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Showcased Events This Week

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

Dec 25, 2017
Since 1954, George Washington leads a parade of soldiers before boarding a Durham boat replica and crossing the Delaware River.
Nov 16, 2017 - Dec 31, 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, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015
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 18, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
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 17, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018
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 illuminated 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 Museum and Ellis' Playhouse. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission includes Thomas Land, Christmas Festival of Lights, all rides and attractions.
5,000 Attendees
Nov 18, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018
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, 2017
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 24, 2017 - Jan 02, 2018
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 17, 2017 - Jan 06, 2018
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!
25,000 Attendees
Dec 23, 2017
Where else can you enjoy a cherished holiday tradition – watching this beloved 1954 film – with thousands of like- minded revelers than at Walt Disney Concert Hall? With all the lyrics on screen, you can sing to your heart’s content along with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and the film's original soundtrack!
Nov 11, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
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, 2017
Since 1959. As Los Angeles’ largest multicultural holiday celebration, the 58th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, presented by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, provides Angelenos of all ages an opportunity to come together on December 24 to experience and honor the dynamic, rich cultures of the County. During the free event, many diverse L.A.-based artists and community groups showcase their talent, artistry and traditions on The Music Center’s iconic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage. Founded in 1959 by the late Kenneth Hahn, supervisor of the Second District of Los Angeles County for 40 years (from 1952-1992) – who was an advocate for access to the arts – the free three-hour live production features instrumental music, choral music and dance performances. The show is broadcast live in Southern California on PBS SoCal (KOCE), live streamed on and presented live at The Music Center. Highlights of this year’s L.A. County Holiday Celebration include many performers returning to the show, including Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, which will perform a classical handbell piece that celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah; the Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers, who will sing holiday songs; the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Band, which will play a medley of holiday favorites; the MUSYCA Children’s Choir, which will perform Christmas songs written by contemporary artists; Mostly Kosher, which will play upbeat Jewish folk and holiday songs; the Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Company, which will perform a Korean drumming dance; and Las Colibri, which will perform a collection of holiday songs. Joining the Celebration this year for the first time are the City Ballet of Los Angeles, presenting an excerpt from The Nutcracker; JC Culture Foundation, which will perform both a Chinese dragon and lion dance; West African drum and dance company, Le Ballet Dembaya, with a West-African mask dance; and the Los Angeles- based ensemble vocal group, M-Pact, which will sing popular holiday songs.
3,000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
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 20, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017
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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