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The Weekender Extended Magazine is Published Monthly by BarnettPRO Publishing 71 Plymouth St., Plymouth, OH 44865. PHONE/FAX 419-687-0002 Email: info@barnettpro.com Publisher - Michael D. Arnold mike@barnettpro.com Sr. Managing Editor- Kathy Barnett kathy@barnettpro.com Places to Go Editor: Sheeree Oney Things to Do Editor: Kandy Derden People to See Editor: Lisa Rhoden Assistant Editor: Rebecca Embry Assistant Editor: Samantha Bradley Photo Journalist: Kelley Ramsey editor@weekenderextended.com Technical Director - Norman Reed Managing Editor : Social Media Norm@weekenderextended.com Visit our Website for event coverage between regular issues at www.WeekenderExtended.com Online Subscriptions are FREE! Submit your name and email address & we’ll also enter it in our monthly drawing for a FREE weekend getaway! Copyright 2019 by BarnettPRO Publishing All rights reserved. Reproductions of any material from this issue is expressly forbidden without permission of the publisher. Advertisements in this publication do not necessarily carry the endorsement of the publishing company.

Cover Photo:

Relive Old English Charm while shopping at Dickens Victorian Village near Cambridge, Ohio. See feature article on p. 62.

Up Close: From the Editor

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, allowing us a chance to share our favorite foods while noting the things for which we are thankful. That first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, MA and each one to 1941 was declared an annual celebration until Theodore Roosevelt signed it into a permanent law. While the holiday still focuses on family and remembering our blessings, modern day society has encouraged a highly commercialized holiday weekend with Black Friday and Cyber Monday following as the biggest shopping days of the year. A survey by the National Retail Federation also found that 34 million people planned to shop on Thanksgiving day in 2018. So with that in mind, this issue focuses on markets, shows, unique shopping destinations and holiday events to help with your gift selections. To help Americans find the best places to go for Thanksgiving without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on 20 key metrics. Their data set ranges from cost of Thanksgiving dinner and share of delayed flights to volunteer opportunities per capita and forecasted precipitation. For fun and interesting facts about Turkey Day, check out WalletHub’s Thanksgiving Fun Facts Infographic. To help Americans decide where to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 20 key metrics. They range from cost of Thanksgiving dinner and share of delayed flights to volunteer opportunities per capita and forecasted precipitation. The top 10 cities listed for Thanksgiving are: 1. St. Paul, MN 2. Scottsdale, AZ 3. Virginia Beach, VA 4. Orlando, FL 5. Denver, CO 6. Gilbert, AZ 7. Louisville, KY 8. Raleigh, NC 9. Irvine, CA 10. Norfolk, VA Look for our Special issue of Seasons Eatings, Greetings and Gift Guide coming next weekend. Until then, Happy Reading! Let’s Go! Kathy Barnett / Managing Editor November, 2019 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -5-


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Column FeaturePlaces to Go:

For the Bargain Hunter

By Sheeree Oney Places to Go Editor

The team at BuyVia, a free mobile App and website, is also hard at work scouring deals and updating its database to provide tools that consumers can rely on to score the best deals this holiday shopping season. • BuyVia’s website – www.buyvia.com – highlights the best deals each day from online shopping portals including Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Home Depot and more. Special sections are devoted to scans of Black Friday ads (retailers including Kohls, CVS, Dell, Costco, True Value and more are already available!) and a round-up of Cyber Monday offers. • The newly updated BuyVia iOS and Android Apps for Black Friday offers the top deals from national and local retailers, a deep list of coupons, a barcode scanner to

compare prices while in-store shopping and round-ups of Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains and ads. Users can also set up price drop alerts for specific products. Recently completed enhancements for the free App include a larger database due to an extended partnership with Walmart and new partnership with Google Shopping, larger screen support for iPhone 11 and iPhone Pro Max, cleaner interface and more privacy-friendly location searching for nearby stores. Not limiting deals to shopping, BuyVia also shares food discounts based on location. • The site also offers continuing news coverage of the best buys this holiday season, what to SKIP buying on Black Friday, a guide to holiday shipping deadlines, an overview of holiday return policies and more: https://www.buyvia.com/blog/.

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Column Feature-People to See freshly written by a stable of Nashville’s top songwriters.” Down Home Christmas marks the Oaks’ 30th annual Christmas tour, eighth Christmas album, and third album collaboration with producer Dave Cobb. Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban are best known for their iconic and multi-platinum hit “Elvira,” along with other chart-toppers like “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” and “American Made.” The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved a decorated career, winning five GRAMMY® Awards, multiple CMA, ACM and Dove Awards for their crossover brand of pop, country and gospel music that spans multiple generations. The Oak Ridge Boys became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 2011 and achieved arguably country music’s highest honor in October 2015 when they were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, will once again celebrate the Christmas season with their timeless hits and holiday classics on their 2019 Down Home Christmas Tour. The Oak Ridge Boys will perform more than 31 concerts and are set to kick-off Nov. 13th in Branson, MO, playing in 28 cities and 14 states across the U.S. In conjunction with the tour, the Oaks’ latest Christmas album, Down Home Christmas, produced by Dave Cobb, has just been released. Each year The Oak Ridge Boys travel all over the Down Home Christmas Tour: United States spreading Christmas cheer by per- NOV 13/14 -The Mansion Theatre / Branson, MO forming Christmas classics, new favorites and many - 15 - Orpheum Theatre / Sioux Falls, IA of the hits that shaped their career. Audiences will - 16 - Deadwood Mtn Grand Hotel/Deadwood, SD go on a hit-filled musical journey of holiday cheer - 17 - Aberdeen Civic Arena / Aberdeen, S.D. from the group’s seven best-selling Christmas al- 18 - Wild Rose Casino & Resort / Jefferson, IA bums, plus songs from the new Down Home Christ- 19 - Hartman Arena / Park City, KS mas Album. New are “Don’t Go Pullin’ On Santa - 20-21 - The Mansion Theatre / Branson, MO. Claus’ Beard” and “South Alabama Christmas.” - 22 - Peoria Civic Center Theater / Peoria, IL. “Down Home Christmas began much like the other - 23 -Vern Riffe Center For Arts/Portsmouth, OH seven Christmas albums we have recorded. But things - 24 - River City Casino / St. Louis, MO. changed. Most of the songs I had collected were put - 30 - Memorial Hall / Independence, KS. on the shelf, and we started looking for songs that ad- DEC 01 - McCain Auditorium / Manhattan, KS. dressed specific subjects related to Christmas,” says - 04 - UMBC Events Center / Baltimore, MD. The Oaks’ Duane Allen. “Dave Cobb was the produc- 05 - Riviera Theatre / N. Tonawanda, N.Y. er/coach/motivator for this project. He encouraged us - 06 - Palace Theatre / Greensburg, PA. to dig a little deeper into our souls, to capture the mag- 07- Roland E. Powell Conv. Ctr./Ocean City, MD. ic of each song. With very simple instrumentation, - 11 - Paramount Theater / Anderson, IN. the four Oak Ridge Boys’ voices are out front, and in - 14 - Honeywell Center / Wabash, IN. your face, with the awesome, huge sound of RCA Stu- 15 - Renfro Valley Ent. Center / Renfro Valley, KY. dio A wrapped around, but not over-powering it.” - 18 - Mayo Civic Ctr Presentation / Rochester, MN “Down Home Christmas is a project that we are - 19 - Five Flags Center / Dubuque, IA happy to share with the world and, rest assured, you - 20-Shooting Star Casino Hotel / Mahnomen, MN. will hear these songs on our upcoming 30th annual - 21 - Crystal Grand Music Theatre / Wisconsin Christmas tour,” says Joe Bonsall. “The instrumen- Dells, WI. tation is sparse, yet incredibly put together, and the - 22 - Rialto Square Theatre / Joliet, IL. vocals are rich and vibrant. Many of the songs were -8- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019


Column Feature Things to Do:

By Kandy Derden, Things to Do Editor

Food Fun M

y husband is from Texas. During the past thirty five years, I’ve learned a lot about having a Texas point of view. The best way for me to express it came from a radio commercial which summed it up quite well. “If you refer to a cookout for 350 people as a ‘casual backyard barbeque,’ then you just might have a Texas attitude.”

Cooking for a large group is something most of us do only during the holidays. It is typical for meal prep that is usually for two to eight, to become cooking for twelve to thirty. This is a huge undertaking for most. The possible exception being professional cooks or in my case, Disaster Relief volunteers. Experience has taught most of us how to walk into a kitchen, take a quick inventory of available ingredients and whip up a tasty meal, sometimes while supervising a crew and planning the next meal at the same time. Then there are those who must have structure and order. When cooking, they need exact recipes, a grocery list of specific ingredients and a schedule of when to do

what so it will all be ready at the right time. Relax, I’m here to help – with one meal at least. There is an abundance of recipes and cooking tips available related to Thanksgiving Dinner. But let’s not forget breakfast. Without a good breakfast, your family, friends and guests will be pestering those with kitchen duty all morning long asking for taste testing privileges. So fill ‘em up early!

BAKED OATMEAL

½ c. vegetable oil ¾ c. white sugar 2 eggs 2 c. milk ½ tsp. salt 1 T. baking powder 3 c. quick oats ½ c. raisins, optional

Mix altogether and place in a sprayed 9 x 13” pan. Mix 2 ta-

blespoons brown sugar with ½ teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the oat mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes the next morning. This has become a favorite among members of our Disaster Relief teams.* Oats give our volunteers sustained energy for hours without fear of a sugar crash while working. Of course, I always check recipes to see if they are versatile. This one is very easy to adjust to your own liking. Even if you add extra cinnamon or substitute cranberries and chopped apples for the raisins, it remains quite easy to prepare, especially for a large group. My very first article for this publication was the topic: Cooking for a Crowd. The recipe included still makes me giggle at the thought of something which sounds so ridiculous tasting so good. That was seventeen years ago, so perhaps I should reprint that story. Be watching for it in future issues. With winter weather coming, you’ll be sure to love it . . . even if you’re from Texas. *Special thanks to Joann for sharing this recipe!

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Go, Do, See

HUNTSVILLE - Galaxy of Lights is a magnificent 2.5-mile-long holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. Special exhibits include a holiday village, dinosaurs, wild animals, a magical twinkling icicle forest, garden scenes, animated snowmen and the 12 days of Christmas. Drive-through nights begin on the day after Thanksgiving and continue nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 31. Each year the Garden uses the Galaxy of Lights as a collection point for much needed items in the community. Some of the charities supported with collections are: The Greater Huntsville Humane Society; Toys for Tots; Inner City Church of Christ (new and gently used warm coats, hats, mittens, gloves; also

non-perishable food items); Interfaith Missions Foodline (canned and boxed food items). Links to their websites listing the most needed items can be found on the Gardens website at www.hsvbg.org. Make the Galaxy of Lights 5k part of your healthy holiday traditions! The 5k (3.1 miles) begins at 6:30 p.m. with the course winding through the paved Galaxy of Lights trail. Snacks and beverages will be served to all participants. Not a runner? Hang out with Santa as you cheer the race participants on! Pets, strollers, headphones and non-registered participants are not allowed on the course.

GULF SHORES - On the southern end of the state, enjoy the activities and

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events of an Alabama Coastal Christmas. On Dec. 7-8, attend the Merry Market at Perdido Beach Resort. Find unique gift items, crafts, art, jewelry, baked goods and much more. A Christmas Lighted Boat Parade is held on Dec. 13. Beginning at 5 p.m., the parade travels the Intracoastal Waterway Canal, beginning at Lulu’s Restaurant and ends approximately around 8:30 p.m. Shopping For more articles about Alabama,

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Shopping

ANCHORAGE - Three shopping events have been scheduled at the Dena’ina Center. The first is the Holiday Food and Gift Festival Nov. 2 - 3. It is a fun and family oriented event featuring a wide variety of unique gifts, handmade arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, bath products, home decor, gourmet food and so much more. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. The Christmas Arts and Crafts Emporium is Nov. 23-24. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. This premier showcase allows Alaskan artists and crafters to display and sell their products during the holiday season. Gingerbread Showcase brings together professional and amateur bakers from Anchorage and highlights their creativity, while supporting the work of Habitat for Humanity Anchorage. During the Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium, the Gingerbread creation receiving the most public votes will receive the coveted People’s Choice

award. The Christmas Village is one of the newest holiday shows in Alaska on Dec. 14 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Village allows both Alaskan-made and imported items to be sold at the show. Door prizes will be awarded every hour. With over 135 vendors, you’re sure to find a great gift for anyone on your list. Do you like to travel? Do you like FREE? Enter for a chance to win 30,000 #AlaskaAirline Miles! Visit all three holiday shopping events and enter for a chance to win! Earn an additional opportunity to win when you find the Holiday Food & Gift Festival banner, take a photo, and tag Anchorage Markets on Facebook and/or Instagram! This banner is located somewhere in Anchorage! For More places to go, things to do,

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People to See:

The Nutcracker

Christmas in Arizona offers everything from snow-covered pine forests in Flagstaff to a tumbleweed Christmas tree in Phoenix. Families can snuggle by the fire in Prescott or lounge by the pool with Santa Claus in Tucson.

Get in the holiday mood and enjoy Christmas Arizona style with these Christmas Events in Arizona. The Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Enchanted Island, and Arizona Science Center all have festivals with real snow to play in. Experience a uniquely Phoenix holiday tradition of Las Noches de Las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden where 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags line garden paths. Find more holiday light displays at The Phoenix Zoo’s Zoolights. Enjoy the traditional holiday musical, “The Nutcracker by Ballet Arizo-

na. Follow Clara’s wintry adventures as she battles mischievous mice and charms the Sugar Plum Fairy. With 150 performers, 100,000 Swarovski crystals, and Tchaikovsky’s cherished score performed live, Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker is a great way to celebrate the holidays. Dates are Dec. 13- 24th. For tickets, visit https:// balletaz.org/performance/the-nutcracker-2019/ See all the beautiful light displays In Tucson. Stroll through Tohono Chul Park during their Holiday Nights event. Gaze at the stars while surrounded by over a million twinkling Christmas lights and the sounds of holiday music. Musicians and artists will perform throughout the Gardens. Sip hot chocolate and enjoy tasty treats! Peruse the Museum gift shops where you are sure to find a unique gift for that special someone. Open Dec. 6-7, 13-14, and Dec. 20-21, from 5-8:30 p.m. nightly, tickets are $16. Find even more holiday desert beauty by visiting Tucson’s Botanical Garden’s Luminaria Nights, where you may even get a visit from Santa.

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Tucson hosts three unique variations of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, including a southwest version performed by Tucson’s Regional Ballet. Whether you choose to bask in the glow of lighted animal sculptures during Zoo Lights at Reid Park Zoo or revel in the many live nativity performances throughout the city, Tucson is sure to get you in the holiday mood. There is more classic white Christmas fun in Flaggstaff. The pine-covered mountainsides of the Arizona Snowbowl are the perfect place to get in some holiday skiing. You can also take historic, holiday-themed tours at the Riordan Mansion and Lowell Observatory. Don’t miss a North Pole Experience beginning at the Little America Hotel. Take a trolley ride to go and visit with Santa’s Elves.

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Lights of Ozarks

Fayetteville has three things we’re all looking for every holiday season: great food, fabulous shopping, and tons of beautiful Christmas lights. Home to the Lights of the Ozarks on the Fayetteville Square, this Ozarks town is also slightly more likely to get snow. And if you’re going to see snow this year, you definitely want to see it in the Ozarks. Since 1994, Lights of the Ozarks has turned downtown Fayetteville into a sparkling wonderland. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed. The romantic and breathtaking

display of a half- million twinkling lights will be open from Nov. 22 through Dec. 31. The kickoff opening night begins at 6 p.m. with a Lights of the Ozarks parade. Nightly holiday activities, hot chocolate, and festive music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed. The Lights of the Ozarks parade is organized by the University of Arkansas Hospitality Management students with support from the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau. The Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission coordinates all other events during the festival. These lights are cherished by the locals and visitors alike that stroll or drive through the Lights of the Ozarks each year. Each year Fayette-

ville Parks and Recreation workers spend over 3,300 hours decorating the Downtown Square with over 400,000 lights. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly holiday activities, hot chocolate, and festive music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed. For more information, visit www. experiencefayetteville.com/lights-ofthe-ozarks

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Christmas

Celebrate Family Traditions while enjoying the merriest and most delectable dining with luxurious lodgings at Fairmont San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO – Fairmont San Francisco has delighted visitors with dazzling seasonal festivities for more than a hundred years and has become a holiday destination in itself. The hotel is world-famous for its grand, two-story gingerbread house, lovingly built with thousands of gingerbread bricks and gallons of royal icing adorned by hundreds of pounds of candy! During the holiday season, guests can also enjoy the lobby’s 23-foot tall Christmas tree along with a special Champagne bar and elegant décor throughout the hotel. For information on the hotel’s variety of dining and guest room package options, including the acclaimed Santa Suite, please visit: http:// www.fairmont.com/sanfrancisco/promotions/ holidays. All holiday dining reservations must be secured with a credit card. Cancellations less than 72 hours prior to reservation will be charged 50% of the original booking. To make dining reservations by phone, please call: Crown Room: (415)772-5144 Laurel Court: (415)772-5260 Holiday Reservations: (415)772-5051 THANKSGIVING / Nov. 28 CROWN ROOM THANKSGIVING BRUNCH BUFFET Enjoy a lavish buffet spread while taking in a spectacular view of the City and Bay from the 24th floor of the Tower Building. Seatings at 12, 2:30, and 5 p.m. Price: $169 Adults / $99 Children (under 12) LAUREL COURT RESTAURANT & BAR THANKSGIVING BUFFET Seatings at 4,& 6:30 p.m. (Live piano from -16- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019

11:00am-8:00pm) Price: $129 Adults / $79 Children (under 12 years old) Breakfast à la carte served 6:30-11:00am Lunch à la carte 11:00am-2:30pm GINGERBREAD HOUSE PRIVATE DINING November 28, 2018 – January 1, 2020 Enjoy an exclusive dining experience for up to 10 people inside the Gingerbread House. Reserve this space for any meal or Gingerbread Holiday Tea.Rental fee applies for a 2-hour window. Reservations: (415)772-5051 GINGERBREAD HOLIDAY TEA Nov. 28– Dec. 11 : Saturdays & Sundays Seatings at 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Price: $129 Adults / $89 Children (under 12 years old) December 12, - 31: Thursdays through Sundays Seatings at 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. (available Dec. 25 and


s Celebrations at Fairmont CIRQUE BAR – A LEGEND REBORN In 1933, Cirque at Fairmont San Francisco was the first bar to open in the City following the repeal of Prohibition. For the holiday season, the hotel will reopen this historic venue as a holiday bar. Cirque is located on the lobby level and will be open Nov. 30 - Jan. 1, 2020. HOLIDAY GUEST ROOMS To book any of these Holiday Packages, call 1-800-441-1414 or visit: https://www.fairmont. com/san-francisco/promotions/holidays/

31, not available on Christmas Eve) Price: $219 Adults / $89 children (under 12 years old) CHRISTMAS EVE/Tue., Dec.24 CROWN ROOM CHRISTMAS EVE BUFFET Enjoy this festive buffet and the city’s best views from the 24th floor of the Tower Building. Seatings at 3, 5, and 7 p.m. Price $129 Adults / $79 children (under 12 years old) (+ tax & gratuity) CHRISTMAS DAY / Wednesday, Dec. 25 CROWN ROOM CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH Enjoy an exquisite Holiday Brunch Buffet menu as a jazz duo performs and children take photos with Santa! Seatings 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.

SANTA SUITE Ring in the Holidays in our spectacular Santa Suite, which offers a stay in a festively decorated Specialty Suite that Santa and Mrs. Claus call “home” when they are in San Francisco! Santa Suite includes: • Overnight accommodations in a family-friendly, luxury suite, in Santa-inspired décor • Breakfast for up to four registered guests (Choice of breakfast in Laurel Court Restaurant or breakfast delivered to suite) • Santa’s “Candy and Hot Chocolate Bar” with adult beverage options for parents • One gingerbread house kit • Use of the suite’s holiday classic movies • Overnight parking for one vehicle Available between Nov. 28 - Dec. 24, 2019. Book at: https://www.fairmont.com/san-francisco/special-offers/hotel-offers/promotions/ santa-suite/ HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Guests seeking a place to relax after a day of shopping or catching a show can find the perfect accommodations at Fairmont San Francisco, their “Home for the Holidays.” The Home for the Holidays Package includes: • Two-night stay in luxurious accommodations starting at $179 + tax. For more articles on California

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For a romantic snowy getaway or a winter wonderland family vacation, destinations across Colorado offer opportunities to create holiday memories to last a lifetime. These holiday travel itineraries will have visitors of all ages dreaming of sugarplums in no time. AURORA -Transformed into a holiday wonderland, Gaylord Rockies features a variety of seasonal activities, live entertainment and grand décor. Gaylord Rockies showcases Colorado’s alpine charm and offers an all-in-one vacation with luxury amenities, eight restaurants, an indoor water complex, spa and salon and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Guests can experience Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a critically-acclaimed Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate gift for the entire family. Performances begin Nov. 22, 2019 and run through Jan. 4, 2020. Gaylord Rockies also presents ICE!® featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, an experience with two-story ice slides and larger-than-life ice sculptures that tell Rudolph’s story in this winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of colorful ice. BRECKENRIDGE - State at the Gravity Haus Breckenr Lodge , a completely renovated ski-in/ skiout hotel located at the Base of Peak and opening in December. The first weekend in December begins Breckenridge’s annual transformation into a sparkling

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holiday scene. The Race of the Santas is a jolly event with hundreds of Kris Kringle look-alikes racing along Main Street. Guests can watch as Santa uses his magic to light up the town for the season. The festive day also includes a holiday dog parade and meet-and-greet with Santa. The Ullr Fest, Dec. 1-15, celebrates Norse mythology and features a downtown parade and bonfire, a town-wide talent show, the Ullr Ice Plunge, ice skating and fat bike racing. Attendees often dress in Viking-themed garb. Choose a scenic sleigh ride or even one that features dinner and a show.

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Holiday Shopping

WEST HARTFORD - Connecticut Women artists and crafters will display and sell their work, at the Annual Fall Celebration of Women’s Crafts on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at the Pond House Café, located in Elizabeth Park, 1555 Asylum Avenue entrance. Stroll through an intimate setting to view and purchase a variety of artistic products displayed by as many as 24 different awardwinning artisans. They will show creative renderings in photography, jewelry, textiles, pottery, sculpture, soap, glass, paintings and more to fill your holiday list. This event is Free to the public. The craft raffle is an ever-popular event with proceeds going to the Hartford Food Share. For more information call Lori 860-491-3514

Among the varieties of artisan items presented for sale will be pottery, glass, clothing, jewelry, journals, artwork, soap, angel art, knitwear, sculpture, and more. To name a few artists attending: Linda Davidson (jewelry), Nancy Gworek (Knit + Feltware), Barbara Boutot (Fiber Artist), Lori Barker (Spiritual Art), Kelly Taylor (Mixed Media) and Kim Cannon (illustrator and author). Joining the experience this year is Kaitlyn Considine (pottery), Coleen Peck (Fiber Artist) and Karen Burke (Photography) just to name a few. This show, with both Spring and Fall events, is now celebrating its 22nd year. The venue has become a highly anticipated showcase for browsing and purchasing a broad array of handcrafted gift items for family and friends. There will be a “new” process, a new jury, and a new vision for this year.

The vision is to promote women in art and build a community that supports and encourages fellow artisans. Set on the grounds of inspiring Elizabeth Park, the Pond House Brunch, coupled with a tour of the Artists and their work, provide for a perfect day out! All artists will be present to meet shoppers and discuss their work. Admission is free. As has become a traditional feature of this show, a gift raffle will also be held, featuring hand-crafted items from the participating artists, with the ticket proceeds donated to Food share. For more information, visit online at www.womenscraftcelebration.homestead.com.

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Places to Go:

This year’s theme for Delaware’s biggest Holiday Fundraising Event is “Field of Christmas Dreams.” Scheduled for Nov. 17 at Hudson fields, tickets range from $10 – $60. Winter WonderFEST - Field of Christmas Dreams features award-winning holiday fun for the entire family - now at Hudson Fields. Featuring our drive-through Light Spectacular, Schellville, VisitDelaware.com Ice Rink, and our Christmas Carnival - there’s no shortage of holiday memories to make together! NEW THIS YEAR - fill your online shopping cart with all of your tickets at one time! All attractions are open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. ONLY Public Ice Skating sessions are available between 1 and 4:30 p.m. The Light Spectacular, Schellville, Christmas Carnival, and Hayrides will not open until 5 p.m! The Light Spectacular entrance for vehicle traffic is off Hudson Road & Costal Highway at the NORTH GATE. Enjoy over one mile of dazzling holiday lights from the comfort of your vehicle! The Christmas Carnival and Light Spectacular tickets can be used any day of the festival. Ice Skating and Hayride tickets are redeemable only for the date/time of the ticket! PLEASE NOTE: You will reserve your times for Ice Skating and Hayrides AFTER you have added your desired quantity to your shopping cart, and begin the check out process! If your desired time is not available, it is sold out! Public Sessions are available at 1p, 2p, 3p, 4:30p, 5:30p, -20- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019

6:30 p, 8 p, and 9 p. Hayrides are available at 5 p, 5:45 p, 6:30 p, 7:15 p, 8 p, 8:45 p, and 9:30 p. Help us LIGHT THE NIGHT and SPONSOR A LIGHT SPECTACULAR BULB to support our community grant fund! We are working hard to raise thousands of dollars to support our capital grant program! Sponsor a bulb for $10-$50, and see your name on our Light the Night Wall inside the Christmas Carnival! Add this generous gift during your purchase! As a nonprofit, we have a no refund policy for all ticket purchases. We will make every effort to accommodate hayride and ice skating ticket exchanges for a different date in the event of an attraction closure. There will be a $5 parking fee for the Christmas Village at our SOUTH GATE off of Eagle Crest Road. The parking fee will be waived for all Hayride and Light Spectacular Ticket Holders on the night your Light Spectacular Admission is redeemed. Festival of Cheer produces events throughout the Delaware Beaches to raise awareness and funds surrounding four focuses: Health, Education, Culture, and Environment. For more information or tickets, visit online at https://wonderfestde.org/christmas-village/

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Aqualina Resort

This Thanksgiving, Acqualina Resort & Spa invites you to celebrate in style at the resort’s dining destinations.

SUNNY ISLES BEACH – Each serves a unique holiday menu. Stay the weekend at the Five-Star oceanfront resort and enjoy a gourmet affair in a spacious suite providing every luxury, comfort and convenience in the dining area of the suite or on the private balcony. The suite is richly appointed with modern accents, a separate living room, an expansive kitchen and sweeping water views. Guests can choose from one, two, or three-bedroom suites. Newly appointed Executive Chef Jose Casals is preparing a special Thanksgiving menu with all the traditional trimmings including whole roast turkey, stuffing with sage & diced apples, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry relish and other savory and sweet treats. The in-suite Thanksgiving dinner is priced at $750 for up to 6 people and available for guests who book a one-bedroom oceanfront suite or higher category. The price also includes apple cider, pear cider and a choice of red or white wine. Guests must make reservations five days in advance. AQ by Il Mulino is offering a Thanksgiving brunch and dinner. Brunch is served from noon to 4 p.m. for $95 per person plus tax and gratuity and includes live entertainment and a cartoonist for the children. There will also be an omelet station, salad

bar, seafood selections, pasta station and a variety of delicious desserts plus unlimited Mimosas, Bellinis, Prosecco, Mojitos and Bloody Marys. Dinner is offered from 4 - 11 p.m. and priced at $45 person plus tax and gratuity. Guests can dine in the beautiful restaurant dining room or al fresco on the expansive terrace. Don’t miss the elaborate collection of original contemporary art surrounding the restaurant. For more information or reservations, call 305.918.8000 or visit www.acqualinaresort.com. Acqualina Resort & Spa is a place where the charm of a Mediterranean villa meets elegance on the beach. A seaside luxury haven located on 4.5 beachfront acres in pristine Sunny Isles Beach, Acqualina Resort & Spa features 98 impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites and 188 residences with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, world-class dining including Il Mulino New York, three oceanfront swimming pools, spacious meeting rooms and an innovative marine biology-based children’s program. A variety of lavish interior and exterior venues provide an ideal background for opulent weddings and memorable events. Acqualina Spa by ESPA, the first ESPA-branded spa in the United States, provides guests with an exquisite 20,000-square-foot, two-story tranquil sanctuary of excellence and relaxation. A family owned and operated property, Acqualina is a recipient of the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Awards for both the hotel and spa and the AAA Five Diamond Award. November, 2019 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -21-


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HOLIDAY HAP KISSIMMEE – Things end but memories last forever. This year, give the gift of memorable experiences and explore our magical holiday destination. It’s the season to discover spectacular events, once-in-a-lifetime shows, deckedout vacation homes, and merry moments — all waiting for you in sunny Kissimmee. This season, Walt Disney World® Resort will be lit up with holiday cheer from Nov. 8 – Jan. 5, featuring: Holiday décor and entertainment in every land of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park for the first time in its two-decade history. Festivities include rooftop luminaries and bird lanterns all around Discovery Island®, a series of wintry tales at the Tree of Life®, and an out-of-this-world Christmastime celebration at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Fun, food, and all your favorite characters — plus a brand-new fireworks show — at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. On select nights, Nov. 8 – Dec. 22, the skies above Magic Kingdom® Park will sparkle to life like never before with Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks — an all-new display of fireworks synched to medleys of beloved holiday songs. Along with the new show, each of this year’s 23 nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party includes performances like Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, Mickey’s Most

Merriest Celebration stage show, and A Frozen Holiday Wish, where Queen Elsa magically transforms Cinderella Castle with glistening ice. Holidays from around the globe at the 11 World Showcase pavilions during Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays, Nov. 29 – Dec. 30. Plus, enjoy a new nighttime fireworks and special-effects spectacular, Epcot Forever, and the celebrity-narrated Candlelight Processional, an annual favorite. The snow-stopping Sunset Seasons Greetings show, the First Time Forever: A Frozen SingAlong, and festive fireworks and music with Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Christmas magic and mayhem meet at Universal Orlando Resort, Nov. 16 – Jan. 5. Celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™

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and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™ are transformed into a wintry wonderland. Let your heart grow two sizes at The Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular and keep your eye(s) peeled for park favorites — the Minions — in Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. The fun continues at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort with Holidays Presented by Hallmark Channel from Nov. 29 – Dec. 31. Featuring a combination of seasonal shows, treats, and twinkling lights, guests can dance, sing along, and deck the halls with two interactive shows, including the Holly Jolly Jubilee and Rockin’ Around. Guests can also see the


PPENINGS AS A GIFT tacular, Nov. 30 – Dec. 31, includes a nightly snowfall, strolling carolers, an ice rink, live music, and more. Light the night in downtown Kissimmee on Dec. 14 at the Festival of Lights Parade. Featuring thousands of twinkling lights, music, and dancing, you’ll find plenty of holiday cheer and maybe even meet the man himself, Santa Claus.

skies light up with nightly fireworks shows at the Kids’ New Year’s Party, Dec. 26 – 31. Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center is the ultimate Central Florida holiday extravaganza, running Nov. 25 – Jan. 5. With more than 2,000,000 pounds of ice and handcarved sculptures, experience the Christmas spirit through the imagination of a young child, as you embark on an adventure to the North Pole with ICE!® featuring THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Join in the holiday spirit at Now Snowing in Celebration. This month-long holiday spec-

Celebrate 25 years of Holiday Home Tour magic and see Pinewood Estate completely transformed into a vintage holiday vision during Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens, Nov. 29 - Jan. 5. Enjoy festive carillon concerts, seasonal holiday foliage, and a full schedule of special events and programming. Vacation Home for the Holidays This year, gather everyone together for the holidays from the extraordinary comforts of our vacation home rentals. With over 22,000 vacation homes, holiday décor options, and close proximity to countless attractions and theme parks, the right home for

the holidays is waiting for you in Kissimmee. Holiday Shopping You’ll find plenty of gift options for those on your nice list — and a few on the naughty list — when shopping in Kissimmee. With everything from designer shops to outlet malls, there’s a perfect present for every budget and style. The Experience Kissimmee Story: Almost 50 years of vacation-making experience. More than 8,000,000 overnight visitors. And closer than the wave-of-awand away from world-famous theme parks and attractions, the headwaters of the Everglades, extraordinary natural wonders, and plates for every palate. We’re Experience Kissimmee, the official tourism authority for Osceola County, Florida. (That means we oversee sales and marketing for the destination.) We’re also the Vacation Home Capital of the World®, with more than 45,000 accommodation options, including luxury resorts, family-friendly hotels, and over 22,000 vacation homes. Tap into the magic. Get inspired at EXPERIENCEKISSIMMEE.COM.

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Things to Do:

For Thanksgiving

DAHLONEGA - Bring your family and enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving Day Feast on Nov. 28. The Forrest Hills Resort will be serving all of your holiday favorites and more in their beautiful, newly-remodeled Rose Garden Dining Room. Reservations are required. Seating times are Noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. They are open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Call 706-8646456 for reservations. Call early to avoid disappointment as this event typically sells out...sometimes by Halloween! Prices are: Adults $28.95 – Seniors $26.95 – Children Ages 4-11 $15.95 – 3 & Under FREE. 18% gratuity added for parties of 10 or more. Overnight accommodations are available. Choose from a room, cabin or suite...stay through the weekend and witness the lighting of the Dahlonega Town Square! For more information visit http://forresthillsresort.com/

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Things to Do:

Read a Good Book

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s the days turn darker and colder and the season for beach holiday getaways approaches, I wanted to reach out to see if you’d be interested in receiving a review copy of BOUND IN FLAME: The Hawaiian Ladies’ Riding Society, Book #1 -- the delightful debut novel from author Katherine Kayne, just released on October 28th. Recently selected by Publishers Weekly as one of twenty-five semifinalists for the prestigious annual BookLife Prize, BOUND IN FLAME is being called “a rip-roaring, smart, and vivid romantic adventure with a truly dynamic and memorable heroine [and] an exceptionally appealing Hawaiian setting and a wildly unusual premise. Kayne’s imaginative landscape will cast a spell on readers.” A must-read for anyone who is fascinated by Hawaii and its history, prefers the feisty heroine, craves heroes with a sense of humor, and wants to believe there could still be magic in the world, BOUND IN FLAME is a wonderfully entertaining and diligently researched read with great care for and deep roots in Hawaii’s intriguing and little-known history. “By the turn of the twentieth century, Hawaii was a study in contrasts,” shares Kayne, who counts herself fortunate to live on Hawaii Island for part of each year. “Cowboys and kahunas, wild pigs and steamships, hula

dancers and rickshaws, land barons and mail-order brides made up the stuff and substance of the islands’ colorful history.” “Although BOUND IN FLAME is pure fiction, I created the world of the Hawaiian Ladies’ Riding Society to tell the stories of the fearless horsewomen of the islands’ ranches,” she continues. “If you come along for the ride, be prepared for almost anything to

happen. I can promise you fiery kisses, charming cowboys, women who ride like the rainbow to save the day, and that rarest of beasts: handsome men who like to dance.”

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Magnifcent Mile

CHICAGO - The BMO

Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival returns this year to kick off the holiday season! Join the conversation using #BMOLightsFest!

The Lights Festival promises TWO days of free, family-friendly activities, leading up to the beloved tree-lighting parade on Saturday evening, November 23. Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World illuminate more than one million lights on 250 trees along the route! The fun begins at Lights Festival Lane at Pioneer Court on Friday afternoon, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. The crowd-favorite BMO Harris Kids Zone returns, plus free treats from Garrett Popcorn Shops, cheesecake decorating with Eli’s Cheesecake Company, and more. And don’t miss a photo opportunity with Santa Claus! Family fun continues throughout the day at Lights Festival Lane on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including live concerts

on the BMO Harris Bank Stage. The parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. at Oak Street & N. Michigan Avenue, traveling south on Michigan Avenue to Wacker Drive. The Lights Festival draws to a grand conclusion at 7 p.m. with a spectacular fireworks display over the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Tune in to the a one-hour television broadcast of the Lights Festival parade on ABC 7 Chicago Sunday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. . If you can’t watch then, check your local listings for repeat airings nationwide through the holiday season! Check out your guide to the best shopping in the city, all within walking distance in downtown area. The Magnificent Mile boasts more than 460 retailers, including popular brands; major department stores; international luxury labels and designers; and three vertical shopping centers, each with incentives and premier savings. Once the holiday season is officially started, continue the celebration by getting a start on your holiday wish list at The Magnificent Mile District. Ma-

jor attractions, hotels, shops and restaurants celebrate with special events and offers through the new year. Each of The Magnificent Mile’s three shopping malls is anchored by a major brand flagship store. Newly-renovated locations carry the biggest variety of popular designer labels with a range of products for men, women and children. Even better, stop for a coffee or a drink at in-store bars and cafes, alongside other special amenities. Shoppers enjoy beautiful spaces combined with the best possible customer service. The Magnificent Mile encompasses the 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue that runs from the banks of the Chicago River to the south, to Oak Street to the north. The Magnificent Mile district extends a full square mile from North Michigan Avenue, including east to the scenic lakefront. The Magnificent Mile is a spectacular showcase of style, flavor, entertainment and fun.

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The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show is a festive marketplace where you can shop for holiday gifts, see works from local artisans, experience holiday displays that will inspire your own decorations, and much more! Whether you’ are attending this event held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds with a long shopping list or just looking for a fun day out with family and friends, there’s something for everyone at the show with hundreds of vendors to explore and unique features to enjoy. Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show The perfect destination for a busy person. One stop shopping means you can find everything you need for the holiday season, all under one roof. From apparel to decor, we’ve got you covered. Quality products and services. At the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show, we feature the highest quality vendors. Get ready to browse exceptional products from both local and national artisans. Tasty Treats. Whether you’re looking for a snack for yourself or a hostess gift for a holiday party, we have plenty of vendors serving up gourmet goodies that are perfect for the most -30- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019

wonderful time of the year. To save money. Everyone loves a show deal, and Christmas Gift + Hobby Show exhibitors often have promotions on their products and services. There is festive fun for everyone! The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show is not just about buying presents– it features numerous activities for every member of your family. With daily events, unique workshops, holiday entertainment, and much more, the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show is a great way to kick of the holiday season. he Christmas Gift + Hobby Show is produced by MARKETPLACE EVENTS, producer of home, garden, holiday, and bridal shows across Canada and the United States. This diverse and experienced team produces some of the most successful and longest-running shows in North America, including market-leading shows in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal— some of which have thrived in their markets for more than 75 years.

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Singing contractors Two of the hardest-working guys in gospel music, Aaron Gray and Josh Arnett, are gearing up to celebrate the holiday season with their newest album and concert special. “Building a Christmas to Remember” is available now at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations nationwide. The Singing Contractors do more than build houses; they’re also masters at inspiring and uplifting others by building beautiful harmonies. The foundation of their musical career was laid when their video of “How Great Thou Art” while working on a job site went viral. Since that first video, they have released a successful debut CD and DVD recording, “Working on a Building, Hymns & Gospel Classics.” Since its release in early 2019, it has garnered wide acclaim - debuting at Number 1 on Billboard’s music video charts The duo recently won Favorite New Artist at the 2019 Singing News Fan Awards. Building a Christmas to Remember finds the hammer-swinging boys spreading holiday cheer with Christmas classics such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The burly, bearded builders also have a bit of Christmastime fun on the album with a rendition of “The Chipmunk

Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late).” Most importantly, the pair use their God-given musical gifts to remind us of the reason for the season with the heartwarming Christmas hymns “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and more. For both men, singing was a part of their upbringing. Raised in Charleston, Illinois, Gray, the son of a preacher, traveled and performed with his family band. Arnett grew up in Anderson, Indiana, and also spent time touring and singing with his musical family. These family performances are how the two met as teens. the pair later reconnected when Gray moved to Indiana and they ended up subcontracting with the same builder. After their first video went viral, Gray and Arnett shot into the spotlight in a whirlwind that included an appearance on local Indianapolis news before “Fox & Friends” asked them to fly to

New York and sing for a national audience. In the years since, they’ve been hard at work at their day jobs while enjoying the experience of making albums and traveling the country to meet and inspire others. Building a Christmas to Remember is the next big part of that inspirational journey. The album and concert DVD (filmed live at Gaither Studios) are sure to make fans’ hearts merry and bright. The Singing Contractors’ Building a Christmas to Remember CD will be available on The Gaither Store on October 25th, while the DVD will be available on November 22nd. Building a Christmas to Remember is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music and will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, TheSingingContractors. com and Gaither.com. The DVD features several DIY segments from the guys, who demonstrate how to create several Christmas decoration pieces as well as a behind-the-scenes interview with Arnett and Gray who share their own personal Christmas memories and traditions.

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Places to Go:

Christkindlmarket

DES MOINES - Experience a German-inspired Christmas Market at Principal Park’s Main Lot December 6 - 8, 2019. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of the holidays as you participate in a 700 year old tradition. Learn about European culture through this holiday tradition! Fifteen decorated holiday trees will be on display for the annual nonprofit Tannenbaum Silent Auction. For the first time, a covered Weihnachtswald (Christmas Forest) will provide a more protected space for the trees and visitors from the weather. Shop regional vendors selling old-world, hand-crafted products from wooden vendor stalls. Select from old-world, artisinal, hand-crafted products representing various European cultures.

Enjoy lively performances of polka music, traditional dance and choirs in the entertainment tent. Nowhere in Iowa will you experience such a diverse artistic offering on our entertainment stage.

market Des Moines. This event is free and open to the public. Dates and times are as follows: Friday, Dec. 6: 11am – 9pm Saturday, Dec. 7: 11am – 9pm Sunday, Dec. 8: 11am – 5pm

Participate in children’s activities. Visit the KinderKorner where your kids can hear stories, sing songs, and participate in other cultural activities.

A Christmas Market is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in Germany and Austria but are now held in many other countries. German immigrants brought their Christmas market celebrations to the United States. According to Wikipedia, there are currently 20 Christmas markets held in the United States each year. For more information, visit http:// www.christkindlmarketdsm.com

Sip Glühwein (warm, mulled wine) and savor European-style Iowa craft beer. Christmas markets aren’t the same without warm, mulled-wine enjoyed out of a commemorative, keepsake mug! Enjoy bratwurst, candied nuts and authentic German foods. Des Moines European Heritage Association, a 501(c)3, tax-exempt non-profit, produces Christkindl-

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Little Sweden

LINDSBORG - Join for this wonderful annual event kicking off the Holiday Season! Activities include: Main Street caroling by the Smoky Valley Madrigals Holiday BORGO game with chances to win a Lindsborg Holiday Shopping Spree by spending $50 to $100 in participating businesses. Season of Giving Food Drive Holiday Shoppers will have the opportunity for a free holiday photo downloadable after the event. Lindsborg businesses and galleries will be decked out in full holiday style and ready to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Enjoy snacking, in-store drawings, and so much Holiday fun! Sunday, Nov. 3 - Sunday, Jan. 5 | Annual Holiday Gift Show | Birger SandzĂŠn Memorial Gallery, 401 N First St | 785-227-2220 Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 AM - 5 PM | Holiday Open House | Downtown Lindsborg | 785-227-8687 Saturday, November 30, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Small Business Saturday | Downtown Lindsborg | 785-227-8687 Saturday, Nov. 23, 1 - 3 p.m. | Wagon Rides with Mrs. Claus | Bank of Tescott, 202 N Main St | 785227-8830

Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 AM - 5 PM | Artist’s Studio Open House | Maps Available at Red Barn Studio, 212 S Main St | 785-227-2217 Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 AM | Snowflake Parade | Main Street in Lindsborg | 785-227-8687 Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 PM | Jultide Concert | Presser Hall, Bethany College, 335 E Swensson St | 785-2273380 x8235 Saturday, Dec.14, 10 AM - 4 PM | Saint Lucia Festival | Downtown Lindsborg & Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N Main | 875-227-8687 Saturday, Dec. 14, 5 - 8:30 PM | Old Fashioned Christmas | Old Mill Museum, 120 Mill St | 785227-3595 Saturday, December 21, 10 AM - 1 PM | Cookies with Mrs. Claus | First Bank Kansas, 118 N Main St | 785-227-3344 Wednesday, Dec. 25, 6 AM | Julotta, a Christmas Service | Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N Main St | 785-227-2167 Thursday, Dec. 26, 10 AM | Annandag Jul, a traditional Swedish For more articles Service | Bethany Lutheran Church, about Kansas 320 N Main St | 785-227-2167

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Things to Do:

At the State Park

The Kentucky State Parks will be ready for the winter holidays this year with special meals, decorations, candlelight tours, entertainment and other special events. State parks are a great place for Christmas and holiday gatherings. The resort parks have restaurants, meeting areas and gift shops that offer unique gift ideas. That includes Kentucky Unbridled Spirit gift cards, which are valid at Kentucky State Parks, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. For more information, call the park. Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas Breakfast and the Grinch, Dec. 9 Get in the Christmas spirit as you enjoy a breakfast of green eggs and ham, visit with the Grinch, make a fun craft, listen to a story, and check out Santa’s House at Barren River Lake State Resort Park! Don’t forget your camera! Limited seating each session; registration required. Spots are available for the 7:15-8:45 a.m. session. Tickets are $15 for ages 13 and older, $10 for ages 4-12, 3 & under free. For more details call 270-646-2151. Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas Santa’s House, Dec. 9 Visit Santa in this festive cottage decorated for the holiday season at Barren River Lake State Resort Park. During your visit, give Santa your wish list and tour the cottage. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa! Free. Open 8:30-11:30 a.m. -34- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park Christmas Dinner and Movie, Dec. 22 MOUNT OLIVET - Come out to Blue Licks and enjoy a family-friendly dinner buffet and a Christmas movie. Decorate cookies, enjoy some hot chocolate and watch a Christmas classic. Tickets are $10 a person. Dinner starts at 5 p.m., cookie decorating from 6-7 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Call 859-289-5507. Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill Breakfast With Santa, Dec. 16 Have breakfast with Santa on Dec. 16 at Carter Caves! Photos start at 9 a.m. and the breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. Story time will follow breakfast. Cost is $13 for adults and $10 for children (includes drink, tax and gratuity). For reservations, call 606-286-4411. Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville Breakfast With Santa, Dec. 16 Santa and Mrs. Claus have made their way to Dale Hollow. Bring your camera and spend the morning participating in holiday-filled activities, including face painting. Special story time will feature Mrs. Claus reading “The Night Before Christmas.” A breakfast buffet featuring pancakes, chocolate gravy and all the trimmings will be available. Call 270-4337431.

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Cajun Christmas Traditions

Head to St. James Parish for the Festival of Bonfires, in Lutcher This tradition dates back to the 1800s and was a carryover from French and German traditions of lighting bonfires around the holidays. The bonfires are constructed as four-sided wooden plank structures that easily burn bright. The festival is, of course, accompanied by live entertainment, food and even carnival rides. Learn more about the Festival of Bonfires. Lafayette rings of zydeco beats throughout the holiday season at their annual Cajun & Creole Christmas Celebrations. The celebrations include everything from Christmas parades and tree lighting ceremonies, to symphony orchestras, caroling and shopping extravaganzas. Don’t miss the Noel Acadien au Village in Lafayette to view more than 500,000 lights illuminating the night.

Enjoy nightly entertainment, local cuisine and photos with Santa. View the full Lafayette Holiday event calendar for complete schedules and information. Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana knows how to get in the Christmas spirit. With parades, concerts, fireworks, food and Santa Claus, Southwest Louisiana is the place to be to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.. Discover the 12 Days of Christmas in Sulphur that include holiday theater and concert performances, carnival rides, a holiday market, live music, a balloon parade and the Spectacle of Lights. Have some Community Coffee and breakfast with Santa at the Christmas Under the Oaks of Sulphur Festival. Don’t miss the Light Up the Lake Christmas Celebration that starts with a street parade through downtown Lake Charles and ends

with a lighting ceremony and Lighted Boat Parade all culminating with a fireworks finale! Get the full calendar of holiday events taking place in Lake Charles and the surrounding area or see the top seven events in Lake Charles. Discover even more Christmas events in Northern Louisiana on the Holiday Trail of Lights. Celebrate with eight cities across central and northern Louisiana. On the Holiday Trail of Lights, there are eight towns to celebrate all the festivities of the season. They create the Christmas spirit with beautiful displays of holiday lights, parades, live music, theatre performances, visits from Santa and more. For more on Louisiana, >CLICK HERE!

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Victorian Mansion

PORTLAND - Every holiday season, the Mansion transforms into a Victorian winter wonderland for a six-week celebration featuring decorations by some of the community’s leading and up-and-coming artists, florists, designers, and fellow non-profit organizations to highlight the Mansion’s original 19th century interiors. Today Victoria Mansion contains over 90% of the original interiors including almost all of the original wall paintings by the Italian-born artist Giuseppe Guidicini, a master of the trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) style; many surfaces in the house appear to be three-dimensional and warrant a second look. Now in its fourth decade, it has been a long-standing tradition for many in the Southern Maine area and beyond. Along with daily tours, an exciting roster of holiday programming and events are offered including Night of the Nutcracker with Portland Ballet, Stories on the Staircase preschool story hour, and the annual favorite Holiday Gala. The annual Holiday Gala, this year scheduled for Dec. 4, is an elegant evening of celebration and one of the Mansion’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Guests tour the exquisitely decorated Mansion, meet the designers, and enjoy live entertainment, appetizers provid-36- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019

ed by the Cumberland Club, and an open bar. Join in the elegance for our annual six-week celebration of ‘Christmas at Victoria Mansion,’ featuring decorations by some of the community’s leading and up-and-coming artists, florists, designers, and fellow non-profit organizations to highlight the Mansion’s original 19th century interiors. This year, for the theme of ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ celebrating the unique nostalgia of the season, our talented team of designers are: Saco Festival of Trees Design Committee Danny R. Hatt, Don Chouinard & Marcedas Hatt O’Toole / Harmon’s Floral Co. Dodge the Florist/ Clipper Merchant Tea House/ Maine Irish Heritage Center/Dan Gifford Karen & David Cole / Mimi & Mum Open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, tickets are $16 for adults, ages 6-17 is $5. https://victoriamansion.org

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Fright at the Forte Christmas Festival

BOSTON - On November 8, 9, & 10 the Boston Christmas Festival will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center. This award-winning show is the largest arts and crafts festival in New England! There are 350+ pop up shops by American Artisans that come together once a year for these three days only! You can go on a treasure hunt to find handmade, unique holiday gifts, and specialty foods for everyone on your list, including your four-legged friends. Then tuck away a goodie or two for yourself. There will be numerous scrumptious foods to sample, buy and cook with There is something for everyone, and in all price ranges. The

array of handmade products includes stunning jewelry, seasonal decorations, photography, distinctive home accessories, children’s toys and clothes, pet specialties, gifts for the sports minded, specialty foods from over 60 pop-up boutiques and much much more. These are items that will not be found on store shelves, but rather cater to those looking for “something more.” most of the fun from this event comes from the magic of discovering lots of new and interesting treasures. Get your tickets online now for $2 off! If discounted online tickets are purchased, they are valid for any of the three scheduled days. Hours are:

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Friday: Noon - 7 pm Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm Regular Ticket Price is $16 (At Door) Discounted Ticket Price = $14 (Advance Purchase) For more information and a $2 off admission coupon, visit online at www.bostonchristmasfestival. com. This is the final year for holding this festival at the Seaport World Trade Center.

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Breakfast with Santa BOSTON - Due to popular demand, the annual Breakfast with Santa event at Royal Sonesta Boston will be offered over two weekends on Dec. 7,8, 14,and 15. A favorite holiday traditions, time available is 9-11:30 a.m. each morning. Brighten your season with this extra special holiday breakfast, featuring traditional favorites and sweet treats. Children of all ages are welcome. This special morning includes a seasonal brunch, holiday cookie crafts and a dramatic reading of the Night Before Christmas by Santa himself, all designed to warm hearts and elicit smiles. Children will meet Santa and take home a special gift. To help make this a special moment for all children, we ask that you bring an unwrapped gift to benefit Toys for Tots. For those who want to make a full weekend out of it, whether coming from near or far, the hotel is offering a special “Take the Elevator Home” room rate starting at $99. Nestled along the Charles River where Boston and Cambridge meet, Royal Sonesta Boston offers modern hospitality and stunning views of the Charles River and the Boston skyline. A respected AAA Four

Diamond Award winner, the hotel boasts newly renovated stylish spaces and first-class amenities, in addition to a unique dedication to visual arts. The hotel hallways double as art galleries, featuring original art from many vital and respected contemporary artists. Acclaimed for its vibrant dining options, the hotel features ArtBar Cambridge, Restaurant dante, and Studio, a specialty on-the-go pastry & coffee shop. Royal Sonesta Boston sets the standard for a memorable location, modern design, chic comforts and gracious hospitality. Extend the spirit of the season before or after Royal Sonesta Boston’s Breakfast with Santa event for an entire day of seasonal fun and some holiday shopping at nearby boutiques and national retailers! Enjoy a special guest room rate starting at $99 when booking with promo code SANTAWKD, click here to book. The price for this speial breakfast is $26 for adults, $30 for children, and free for ages three & Under. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-santa-tickets-70768082239

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reviously named by USA Today as one of the “10 BEST Sleigh Rides in America” a four-hour guided adventure begins at Thunder Bay Resort behind massive Belgian draft horses in true “Over the River and Through the Woods” style. Within the Resort’s 160-acre Elk Preserve, guests of Thunder Bay Resort learn about elk and their cultural significance from their guide before moving on to the Elk Antler Log Cabin. Step back in time with cathedral ceilings, a massive fieldstone fireplace, twin antique wood cook stoves and period antiques and trophy mounts. This 400-acre Resort is a family operation with a friendly staff, spacious suites, villas and cha-

lets, a championship 18-hole golf course carved from mature forests, a full service “Big Rig Friendly” RV Park, Clubhouse Grill dining with weekend entertainment, and golf and river homesites with Lifetime Family Golf Privileges. Jack, the owner, and his son Spencer, a self-taught chef, prepare gourmet food on wood stoves in the dining room for guests. First, a homemade pear and apple dumpling is accompanied by cocktail shrimp, followed by chicken noodle soup, a sweet Napa salad and a hot buttery croissant. The entree is crown roast of pork, roasted redskin potatoes, and pan gravy. For dessert, pizzelles are topped with white chocolate mousse, a mixed berry sauce, white chocolate sprinkles and accompanied by

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a raspberry-chocolate truffle. Six wines from nearby Modern Craft Winery are served to finish the evening with storytelling and a carriage ride back to the Resort. The Elk Viewing Dinner ride is also included as part of five Murder Mystery Weekends in spring and fall, or with destination weddings, holiday parties, reunions and outings. Offered year around, each season’s riding event has its charms. Fall is the busiest time with bull-elk bugling and fighting during mating season, combined with fall colors, while the winter sleigh rides can be magical. In addition to couples and families, the event draws group tours from 18 surrounding states/provinces. For more information visit thunderbayresort.com

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Holiday Tours

Start your Holiday Season in Little Falls, Minnesota with foue Fabulous Tours. Little Falls Holiday Tours are at the following locations:

Linden Hill Mansion (1898) A Historic Estate on the Banks of the Mississippi Joy to the World! Mon-Sat 1 - 7 p.m. Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Enjoy a self-guided tour of Musser and Weyerhaeuser Mansions featuring Christmas décor in every room. Admission: Adults - $12 -Children 12-17yrs -$5 -Children 11 & Under - Free Located at: 608 Highland Ave, Little Falls For more information: 320616-5580 • linden-hill.org Burton Rosenmeier Home (1903) Nutchracker Suite! Mon-Sat 1pm to 7pm, Sun 11am to 6pm Self-Guided tour through the Nutcracker Suite! Guess the amount of Nutcrackers and win a chance at a Gift Certificate to the Shoppes of Little Falls! The Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau currently uses the historic house as a visitor’s information center and office. Admission: -Adults - $2 -Children under 17yrs - Free Located at: 606 1st Street SE, Little Falls For more information: 320616-4959 • littlefallsmn.org

Mn Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame Tours Christmas Tree Lane & Special Displays! Open Daily: Noon - 7:00pm Special holiday displays and silent auction for trees, wreaths and gift baskets. Admission: Adults $5, Under 11 years free.Located at: 304 West Broadway, Little Falls For more information: FishingHallOfFameMN.com

environmental activist, inventor, and aviation pioneer. Explore how ambition, fame, and life on the Mississippi River shaped his complex character. Admission: -Adults - $10 -Seniors - $8 -Children - $6 Located at: 1620 Lindbergh Drive South, Little Falls For more information: 320616-5421 • mnhs.org or lindbergh.com Best Day trip ever with Family and Friends. Open to the public!

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Louis, Mississippi’s best kept secrets. In 1894, 12 African Americans in Bay Saint Louis created an organization called the Hundred Members Debating Benevolent Association. The group’s main purpose was to “assist its members when sick, bury its dead in a respectable manner and knit friendship.” Each member put up a between twenty five to fifty cents a month and then if disaster struck a member, he or she was given funds by the group to help out. The group grew bigger. One of the men worked on the railroad right nearby. He saw land for sale for $100. They bought it and first built an outdoor pavilion and then in 1922 they built the hall. They did fund raisers to raise needed money and were a popular venue for musicians on the Chitlin’ Circuit to play. Until 1982 it was the heart of African Americans in the Bay. Some of the all-time greats like Etta James, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Ernie Kaydo, Professor Longhair, and James Brown preformed there. It was named a stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail. When you step inside you feel the history. It suffered deterioration over the years. Katrina almost ended it; but Kerrie and Jesse Loyas saved it and restored it. They recently sold it to Rachel Dangermond. Rachael expanded from music to cultural events of every nationality and plans to add writer workshops and retreats. She has plans to restore a shed on the property for an artist in residency. They are doing a Day of the Dead celebration. There will be a Kwanzaa celebration. For Christmas there is a Black Santa. For Thanks-42- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019

giving, there is a potluck event where the neighbors are welcome to pop in with their favorite dish to share. The Hall even has its own resident ghost, Richard. Rachel said when the previous owners were there would move a heavy table around and open and close doors. They brought a psychic in and she confirmed that Richard is present but not malignant. She told them to just tell him “Stop it, Richard,” when he manifests. That works. Rachael said she had not seen him but often feels his presence. It was convenient for Black musicians back in the day. The L and N Railway stopped at the depot just a few blocks away. After playing the Hall, a musician could just head over to the depot and hop the next passing railcar to hitch a ride to New Orleans


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or their next gig. Today, the Depot has been beautifully renovated and functions as the city’s visitor’s center. It has multiple claims to fame. It once served as the centerpiece of the film, “This Property is Condemned” starring Robert Redford and Natalie Wood. It is also a museum showcasing the elaborate costumes of its two Mardi Gras krewes, some of the Bay’s history and a museum for the art of folk artist, Alice Moseley. The historic L and N Train Depot is designated a “Mississippi Landmark.” The 100 Men Hall is still operated as a 501 C nonprofit. They still raise money for things like a musician who recently died to be buried with dignity. After all these years, it is still serving its community.

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BransonChristmas Magic

By Sarah Martin Mindy Biana PR BRANSON– Once the trick-ortreaters arrived home and porch lights went dark, the city began its annual transformation into one of America’s most Christmassy towns. It’s a spectacular two-month celebration filled with lights, music and joy. A Christmas destination unlike any other, each year Branson tries to outdo only itself and this year is no exception. This season’s can’t-miss extravaganza is the debut of a first-ofits-kind, 80-foot tall Christmas tree at Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas. Ozark Mountain Christmas is like stepping onto the Hollywood set of the most festive Christmas movie you can imagine. Indoor and outdoor celebrations are at every turn. From special events and live shows to seeing more than 1,500 Christmas trees, here are five of the most spectacular ways to celebrate the magic of Christmas in this incredibly festive destination:

1. Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas The 80-foot tree is the centerpiece of the all-new “Joy on Town Square” and features hundreds of thousands of dancing high-resolution lights with an infinite ability to combine color, music, light and animated imagery. Through Dec. 30, visitors can stroll among nearly seven million lights and try out more than 40 of the park’s rides, enjoy seasonal shows and shop at the Home of American Craftsmanship. 2. Christmas Trees With more than 1,500 Christmas trees in the destination, Branson has proudly owned the title of being America’s Christmas Tree City since 2017. The Christmas tree lineup also includes a new upcycled Star Tree made from salvaged metal and light pole display fixtures at the Titanic Museum Attraction. Sixteen new trees are synchronized with more than 7,000 red, white and blue lights for Veterans Week (Nov. 5-11).

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3. Famous Live Shows From country music to Broadway-style productions, the lineup of holiday entertainment is spectacular. A full listing of this season’s live shows can be found here. 4. Authentic Shopping Completing your Christmas shopping here is extra-special because Branson features items that would be hard to find anywhere else. Dicks 5 & 10, ia one of the country’s last remaining authentic dime stores, featuring aisle after aisle of 250,000 nostalgic items. Silver Dollar City’s Jingle Bell Junction is home to a colony of 100 resident crafters who demonstrate and sell one-of-a-kind creations. 5. Seasonal Food Students at College of the Ozarks bake 25,000 world-famous fruit cakes in the Fruitcake & Jelly Kitchen, helping students offset the costs of their education. The kitchen is open for public tours.


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Public Christmas Craft Market And Holiday Celebrations

Why give up family time to shop, when you can shop and make memories at the same time? Don’t miss this one of a kind event and enjoy a night of Christmas fun with your family! Come to the Cottonwoods RV Park on Dec. 6 or 7 to enjoy the Hot Chocolate Bar and Cookies, Fudge, etc. We will host a hot chocolate bar with fresh made fudge, warm cookies, and other goodies for your purchasing enjoyment. Make & Take Ornament Crafts -Join us for some crafty fun! Enjoy making free Christmas ornaments of all kinds. Brings the kids and have some fun or bring yourself and get your craft on! Craft Booths We are looking for vendors who sell:• Handmade Christmas Crafts, Gifts, and/or Baked Goods• Vintage and

Antiques• Repurposed Items and Upcycled• Unique Christmas Gifts or Décor If interested in being a vendor at our Christmas craft event, please contact contact@ cottonwoodsrvpark.com with a description of what you sell and include 6 – 8 photos or more of your products. If accepted, we will send you a registration form and more information. Santa Letters – Write a letter to Santa and drop it off in our special mailbox. We’ll make sure the big guy gets your letters and if you leave your address, you might even receive a letter back from him! Photos with Santa -Come out and have your photo taken with Santa and cherish the memories you create for a lifetime! Hours are Fri Dec 06 2019 at 07:00 pm to Sat Dec 07 2019 at 10:00 pm and Come Enjoy our Christmas lights display! November, 2019 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -45-


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KALISPELL - Ranked in the Top 6 ‘not-to-miss’ markets in the United States, The Market Beautiful (formerly The Vintage Whites Market) returns to the Flathead County Fairgrounds on Nov. 9th for the 9th Annual event. Shop for vintage, antiques and trendy handmade while listening to live music! Featuring more than 40 of the top vendors from across the United States with the very best vintage, antique, and unique finds, there’s something for all styles, all budgets, and all ages! Enjoy: Shopping Sweet Treats Kids Activities Live Demos Workshops Food Trucks And much, much more! Live music from Shayla Smith of Flannel Graph PLUS!!! Santa will be available for visiting from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. So make sure the kiddies have their list made. Want to shop without the crowds? Enjoy a more leisurely shopping experience and get first dibs on all the great bargains with an early bird option that will get you in the door an hour before your fellow shoppers. These markets were born from a genuine love of vintage by founders Jana and Vanessa, who really didn’t have enough money to pay every month for an antique store booth of their own! “We thought, what if we just hold our own event once a month? Our goal was just to sell everything we had been hoarding. We had no idea it would grow to 50,000 people

every year, five different shows in four states and an online community of 240,000 like-minded friends!! “We are lucky enough to have found a great friendship in each other and our AMAZING vintage market in Montana, Colorado, Mississippi, and Utah! Come see why we’ve been ranked among the TOP four markets to visit in the United States by Romantic Homes & Flea Market Style!” Enjoy live music, experience workshops, free demos, fun for kids, food, drinks and more at their shows. You can also find them posting interior design projects and lots of lifestyle fun over at instagram.com/themarketbeautiful. What better way to countdown the days to The Christmas Market is there, than to offer a $100 Shopping Spree! To be entered in The Market Beautiful #Giveaway. Simply purchase your ticket before 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, Nov. 7. If you’ve already purchased a ticket(s), you’re automatically entered! That’s all there is to it! The lucky winner will be drawn via social media and email at 7 p.m. Mountain Time Thursday! The more tickets you buy, the more chances you have to win! https://swiy.io/1A2w Make plans NOW - you do not want to miss this event!!!

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Holiday Expo

The Omaha Holiday Expo is back at the Baxter Arena on November 16, 2019! Come spend this Holiday Season with your family & friends shopping with local Omaha exhibitors! As always, it will be featuring Holiday Decor, Arts & Crafts, Endless Shopping, Beauty Bar, Delicious Food, and $1,000’s in Free Prizes. Bring your little one’s to take a professional picture with Santa for only $2 from 11:30 -1p.m. This offer Includes an instant photo with Santa & a treat! Doors open at 10 a.m. There will be free AAH Tote Bags to the first 150 people in the door. Then shop until 3 p.m. Make sure to sign up at Check In for a chance to Win Free Prizes Every hour! We will announce winners at the show & give you a call to claim your prize. You could be the lucky winner! Follow this event on Facebook for NEW Features at the show (to be announced.)General admission is only $1! There is free parking. Organizors are wishing you & your family a Happy Holiday Season!

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Nevada holidays LAS VEGAS - Santa’s Wonderland is the ultimate free family Christmas event. The magic returns to Bass Pro Shops beginning Saturday, Nov. 16 and continiuing through Tuesday, Dec. 24 Families are invited to enjoy this free enchanting Christmas village including free 4×6 studio-quality photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including fun crafts and games. Features include rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst a dazzling backdrop of snow-covered hills and illuminated Christmas trees. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, laser/ foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area and much more. Kids can also enjoy free crafts, coloring stations and write a letter to Santa.

Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa using the free Bass Pass system. Visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot located at the entrance of Santa’s Wonderland to pick up a time-stamped pass. Guests can register online for a digital Bass Pass to see Santa, allowing them time to explore Santa’s Wonderland or shop while they wait. Updates and reminders will be sent via text messages.

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In addition, Bass Pro Shops stores are designated toy drop-off stations for Toys for Tots. Families that bring a new toy to donate Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 will receive a FREE premium photo package valued at $20. For more information, hours and details visit https://www.basspro. com/shop/en/santas-wonderland

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Go, Do, See: What better way to get the family together and celebrate the holiday season, than with the world’s greatest variety show! With jaw-dropping, breathtaking circus acts of A Magical Cirque Christmas, you’ll be transported to the golden age which is filled with stunning costumes, extraordinary talent and more. This year it is featuring America’s Got Duo Transcend. But what’s Christmas without carols; this variety show has it all! Along with the mind-blowing acts, A Magical Cirque Christmas will be singing all your favorite carols with the help of incredible live musicians on stage. It’s literally got something for everybody - it’s a family event that is guaranteed to leave lasting memories. Tickets start at $29.50 and range to $79.50. They are available on ticketmaster. com.

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The place to celebrate the holidays from Thanksgiving up until Christmas; this monthlong family event kicks off on the Sunday after Thanksgiving with Santa’s rooftop arrival and welcome ceremony. The Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green will once again bring the magic and the wonder of the season to the town’s famous Green. Decked out in holiday finery, the Morristown Green will become a wonderland of nostalgia during the month-long festival. Family activities and entertainment add to the dazzling “Lighting of the Green” ceremony with brilliant lights and wreaths adorning streetlights town-wide – a 100+ year tradi-

tion! Each weekend throughout December thousands of attendees from all over Northern New Jersey visit and enjoy Santa visits and photos, holiday crafts, miniature train rides around the Green, gingerbread house & ornament making, music by local choirs and entertainers, ice sculpting demonstrations and free treats! Ice sculpture demonstrations, a vintage-style rocking horse and rides on a miniature train will all return to delight the children while families bask in the glow of thousands of dazzling lights. The evening will continue with from 5:45 to 8 p.m., with seasonal entertainment and hot chocolate and cookies, courtesy of event

sponsors. All activities and Santa visits will continue noon to 7 p.m. each weekend through December until Christmas Eve. New this year, Santa photos will be FREE with a current receipt from one of the following restaurants: Mega BBQ on Spring Street or End of Elm, George & Martha’s American Grille and the Grasshopper Off the Green, all three located on Morris Street. (Note: receipts must be for a minimum purchase of $10 and within 24 hours of Santa visit)

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BRONX—The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) announces tickets to the upcoming Holiday Train Show® and Bar Car Nights. The Holiday Train Show Runs from Nov. 23 through Jan. 26, 2020. This year’s show will showcase Central Park’s Iconic Architectural Treasures —with its landscape fashioned in mosses and hollies—in the 28th year of this much-loved holiday event. Visitors to New York City can explore the actual Central Park in Manhattan and then take a 20-minute train ride on Metro-North Railroad to NYBG, entering a miniature wonderland as model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, acorns, and cinnamon sticks. On select evenings, Bar Car Nights will offer after-dark viewing of the exhibition for adults 21 and over, along with food, specialty cocktails, live entertainment, and more. New replicas of Central

Park’s iconic architectural treasures will include Belvedere Castle, the Dairy, the Old Bandstand, the Angel of the Waters sculpture atop the Bethesda Fountain, and two graceful pedestrian bridges. They will be arrayed in a tableau with existing Central Park replicas in NYBG’s collection, including the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater. In addition, famous New York buildings that are either adjacent to the park or just inside it will be on display, including the Plaza Hotel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Rose Center for Earth and Space, part of the American Museum of Natural History. This year, the Holiday Train Show will be presented in an immersive indoor winter wonderland adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory as the Conservatory’s palm dome undergoes restoration, part of the routine maintenance and operations of the Botanical Garden’s facilities. The spacious, climate-controlled exhibition

space will be located on the Conservatory Lawn. The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad, bus, or subway. It is open Tuesday–Sunday, and Monday, December 16, 23, 30, and Jan. 20, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Extended hours, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Dec. 26 and 29. The Garden is closed Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving) and December 25 (Christmas); it closes at 3 p.m. on December 13 and 24 (Christmas Eve). All-Garden Pass tickets start at $23 for adults and $10 for children (ages 2–12) and differ during weekends and holiday weeks. Members and children under 2 are free. Advance timed tickets are strongly recommended and are available at nybg.org. or call 718-817-8687.

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Blue Ridge Mountain Old & New

Christmas and “Downton Abbey”! Come to Biltmore, Instagram-Worthy Lights in a Winter Wonderland, A Bucket-List-Worthy Gingerbread Display, Santa Does a Trial Run + Seasonal Shopping Made Easy.

ASHEVILLE/PRNewswire -- Festive holiday happenings abound with longtime traditions and fresh offerings combined to make this Blue Ridge Mountain city a must-visit Christmas destination. View the opulent decorations at America’s Largest Home. Pass through thousands of lights strewn throughout a magical winter garden. Pick your favorite among sugar-and-spice masterpieces competing for national gingerbread glory. BILTMORE HOME An enduring legacy of America’s Gilded Age, Biltmore is the 250-room grand vision of George W. Vanderbilt and America’s Largest Home. Christmas comes naturally here, as the Vanderbilts welcomed their first guests on Christmas Eve, 1895. During the holiday season, the estate sparkles with 30,000 lights and hundreds of candles illuminating the entry way during the Candlelight Christmas Evenings. A giant 55-foot Norway spruce is strung with 55,000 lights on the front lawn and leads the way into the home where 60 more intricately decorated trees are found. Open through Jan. 5, 2020. • NEW: Step inside the world of “Downtown Abbey,” the global television phenomenon and feature film. This immersive exhibition features set recreations, costumes and exclusive multimedia from the show. Housed at Biltmore’s Amherst and Legacy locations, the exhibition is Nov. 8 - April 7, 2020, and will highlight the parallels between the show, the movie and Biltmore’s Vanderbilt family, friends and staff. NORTH CAROLINA ARBORETUM • Asheville’s newest Christmas tradition brings -54- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019

the holidays to life with 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights throughout the nationally-known gardens Nov. 22 to Jan. 4, 2020. The Winter Lights exhibit enhances the natural beauty of the arboretum’s manicured grounds, which were influenced by the designs of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Don’t miss the 50-foot animated tree that comes alive to music and the outdoor firepit with a s’more station. • NEW: The arboretum presents the “Seasons of WNC” garden with family-friendly interactive games, food and beverages, and “Magical Maple,”


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showcasing Western North Carolina’s native red maple tree through lights, music and artistic display. • The arboretum also powers Local Lights displays at Pritchard Park and Pack Square, where a 10-foot gilded purple snowflake serves as a centerpiece and makes for the perfect backdrop to snap a giant #SnowflakeSelfie. (Don’t miss an additional display in Biltmore Village, too.) Kick off the season and get into the spirit with the Asheville Holiday Parade, set for Nov. 23. • Dazzling Drive: Nearby Arden drive-thru light

show at Lake Julian Festival of Lights, Nov. 30 -Dec. 23, illuminates a popular Buncombe County park. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of gleaming lights with 50 animated and stationary light displays. GINGERBREAD ON PARADE A spicy holiday favorite gets the royal treatment during the Omni Grove Park Inn’s National Gingerbread House Competition and Display. Whimsical cabins of candy, gumdrop-adorned castles and sugar-spun landscapes in the hundreds are on display at this historic resort – and across Asheville – throughout the Christmas season. Contestants from around the country have been entering this judged competition for more than two decades hoping to win and be on national television. The display is open to the public Nov. 20 - Jan. 4, 2020. A DICKENS VILLAGE Just outside of Biltmore sits historic Biltmore Village with its stone streets, quaint boutiques and inviting restaurants. On Dec. 6 & 7, the village transforms for the annual Dickens in the Village Festival. Shopkeepers dress in Victorian-era garb, and the main stage fills with musical entertainment. OLD-FASHIONED CHARM Minutes from downtown Asheville, is Asheville’s Norman Rockwell-esque neighbors with their own holiday traditions. Weaverville’s Candlelight Stroll (Dec. 13) lights up the town’s Main Street, complete with music, horse-and-carriage rides, carolers and children’s activities. In Black Mountain, the historic Monte Vista Hotel hosts Deck the Trees Dec. 6 - Jan. 6, 2020, a tree-decorating contest benefiting a local charity, while Lake Tomahawk hosts Circle of Lights, featuring food, entertainment, and Santa (Dec. 7). SAINT NICK’S TRAINING To ready himself for clambering down chimneys, Santa will practice on 315-foot Chimney Rock, rappelling down the 535-million-year-old monolith and then heading back to the top For more articles to do it again. Mrs. Claus will on North Carolina, greet children >CLICK HERE Dec. 7 & 14. November, 2019 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -55-


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Dickens Village Fest. Garrison transforms into the “Christmas Capitol of North Dakota” during three consecutive weekends, starting Thanksgiving weekend (Friday-Sunday) and the next two weekends (Friday-Saturday). On Nov. 30 through Dec. 1, a Victorian family festival in a quaint English setting features a craft vendor show, lighted parade, street food vendors, daily entertainment, and house tours. “A Christmas Carol” play takes visitors back to the days of Charles Dickens. The event turns a community of 1,500 into a quaint Victorian town from the era of Charles Dickens’. Guests are encouraged to hitch a ride on the “Queen Elizabus,” an authentic double-decker bus straight from England or partake in the many festivities available. Hours: Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Friday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Old-fashioned English meals, English High Teas, decorated house tours, and Piccadilly Square Craft Vendor Show, street food vendors, street urchins and street carolers, a lighted Main Street parade at dusk and a full musical production each evening are highlights of this festival that continues to increase in popularity. Enjoy a carriage ride. Each afternoon offers afternoon entertainment of everything from top-drawer vocalists to gospel singers and quartets. Garrison merchants also join in the fun as employees dress up in their favorite Victorian garb to serve customers. As the official Christmas Capitol of North Dakota, Garrison and its Dickens Village Festival are a must for anyone who wants to turn the holiday season into a special experience year after year. For more information please call us at 1.800.799.4242.

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t just can’t be Christmas without the glittery, festive holiday light displays. One of the most popular in Ohio is in the Harrison Smith Park, located in Upper Sandusky. Through the volunteer efforts of many individuals, organizations and businesses in the community, the 33 acres of this park becomes a spectacular show with different scenes each year. This year’s featured display is “The Pastime of Life” sponsored and created by Diamond Rollup Door. Each year, a commemorative postcard is handed out to each visiting vehicle from Dec. 2-5, while supplies last. The photo on the postcard will be of the featured display. For the early birds who just can’t wait until December, a kick-off “Fantasy Walk” is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27 (weather permitting). This is a free event with cash donations being accepted which benefit all Wyandot County food pantries. The opening ceremony will be held at 6pm at Santa’s House. Come and watch the park light up! Since 1997, Harrison Smith Park, just east of downtown Upper Sandusky, is transformed into a fabulous light show for the month of December. A donation of $5 per car is requested and the proceeds will benefit a local charitable organization that is selected annually. For commercial vans, the suggested donation is $15 while tour busess are $50. Horse-drawn carriage rides through the park are very popular and are enjoyed several nights during the season. The rides are by reservation only and are sold out for this year. Reservations began October 1 and all available rides were booked by mid October. For more information about the Fantasy of Lights, please feel free to call the Wyandot County Visitor’s Bureau at 419-294-3556 or check out our website at www.uppersfantasyoflights.org. Like us on Facebook where we keep all weather announcements up to date. November, 2019 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -59-


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IX Christmas Connection

November 22 - 24 CLEVELAND - The 34th Annual I-X Christmas Connection will attract more than 43,000 attendees from around the region with over 725 booths offering something for everyone. Part of what makes the I-X Christmas Connection the number one shopping destination for thousands is the festive atmosphere when guests shop handmade doll clothes, candles, wooded items, pet supplies, children and baby. Each unique gift, ornament, wreath, stocking stuffer and gift fills the aisles with Christmas cheer, making the shopping for all on your list that much easier! The goal of this show is to provide a Christmas destination for everyone. Guests will be welcomed by Cleveland’s tallest Santa Claus and incredible 400 foot enchanted entryway. Make sure to have your camera ready because you’ll want to capture the moment with them in front of a real Christmas tree inspired by the hit movie.

Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland is the charity partner this year with donation boxes setup throughout the event. Daily entertainment includes a special appearance from the Singing Angels Nov. 22. Mascots from Cleveland’s professional sports and colleges will be present as well as Snoopy and the PEANUTS characters from Cedar Point. Create a holiday themed string art masterpiece in the feature area, Strung by Shawna. Bring the family and get creative! She will be located in the Feature Area across from Santa Land! A small fee will apply to participate. Breakfast with Santa, on Saturday and Sunday, is fun for parents and kids alike! All kids attending will receive a special present and a photo opportunity with our guests of honor (attendees must bring own camera). A separate admission ticket is needed. Santa, Mrs. Claus and friendly elves will be in Santa-

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Land all weekend long accepting Christmas wishes and capturing pictures with all those attending! Kids 12 and under are free. Activities include: ●Meet Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their elves. Write your own letter to Santa. ● The first 600 kids (daily) can decorate, then eat, a gingerbread man in the Gingerbread Square. ● Children can buy gifts for everyone on their list in the expanded Sugar Plum Shoppe featuring over 4,000 pre-wrapped gifts (under $8 each). ● Let the little ones relax while they watch classic Christmas movies in the theater area. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.ixchristmasconnection.com/

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Relive Old English Charm at D by Beverly Kerr God bless us every one! Those words of Tiny Tim from Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” ring out over Cambridge, Ohio each holiday season as their downtown is magically transformed into Dickens Victorian Village. Charles Dickens would have enjoyed walking Wheeling Avenue in Cambridge, Ohio during November and December. The downtown becomes Merry Olde England with scenes from Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” as well as those that portray life at that time. Stroll down the street as you view the 94 scenes with 164 life-size mannequins dressed in Victorian style. They can be found under every lamppost for five blocks. Read the brass plaques to discover the connection to Charles Dickens and Victorian times. The Dickens Creative Team refurbishes the scenes each year working from February through October. Repairs are made on everything from damaged clothing to problems with the framework. The small details they include with hats, capes, and jewelry make the scenes come to life. This year a special book has been created for Dickens Victorian Village by a local writers’ group, Rainy Day Writers, with pictures and stories of each of those 94 scenes. Pick up a copy for a great memory of your visit back to Victorian times. Stop at the Dickens Welcome Center and Curiosity Shoppe to learn more about the events taking place each weekend. Here you will also find Imagination Station where guests can dress in Victorian costume and have their pictures taken with the figure of Charles Dickens himself, or in front of a beautiful Christmas tree. Fourteen years ago Dickens Victorian Village -62- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019

began and has been expanding ever since. Enjoy the small-town flavor of unique shops, home-style food, and local holiday events from November 1 through January 1. Everything for a happy holiday feeling is happening in downtown Cambridge. Notice that small town glow from the unique gift shops that line the main street. Stop at the locally-owned restaurants for old-fashioned home cooking. Review the schedule in the Visitors Guide to find special events such as Victorian teas, Dickens Marathon Book Reading, musical shows, trolley rides and others that you might enjoy. Have a Dickens of an experience!


Dickens Victorian Village

evening with families who want to sit back and enjoy the show. Children dance on the lawn as the music plays. Many families have made their visit a family tradition year after year. If the weather is cold, you can sit in your car and turn the radio to a local station to hear the music from the warmth of your vehicle. Before heading home for the evening, stop at the Courthouse Holiday Light Show. This spectacular show begins each evening at 5:30 and goes on continuously until 9:00. There are over 60,000 lights synchronized to holiday music with an entire hour of different programming that makes this an extra-special attraction. Benches on the courthouse lawn are filled each

Visit their website at www.DickensVictorianVillage.com for a calendar of events to find just the right time for your family to visit. Mark your calendar now for a step back into Victorian times to catch the holiday spirit. Believe in the magic of Christmas!

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Light Up Middletown

Light Up Middletown, celebrating its 20th year in existance, is a fantasy drive-thru light display in Middletown, Ohio’s downtown 100 acre Smith Park. We’re open 6-10 PM every night through New Year’s Eve regardless of the weather, including all holidays. Santa and Mrs. Claus,will be on the premesis every Friday and Saturday, from 7-9 p.m. through Dec 21. Get yur momento photo with Santa for a cash donation. Enter through the tunnel of lights to enjoy a sparkling fantasyland. Several themed displays include a floating Sea Serpent in the reflecting lake, Santa’s Workshop, American Flag, Penguin Village, Deer Leaping Over the Road-

way, Helicopter, Whales and much more – all with thousands of twinkling LED animated lights. The fun expands every year. Motor Coach Tours are welcome. All arches over roadways accommodate buses. Presenting a spectacular light display is not all that Light Up is about. With the donations received at the gate and the many business sponsors thru the years, several upgrades have been made available throughout the area. The organizations mission is to continue making needed improvements, while at the same time, make Middletown the hub of holiday activity. For more information, visit online at http://www. lightupmiddletown.org.

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Winterfest

TULSA - Step into a magical winter wonderland with a spellbinding trip to Tulsa’s Winterfest. This annual holiday tradition, held in the heart of the downtown area, sets the season aglow with everything from an astounding 44-ft. tree decked out with over 35,000 lights to cozy horse-drawn carriage rides along the streets of T-town. ARVEST WINTERFEST returns for its 12th year on Nov. 23. The seasonal celebration provides entertainment and activities for 44 days this year, giving everyone a chance to enjoy skating beneath Tulsa’s skyline. In addition to the 9,000 square foot outdoor ice rink, the brand new WINTERFEST EXPRESS train has rolled in from the North Pole. Fueled by FOX23, it is free and open for all ages. Hop on the train as it chugs along outside of Winterfest every Saturday before Christmas Eve from 12-3PM. Make your way to the BOK Center, the enchanting epicenter of Winterfest, for live entertainment, a holiday-themed marketplace and candy canes. Free entertainment takes place on the outdoor stage adjacent to the rink beside the glass icon wall of BOK Center. Mark your calendars for the festival’s stunning parade of lights. Festivities run through the -66- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019

New Year. http://tulsawinterfest.com/ While in Tulsa, visit the free 45-minute Bethlehem Walk a guided walk through a realistic living nativity scene. A cast of over 150 members of Tulsa’s Christview Christian Church in authentic costumes, detailed sets and a wide variety of live animals including camels, donkeys and sheep bring the story of Jesus Christ to life this holiday season. The story unfolds in a beautiful outdoor setting complete with a lighted path for safety. Each visitor to Bethlehem Walk will become a member of a family that travels to Bethlehem to be counted in the census and pay their taxes. Guests will encounter Roman soldiers, beggars, lepers and even a host of heavenly angels along the road to Bethlehem. Each person has their tax papers stamped before being allowed into the city, which is alive with activity. Shopkeepers and dancers in the streets welcome each guest and visitors will learn about the life of Jesus Christ through a dramatic presentation. Enjoy an exciting and entertaining pre-show and free refreshments after the walk. Reservations are recommended for this free event. For more information on Oklahoma,

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SILVERTON - Enjoy an immersive holiday event at the based on a traditional European-style Christmas Market, where you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of the season. Christmas in the Garden is nestled into a ten-acre forest within the 80-acre Oregon Garden. Its remote location makes it a charming event venue, and takes a little extra time to get to. Stroll through the forest to experience one million lights, while sipping a warm, spicy gluhwein. Winding through the forest is dotted with merchants, food booths, fire pits and games. Guests are welcome to visit and take their own photos with Santa for a suggested $2 donation. Santa’s schedule will be 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday: Nov. 29 – Dec. 16 and daily: Dec. 17 – 23. Santa’s House will be located just past the main entry this year. Follow the signs to the North Pole and look for the

large heads of reindeer! Feast on a variety of international dining options from pizza to fondue. Explore participating market vendors and find the perfect Christmas giftf Enjoy music from choirs and cozy up to a wood-burning fire pit. Those who are more adventurous will enjoy ice skating or snowless tubing, while the rest of the crew can relax and watch from the comfort of the fully-covered, heated tents. The event is designed for friends and family to linger, enjoy time together and experience the traditions that make this time of year so special. Make it an Extended Weekend Winter Getaway because Christmas in the Garden is adjacent to the Oregon Garden Resort. Resort guests enjoy on-site parking, expedited event entry, and the opportunity to stay awhile and enjoy all that downtown Silverton has to offer. Book your 2019 Christmas package now!

The new Kid Corral is a covered, floored, and fenced-in play area where toddlers can break free of their strollers without the worry of them running off. When the little ones have had enough, but you’re not ready for the fun to end, head up to Frosty’s Family Room in the Resort. There is a kids menu featured, coloring, holiday movies, and a full lounge menu and bar for the grown ups. In the event of extreme weather like ice, wind or lightning, for the safety of our guests and staff, we may choose not to open or shorten our hours. Join us December 15th & 22nd for our Dinner Theater events held in the heated family-friendly Biergarten, 2:30-5pm. For more information, visit online at https://christmasinthegarden.com/

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Hotel Bethlehem

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xperience world-class service, charming guest accommodations, elegantly appointed common areas, and award winning cuisine. Historic Hotel Bethlehem is located in the Christmas City, with amazing decorations and Christmas activities throughout the season. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the hotel with its beautiful and unique decor. There is a spectacular display of over 35,000 Christmas lights, a multitude of uniquely decorated Christmas trees, 36 wreaths, six seven-foot Toy Soldiers, two life size Nutcrackers and a gingerbread house modeled after the hotel. Rediscover your childhood wonderment, and unwrap a memorable holiday your family will cherish for years to come. Start off in the main lobby, built in 1922 in the midst of the “Roaring Twenties”. Take a journey back in time as you explore the Corinthian columns and replicas of the original lighting fixtures hung overhead. Swing by The Tap Room, festive with holiday spirit and oversized lighted ornaments, a nice pause for a Hot Toddy. Continue to the Mural Ballroom, named for the murals painted in 1936 by famed American artist, George Gray. Tell the story of Bethlehem from the walking purchase of William Penn into the industrial age. Be surrounded by a glistening 15-foot tree and wreaths emulating the Christmas spirit. Enjoy the aromas and splendor of the on-site restaurant, 1741. On the Terrace, make your way through “Christmas in the Garden” themed

room. Recently restored to replicate the original solarium concept of 1922, this room offers a fantastic view of the National Historic Landmark District. Stroll to the second floor mezzanine overlooking the lobby and the grand marble staircase. You’ll have a fantastic view of the merry holiday crowd and the outstanding hand painted nativity display over the main entrance. Wrap up your tour in the Grand Ballroom, to experience the festive wreaths, garland and another 15-foot Christmas tree to compliment the historic space. Don’t forget this year’s collector’s edition ornament, available each year for purchase in The Shoppe at Hotel Bethlehem. This year’s ornament captures the spectacular view of Historic Bethlehem on Main Street, the front of Hotel Bethlehem and a beautiful horse-drawn carriage ride. Also available in The Shoppe is the annual commemorative Christmas tin. Bazzini peppermint bark fills the inside of the tin which features a custom water painting on the outside by local artist, Mary Jane Lahr! It truly captures the spirit of Christmas in Bethlehem. Located centrally in the Lehigh Valley in Historic Downtown Beth-

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lehem with a wide variety of women’s clothing, jewelry, purses, hats, scarves, wraps and special gifts. The Shoppe is the perfect spot, shopping for gifts for that special someone, this time of year! While visiting Bethlehem, join the community for all of the wonderful Christmas activities happening in the downtown area! From Nov. 22 to Dec. 22 will be beautifully decorated, festive open air huts along Main Street filled with unique holiday gift ideas! New to Downtown Bethlehem this year will be the “Clash of the Carols” featuring local chorus groups competing against each other to be named “best choral group” for different categories. What could be more festive than shopping through the Main Street Huts and listening to a group of Carolers? Bethlehem is sometimes called the “City of Festivals” thanks to more than 10 major festivals and 150 smaller festivals or community cultural events offered each year. From Musikfest to Christmas City Village, there is a festival for everyone in Bethlehem.

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Christmas Festival

Come one! Come all! To the Rhode Island Christmas Festival on Nov. 23 and 24 at the West Warwick Civic Center There will be more than 100 vendors, music, food and fun. Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Santa, Little Miss & Little Mr. Christmas Pageant, Ugly Sweater Contest and Gingerbread House Contest. hours open are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For info please email kcarlini.communitymarketing@yahoo.com. Gingerbread House Contest will take place on Saturday. You’ll need to pre-register and the cost to enter the contest is $10. There will be different categories, including a kids competition! More details to come but one rule will be that the houses must be made of gingerbread!

Santa will be there on Sunday, Nov. 24. Santa arrives at noon and will lead the Annual Family Parade (inside, everyone parades around the venue, and it’s free). At 1 p.m. will kick off the Little Miss and Little Mr. Christmas Pageant. There arefour age groups: Under 1, 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9.$10 to register and each child will receive a gift. Winners in each category will receive a special prize plus sash and ornament. Admission and parking is free.

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The Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals is a unique national award-winning event comprised of a multitude of shopping and entertainment options, for individuals and groups alike. Visit the Victorian Holiday Marketplace held in the 100,800 sq. ft. exhibit hall of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. this year the event is scheduled for Nov. 14-17.

Dickens Christmas Show

Here against a Victorian Holiday background, one will find hundreds of period clad vendors hawking everything from jewelry, gifts, toys, arts and crafts, gourmet foods, holiday décor, and much much more. There probably is truly something for everyone on your holiday list. For full event details & to purchase tickets visit dickenschristmasshow.com. One-third of The Dickens Christmas Show is dedicated to Non- Profit Run Festivals. Each festival is created around the Victorian Period and its’ Age Old Holiday Traditions. All of the Magnificent Pieces that create the Festivals are for sale, by Silent Auction at the Show. To make things even more intriguing, an assortment of Gift Certificates of all kinds, Show Tickets, Restaurant Vouchers, and so Much More, come with each of them, creating an even more Irresistible Ensemble! Back by popular demand is the “The Victorian Snow Globe Challenge” with a chance to win 100 presents and “Scrooge’s Hunt for the Missing Presents” which will both be held on the show floor for any one that chooses to participate. -70- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is a 37 Year Old Festival, comprised of Fifty Fabulous Christmas Trees in various Styles, Shapes, Color Schemes and Themes from Classic Red and Gold to Sports themes, Santa themes, Toy themes…you name it. Each year the Trees seem to get more Beautiful. 100% of all the Tree Sales, go to Coastal Carolina University’s “Life Program”. The Life Program is a fabulous, four year, post- secondary education and transition program for adults who have mild to moderate intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. It prepares the students with the life skills they need to work and live Productive, Independent Adult Lives.

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People to See:

Santa Clause

PIGEON FORGE - The Incredible Christmas Place is a more than 2,000-square-foot complex filled with any and all holiday decor you could imagine. Now it has opened Santa’s Haus as a new family-friendly attraction this holiday season. To be open year-round, there are Christmas-themed activities for children and “children -at-heart” including a story time with Santa. Enjoy milk and cookies, photo-ops, cookie decorating, and letter writing. The kids will receive a reply letter from Santa! Make a deco-

rative ornament or attend Elf Academy where the kids can learn how to be an elf and play reindeer games. An elf hat, graduation photo and certificate are given upon completion of the Academy. The Incredible Christmas Place, with it’s home at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, is the premier destination for Christmas gifts and collectibles, designer-themed Christmas Trees, novelty and traditional Christmas Lights, hundreds of Personalized Ornaments, and all your favorite Holiday brands like Department 56, Lemax, Chris-

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topher Radko and many more! It is considered the largest permanent Christmas retails in the American south and one of the largest in the U.S. For hours and more information, visit https://www.christmasplace. com/about

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Flip The Switch

ADDISON - Holiday fun for the whole family begins Friday, Nov. 29, when the Vitruvian Park transforms into North Texas’ most spectacular holiday destination. Located West of Midway of Spring Valley, Vitruvian Lights will feature more than 1.5 million sparkling LED wrapped around 550 selected trees and will be turned on during a special “Flip The Switch lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public, guests will enjoy live music by the Jordan Kahn Orchestra. Take FREE photos with Santa. Have the kids write and send letters to

the big guy and even pet Santa’s reindeer.Other classic holiday characters will be on hand. When hungry, you can purchase goodies from the gourmet food trucks. Once the switch is flipped by Mayor Joe Chow, the lights will remain on every evening from 5 – 11 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2020. Enjoy additional performances during FREE Magical Nights of Lights celebrations from 6-10 p.m. on: Saturday, Dec. 7, with Phat Strad and Saturday, Dec. 14, with Sonny’s Holiday. Both nights will feature Santa and his reindeer, holiday characters and a letter-writing station.

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Admission to the daily outdoor events are FREE and open to the public. Event Parking is $10 cash-only and available at the following locations; Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex (3815 Spring Valley Road, Addison, TX 75001), and Vitruvian Park (Bella Lane Parking Lot & Ponte Avenue Parking Lot). Mingle with family and friends, dance and sing along to your favorite holiday songs, enjoy the food and beverages. Make this a must attend every year! For more information and performance schedules, visit: https:// www.udr.com/vitruvian-park/ vitruvian-park-events/

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Dickens’ Festival

SOUTH JORDAN - The Northern Utah Dickens’ Christmas Festival is not just another craft show, but a unique and unusual entertainment and shopping experience. Olde English shops, hundreds of period costumes, fortune tellers, orphans, royalty, and the REAL Father Christmas all combine to offer guests a Christmas experience like no other! This year the festival is scheduled for Nov. 21-23 at a new location, the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park & Event Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. The fair re-creates the crooked streets and winding lanes of Charles Dickens’ London, where so many of America’s holiday traditions originated. Vendors are carefully selected to ensure a completely unique market experience of Old English shops set in the Victorian Era. As you wander through the streets of Olde London, you will see each of the vendors with vintage booths and dressed in Victorian dresses, hats, -74- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019

and trousers. You may even encounter Queen Victoria herself ! A mini-production of the musical based on Charles Dickens’ “Scrooge” will be performed nightly as well as puppet shows, street theater and the Fezziwig Dance party. The tall, tall Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future will also be wandering through the streets will delight the young and old alike. Tickets are $8 for adulsts and $6 for ages 4-12. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit online at https://www.eventbrite. com/e/northern-utah-dickens-christmas-festival-tickets-74321464501 The Dickens’ Christmas Festival is a not for profit organization dedicated to providing its communities with a lasting Christmas tradition as it gives back to families and individuals in need.

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Places to Go:

Christmas Village

Woodstock is the Christmas Village In Vermont That Becomes Even More Magical Year After Year There is a draw to Vermont when it’s approaching the most wonderful time of the year, and there’s a good reason for that. Warm lights glow from houses decorated with festive cheer while the snow blankets everything with a perfect winter white. So where should you go to experience all this quintessential charm? The answer is simple, really. Anywhere in Vermont! However Woodstock is bursting at the seams with charm. So without further ado... Often named one of the prettiest small towns in America, the village of Woodstock becomes the ultimate holiday destination during its annual Wassail Weekend. The nonstop schedule of fun includes multiple concerts, craft fairs, a holiday house tour, parade, community yule log, and much more. This year’s event is scheduled Dec. 13-15. As you pass through the village stores swathed in garland and lights that twinkle like stars, step inside the ones that catch your eye for a touch of warmth and shopping. Throughout the town, you’ll find pottery/glassware, sweet confections, local cheeses, piping hot coffee, beautiful clothes, curated home goods, antiques, and locally-made wares perfect for holiday presents. Historic village homes appear to be something right out of a fairytale – and you can tour them inside and out. Visitors will travel door-to-door via a horsedrawn wagon to walk the bedecked halls of Woodstock’s most charming homes.

Step back in time with Christmas at Billings Farm! From 10 AM – 4 PM, walk through the 1890s farmhouse dressed in historic holiday splendor, catch a farm exhibit, craft your own authentic ornaments, take a refreshing sleigh ride (Sunday only), and more! Tickets are $4-$16 depending on age, available at the door.

Wassail Weekend at Billings Farm! Immerse yourself in the traditions of a 19th century Vermont Christmas,

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Shopping Small

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he D.C. region’s Shop Small destination for independent boutiques, Alexandria, Virginia, invites shoppers to opt small and shop a local experience in a magical setting of holiday wonder. Reminiscent of a real-life Dickens Village complete with European flair, Alexandria’s centuries-old brick-lined streets twinkle with holiday traditions. Enjoy an alternative Black Friday experience in locally owned boutiques, many which open early and offer some of the best deals of the year. For Small Business Saturday, more than 40 independently owned boutiques in Old Town and Del Ray offer special in-store activities. Plus, take advantage of free parking at parking meters and enjoy special activities happening throughout the day. On Sunday, Museum Store Sunday returns for a third year, offering shoppers the chance to purchase unique and historically-inspired gifts while enjoying special offers and seasonal refreshments. Experience one-of-a-kind deals on designer and

coveted merchandise, including home décor, chic fashions, gourmet food, classic toys and gifts for dogs. Store offers vary, with special discounts throughout the day and more than 10 boutiques opening by 7 a.m., including fibre space, Pacers, The Shoe Hive, Red Barn Mercantile and Bloomers. Old Town Business and Old Town Boutique District celebrate with Plaid Friday, a relaxing and enjoyable alternative to big box stores’ Black Friday that is designed to promote both local and independently owned businesses during the holidays. Refuel or relax after a day of shopping at independent restaurants brimming with historic charm. Stick around to enjoy holiday magic on historic streets with dozens of special holiday happenings and events. Recognized by Oprah Magazine as one of the Most Charming Christmas Towns Across the World in 2019, Alexandria is filled with nostalgic holiday wonder. Check out the promotions and happenings at www.visitalexandriava.com

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First Holiday Festival

SEATTLE/PRNewswire -Lumaze Lost in Lights -- an all-indoor Christmas festival and market -- is making its debut this holiday season at Pier 91 on Seattle’s new Waterfront. From Nov. 28 to Jan. 5, attendees can escape the winter elements and enjoy nearly 100,000 sq. feet of beautiful twinkling light displays set inside Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. The festive environment. is fully enclosed --family, date and friend friendly-- and comes complete with a Christmas market, interactive light maze, food, beverage and live entertainment. There’s something for everyone. “It’s the ideal place to plan annual holiday get-togethers and parties or celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. We love to provide our guests with an environment where they can create memorable moments and new traditions.” said Lumaze Seattle Event Supervisor, Kristi Savoy. What to expect:

• Illuminated structures perfect for family photos and #selfies • Interactive activities and festive playgrounds to entertain kids for hours • Plenty of options for adults to kick-back at bars and enjoy seasonal beverages and live music • Holiday market with artisan vendors where guests can take care of their shopping list • Local culinary options from Seattle’s sought-after food trucks • Suggested arrival times to keep entry waits to a minimum • Ticket control to ensure the event is never too crowded • Parking shuttle to and from designated event lots “We use local vendors for the marketplace and food and beverage options, and engage local charities, organizations and entertainers to ensure the event is uniquely Seattle.” said Savoy. Admission for adults starts at $19.99 with discounts for family, seniors, military, and weekday

admissions. Children under three are free. Pass benefits include unlimited visits, flexible no-hassle rescheduling, along with a 56 percent discount on ticket prices for the whole family. Lumaze Lights Seattle will run Nov. 28 to Jan 5. See website for specific hours Lumaze brings people together to laugh, stroll and play under the twinkle of a million lights. Lumaze also gives back to the communities they operate in by creating fundraising opportunities during the event. Local vendors and entertainers, charities, sponsors and ambassadors interested in the event may apply online. Lumaze is also being held in Pittsburgh Nov. 29 to Jan. 4. Visit https://www.lumazelights. com/ for more information.

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Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running consecutive concert tour in the entertainment industry! Davis said the hallmark tour will begin on November 11th, 2019 and run through December 29th, 2019 Two traveling ensembles will hold performances in cities across the country. A concert is scheduled on November 21, 8-10 p.m. at the Charleston Coliseum and Events Center in -78- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ November, 2019

Charleston. A Grammy Award winner, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 29 million in the Christmas genre. For tickets, visit https://www.mannheimsteamroller.com/events/ charleston-wv-municipal-auditorium/ For more places to go, things to do, and people to see in West Virginia

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Krampus

EAGLE - Move over Santa, Krampus is coming to town! This mischievous holiday creature from Central European folklore is just one of the many traditions that will be explored December 7 and 8 at Old World Wisconsin’s “An Old World Christmas.” Guests will immerse themselves in engaging and interactive experiences inspired by holiday customs brought to the state by the diverse cultures that helped shape the traditions many Wisconsin families continue to practice today. Old World’s 1880s Crossroads Village will be decked in holiday greenery and full of buildings bustling with holiday prepara-

tions. Guests can help prepare Vanocka, a traditional braided bread; listen to live music, carols, and hymns; learn about holiday traditions like St. Nicholas and English Boxing Day; enjoy a scenic horse-drawn ride; take a photo in Santa Claus’ Victorian workshop and in front of the largest Yule Goat in North America; and visit with a few of the site’s four-legged residents in the barns. Remember to watch out for Krampus, who will be wandering around the site taking selfies with guests. Hot beverages are available for purchase. “An Old World Christmas” will also be held Dec. 14-15. Admission is $12, ages 5-12, $9. Ages 4 and

under are free. “An Old World Christmas” would not be possible without the generous support of the Old World Foundation. Old World Wisconsin documents the settlement of 19th- and early 20th-century Wisconsin. It comprises an 1870s crossroads village and 10 ethnic farmsteads located on 576 acres of wooded hills in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest. https://wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Event/ EV6680

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Places to Go:

First Holiday Festival

SEATTLE/PRNewswire -Lumaze Lost in Lights -- an all-indoor Christmas festival and market -- is making its debut this holiday season at Pier 91 on Seattle’s new Waterfront. From Nov. 28 to Jan. 5, attendees can escape the winter elements and enjoy nearly 100,000 sq. feet of beautiful twinkling light displays set inside Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. The festive environment. is fully enclosed --family, date and friend friendly-- and comes complete with a Christmas market, interactive light maze, food, beverage and live entertainment. There’s something for everyone. “It’s the ideal place to plan annual holiday get-togethers and parties or celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. We love to provide our guests with an environment where they can create memorable moments and new traditions.” said Lumaze Seattle Event Supervisor, Kristi Savoy.

What to expect: • Illuminated structures perfect for family photos and #selfies • Interactive activities and festive playgrounds to entertain kids for hours • Plenty of options for adults to kick-back at bars and enjoy seasonal beverages and live music • Holiday market with artisan vendors where guests can take care of their shopping list • Local culinary options from Seattle’s sought-after food trucks • Suggested arrival times to keep entry waits to a minimum • Ticket control to ensure the event is never too crowded • Parking shuttle to and from designated event lots “We use local vendors for the marketplace and food and beverage options, and engage local charities, organizations and entertainers to ensure the event is uniquely Seattle.” said Savoy. Admission for adults starts at

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$19.99 with discounts for family, seniors, military, and weekday admissions. Children under three are free. Pass benefits include unlimited visits, flexible no-hassle rescheduling, along with a 56 percent discount on ticket prices for the whole family. Lumaze Lights Seattle will run Nov. 28 to Jan 5. See website for specific hours Lumaze brings people together to laugh, stroll and play under the twinkle of a million lights. Lumaze also gives back to the communities they operate in by creating fundraising opportunities during the event. Local vendors and entertainers, charities, sponsors and ambassadors interested in the event may apply online. Lumaze is also being held in Pittsburgh Nov. 29 to Jan. 4. Visit https://www.lumazelights. com/ for more information. For more in Wyoming

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