Something for Everyone this Christmas

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I was wondering if everyone got the feeling that the only type of events held for Christmas was parades. It may seem that way however it is just that this time of year there just happen to be a LOT of parades. I have a theory that the parade was the first interactive event and that’s what makes it so popular. It is a line of people who are appearing in an organized fashion like a major production. However, in most cases, not one of the featured players is getting paid, does it as a full time career or makes a living doing parades. Most small town parades include local civic groups as marchers, local bands for music and local associations providing floats. Big city parades are the same, only they get to invite the same groups from a wider area. Their reputations and prestige make people want to sell cakes or wash cars all year to get the money to be part of say the Rose Bowl or Macy’s Parade. I marched every year I was a girl scout in the local parade where I grew up. My hometown was so small everyone from our town had to be in the parade and we had to bring in people from neighboring towns to watch, lol.  But I loved it!

Well I have listed a bunch of different Christmas events this week. Just a few parades here because I need to include these. First up is the Newport Boat Parade.  I wasn’t able to include it in my boat parade list because it is held this week. I try to be timely. This is a phenomenal parade. It takes place over 5 nights and can really be considered 5 parades. If you have an opportunity to see this one, make sure that you do. It’s a beautiful experience. The other two parades I have included this week are just for fun. One of them is the Off Road Vehicle parade in Arizona and the other is the Farm Tractor parade in California.  I love it when a geographic region takes what is great about their area and incorporates it into a traditional event giving a local flavor.

Among the other events are two religious events. I mean religion and Christmas have some association after all. One is a stage production with over 200 performers held at the  Evangal Cathedral in Maryland. The other is an outdoor Living Nativity with over 200 “actors” and 13 different stage sets in Mount Laurel New Jersey. Also featured this week is boat caroling in San Antonio, an evening 5K through a downtown decorated park in Albany, a Harvard craft fair and a Dale City Dickens fair.

As usual, there are lots of great events taking place all over this week. If there isn’t anything on this list near you, use the search box and look for things taking in your backyard. Whatever you do, make sure to do it and share it with people you love!

Ferndale Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade

Dec 18, 2011
Since 1993. Local farmers and ranchers parade fancifully decorated tractors and tractor-drawn wagons depicting holiday scenes down the Victorian Village’s historic Main Street for a sparkling country Christmas celebration!
Dec 17, 2011
Decorated vehicles with colorful lights as they parade through Centennial Park at this unique holiday event. Participants will meet at Centennial Park, no later than 6:30 PM to enter. The parade will proceed around the park and then to Wenden. Great Fun and Prizes (prizes range from $15 to $50) Decorate your vehicle ( 4-wheel drive not required) use your imagination! No entry fee.
Dec 17, 2011 – Dec 18, 2011
Since 2011. Come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles upon the city. With the scent of pine boughs and freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll…Visit shops bedecked with Christmastime finery and filled with unique treasures. Stop in for a hot toddy or a pint of Boddington’s at Mad Sal’s Dockside Ale House, where the low-life hang out and the high-born drop in. Raise a champagne toast to the holidays at Fezziwig’s Warehouse, the most cheerful spot in London. Enjoy rollicking entertainments on four stages and in the streets. Feast on fine foods from the British Empire and beyond. Rest a spell in Cuthbert’s Tea House, for a sip of hot tea and cucumber sandwiches or scones. Experience the joys of Christmas. The special holiday event takes place on consecutive weekends following Thanksgiving up to Christmas.
Dec 16, 2011 – Dec 18, 2011
Since 1986. This popular annual Christmas Fair in Harvard Square features arts and crafts made by artisans from New England. The craft fair is held on weekends during the month of December prior to Christmas.
Dec 17, 2011 – Dec 18, 2011
Since 1991. Come be transformed as you watch the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ come to life on stage. Be amazed as beautiful live camels, sheep, llama, horses, dogs and goats parade the isles and set the tone for a surreal nativity scene. Be swept away by a spectacular laser light show, pyrotechnics, DL2 technology and other special effects that illuminate a cast of over 200. The lively dance scenes, dramatic imagery and phenomenal singing will have you clapping, laughing and talking back to the performers. The only thing that separates the quality of this musical production from Broadway is the zip code. For the first time ever, Songbird Extraordinaire Yolanda Adams, Gospel Heavyweight Donnie McClurkin, returning Chart Smashing Sensation Marvin Sapp and Amazing Psalmist Stephen Hurd are sure to light up the stage, as Evangel Multi-Media and Arts Center presents, Christmas Celebration. This is the one show you don’t want to miss this holiday season.
2,500 Attendees
Dec 17, 2011
Since 1997, a great race for all ages, featuring a beautiful course through Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park and a spectacular fireworks show. Race begins and ends on State Street near the Empire State Plaza. Registration fee to run.
Dec 16, 2011 – Dec 18, 2011
Experience the Holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 luminarias. Warmly glowing candles in sand filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the “lighting of the way” for Holy Family. This centuries old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.
Dec 16, 2011 – Dec 18, 2011
Walk through 13 scenes of the life of Christ. Filled with over 200 cast members and live animals. You’re going to see and hear the biblical record of the Christmas story, with Donkeys, sheep and possibly other four-footed friends assisting in telling the story. You’ll meet shepherds, fishermen, innkeepers, wisemen, merchants, Roman soldiers and many others. Angels will appear in the night sky, and if the sky is clear and not too windy, you should see a star pointing the way to Bethlehem. Hot cocoa and cookies await you when you return. A wonderful live display for the holiday season. This is held outdoors, dress for the weather. Held on the weekends only in December.
75,000 Attendees
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