park into a winter wonderland. Enjoy rides on five of our favorite coasters: Cocoa Cruiser, sooperdooperLooper, Wildcat, Wild Mouse, and Laff Trakk which – new this year – is decking its halls with Christmas-themed décor in the spirit of the holiday season! Get your list ready and check it twice before a sweet visit with the jolly one himself, Santa Claus. And, meet his 9 live reindeer, including the fan favorite – Rudolph! Plus, make sure to reserve a meal to mingle with Kris Kringle! Treat your eyes to a festive light display wrapping on for more than 2 miles – all from the comfort of your car! It’s the brightest way to get in the holiday spirit! Check website for schedule.
100,000 Attendees
Nov 25, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
Since 1996, the only light festival in the county and immediate region which serves the Washington, D.C. area. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole, and much more. The park is located at 11950 Clopper Road, just a few miles west of the intersection with I-270. This event is closed on Christmas Day.
100,000+ Attendees
Dec 18, 2016
Since 1993. Local farmers and ranchers parade fancifully decorated tractors and tractor-drawn wagons depicting holiday scenes down the Victorian Village's historic Main Street for a sparkling country Christmas celebration! Tractors lineup at 4:30 for judging at 5, begin parading at 6 p.m.
Dec 14, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016
Since 1908. Beautifully decorated boats, yachts, kayaks, canoes, if it floats and it's decorated you just might see it. One of the most spectacular sights at the holidays. Homes along the 14 miles of the harbor decorate for the occasion as well. For the child in all of us. Beautiful multi- million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other small boats will light up the harbor as a dazzling array of holiday lights and music fill the air at the Christmas Boat Parade. Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes, accompanied by music and costumed carolers. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century. The Christmas Boat Parade, which has been hailed as "one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation" by the New York Times, is truly a magical holiday tradition for all ages. The parade continues to be a premier event during the holiday season in Southern California that brings joy and happiness to all that view it.
1,000,000 Attendees
Dec 18, 2016
Since 1955. Lift your voice in song at our annual Community Carol Sing. Visitors from near and far return year after year to participate in this popular holiday carol sing, which is led by former Ledyard High School choral director, Jamie Spillane, and backed by the Museum carolers and a brass quartet. The Mystic Seaport carolers will perform a holiday concert in the Greenmanville Church at 2 p.m. and the carol sing will commence at 3 p.m. Explore exhibits and see the Museum’s 19th-century village decorated for the holidays. Climb aboard historic vessels and hear stories of holidays spent at sea. Discover the winter sky under the Treworgy Planetarium dome with the free program, “The Star of Bethlehem.” Programs will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. The show explores the winter skies, merging science, mythology, religious observance, winter traditions, and music.
8,000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2016 - Jan 08, 2017
The magical, colorful sights and sounds at the Phoenix Zoo's holiday light spectacular will make your season sparkle. ZooLights shines with millions of lights, a three-story-high holiday tree, hundreds of glimmering light displays and lakeside music-in-motion shows.
50,000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart.
Dec 16, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016
Since 1974. Two spectacular nights of decorated boats parading through the Harbor with lights ablaze. Each night brings new and different boats to the Harbor to share with you their vision of Scenes of the SEAson! Come down and join us for one or both evenings of holiday spirit! Carolers in vintage costume will set the scene and serenade you with holiday music prior to the parade. Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and view for the several different awards. You can view it from one of the restaurants along the waterfront.
Nov 25, 2016 - Jan 07, 2017
Glendale’s award-winning holiday lighting event has become a family tradition across the Valley and Arizona. The stunning display of 1.5 million LED lights will illuminate sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest free holiday light display in Arizona.This is definitely a must see for the entire family. Lite nightly 5pm-10pm. This award-winning festival is one of the best-loved events for Arizona families year after year! Visitors of all ages will delight in holiday entertainment, delectable food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children’s snow field and petting zoo, shopping and, of course, visits with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. This year the Glendale Glitters celebration kicks off on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26. The Countdown to Glendale Glitters Show starts at 5:30 on Friday, Nov. 25th and at 6:00 p.m. Glendale’s Mayor and Councilmembers light up the lights for the first time this season…all 1.5 million!
270,000 Attendees
Nov 25, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016
Blanchard Springs Caverns is the setting for this special Holiday event. Local musicians will perform traditional carols in the cathedral-like atmosphere. One visitor said it best, “I was underground but never felt closer to Heaven!” An elevator transports you to the seating area where you will enjoy the beauty of the caverns while listening to regional interpretations of classic carols. At one point your may join the singing or just savor the indescribable sound that occurs in this underground cathedral room. Not only are the matinee performances each Saturday and Sunday this year, but also being offered, with the matinee performances only, is an “Early Bird” special walking tour of Blanchard Springs Caverns. For those unfamiliar, on the tour you will see magnificent crystalline formations, sparkling flowstone and towering columns. For this tour you must be at the cave by 1:00 pm. “Caroling in the Caverns” ticket prices are $20.00 or $27.00 for a combination “Early Bird” tour and matinee performance. Tickets are nonrefundable. Make plans now to attend this Christmas Concert which is sure to become one of your favorite events of the holiday season! Advanced tickets required. Call the Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce to order.
Dec 18, 2016
Join Cristina Fontanelli, award-winning singer and PBS host for Andrea Bocelli and Il Volo, on a Holiday vocal journey through Italy's best-loved folk songs, arias, Neapolitan songs, and Christmas classics accompanied by the strains of the mandolin, piano, guitar, accordion and orchestral tracks. Come see the adorable "bambini" from the Little Language Studio sing and the kids from the Jersey City Ballet dance, plus adult choir, tenor and celebrity emcee. Experience why this wonderful, popular show is now in it’s 13th year! Feel like your back in "La Bella Italia" for Christmas! Buon Natale! All audience members will receive a FREE box of Ronzoni pasta! For tickets go to: or call 1-800- 838-3006 and ask for Event #2604895 Tickets available at door day of show!
Nov 19, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends in Langhorne, PA. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides. Guests will enjoy special Christmas shows, savory Christmas menus, super holiday shopping and a visit with Santa in his Furry Workshop. New in 2016 – Guests will enjoy an all-new holiday sing- along adventure on the Sesame Place Furry Express! Enjoy all of the beautiful lights and decorations while singing along to our traditional Christmas soundtrack, sung by Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Zoe, Telly, The Count, Elmo and even Oscar! Don’t miss the chance to meet Lightning, the adorable reindeer from the movie Elmo Saves Christmas. While you're there, you can also join in some Reindeer Games! Check website for schedule.
50,000 Attendees
Nov 19, 2016 - Dec 30, 2016
Walk through our gardens and explore our enchanting and animated holiday displays including our beautifully lighted gazebo, cascading fountains, Arctic zone with lighted polar bears and penguins, a melodic “It’s a Small World” display, spectacular manger scene, 6-foot Hanukkah Menorah and our newly renovated pond. Brilliant colorful lights and festive ornaments will adorn the trees throughout the garden, and our magnificent 14 foot Christmas tree will stand in front of the store. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet visitors and pose for photos with the kids or the entire family. Be sure to bring your cameras so you can take home that memorable snapshot. Holiday bell ringers, magicians, musicians and local talent of all kinds will perform throughout the holiday season. Don’t forget to stop into our festively decorated Factory Shoppe and Ice Cream Parlour to enjoy mouthwatering treats for the whole family including scrumptious seasonal ice cream flavors, delicious Mexican Hot Cocoa and Hoffman’s Chocolates seasonal milkshakes - Pumpkin Spice, Rudolph and Chocolate Aztec. Hoffman’s Chocolates is the perfect destination to find the sweetest holiday gifts. Our gourmet chocolates and baskets are perfect for family, friends, teachers, stocking stuffers and corporate gifts. We can ship to anywhere in the US! Closed Thanksgiving Eve and Day and Christmas Eve and Day.
20,000 Attendees
Nov 18, 2016 - Jan 07, 2017
Callaway Gardens' Fantasy In Lights is not only the South’s most spectacular holiday light and sound show, it is one of the world's "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights," as named by National Geographic Traveler. Tickets required to visit the Light Displays. No ticket is required to visit the Christmas Village which features photos with Santa, unique gifts shipped to us from the North Pole, and the Village Cafe. Whether you're looking for a special Santa, a personalized gift or Christmas candy we've got you covered.
35,000 Attendees
Dec 14, 2016
Even Santa loves to vacation in Wilton Manors! On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, residents along the Wilton Manors waterway and those at public viewing areas will have a chance to catch a glimpse of St. Nicholas himself while he takes a break from his busy North Pole Workshop and embarks on journey around Middle River with his reindeer, sleigh and helpers. Rumor has it that whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you can see him launch his lighted water sleigh from Colohatchee Park in Wilton Manors at 5:30 p.m. Santa can be seen from several vantage points within the Island City while he navigates the Middle River. Don’t miss Santa while he spreads a little extra holiday cheer to those fortunate Floridians who have escaped the wintry weather!
500 Attendees
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