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By: Maria King
Date: December 18, 2016
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December 18, 2016

Dec 25, 2016
Since 1954, George Washington leads a parade of soldiers before boarding a Durham boat replica and crossing the Delaware River.
Nov 17, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
Ocean City celebrates the holidays with spectacular, twinkling holiday lighting. Displays in Inlet area, along the city avenues and Northside Park. Enjoy a close look at animated displays at Northside Park by riding the Winterfest Express Train, each evening at dusk. Also at Northside Park, visits with Santa, refreshment shoppe and Winterfest souvenirs.
Dec 01, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
Since 1991, Every December in Hildago, more than 3,000,000 bulbs light up in the largest, award-winning Christmas light display in Texas. Throughout the entire month, visitors can travel through 9 different trails featuring 900 festive displays, starting at the City Hall Plaza. Join the community of Hidalgo as they celebrate the holiday spirit with fun, family-friendly activities and live performances at the Festival of Lights.
Nov 19, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
Yukon's Christmas in the Park offers a beautiful lighted drive through three interconnecting parks. Yukon's Chisholm Trail, Freedom Trail and city parks make up over 100 acres of Christmas cheer that include over 425 displays and five million lights. Don't miss the 50-ft, multi-colored, lighted Christmas tree, or catch the Santa Express Train ride through this illuminated winter wonderland. Yukon's Christmas in the Park began with a short holiday drive through a handful of colorful exhibits and has grown to acres upon acres of illuminated magic and millions of twinkling lights. Now considered a favorite holiday stop among residents of central Oklahoma, Christmas in the Park has secured its place as a top holiday tradition in the state. Enjoy a drive-through experience, or bundle up for the cold weather and venture out of your vehicle for a walk along the trail of lights. Yukon's parks contain numerous areas to park and walk amongst the lights and special pull- over areas are available to watch the displays, some of which are choreographed to popular Christmas music. During the opening evening of Christmas in the Park, visitors to this event will watch over four million lights and 200 displays light up the night as they are turned on. Activities in the parks that night include the Chill your Cheeks 5K run beginning at 4:30pm, the Jingle Walk and a Kris Kringle Karnival from 6-8pm, complete with Christmas games, crafts, live music and pictures with Santa. Work off that heavy Thanksgiving meal at the Chill Your Cheeks 5K. This annual fun run winds through the streets of Yukon before ending amid the five million twinkling lights of Christmas in the Park. Sanctioned by USA Track and Field, this race will have you in the holiday spirit in no time, so bundle up and prepare for Chill Your Cheeks. Registration is required. Yukon's three lighted parks are great for tour buses or anyone searching for the ultimate holiday experience. Admission to Christmas in the Park is free; however, donations are merrily accepted.
70,000 Attendees
Nov 18, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
A 2 mile trip on an authentic narrow-gauge railroad in heated passenger cars, past over 7 million twinkling lights and 1,300 acres of frozen cranberry bogs. The Christmas Festival of Lights" features dozens of iluminated displays and other holiday activities for visitors, as well as daily visits by Santa Claus through Christmas Eve. Also featuring amusement rides, the Cranberry World Musuem and Ellis' Playhouse. Closed 12/24 and 12/25
5,000 Attendees
Nov 19, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
A wonderful place for the holiday season. Sing and play along on the indoor winter wonderland at Penitentiary Glen Reservation. Get in the action of The Wild Days of Winter on a life-sized game board, Play just like Candy Land, but with a natural twist On a life-sized game board, discover the many “natural” flavors that nature gives us as you play along and travel through the seasons in our indoor wonderland. Draw a card, move from space to space, and explore nature through the year.
Dec 24, 2016
Ho Ho Ho! Watch Santa come down the mountain on a sleigh pulled by a snowcat. Get in the holiday spirit as he hands out candy canes to all the good little girls and boys. Then stay to watch the Crested Butte Ski and Ride School perform their famous torchlight parade down the front side of the mountain at 5:30 pm. Plus, free pictures with Santa on the Butte 66 deck for the kids!
Nov 25, 2016 - Jan 02, 2017
Since 1997, Albany’s historic Washington Park is transformed into a wonderland of lights reflecting “The Magic of the Season” for the Annual Capital Holiday Lights. The Lakehouse at the end of the journey will feature face painting, balloon sculptures, a craft show, refreshments and, before Christmas, Santa Claus! Since it began, the show has welcomed more than 1 million visitors to a wondrous world with thousands and thousands of lights. Some of the Displays: See Santa on vacation -- playing golf and volleyball, water skiing, and even riding a Harley. -- Watch Santa and his elves at work in Toyland, getting toys ready for good girls and boys. -- Visit with America’s heroes -- police, firefighters and others who contribute to the welfare of all. -- Experience a Victorian holiday with shoppers strolling to stores, chestnuts roasting and much more as we travel back in time. -- And, take a trip around the world with the message of Peace given in many languages with a glimpse of how the holidays are celebrated in faraway places. Carriage rides through the Lights will be available Thursday through Sunday evenings. For reservations or more information about a carriage ride, contact Saratoga Horse and Carriage Company at 518- 584-8820. Or, gather up your friends, neighbors, family or co-workers and charter an Albany Trolley for an excursion through the Lights. Call 518-462-3825 for details.
Nov 18, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
Since 1996, This award-winning, light extravaganza features more than 30 holiday scenes and over a million lights (with new LED's) that transform the garden’s natural daytime splendor into a nocturnal fantasyland. See snow and visit with St. Nick and his elves. Enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa, Sugar Plum Fairy Makeovers and nightly entertainment at the North Pole Adventure! See elves harvesting candy canes and building toys!
Dec 23, 2016
Gather your family and friends for this heartwarming holiday event, a screening of the beloved 1954 film with lyrics embedded right on screen. You’ll enjoy singing along with such songs as “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing,” “Snow,” “Sisters” and, of course, the iconic “White Christmas.”
Nov 12, 2016 - Jan 08, 2017
Since 2002, Fun for all ages... Festive sights and sounds will fill Moody Gardens. This whimsical celebration will kick off the holiday season with Santa Claus parachuting in to switch on the lights. Transforming its lush tropical garden setting into a winter wonderland, Moody Gardens® will be adorned with more than a million twinkling lights and over one hundred light displays featuring a variety of scenes including nature, the North Pole, Toyland, underwater and much more. New this year is an exciting audio experience that will compliment the light displays, filling the night air as visitors travel down a path over a mile. In addition to the path of light displays, guest can strap on a pair of skates and glide across the ice at the Outdoor Ice Rink at Moody Gardens®. Indoors, visitors can take pictures with Santa or even gaze upon a giant poinsettia tree. The IMAX® 3D Theater will feature a variety of holiday-themed films during the Festival of Lights including Santa vs. the Snowman 3D, Nutcracker 3D and Polar Express 3D. At the Ridefilm theater, guests can buckle up their seatbelts and experience the thrills of one or both of two films, Santa’s Late and Glacier Run. Polar Express will also be showing in the 4D theater, where exciting special effects like real snow will tickle the audience from head to toe.
60,000 Attendees
Dec 24, 2016
Since 1959. Perfect for the whole family! Over 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of the region celebrate the season during this free three-hour holiday show. Highlights of this year’s Holiday Celebration include Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company with a folklórico dance from the region of Tabasco, Mexico; the Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, which will perform a classical handbell piece that celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah; holiday songs sung by the Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers; the Southern California Brass Consortium, a 26-member brass ensemble from California State University of Long Beach; Grammy-nominated ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing band California Feetwarmers, who will perform holiday favorites; Cuba L.A. performing Latin jazz renditions of holiday standards; Filipino dance company Kayamanan Ng Lahi with festive dances from the provincial lowland/coastal region of the Philippines; the 32-member Los Angeles Chamber Choir, which will sing the 16th century advent hymn “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”; QVLN (Q-Violin), bringing his “Brazil meets Jimi Hendrix on an electric violin” stylings to perform an upbeat Latin fusion of the Christmas classic “Little Drummer Boy”; Las Colibrí (“The Hummingbirds”), an all- female mariachi ensemble, performing innovative interpretations of traditional sones, huapangos and rancheras that incorporate sounds of jazz, rock, oldies and RandB; and more. Watch it live on PBS SoCal KOCE and on Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. – midnight and Dec. 25 at noon. See it free at The Music Center on Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90012; FREE; Information hotline: (213) 972-3099 or
3,000 Attendees
Nov 25, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
Don’t miss the Oshkosh Celebration of Lights! Each year, the Oshkosh Celebration of Lights dazzles residents and visitors with more than a half million holiday lights. The brilliant light displays will run for more than a mile through Menominee Park on the shores of Lake Winnebago. The dazzling park is a great place to bring the kids, who will love Santa’s Workshop, Santa’s Snack Shop and the Elves Hideout children’s activity center. The park also features live reindeer and a 100-foot holiday tree. Don’t miss this Oshkosh holiday tradition.
Dec 21, 2016 - Dec 24, 2016
Since 1986. This is not your average craft fair - it's more like a party where you can buy stuff! The Harvard Square Holiday Fair, one of the oldest and most popular fairs in Boston, will celebrate its 31st season in 2016. This year the fair will be held at 50 Church St, upstairs, with some vendors outside in the courtyard on the corner of Church St. and Mass Ave. The fair is juried and includes a changing mix of New England craftspeople and world travelling importers featuring many wonderful gift items. There is always a great selection of beautiful, original and affordable gifts. Talking to the craftspeople who make what they sell gives shoppers a connection to what they are buying that is just not possible at the mall, through a catalogue or online. It's a high energy alternative marketplace with a great soundtrack, where people see old friends and make new ones - a taste of the old Harvard Square. Admission is free.
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