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 29, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020
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 08, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
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 29, 2019 - Dec 30, 2019
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 29, 2019 - Jan 04, 2020
With over two million lights, Illuminations transforms every single garden area into a different themed holiday display or uniquely lit botanical setting. Thousands of luminaries light your way as you stroll through the paths and gardens, entertained by carolers and live music every night. Larger than life flowers and bugs are placed throughout the Wildflower Garden. Oversized fish and sea creatures turn the Shakespeare Garden into a magical underwater setting. Huge floating trees provide colorful reflections in the main pond. Santa is here every night before Christmas, visiting and taking pictures with all of the children. Enormous sweet treats are a huge hit in Candy Cane Lane and Candy Land! The Downing Children’s Garden brings smiles to young and old with lit monster trees, fairy lights in the musical maze, and fun holiday scenes lighting up every corner. Visitors can even enjoy roasting marshmallows for S'Mores over the fire pits on the main terrace! Hot drinks, popcorn, and other treats are sold throughout the gardens and an adult hot toddy bar is available every night as well. New for 2019 is the Children's Garden Meadow show that takes you to our restored Joyland Carousel! You'll be able to purchase ride tokens for $3 at the front desk and inside the carousel building.
Nov 29, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019
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. Open Nightly.
Nov 23, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
This indoor holiday tradition continues! Candy Land comes to life as a giant game board that takes you on a fun birding adventure through an enchanting display featuring a variety of colorful habitats. Scavenger hunts, a new craft and other activities are fun for the whole family! Snacks and nature- themed gifts are available for purchase. Each Saturday enjoy an outdoor campfire with s’mores and animal chats. Each Sunday meet live animals and their keepers at the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center. Enjoy holiday shopping at The Nature Store with unique nature-themed gifts. Snacks and beverages are also available. Snowshoe rentals, weather permitting. Also, weather permitting, there will be train rides on Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 3 pm. Free to all; all ages welcome. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Nov 30, 2019 - Dec 30, 2019
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 22, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
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 29, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
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 29, 2019 - Jan 02, 2020
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.