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All Things Merry and Bright!

All Things Merry and Bright!

For many of us, the holidays at this time of year take on a magical feel, regardless of our age. There are so many ways to celebrate, big and small; at home with family and friends and on a larger stage with the rest of the world. This blog could be endless, there are so many options of things to do around the holidays, but I’ve shortened it to a list of favorites; some of which I’ve been lucky enough to experience and some that are still on my bucket list. Where would you like to celebrate if you could?

Christmas in New England? There’s nothing like it and to experience it first hand, you’ll want to travel to Kennebunk, Maine where the annual, 10-day Christmas Prelude is held each year. Enjoy chowder luncheons, craft fairs, live music and Santa arriving by “lobstah” boat!

Bringing a little bit of Europe to the states, Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois is a multi-day festival inspired by the 16th century Christmas Market in Nuremburg, Germany. Browse the vendor booths to find unique holiday gifts and feast on all kinds of food items including German Bratwurst, Austrian Strudel and Belgian Chocolates, just to name a few!

Need a little sun and sand in your winter vacation? Head to the Winterfest Boat Parade in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida! Boasting “12 miles of The Greatest Show on H2O” the boats are decorated with lights and decorations and many carry entertainers including celebrities and musical groups.

Transport yourself back in time at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, in San Francisco, California. For 6 weekends beginning right after Thanksgiving, experience the holiday as they did in Victorian London days. The shows, food and vendors all hearken back to the days of yore and can be a great history lesson for kids and adults alike!

The Holiday Festival of Lights in Charleston, South Carolina, is more than just lights. View giant holiday greeting cards created by students, ride the Victorian Carousel and take in the sand sculpture made from over 50 tons of sand!

Shelley Nicholson

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