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    Hanging Of The Bows | News, Sports, Jobs – Jamestown Post Journal - December 5, 2019 by admin

    The 20th annual Hanging of the Bows on the Memorial Christmas Tree took place Sunday evening in Cherry Creek. Pictured is the tree in the gazebo of the Memorial Park on Main Street in the hamlet, as participants gathered to honor and remember their loved ones.P-J photo by Sue Ann FishThe 20th annual Hanging of the Bows on the Memorial Christmas Tree took place Sunday evening in Cherry Creek. Pictured is the tree in the gazebo of the Memorial Park on Main Street in the hamlet, as participants gathered to honor and remember their loved ones.P-J photo by Sue Ann Fish

    The 20th annual Hanging of the Bows on the Memorial Christmas Tree took place Sunday evening in Cherry Creek. Pictured is the tree in the gazebo of the Memorial Park on Main Street in the hamlet, as participants gathered to honor and remember their loved ones.P-J photo by Sue Ann Fish

    CHERRY CREEK Sunday evening capped off a gray, rainy and cold first day of December, but the mood in the gazebo of Cherry Creeks Memorial Park was anything but that, as nearly 50 participants gathered for what would be the 20th hanging of the bows on the two Memorial Christmas trees in the park.

    Sponsored by the Cherry Creek Community Association Inc., the gathering began in the Torn Hall, where those participating picked up the bows they had ordered a few weeks prior. Bows colored red, white and blue were hung in honor of those who served in our nations military.

    Pink bows were in remembrance of those lost due to cancer, while white bows designated emergency personnel. Red bows were hung in honor of all others being remembered.

    For some, the grief was fresh. For others, it was not. But for all, it was a nostalgic remembrance of loved ones no longer present, and a way to remember them, and include them in a Christmas celebration of life.

    The idea for the annual hanging of the bows on the Memorial Tree originated in Buffalo, and was brought to Cherry Creek by Barbara Smith.

    The 20th annual Hanging of the Bows on the Memorial Christmas Tree took place Sunday evening in Cherry Creek. Pictured is the tree in the gazebo of the Memorial Park on Main Street in the hamlet, as participants gathered to honor and remember their loved ones.P-J photo by Sue Ann Fish

    I thought it would be a nice idea to adopt in our little town and be a good way to remember our loved ones, Smith said. We began in 1999, and the entire event was held at the Methodist Church. We hung the bows on the big evergreen tree outside the church, then went inside for a reception of hot cocoa, coffee and cookies.

    Smith enlisted the help of her friend, Nancy Hall, and they sat together and made and labeled all the bows for the inaugural event.

    Twenty years later, the Memorial Tree Celebration continues to grow. In 2006, the gazebo was added to the Memorial Park on Main Street, and a tree was placed in it for the celebration. A few years later, the number of loved ones being honored had grown to the point where another tree was needed to hold the bows. The celebration now includes two evergreen trees, one in the gazebo and one beside it. What began as a cocoa and cookie reception has now become a buffet supper at the Trillium Lodge, located across the street from the Memorial Park, followed by a Christmas Carol Sing.

    This years celebration in the gazebo was led by Nancy Hall, who welcomed everyone to a celebration, of remembering loved ones that we have lost, and thanked everyone for attending. Hall then led the group in prayer and the singing of the traditional closing song, Silent Night.

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    The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company Offers 0% Financing on Pools, Hot Tubs and Swim Spas with as Little as 500 Deposit – Press Release – Digital Journal - December 5, 2019 by admin

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    London, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/03/2019 -- Stress can take a serious toll on people's bodies and it can also have serious side-effects. Therefore, it is critical that you take some time off to relax your body. You can also engage in relaxing activity that provides you with a comforting experience. You should choose a relaxing activity that you can participate in with your whole family. An easy way to completely relieve your stress is by using a hot tub or swim spa. As a renowned hot tubs and swim spa supplier in the UK, The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company offers 0% financing on hot tubs and swim spas with as little as 500 deposit. However deposit amount varies from product to product.

    You can buy these pools, hot tubs and swim spas with 0% APR and no interest, fees or charges for 12 months. To complement their amazing collection of pools, hot tubs and swim spas, the company provides free installation and exclusive annual service discounts. The products are equipped with latest technological to ensure you have a great soothing and relaxing experience with your family. If you're looking to buy pools, hot tubs and swim spas, you can look at the amazing collection at The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company.

    The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company is one of the most prominent swimming and spa product suppliers in the industry. The company has a team of experienced professionals who strive hard to ensure full satisfaction to the customers. In addition to pools, hot tubs and swim spas, the company also offers rectangular gazebos, square gazebos, bespoke pavilion, and softub gazebos, just to name a few.

    Talking about their hot tubs and swim spas, one of the representatives from the company stated, "Hot tubs bring family and friends together like nothing else. Soaking time is perfect for sharing conversations as you relax and let the day's stresses slip away. The benefits are therapeutic, not only physically but emotionally and mentally as well. Your hot tub will add new dimensions to your life and your lifestyle. From an evening swim, to water aerobics or Olympic training, our swim spas are designed to meet your requirements."

    About The Hot Tub and Swim Spa CompanyThe Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company is one of the only multiple UK and European award-winning swim spa, hot tub, swimming pool, and wellness companies. Their mission is to deliver the best possible lifestyle products and services, now and in the years ahead. They specialise in technology-driven, quality products, delivered, and maintained by reliable and factory-trained in-house staff. The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company values are to deliver the best possible product to customers using the best possible materials, while also utilising specialist expertise and experience.

    For more information, please visit: https://thehottubandswimspacompany.com

    Contact DetailsThe Hot Tub and Swim Spa CompanyRuxley Manor Garden Centre Maidstone Road Sidcup, Kent DA14 5BQTel: 0208 300 4003Email: sales@hottub-swimspa.com

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    South Whitley’s Annual Home For the Holidays Event is Saturday – The Post & Mail - December 5, 2019 by admin

    Help usher in the holiday season in South Whitley with the return of the annual Home for the Holidays event.

    The event will take place on Dec. 7 starting at the Town Park Gazebo at 4:45 p.m.

    There will be the opening ceremony which includes the arrival of Santa Claus. Santa will help light the large Christmas tree in the gazebo at 5 p.m.

    Afterwards families will have the opportunity to visit various locations throughout the town, each offering different food and holiday activities.

    At the Brownstone on State Street stop to take a photo with Santa. The South Whitley Preschool will have a cookie decorating station there as well and Riverside Cafe will have homemade tacos and tamales available.

    At South Whitley Town Hall vendors will be stationed offering a variety of holiday wares. PTO will be serving popcorn and juice.

    At American Sugar there will also be vendors for families to stop and see what goodies are available for sale.

    First Baptist invites attendees to stop by the Schultz Center to take part in a holiday activity. Also there, the Rainbow Preschool will have a holiday activity for guests to take part in. Starting at 5 p.m. bells will ring in the holiday season at the Schultz Center as well.

    Other places offering holiday activities to take part in are Hipp Drug, Marathon Gas and South Whitley Library.

    Then stop at Moyers Cafe for a sweet treat with their Hot Cocoa Bar.

    From 6 to 7 p.m. carolers will be performing at the Schultz Center.

    The event will conclude with a live nativity presentation in front of Crossroads Bank.

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    The 20 Best Events in Dallas This December – D Magazine - December 5, 2019 by admin

    Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing | Dec. 6, 8 pm | The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

    Can you believe? JVN, the nonbinary, hairdressing, life-changing guru from Queer Eye, is coming soon to a theater near you. The most quotable member of the Fab Five has quickly and rightfully garnered a loyal band of followers. When hes not making over the lives of Americas least stylish, hes sharing his larger-than-life personality with the world through social media, his web series (Gay of Thrones), his podcast (Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness), and, now, his traveling one-man show. All the while, hes been pursuing a lifelong dream of becoming a figure-skating phenomjust in time for the 2022 Winter Olympics. His journey on the ice inspired this energetic live show, a mixture of cirque-du-so- gay-realness and stand-up comedy.

    Dallas Millennial Gala | Dec. 14, 8 pm | The Statler

    In its fourth year, the Dallas Millennial Gala has the theme STEM, Space & Beyond, benefiting underserved students pursuing STEM education. Hundreds of hip young Dallasites will put on their black-tie best and dance the night away.

    The Last Bandoleros | Dec. 13, 10 pm | Granada Theater

    The four-piece outfit from San Antonio is stirring up the country scene with a much-needed dose of Tex- Mex. Along with guitarists Jerry Fuentes and Derek James, brothers Diego and Emilio Navaira are continuing the legacy of their late father, a Tejano music icon, with modern flare.

    Jingle Ball | Dec 3, 7:30 pm | Dickies Arena

    KISS FMs annual Jingle Ball brings the worlds hottest pop stars together on one stage for one night only. At Fort Worths new Dick- ies Arena, you can catch Camila Cabello, Sam Smith, Charlie Puth, Lauv, Why Dont We, andlast but certainly not leastLizzo.

    Holiday Show & Tree Lighting | Dec. 7, 26 pm | Klyde Warren Park

    The urban park rings in the season with a day of family-friendly activities, live entertainment, face painting, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The show has its grand finale at sunset with the lighting of a big, sparkling Christmas tree.

    Winter Faire & Market | Dec. 7, 11 am5 pm | Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre

    Shakespeare Dallas turns back time with an olde English marketplace complete with Elizabethan characters, merry music, games, and treats. Pro- ceeds go to the companys winter production of Pride and Prejudice.

    A Christmas Carol | Through Dec. 29 | Wyly Theatre

    The 1938 film rendition is frankly creepy (those urchins under the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Present will haunt us forever), so youre better off watching Dallas Theater Centers fresh take on Charles Dickens enduring masterpiece.

    12 Days of Christmas | Through Dec. 29 | Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

    In the winter, the Dallas Arboretum makes up for its lack of blooms with opulent decor. Its 12 Days of Christmas display is the crown jewel of the season. The series of a dozen Victorian-style gazebos depicts each verse of the carol.

    Dallas Holiday Parade | Dec. 7, 10 am | Downtown Dallas

    Lovingly known as the Miracle on Commerce Street, the holiday parade draws nearly half a million spectators each year. Majestic floats, over-the- top characters, marching bands, dance squads, and, of course, Santa turn downtown into a winter wonderland for at least one morning.

    Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops | Dec. 615 | Meyerson Symphony Center

    Its one of Dallas most magical holiday traditions. The Dallas Symphony decks its hall, and the orchestra runs through all the best Christmas classics in a concert that will leave you caroling all the way home.

    Once on This Island | Dec. 1722 | Winspear Opera House

    Part of the venues Broadway Series, this Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of a brave young peasant (Ti Moune) who falls in love with a grand homme from the rich side of the island. With the help of four gods, she risks everything to return to him.

    The Nutcracker | Nov. 29Dec. 8 | Winspear Opera House

    Texas Ballet Theaters production of this holiday classic is nothing short of magic, from the mesmerizing choreography to the glittering costumes to the opulent set. Both kids and adults will be left dream- ing of Sugar Plum Fairies.

    Lights All Night | Dec. 27 & 28 | Dallas Market Hall

    The year-end EDM festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a star-studded lineup led

    by Skrillex, Bassnectar, Virtual Self, and Louis the Child. The concert promises earth-shattering sound and lights, a football field-size LED screen, and interactive art installs.

    Dear Evan Hansen | Nov. 26Dec. 8 | Music Hall at Fair Park

    Evan Hansen is an awkward teenager who struggles to fit in, but when he finds himself at the center of a tragedy at his high school, he lies his way to the life he always wanted. This touching musical won six Tony Awards after its opening in 2016.

    Cher | Dec. 19, 7:30 pm | American Airlines Center

    No matter how hard you try, theres no pushing Cher aside. The woman who made us Believe in life after love renewed our faith with 2018s Dancing Queen, a collection of refreshing ABBA covers that marked her first album in five years. Also shes great on Twitter.

    DaBaby | Dec. 21, 8 pm | South Side Ballroom

    Is there room for another Baby in the rap game? DaBabynot to be confused with Lil Baby, with whom he collaborated on Babyproved that there is with his debut studio album, Baby on Baby, which had hits like Goin Baby and Baby Sitter.

    The Crystal Charity Ball | Dec. 7, 7 pm | Hilton Anatole

    Perhaps the most opulent gala of the winter social season, The Crystal Charity Ball is a time-honored tradition in Dallas. Its exclusive and its expensive, but it does a lot of good for childrens charities in Dallas County.

    My Mixtapez Most Wanted Fest | Dec. 13, 6:30 pm | The Bomb Factory

    Houstons favorite hot girl, Megan Thee Stallion, rides into town to headline this rap festival with Moneybagg Yo, Boosie Badazz (formerly known as Lil Boosie), and prolific producer Mike WiLL Made It.

    Black on Black | Dec. 6 & 7 |Dallas Black Dance Theatre Studios

    The dancers of Dallas Black Dance Theatre and DBDT: Encore! come together to showcase invigorating original works in their studios intimate setting. The performance is preceded by a happy hour and followed by an after-party.

    BMW Dallas Marathon | Dec. 1315 | Dallas City Hall Plaza

    The annual BMW Dallas Marathon weekend starts off easy with the Friday Night Lights Mile; continues with a 10K, 5K, 2-mile walk, and kids race on Saturday; and finishes Sunday with the marathon, half-marathon, 50K ultra, and relay races.

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    Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 12-4-19 – Wicked Local Brookline - December 5, 2019 by admin

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    Check out Winter Wonderland and other great reader photos by following wickedlocalpix on Instagram. Your amazing image could be our next Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day. Email pictures with captions to readerpix@wickedlocal.com.

    We're always asking our readers to share their photos with us. From cute pet pics and fall foliage photos, to our recent call for class reunion shots, you keep coming through by capturing amazing images and sending them to readerpix@wickedlocal.com.

    Now we're putting the focus on some of the best reader images we receive by featuring them as the Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day on Instagram and Facebook.

    While its not quite winter according to the calendar, you wouldnt know it from snow-covered scenes like this one captured by Barbara Ellen Crispi at sunset after the storm. Decked in white lights and a blanket of fresh snow, against the pink and gold sunset sky, this lovely gazebo invites us into a pristine winter wonderland.

    Your amazing image could be the next reader photo featured. Email pictures with descriptive captions to readerpix@wickedlocal.com.

    You'll find more great reader photos by following wickedlocalpix on Instagram. Share images with us using #wickedlocal.

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    More Ways to Celebrate the Holidays – Zip06.com - December 5, 2019 by admin

    The Connecticut River valley will be a great place to get into the holiday spirit this weekend, with festivities scheduled in Chester and Essex offering a chance to celebrate good cheer with friends and family.

    On Friday, Dec. 6, Chester will once again come alive for a special holiday First Friday celebration with the lighting of the Christmas tree and menorah and holiday carols sung outside the downtown shops and restaurants until 8 p.m. Festivities start in front of The French Hen at 6 p.m. Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6:30 p.m.

    Attractions include The French Hens elves serving up their holiday cocktail the White Christmas and the Chester Gallery showcasing its annual Postcard Show. At Lark, artist Rachel Carlson will unveil a new body of small works painted on New York City Metrocards. Kismet Chester will display owner and jewelry designer Gillian Daviss Glitter & Gold Collection along with a pop-up sale and visitors are encouraged to sip sparkling wine and peruse sale items all weekend long at the-e-list.com shop.

    Kids can enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies with any of the kids meals at The Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grille on First Friday, and they can also send a letter directly to Santa from one of the Santa mailboxes on site. )There will be some spiked eggnog for adults, too.)

    The musicians of Arrowhead and Friends will perform for shoppers enjoying with a glass of holiday cheer while surveying the t paintings of artist Leif Nilsson at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery. The evening also marks the last chance to tap Caryn Paradis, LLC Interior Design for free design tips as part of its Ask the Designer workshop.

    Elsewhere around Chester, shops will be open until 8 p.m., with most offering complimentary snacks or beverages.

    Also running from 5 to 9 p.m. there will the annual Chester Holiday Extravaganza at the Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty Street, which will feature a wide array of goods from local artisans as well as live music and food. This year, goods will include handmade soy candles, nature inspired jewelry, handmade felted ornaments, all-natural cleaning products, back packs, pouches, totes, and more.

    This is just another way that the Chester community comes together to celebrate our town, our merchants, and our residents, said First Selectman Lauren Gister. Chester is a fun town and this is a night when everyone can come and experience our fun and excitement.

    Lots to Do in Essex

    Over in Essex, on Saturday, Dec. 7, there are a bevy of festivities planned including the bi-annual Essex Auxiliary Holiday House tour, the village Holiday Stroll, and the Ivoryton Illuminations.

    We have so much going on town, there is something for everyone to enjoy, said First Selectman Norm Needleman.

    Seven homes in the village of Essex will be decorated with festive arrangements for the Holiday House Tour (see Time for the Bi-Annual Holiday House Tour in Essex on page 5). In addition, there will be a Holiday Boutique at the Town Hall at 29 West Avenue. Tickets for the tour are $40 the day the event and will be sold at the Town Hall.

    From 1 to 4 p.m. the village of Essex will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland as the Essex Board of Trade celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Essex Holiday Stroll complete with old-fashioned, horse-drawn wagon rides with Santa from 1 to 3 p.m.; food trucks; a Santa letter drop at the town gazebo; pictures with Santa at the gazebo from 3 to 5 p.m.; church bells will be chiming; and boy scouts selling holiday ornaments.

    In addition, specialty shops throughout town will offer stroll specials, restaurants will feature festive dining menus, and streetscape luminaires will light the way for an end of the day stroll to visit the Griswold Inns Christmas tree in Griswold Square.

    Happening the same day from 5 to 8 p.m. the epic Ivoryton Illuminations will light up the brightest town center for the 10th year in a row.

    What started as a conversation between friends has grown into the third-largest holiday light show in the state, something for which the village of Ivoryton is very proud.

    Honestly, we never thought it would get this big or last this long, said event founder Chris Shane. Our first year we had 100,000 lights; last year we had 500,000. It really is something.

    A lot of work goes into the planning and execution of the ornate display.

    We start working on it in October, getting the lights out of storage, testing them all and ordering what we need, said Shane.

    A key attraction of the evening is the lighting of the big tree at 6 p.m. and the aerial arrival of Santa in his sleigh (courtesy of some volunteers operating construction equipment). In addition, unwrapped toys that are donated to the Ivoryton Library during the month of November are given out by Santa Claus, who also meets with children to hear their Christmas wishes, pose for free photos, and give out special gifts and candy canes.

    This is really why we do all this, to see the children smile, said Shane.

    Also part of the event, there is an elf hunt, carol singing, a Holiday Bazaar, hot chocolate and mulled cider, the Lions Club hot dogs and hamburgers, cookie decorating, live music, a petting zoo, and an opportunity to write a letter to Santa and soldiers serving far away.

    Every year this event gets bigger and better and the community looks forward to the opportunity to come together, to celebrate the holidays, in the beautiful village of Ivoryton, said Needleman.

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    WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO – Key West Florida Weekly - December 5, 2019 by admin

    THURSDAY12/5

    Venice: History & Art from the Grand Canal to the Black Sea 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Selby Public Library, A presentation by Dr. Rosanne Martorella. A Sarasota Italian Cultural Events. italyinsarasota@gmail.com.

    Annual Downtown Christmas Walk 5-8 p.m. Dec. 5, Historic Downtown Venice, 101 W. Venice Ave. #23, Venice. Stroll downtown. aglow with holiday lights and festive dcor. Check out the winners of the storefront decorations contest for most creative; most elegant; most traditional; most creative use of products; most whimsical; and best use of lights. You might meet Santa and Mrs. Claus who will be out for a stroll too. Stores will offer discounts and specials and local restaurants will have holiday music and dining deals. Buy local! 941- 484-6722; http://www.visitvenicefl.org.

    Road to 2020 Speaker Series 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice. Featuring keynote speaker George Papadopoulos, an international energy lawyer hailing from Chicago who was Trumps foreign policy adviser during the 2016 presidential campaign. Other speakers include author, commentator and activist Trevor Loudon speaking on the Marxist in our Government Will our Republic Stand? and John Loudon, 14-year member of the Missouri Legislature, speaking on Florida Citizen Voters: The War on Your Vote. VIP Reception at 5:30 p.m. and program at 6:30 p.m. Get tickets at RoadDec.Eventbrite.com.

    A Motown Christmas featuring the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Dec. 5 and 6 and Dec. 18-20, at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. http://www.sarasotaopera.org or http://www.westcoastblacktheatre.org.

    Hello, Dolly Dec. 5-15, 19-22, a Main Stage production, at The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-365-2494; http://www.theplayers.org.

    Assisted Living the Musical: THE HOME for the Holidays Through Dec. 22, the Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice. Recognized as one of the most successful, nonprofit community theaters in the country, entertains with full-scale musicals, oneact plays, other stage productions, and a summer childrens theater. 941-488-1115; http://www.venicestage.com.

    FRIDAY12/6

    Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast 7:30-9:30 a.m. Dec. 6, Venetian River Club, 502 Veneto Blvd., Nokomis. The Venice Area Chamber of Commerces annual breakfast features Dr. Jerry Parrish, chief economist and director of research at the Florida Chamber Foundation. $35 for chamber members; $40 future members. Register: https:// venicechamber.com/economicbreakfast/.

    Jazz at Two Concert: The Bud Leeds Ensemble 2-4 p.m. Dec. 6, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice. Presented by South County Jazz with Morrie. $15 at the door. jazzwithmorrie.org.

    Gazebo Starlight Cinema: Home Alone 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, near the gazebo in Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice. https:// http://www.visitvenicefl.org/calendar/.

    Christmas Joy 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Venice Community Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice. Michelle Kuhl, piano, and Jamal Sarikoki, organ and baritone. 941-488-5525; http://www.venicecommunityconcertseries.com.

    The Venice Symphony Youth Orchestra 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1115 Center Road, Venice. Symphony Strings and Concert Strings performing Bachs Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Corellis Christmas Concerto and Vivaldis Gloria. Free. http://www.thevenicesymphony.org; 941-207-8822.

    Art & Design Show Sarasota Dec. 6-8, Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Formerly the Sarasota Craft Show, this juried show of premier crafts features work in decorative fiber, wearable art, leather, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, painting and sculpture by more than 80 of the nations top artists. Free admission. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday. 941-365-0818; 845-355-2400, http://www.artanddesignshowsarasota.com.

    SATURDAY12/7

    Prayer Walk the Loop Join Betty Osceola and Rev. Houston R. Cypress on an organized prayer walk from 9 a.m. Dec. 7 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8. The two well-known activists / conservationists are leading the charge to protect the Big Cypress National Preserve. The walk along Loop Road will start just off the Tamiami Trail in the Big Cypress National Preserve and last until 7 p.m. the following day. The goals are to educate and call attention to the plight of indigenous families and non-indigenous landholders and the Western Everglades Restoration Project. Walkers can camp overnight and stay for an evening chat with the participants Saturday. http://www.LoveTheEverglades.org; 786-897-4582.

    2019 Fall Car Show 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7. The SWFL Fall Nationals Car Show takes place at JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway S. Drive, Fort Myers. See hundreds of show cars, plus food, music, vendors and a large swap meet. Admission is $10; free for age 12 and younger and active duty military. A portion of the proceeds benefits the United Cerebral Palsy organization of Southwest Florida and Keep Lee County Beautiful. Free parking. http://www.rpcharities.com.

    Venice Aviation Society Inc. Airport Open House 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7, Suncoast Aviation, 400 Airport Ave. E., Venice. http://www.veniceaviationsociety.net.

    History Walking Tour of Downtown Venice 9:30-11 a.m. Dec. 7, Michael Biehl Park, 100 Tampa Ave. W., Venice. A guided walking tour that covers the history of Venice and various buildings. $15. Reservations required at VeniceFloridaTours@yahoo.com or call Tiffany at 817-793-8433. Info: http://www.Facebook.com/VeniceFloridaTours.

    Laughter in the Park (Laughter Yoga) 10 a.m. Dec. 7, Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice. An aerobic exercise with no yoga mats or poses involved. Free. http://www.laughteryogavenice.com; 203-856-6427.

    Venice Area Beautification Inc.s Christmas Boat Bash 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Venice Area Beautification Inc., 257 N. Tamiami Trail, Venice. Catered by Cafe Venice, with cash wine and beer bar, live music by Cryin Shames. Tickets $50. Info: 941-207-8224; http://www.vabi.org/2019-boat-bash.html.

    Venice Christmas Boat Parade 6-7 p.m. Dec. 7, Intracoastal Waterway, Venice. http://www.venicechristmasboatparade.com.

    Christmas with The Gulfshore Tenors Dec. 7, Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. $25-$35. 941-625-4175; http://www.theculturalcenter.com; sunevents.com.

    SUNDAY12/8

    Venice Bible Church Celebration 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8, Maxine Barritt Park, 1800 S. Harbor Drive, Venice. Praise and worship followed by a potluck and baptisms. Bring a chair, bring a friend, bring a dish. http://www.venicebiblechurch.com.

    The Venice Chorale Holiday Pops with Brass 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8, Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Building 5, Venice. $20-$25, $5 for students. http://www.thevenicechorale.org; 941-218-3779.

    MONDAY12/9

    American Jewish Committee Gala Dinner & 2019 National Leadership Award 6-8 p.m. Dec. 9, Michaels On East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota. The 2019 National Leadership Award will be given to Anne Virag, AJC Regional President. The event raises money to provide critical support its programs. Single tickets are $275 or a table at $1,250. 941-365- 4955 or email liptonb@ajc.org.

    TUESDAY12/10

    Merry, Merry, Sarasota! A Holiday Concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Classical music associated with the holidays, plus seasonal favorites. Featured soloists: Johanna Fincher, soprano; Aaron Romm, trumpet; and Nicholas Arbolino, English horn. Robert Vodnoy is the music director and conductor of the 18-piece orchestra. A free meet-the-artists reception follows the concert. $25 adults; $15 students at http://www.redeemersarasota.org/ chamber-orchestra-of-sarasota/ or at the church office, and at the box office the night of the show beginning at 6:30 p.m. chamberorchestrasarasota.org or call 219-928-8665.

    Luncheon & Ken McBride himself 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10, Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice. The Venice Area Womens College Club presents Ken McBride in a sing-along event. Guest welcomed. $22. 612-597-2299.

    The Venice High School Orchestra performs 7-9 p.m. Dec. 10, Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Building 5, Venice. Free. 941-800-2610.

    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Winter Semester Registration Now open to the general public. More than 100 courses, classes and programs on diverse subjects, including art appreciation, culture and travel, health and well-being, global issues, science, philosophy and religion take place from Jan. 13 to March 6. Highlights include:

    The Listening to Women series, featuring six sessions from Feb. 6-March 12 focusing on innovative women.

    Einsteins Circle discussions, including Full Speed Ahead: Back to the Moon! with Kenneth Bechis (Feb. 5); Stalin and Roosevelt, Gorbachev and Reagan, Putin and Trump with Robert Toplin (Feb. 19);

    The winter lectures series, which includes talks including Forged by Fire: RescuersMoral Heroes of The Holocaust with Andre Krauss, on March 5.

    The CONNECTIONS documentary film series, moderated by Julie Cotton, screens films on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. On tap: The Biggest Little Farm (Jan. 21); RGB (February 11); Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise (March 3); and two more.

    Register at 941-309-5111 or visit http://www.OlliatRinglingCollege.org.

    WEDNESDAY12/11

    City of Venice Casual Bike Ride 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 11, from the City Hall Parking Lot, 401 W. Venice Ave., Venice. An easy-paced 6-mile ride around the island of Venice along the Venice Island Loop. BYO bike and helmet. http://www.visitvenicefl.org. Email dculpepper@venicegov.com.

    Holly Jolly Trolley Tour 11 a.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. Sunday in December and a special Christmas Eve tour at 2 p.m. Dec. 24, DST Trolley Depot, 1826 Fourth St., Sarasota. Guide Jenny Jingle narrates a special daytime holiday tour with cocoa at the Trolley Cottage before the tour, carols and Christmas stories of Sarasota. Prizes will be awarded for Best Ugly Sweater on every tour. Vist the Holiday Boutique in the Vintage Sarasota Gift Shop. discoversarasotatours.com; 941-260-9818.

    Handle With Care Dec. 11, FSTs Keating Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Emmy nominee Jason Odell Williams holiday comedy about an unusual meeting on Christmas Eve. http://www.floridastudiotheatre.org; 941-366- 9017, ext. 338.

    Francisca Mendoza, violin, and Aza Torshkoeva, piano Noon Dec. 11, David Cohen Hall at Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Program: Mlodie by Tchaikovsky; Liebesleid (Loves Sorrow) and Schn Rosmarin (Fair Rosmarin) by Fritz Kreisler; Romance by Henryk Wieniawski; Un Sospiro, Concert Etude, S. 144, No 3 by Franz Liszt; Meditation, from Thas by Jules Massenet; and Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) by Pablo de Sarasate. The Music Matinee Series is presented by Sarasota Concert Association. Free. 941-225-6500; scasarasota.org.

    LOOKING AHEAD

    Meditate for Peace 5 p.m. Dec. 12, William H. Jervey, Jr. Public Library, 300 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice. The practice is simple: Sit in silence and meditate, pray or just hold good thoughts. Bring a peace reading to share. Hosted by the Venice Peace Project. http://www.venicepeaceproject.org.

    The December Mixer 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Classic Creations in Diamonds & Gold, 2389 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. Hosted by the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce. Bring a toy to donate to Child Protection Center. http://www.venicechamber.com; 941-488-2236.

    VHS Guitars and Keyboards 7-9 p.m. Dec. 12, Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Building 5, Venice. The students of Venice High School perform. Free. 941-800-2610.

    Under The Streetlamp: Hip To The Holidays 8 p.m. Dec. 12, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. A joyous performance of holiday tunes, plus songs from the American Radio Songbook. Sing along, dance in the aisles. 941-953- 3368; 800-826-9303; http://www.VanWezel.org.

    The Venice Art Center presents Holiday Tea 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice. Win a prize for the most elegant or most creative hat. Music by Le Voci Di Venezia, a student chorus from Venice High school. $40 members, $50 nonmembers. 941-485-7136;

    The Venice Art Center presents Holiday Tea 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice. Win a prize for the most elegant or most creative hat. Music by Le Voci Di Venezia, a student chorus from Venice High school. $40 members, $50 nonmembers. 941-485-7136;

    Friday Night Concert Series 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13, Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice. Featuring Mindy Simmons. 941-484-6722; http://www.visitvenicefl.org.

    Nate Najars Jazz Holiday 8-10 p.m. Dec. 13, Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota. http://www.natenajar.com/upcomingshows/.

    Beautiful The Carole King Musical Dec. 13-15, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The inspiring true story of Kings remarkable life and the music that changed America. Evening shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday and matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. 941-953-3368; 800-826-9303; http://www.VanWezel.org.

    Abounding Grace Fellowship Event 5-9 p.m. Dec. 14, Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice. Cookies, carols, and Christmas story. http://www.venicegov.com.

    Venice Blalock Park Tree Lighting Sundown Dec. 14, Arboretum at West Blalock Park, 401 Pensacola Road, Venice. Music performances by local kids, crafts, refreshments and Santa. Pay a visit to the jolly elf near the Venice Museum & Archives and the Venice Community Center. 941-207-8224; http://www.vabi.org.

    Bicycles International Glow Ride Dec. 14, starts at Maxine Barritt Park and ends post-ride food, drinks and music at Sharkeys on the Pier. A night bicycle parade-like ride through the City of Venice, stopping by the Venice tree lighting ceremony at West Blalock Park. Proceeds benefit a local charity.

    Live Music for Charity 6-9 p.m. Dec. 19, Ciao Gelato, 317 W. Venice Ave., Venice. Donate a toy or cash. All musician tips go to local charities and will be matched. Music by George Byrne. 941- 445-5840; email rockbud@comcast.net.

    A Very Merry Holiday Pops Concert Dec. 20-21, Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave. at the Venice High School campus. The Venice Symphony performs an eclectic selection of seasonal music, from holiday classics to songs from holiday films with special guests the Sarasota Key Chorale. http://www.thevenicesymphony.org; 941-448-1010.

    The Ten Tenors Home for the Holidays 7 p.m. Dec. 22, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. A mix of festive favorites and modern holidays hits. 941- 953-3368; 800-826-9303; http://www.VanWezel.org.

    Sounds of the Season Dec. 22 at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. The Choral Artists of Sarasota performs its 41st season. Tickets start at $20 at http://www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org; 941-387-4900.

    Menorah Lighting 5 p.m. Dec. 22, 395 Dearborn St., Englewood. Music and food. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. 941- 493-2770.

    A Christmas Carol 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. A cast of 23 performers weaves music through Charles Dickens classic tale, including renditions of beloved holiday songs and hymns, like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Good Christian Men Rejoice. 941-953-3368; 800-826- 9303; http://www.VanWezel.org.

    Menorah Lighting 5 p.m. Dec. 26, Warm Mineral Springs, North Port. Cosponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. 941-493-2770.

    Venice Klezmer Festival 4:30- 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29, at the Gazebo at Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice. A concert by Boris & Natasha and the Freilach Klezmer Band, a giant menorah made out of Legos, a live appearance by Judah the Maccabee, the lighting of the 12-foot menorah, a performance from Chabads Hebrew School of the Arts students, Dreidel House. Traditional Hanukkah food including falafel, latkes, donuts, and Matzah ball soup. Free. Cosponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. 941-493-2770; http://www.chabadofvenicec.com.

    ONGOING

    The Fence Through Feb. 8, Regatta Island in Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. This huge public photo exhibition a showcase of the best from Gulf Coast photographers appears on both sides of a fence between the islands twin bridges. Each photo series is comprised of as many as five images that share a thematic connection or tell a story. Free. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 941-358-7275.

    AT MAJOR VENUES

    Asolo Repertory Theatre 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-351- 8000; http://www.asolorep.org.

    Harmony for the Holidays Dec. 21-22. Shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday.

    The Sound of Music Through Dec. 28.

    In the Conservatory: Gruesome Playground Injuries Dec. 31-Jan. 19.

    Bookstore1Sarasota 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. http://www.sarasotabooks.com or 941-365-7900.

    Kathryn D. Sullivan speaks 2 p.m. Dec. 12. The first American woman to walk in space will chat about and sign her new book Handprints on Hubble. Reservations suggested.

    Book clubs meet:

    The Mysteries to Die For Book Club 11 a.m. Dec. 10. Led by Elsie Souza. Book: Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon.

    Short and Satisfying Book Club 1 p.m. Dec. 13. Led by Georgia Court. Meets at Book: The Linden Tree by Csar Aira.

    The Poetry Book Club 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Led by Georgia Court. Book: Like by A. E. Stallings.

    Learning to Love Spanish Book Club 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Led by Carlos Goebels, discussing Love Poems by Pablo Neruda.

    Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. 941-625-4175; http://www.theculturalcenter.com; sunevents.com/.

    The Nutcracker Dec. 14-15. Presented by Hands and Hearts For Performing Arts Inc.

    Swinging Big Band Monday Nights Dec. 16.

    A Christmas Celebration Dec. 18. Presented by the William H. Wakeman, III Cultural Center Theater.

    Florida Studio Theatre 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. 941-366-9000; http://www.floridastudiotheatre.org.

    Winter Mainstage:

    Bright Star Through Jan. 3. Gompertz Theatre.

    Handle with Care Dec. 11-March 8, Keating Theatre.

    Cabaret:

    Thats Amore! Through Feb. 2 in Court Cabaret.

    Childrens Theatre:

    Pinocchio Saturdays and select Sundays through Jan. 2. Keating Theatre.

    The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota. 941-552- 5325; http://www.gpactix.com.

    Strings Con Brio Dec. 12.

    Nate Najars Jazz Holiday Dec. 13.

    Pine View Jazz Band Dec. 14.

    Gulf Theater at the Military Heritage Museum 900 W. Marion Ave. in Punta Gorda. http://www.militaryheritagemuseum.org; 941-575-9002.

    Sun Coast Wind Ensemble 7 p.m. Dec. 7

    Ring in the Holidays 2 p.m. Dec. 13-14.

    Bob Hopes Christmas Gala 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21. Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson will be joined by Holly Faris as Phyllis Diller.

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    WINNER: What is the best town square? | Best of Atlanta – Atlanta Journal Constitution - November 25, 2019 by admin

    Television shows and movies often depict the town square as having a gazebo and lots of lawn space, but not all town squares are the same.

    This weeks Best of Atlanta poll asked you to pick which Atlanta-area town square you think is best.

    The voting was close for the top spot. But first we need to give an honorable mention to Cantons Cannon Park. Technical problems prevented its addition to the poll, but it received enough write-in nominations to deserve a mention.

    Tied for fourth place wereDuluth Town Green in Gwinnett andRoswell Town Square in North Fulton.

    Town Green hosts festivals, concerts, movies and other entertainment. In Roswell, you can enjoy food trucks, concert series, art festivals and more.

    Our third place winner wasDecatur Square, home to a farmers market, numerous festivals, restaurants and shopping.

    Finishing in second place this year was last years write-in nominee and runaway winner:Covington Square. Covingtons Square Park, which is surrounded by historical buildings, host concerts and community events throughout the year.

    This years winner is home to art festivals, a farmers market, restaurants, shopping and history.

    Marietta Square finished third last year but came back strong in 2019 to capture 47% of the votes. At the center of the square is Glover Park, where you can have a picnic or catch a concert. And the square is brimming with history, its website states. The Great Locomotive Chase of the Civil War started here, militia trained in the park, and the area was used as a military hospital.

    All of these areas are fantastic places to visit no matter what time of year, so be sure to explore not only your towns square but those in surrounding cities.

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    8 of the best towns for Christmas spirit in the Northeast – USA TODAY - November 25, 2019 by admin

    Koziar's Christmas Village is a wonderful destination and a must see light display. In this video, we tour the village and speak with Sonia Koziar. You can learn more at koziarschristmasvillage.com. ~Courtesy of Discover Lehigh Valley

    It may be chilly out, but that doesn't stop those with serious holiday spirit from celebrating the season with Christmas parades, winter markets, tree lightings, visits with Santa and more.

    Throughout the Northeast which can feel remarkably like the North Pole once that snow starts coming down! aremany charming downtowns that go all-out for the holidays by hosting town-wide events, reports the Bridgewater Courier News, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.

    Ready to get in the Christmas spirit? Pack up the sled err, car and head to these Northeast towns that know how to celebrate one of our favorite times of the year with style.

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    Starting on Dec. 1, Armonk willrecognizeits holiday history by hosting nationally-known Frosty Day. That's the daywhen the hamlet celebrates the songFrosty The Snowman, which was written in 1950 by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, the latter of whom lived in Armonk at the time it was penned.

    The 10th annual celebration will includekids' activities such as face painting, train rides, cookie and ornament decorating;the only holiday-themedparade in the areawith 40 local groups and organizations inviting Frosty home,and a tree lighting ceremonyand sing-a-long at the gazebo in Wampus Brook Park.

    Friends of Frosty Inc., a nonprofit group of local volunteers formed to oversee the days events, also encouragevisitors to Armonk to contribute to its Help Frosty Help Others campaignby donating winter jackets, hats, mittens and scarves as part of its Winter Warmth project.Clothing bins canbe found around town during the Frosty Day festivities.

    Go:armonkfrosty.com

    Historic Bethlehem hosts holiday tours throughout December.(Photo: ~Courtesy of Discover Lehigh Valley)

    What's known as "Christmas City" isn't anywhere near the North Pole instead, it's Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which was established on Christmas Eve in 1741. Each year, thousands of travelers trek to itsNational Historic Landmark Districtfor the holiday festivities.

    Historic Bethlehem hosts an array of holiday tours including Trees of Historic Bethlehem, to see gilded Christmas trees from around the world across six historic sites;Christmas City Stroll,about Bethlehems beginning, architecture and history;and Bethlehem by Night,where the city is lit with Christmas lights. Visitors also can take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the areas downtown.

    Plus, Bethlehem is also home toChristkindlmarkt, a 27-year-old Christmas market recognized as one of the best American holiday markets by Travel + Leisure. Shoppers can explore three heated tents filled with more than150 artisans from across the nation offering handmade German nutcrackers,artwork and photography, organic food products and more as Christmas music plays.Ice carving and glassblowing demonstrations, kids crafts and food and bar vendors add to the cheer.

    Go:bethlehempa.org/things-to-do/christmas-in-bethlehem

    Cape May lights up for Christmas, and visitors can see the decorated homes and inns on nighttime tours.(Photo: Aleks Moryakov Courtesy of MAC)

    Summertime visitors may believe Cape May, a city known for its beaches and serene vibes, is only for the warm weather months, but this charming downtown is bustling all year round.

    The city'ssignature Victorian homes and Washington Street Mall are adorned withlights, greenery and decorations during the holidays.

    West Cape May will hostan annual Christmas parade on Dec. 7.

    Atree-lighting ceremony is on tap for Dec. 6and Hospitality Nights will be held on Washington Street Mall Dec. 12 to 13. Merchants will opentheir doors and offershoppers refreshments while they browse.

    In addition, through the end of December, Congress Hall will holda Winter Wonderland celebration which includes rides on the Congress Hall Express and Carousel, arts and crafts for kids anda Vendor Village featuring 18 specialty artisans.

    TheEmlen Physick Estate,a Victorian house museum, also will host holiday events through the month, including an Evening Yuletide Tour,Physick Family Christmas House Tour andSanta's Trolley Rides.

    Go:visitclintonnj.com/events-1

    More than 1,000 people came out to Clinton on Saturday, Dec. 22 dressed in festive costumes to run in the "Run Before Christmas" SantaCon 8K race to raise funds for the Red Mill Museum Village.(Photo: Nick Muscavage/Staff Photo)

    It's no surprise that a country town reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting with a charming downtown and iconic Red Mill also is one of the top sites for holiday spirit in the Garden State. One of Hunterdon County's most beautifulspots is gearing up for Christmas with a full calendar of events.

    READ:Hundreds of Santas race in Clinton SantaCon 8K

    The town will be full-speed-ahead after Thanksgiving, with several events planned from Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 including Winter Village at The Red Mill, a three-day German-style outdoorwinter craft market; the 10th annual Festival of Trees,a decorated tree and wreath silent auction fundraiser; 'Dickens Days,' when the town is filled with horse-drawn carriage rides andcarolers, and a tree lighting.Plus, Clintonwill hold aChristmas parade on Dec. 6and a night of shopping as the town isfilled withluminaries on Dec. 12.

    Then, Clinton will conclude its town-wide Christmas festivities on Sunday, Dec. 15 with a visit from Santa, as well as the second annual Run Before Christmas Santa Con 8k on Dec. 21.

    Children play in the 'snow' during the Montclair tree lighting in Montclair on Friday December 7, 2018. (Photo: Anne-Marie Caruso/NorthJersey.com)

    Montclair, a township with a constant schedule of events and a downtown area packed with shops and restaurants, hosts a slew of holiday events everyDecember.

    Festivities begin with Montclair'sholiday tree lighting in Church Street Plaza, which will take place on Dec. 6 andincludeholiday music by the Montclair Community Band, carolers, a giant snow globe, an ice sculptureand a visit with Santa. The following day, Santa will return on a Montclair Fire Department fire truck with gifts for children.

    Local hotspots also get in on the festivities with events such as the Candlelight Tourof the Crane House and Historic YWCA, which shares thehistory ofholidays past from the 1700s to the 20th century throughoutthe month.

    Go:visitwilmingtonde.com/event/the-spirit-of-christmas-in-historic-new-castle/37661/

    Follow the cast of "A Christmas Carol" around Old New Castle when they perform outside at the "Spirit of Christmas" festival.(Photo: Courtesy of Ed Adams)

    Established in 1652, New Castle channels its historic past during the holidays as itscobblestone streets, still home to period buildings and a center square,hosta town-wide celebration. It will all begin Dec. 13 when landmark building The Arsenal transformsinto the Fezziwig house from "A Christmas Carol'' for one night as it hosts a Victorian ball, followed by Victorian tea on Dec. 14.

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    The Spirit of Christmas begins Dec. 14, with characters in costume roaming the downtown;performances of "A Christmas Carol;" private homes, historic properties and churches decorated for the season,and musical events throughout the day. Festivities conclude with a tree lighting ceremony on the Green.

    For the event, the Amstel House also will be decorated for a traditional Colonial holiday celebration featuring traditional 18th-century customs during the period of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke's residency. Andthe Dutch Houseoffers an experience of St. Nichol's Eve, a tribute to the legend of Saint Nicholas, Dutch patron saint.

    Go:visitwilmingtonde.com/event/the-spirit-of-christmas-in-historic-new-castle/37661/

    McCarter Theatrein Princeton willwelcome'A Christmas Carol' through Dec.29, whichtells the famous tale of how Ebenezer Scroogequickly learns the true meaning of generosity of Christmas.(Photo: ~Courtesy of McCarter Theatre)

    A simple stroll through the serene Princeton University campus, featuring historic buildings such as landmark Nassau Hall and the Princeton University Chapel, is probably enough to get you in the holiday spirit, but that's not all that this area has to offer.

    One of New Jersey's favorite towns for cultural activities is, of course, also one the region'sfavorite towns for holiday things-to-do with events including theMcCarter Theater's production of "A Christmas Carol" through Dec. 29;theMorven Museum's Festival of Trees; holiday weekends atTerhune OrchardsDec. 7 to 8, which include wreath decorating workshops, visits with Santa and wagon rides around the farm; andholiday trolley tourson December Saturdays withPrinceton Tour Company.

    However, if you don't feel like committing to an event, a visit to Palmer Square to see the65-foot-tall Norwegian Spruce,which will be lit with 32,000 lightson Nov. 29, will be more than enough to get you geared up for Christmas. While here, check out Princeton'smix of national chain stores, boutique shops, renowned restaurants and casual eateries to get your holiday shopping done with a tasty break.

    Go:princetonol.com/holidays/

    It's Christmas in Red Bank.(Photo: Joseph J. Delconzo)

    During the summer months, Red Bank is a hot spot for tourists, attracting those headed to the beach with its renowned restaurants and boutique shopping. However, this two-square-mileborough also has tons of holiday activities for its December visitors.

    It all begins on Nov. 29 when the annualHoliday Express Concert andTown Lighting takes place through the streets. The event will include a visit from Santa after he arrives from the Red Bank train station. Then, Saturdays through Dec. 21, visitors can hop on a free horse-and-carriage ride through town so they can check out the holiday ambiance of Red Bank.

    For the second year, Winter on Broad Street isreturns to Red Bank on Dec. 9, with an ice rink, a life-size snow globe, a scavenger hunt anda holiday bazaar.

    Go:redbank.org/events/

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    Brunswick tree lighting ceremony is Nov. 30 – Press Herald - November 25, 2019 by admin

    The Brunswick Downtown Association will host its Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Brunswick Town Mall on Saturday, Nov. 30. The event features free horse-drawn wagon rides, Christmas carols with the Brunswick High School chorus, and a visit from Santa.

    Starting at 2 p.m. there will be free horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cocoa, and cookies provided by the Brunswick Downtown Association. Santa and his elves, Frosty, and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 3 p.m. Children are welcome to visit with Santa in the Gazebo until 5 p.m.

    The Brunswick High School Chorus will perform, singing carols and holiday songs from 4-5 p.m. The countdown to the tree lighting begins at 5 p.m. when Santa switches on the lights.

    The association invites donations of home-baked cookies for this event. Cookies can be dropped off the Brunswick Visitor Center on Station Avenue on Friday, Nov. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday before noon.

    The BDA is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. For more information about the Brunswick Downtown Association, visit http://www.brunswickdowntown.org or call (207) 729-4439.

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