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Make Way For The Ducklings!

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December in Beantown turns the city into a festive wonderland of lights, spectacular decorations and lots of good cheer.

Join the Reenactment of the Boston Tea Party, the event that forever changed the course of American History 245 years ago. Presented by Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, re-enactors tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and dramatize the evening of December 16, 1773.

Explore Boston’s beautiful array of festively festooned landmarks and neighborhoods on the Holiday Lights Trail. Walk through some of the city’s most iconic areas, such as Commonwealth Avenue and Boston Common, and bask in all of the holiday lights.

Time-travel to Christmas Past. Boston’s holiday traditions and Revolutionary history come to life on a tour of Boston’s historic sites along the Freedom Trail. Led by 19th-century costumed guides, the stroll includes a tour of holiday lights and Christmas trees along the Freedom Trail.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is ablaze each evening thanks to Blink!, a spectacular light show. Through early January, 350,000 flashing LED lights and holiday music illuminate the open-air marketplace. Also on display is the largest Christmas tree in New England.

Browse and shop at the Downtown Boston Holiday Market. Artisan gifts such as jewelry, crafts and decorative items are showcased through January 6th. A Santa or two, frequent musical performances and plenty of Christmas trees on display make the market easy to spot.

ZooLights at The Stone Zoo dazzles visitors of all ages. Stroll along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stop to visit Smoky and Bubba, the Zoo’s resident black bears. Encounter bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer in the festively decorated Yukon Creek exhibit. New this year is the Caribbean Coast exhibit set aglow for the holidays.

Frog Pond, in the heart of Boston Common, is America’s oldest park and a National Historic Landmark. Lace up your ice skates and take a few spins around this charming skating rink. Visit Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings at the Make Way for Ducklings statue in Boston’s Victorian-era Public Garden.

Enjoy the Holidays!

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In the mood for a sweet treat?

NYC Gingerbread Lane has returned to the New York Hall of Science in Queens. The world’s largest gingerbread village is completely edible and is a candy lover’s delight!

With more than 1,300 structures made out of gingerbread, royal icing and candy, the Lane takes Chef Jon Lovitch one year to create. Storefronts including, 5 Golden Rings Jewelry Store and Deck the Halls Holiday Decorating Service, will have visitors drooling.

On display through January 21, 2019 when all the houses, structures and candy decorations are donated, give yourself a treat and enjoy this delectable display of all things sugar!

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Happy Birthday Mickey!

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Everyone’s favorite mouse is 90 years-old! What better way to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s birthday than with a pop-up art exhibit dedicated to the iconic mouse!

The 16,000 square-foot exhibit of all-things-Mickey features original artwork by more than a dozen contemporary artists. The exhibit focuses on Mickey’s influence on pop culture and art over the years.

Through February 10th, enjoy ten different rooms filled with wall sculptures, murals, crochet installations, wall weavings and much more that highlight a different piece of Mickey’s status as a “true original.”

 

Dazzling Holiday Displays in the Nation’s Capital 🎄

 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Washington D.C. Enjoy these special one-of-a-kind seasonal attractions:

The National Christmas Tree, aglow in President’s Park on the White House Ellipse, is decorated with red ribbons, hundreds of miniature green and white lights and twinkling red ornaments. The Colorado blue spruce is surrounded by 56 state and territory trees decorated with handmade ornaments that are unique to each tree. Enjoy nightly musical performances throughout the holiday season.

During ZooLights, the National Zoo is transformed into an incandescent wonderland. More than 500,000 LEDs, animated light installations and live music illuminate the 163 acres at one of the oldest zoos in the country.

The Capital’s most historic neighborhood, Georgetown, lights up with GLOW, a jaw-dropping exhibition of light-art. Exhibits by local and international artists are displayed in outdoor spaces. Steps away is a winter wonderland at The Washington Harbour where you may skate at D.C.’s largest outdoor ice rink.

“Season’s Greenings” transforms the U.S. Botanic Garden into an enormous model train exhibit. Trains chug through classic railroad stations like New York City’s Grand Central Terminal and St. Louis’ Union Station. Inside the Conservatory find the garden’s collection of D.C.’s iconic landmarks, including a model of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and a showcase of poinsettias. Holiday concerts are held on most evenings.

Enjoy a candlelit tour at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. Walk through the iconic mansion and visit Aladdin the camel, a nod to Washington’s 1787 Christmas in which he paid 18 shillings to entertain guests with a camel. This truly unique experience includes a character-guided tour, 18th century dancing and fireside caroling.

Find a rotating cast of crafters and vendors, hot coffee and sweets and holiday performances at the Downtown Holiday Market held in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. At night, the market’s bright lights bring Penn Quarter to life, providing a holiday spark to the neighborhood.

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The National Tree is Aglow!

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On Wednesday evening, the National Tree illuminated the White House Ellipse. A magnificent display of thousands of green and white LEDs and red ornaments, the National Tree is a dazzling sight! 🎄 It was a brilliant 🤩 way to kick off the holiday season!

Happy Friday!

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Hot Holiday Markets

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Holiday shopping in New York City is one of the most festive and beautiful experiences of the year. Winter markets offer special gifts, food and activities that welcome the holiday cheer.

Surrounding Bryant Park’s ice skating rink is the magical Winter Village. More than 170 boutique-style vendors feature handmade, unique and New York City-specific wares. Food vendors offer tasty, holiday treats from around the world.

Outside of the Brooklyn Museum’s grounds is WinterFest, a mega winter village and holiday market. The 40,000 square-foot festive wonderland features Santa Land, an Enchanted Tree Maze, the “Snowzilla” slide and the Giant Snowglobe. Local and international vendors hawk their holiday gifts.

The majestic Vanderbilt Hall sets the stage for the annual indoor Holiday Fair at Grand Central Terminal. The Fair hosts vendors with products made from locally sourced materials or have a socially conscious business model.

The European-style winter market at the Union Square Holiday Market boasts more than 150 local and national vendors. The alfresco haven hosts artists tucked behind red and white striped tents with an array of specially handcrafted gifts and holiday treats.

Located at the southwest entrance of Central Park is the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. Shoppers will find more than 100 booths featuring eclectic handmade items from local artisans. Refuel with seasonal food and drink.

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Almost Time To Get Lit!

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On Wednesday evening the most famous Christmas Tree will officially mark the holiday season! ✨🎆🎇

With the help of approximately 50,000 LED lights and a new Swarovski crystal star, the 72 foot-tall spruce will illuminate Rockefeller Center. Bask in the holiday spirit through January 7, 2019. Live performances enhance the festivities.

Whether seen from home or sidewalk, it is a holiday event not to be missed!

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