The 10 Best 2011-2012 Holiday and Winter Events

Celebrate the holiday and winter season at these events and festivals around the country.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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