The 10 Best 2011-2012 Holiday and Winter Events

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Seattle, Washington: Winterfest

Seattle, Washington: Winterfest
Through December 31
Enjoy more than 100 student performances, ice skating, ice sculpting, a model train village and a New Year’s concert with The Rhythm Nation.

More info at seattlecenter.com

Nantucket, Massachusetts: 38th Annual Christmas Stroll Weekend

Nantucket, Massachusetts: 38th Annual Christmas Stroll Weekend
December 2-4
Carolers and bell-ringers herald the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus via Coast Guard boat, followed by a parade up Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage.

More info at nantucketchamber.org

Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Annual Hanukkah Festival

Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Annual Hanukkah Festival
December 4
Israeli dancing, kosher food and cooking demonstrations, children’s menorah-making and free carnival rides at the Fort Lauderdale Stadium.

More info at hanukkahfestival.org

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Chicago, Illinois: The DuSable Museum of African American History

Chicago, Illinois: The DuSable Museum of African American History
December 8-9
8th Annual Harambee Pre-Kwanzaa Festival. This dynamic multimedia concert features Kwame Steve Cobb and Chavunduka performing original Kwanzaa songs.

More info at dusablemuseum.org

Annapolis, Maryland: 29th Annual Eastport Yacht Club’s Parade of Lights

Annapolis, Maryland: 29th Annual Eastport Yacht Club’s Parade of Lights
December 10
Dozens of powerboats and sailboats show off their holiday decorations on the waters of Annapolis Harbor, followed by fireworks.

More info at eastportyc.org

Santa Fe, New Mexico: 40th Annual Christmas Eve Farolito Walk

Santa Fe, New Mexico: 40th Annual Christmas Eve Farolito Walk
December 24
Join revelers at dusk to stroll the Eastside Historic District, which is decorated with farolitos (small, sand-filled bags with votive candles) and luminarias (bonfires).

More info at santafe.org


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Dearborn, Michigan: Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Dearborn, Michigan: Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
Throughout December
Tour candlelit paths by horse and carriage or by Model T at Henry Ford’s living history museum. Visit Santa and real reindeer, join sing-alongs, go ice skating and watch fireworks.

More info at thehenryford.org

Across the U.S.: The Maccabeats

Across the U.S.: The Maccabeats
The Maccabeats perform popular hits “Candlelight” and the “Purim Song” at a concert hall near you. The Yeshiva University a cappella group sang at the White House and their YouTube music videos have more than 5 million views.

More info at maccabeats.com

New York City: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers’ 37th Annual Dance Concert & Pow-Wow

New York City: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers’ 37th Annual Dance Concert & Pow-Wow
January 28-February 6
This compelling cultural event at Theater for the New City includes storytelling and traditional music and dance by native peoples of the Northwest Coast, Southwest, Arctic and Great Plains.

More info at theaterforthenewcity.net

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Klamath Falls, Oregon: Winter Wings Festival

Klamath Falls, Oregon: Winter Wings Festival
February 17-19, 2012
Spot thousands of bald eagles, hawks and waterfowl on a major migratory route between Oregon and California at the longest running bird festival in the nation. Explore 50-plus events, including nature photography, bird watching and storytelling.

More info at winterwingsfest.org

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