Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, this time of year is meant for jolly merriment, festive lights, and those warm spots in the community where family and friends can gather. Get outside during the month of December, and celebrate the holiday season in style with one of these 10 amazing events happening this month:
National Christmas Tree Lighting – December 6th
Celebrate the holiday season by watching one of the most famous Christmas Trees sparking to life outside the White House. With special musical guests including the Avett Brothers and Mariah Carey, this event can be seen in person at our nation’s capital, or catch the broadcast live at the website or on t.v.
9News Parade of Lights, Denver – December 6th – 7th
Chances are, Denver is not the only city to host a holiday parade, but now entering its 39th year, the 9News Parade of Lights has the festivities on lock-down. Where ever your parade takes you, make sure to bring a thermos of hot cocoa and your warmest winter coat.
Santa Run, Provo, UT – December 7th
Provo knows how to do a Santa run right. For your $35 registration, the race promoters will send you your mandatory Santa suit and beard. That means, if you were to visit Provo, Utah on December 7th, on your way to anywhere else, you would be shocked to turn a corner and see 100’s of genuine Santa Claus’s chasing you on foot.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, Cottage Grove, MN – December 14th
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be making plenty of stops along the track, but one of their signature events, featuring Sheryl Crow, will be stopping in Cottage Grove, Minnesota on December 14th to rock the train off its tracks. Come take part in the festivities, donate food and money towards their community, and have a wonderful winter time.
Holiday Candlelight Tours of Lewis and Clark Caverns – Montana – December 14th – 19th
Seeing the Lewis and Clark caverns by flashlight is amazing enough, but seeing the caverns as the first explorers saw them, by candlelight, is a whole other level of awesome. Professionally guided, with cookies and hot cocoa at the visitor’s center, this candlelight tour will give you a fresh perspective on the usual holiday traditions.
Shadrock Christmas Wonderland– All Month Long
With four different locations (Asheville, NC; Sevierville, TN; New Market, MD; and Myrtle Beach, SC), Shadrock claims to have the largest displays of drive through light spectacles in the nation. And maybe they do, with thousands of light bulbs burning into the air each night. But chances are, a festive light show is not far from you no matter where you’re at.
Snow What Fun, Phoenix, AZ – December 24th
Are you living down south and miss the snow? Well the Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix has you covered. Their fountain, during the entire month of December produces snow once a day. And on December 24th, the fountain will be providing local Phoenicians with snow every hour. Great way to catch some flakes in otherwise snow-less surroundings.
Christkindlmarket – Chicago – All Month Until December 24th
Similar to many of the Holiday Markets that open up in many bigger cities, the Christkindlmarket in Chicago may be one of the more peculiar named. But regardless of consonants, this German-inspired market has been attracting shoppers and gazers for almost twenty years, and rightfully so, this highly decorated shopping experience is always worth the price.
Columbus Zoo Wild Nights, Ohio – All Month Long
Once again, most any decent sized Zoo will have some night light attractions during the holiday season, so check the closest one to you. And considering that the Columbus Zoo is one of the biggest in the nation, I thought it was worth mentioning. Add a new element to your Zoo experience by going at night, being guided by a festive light, to see your favorite animals as they celebrate the holidays as well.
NYRR Midnight Run – New York City – December 31st @ 11:59 p.m.
The New York Road Runners put on this end of the year, beginning of the next, event to kick off 2014 with a healthy start. Just after the ball drops, a late-night 4-miler ensues through the streets of New York. Lay off the booze this New Year’s Eve, and switch to Gatorade for this uniquely fun and healthy event.