Fun Things To Do This Weekend From Around The Country!
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By: Maria King
Date: December 23, 2018
December 23, 2018
Nov 23, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019
Pittsburgh's must-see holiday spectacular is back and more magical than ever. Built around a "Holiday Magic!" theme, the dazzling displays of this year's Winter Flower Show will feature heartwarming vignettes including an extravagant winter feast, Santa's workshop and a sparkling New Year's Eve celebration. The magic is brought to life in signature Phipps fashion with artful LED lights, detailed props, decorated fir and pine trees, amaryllis, orchids and more than 2,000 poinsettias. From majestic, illuminated trees to whimsically oversized ornaments, toys, books and more, the show will delight the senses and kindle the spirit of the season in guests of every age. Adding to the festive atmosphere, in our Outdoor and Discovery Gardens, our biggest, best Winter Light Garden yet will sparkle with luminous orbs, trees, fountains, and a tunnel of lights designed to imitate a twinkling winter sky.
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.
Dec 03, 2018 - Jan 01, 2019
The Plantation Mansion and grounds are decorated with much of what the holidays are all about. But there’s something special about this plantation home’s holiday attire. Yes…there’s plenty of beautiful Christmas trees in every room of the plantation’s main floor…adorned in every size and shape of Christmas ornaments and decorations. But if you look closely, you will see some things that are very unique about the decorations that are distributed all around. For example, there’s a variety of very creative ornaments on one tree that is made with local sweetgrass…on another tree there’s decorations made with cotton and berries grown right on the plantation. There are wreaths made from magnolia tree leaves also grown on these historical grounds. The front entrance is decorated with arrangements that are filled with live fruit in them….There’s no plastic decorations on this plantation…and of course, all the trees are live, and the fresh smells generated by them, fill the entire house. It’s holiday decorating at its finest…an annual affair at Boone Hall.
Nov 23, 2018 - Dec 30, 2018
Since 1991. Celebration of Lights is a holiday light display held at Fort Zumwalt Park. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses. This beautiful holiday display features more than 1 million sparkling colored lights decorated on trees and scenes along a one-mile route through the park. The display is open nightly through the holiday season except for Dec. 25th. Carriage and train rides are available by reservation.
Nov 23, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
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.
Nov 24, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018
Illuminations is Wichita’s premier light display taking place every year at Botanica. With more than one million lights, we invite the community to tour themed gardens, hear live music and visit with Santa. Illuminations transforms each garden area into a different themed holiday display or uniquely lit botanical setting. Brightly lit larger-than-life flowers and bugs are placed throughout the gardens, and our pond and fountains are home to floating, lit-up giant trees that dance to the beat of music. Every night, Santa visits and takes pictures with the children, and everyone enjoys the Candy Cane Lane and our funky tree. The Children’s Garden brings smiles to young and old with lit monster trees, fairy lights in the musical maze and fun holiday creatures lighting up every corner. Live carolers and music groups are even on hand to entertain. Hot chocolate, s’mores, dinner and more are sold throughout the gardens and, on the weekends, an adult hot toddy bar is available, as well. Along with your favorite holiday traditions, don’t forget to check out our latest additions at Illuminations! Watch the Main Meadow show dance to the beat of the music, now expanding around the button fountain in the flower beds, tresses and rose arbor. Experience our new and improved underwater scene in the Shakespeare Garden, then walk the woodlands to find a display of traditional white lights with more than 25 chandeliers. Our beautiful Butterfly Garden is being overtaken with large and small butterflies, and our Butterfly House is now surrounded by a canopy of lights. Make sure you checkout the new strobe tree in the Children’s Garden Meadow, and stop by the funky tree to play a game of I- spy! Last but not least, find our Elf on the Shelf, Eddie, as he travels through the gardens to a new location each night, overseeing this unique holiday experience only at Botanica!
Nov 23, 2018 - Dec 30, 2018
The Santa Claus Land of Lights is a 1.2 mile Drive- Through Family Christmas Light Adventure located inside Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort. Enjoy the largest campground holiday light show in North America and the only light show that tells a story in lights and storyboards! Create new family memories and family traditions this Christmas Season at the Santa Claus Land of Lights – Family Christmas Light Adventure! Hours 5pm- 9pm The light show will take place even if it is raining. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 11/23- 12/9. Open Nightly 12/14-12/30.
Nov 17, 2018 - Jan 01, 2019
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. Check website for weekend activities that may also take place.
Nov 24, 2018 - Dec 30, 2018
Since 1997. Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico's largest walk-through light show! In 1997, River of Lights began as a fundraiser for the BioPark. Today, proceeds continue to support a variety of ABQ BioPark projects through the New Mexico BioPark Society. Each year's show unveils ingenious new sculptures and stunning displays made by BioPark artists and craftsmen.
Nov 16, 2018 - Jan 01, 2019
Since 1995, Ride through the village and see the different displays and the thousands of lights. The Enchanted Village of Lights is A long- range project to develop a Memorable holiday light display in the West Lake Community..
Nov 23, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018
Twinkling lights and holiday décor adorn the Garden Railway during this most magical of seasons. The Garden Railway is open for the season and is dressed in its wintery finest! Bask in the glow of thousands of sparkling lights at these magical evenings that have become an Arboretum and family tradition. Snacks and light fare will be available at the Compton Café. These are ticketed events that sell out quickly. Open through December 31, free with admission during regular hours. The Arboretum is closed on December 24, 25 and January 1.
Nov 23, 2018 - Jan 02, 2019
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 23, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
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.