The often dark days of December are lit up with holiday cheer sparkling all over the globe, from Christmas trees that are artistic to huge menorahs. Displays of light and shows of trains are all part of the fun, as well. Here are only a few of the biggest and best-known events around the country.
Christmas trees,– so many to see, from the celebrated evergreen at Rockefeller Center in New York City to one make completely from 600 pound of chocolate and stands 6 feet high –in Menlo Park California, Rosewood Sand Hill hotel. This tree, is displaying in the lobby, and is madeevery year by Mellisa Root who is the pastry chef.In Charlotte, North Caroline atThe Ritz-Carlton is one of the most spectacle holiday tree is made from 789 green recycled bottles and another made from 8000 macaroon cookies.
The two largest displays of lights are on opposite sides of the country. In Riverside, California at the Mission Inn there is a display of 4 million lights that include 400 animatronic characters, while the display of lights at the Busch Gardens in Williamsburg Park in Virginia includes over 8 million lights.
Fun in Hawaii
The Kauai’s Festival of Lights in Hawaii consists of dozens of trees that are decorated and displayed with aluminum cans and water bottles. This festival takes place at the Historic County Building in Lihue Kauai, until Dec. 27.
In Wheeling, West Virginia, The Oglebay Resort and Conference Center hosts the Winter Festival of Lights through Jan 4along a 6 mile drive. This center has been converting all these lights used to the energy-efficient LED lights and this year the switch has been completed.
In North Carolina at Asheville, The Biltmore estate has hosted Christmas celebrations since 1895. This estate says the spectacle has “dozens of trees, thousands of ornaments and miles of brightly lit evergreen garlands.”
In Orlando, Florida and Universal Studios both host Grinchmas, which is themed on the Dr. Seuss’ book on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Then there is LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California, that every year hosts the snow-covered tube runs for kids that they can slide, play and throw snowballs at targets.
Disney, also has the yearlyParade on Christmas Day, airing on ABC-TV, has this year been re-themed and renamed the Frozen Christmas Celebration, starring the “Frozen” sisters Elsa and Anna.
There are many places to take your family and celebration Christmas. Instead of a summer vacation, take a winter trip to visit the Trees and Lights in other parts of the nation.