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December Events
festivals For December Travelers

December 1-3, 2000
Sparkle Weekend
Freeport, Maine.
Tuba concert, trolley and carriage rides, parade and more.
More information: Call 207-865-1212.

December 1-3, 2000
Dickens in Dundee
Main Street and other venues,
East and West Dundee, Illinois.
Sponsored by the Jaycees, this event is now in its 12th year. Enjoy a Christmas parade, festival of trees from local schools, craft show, wreaths and garland sale, Santa visiting (fee for pictures), carriage and wagon rides, angel ornament workshop, Fezziwig's Ball (ticketed event), breakfast with Father Christmas (ticketed event), food, petting zoo, ice sculpting, caroling, and living windows holiday scenes.
More information: Call 847-622-3848.

December 2-3, 2000
Poinsettia Festival
Gardener's World
Phoenix, Arizona.
Poinsettias covering the space of 2 football fields with plenty of great photo-taking opportunities, music, hayrides. No admission charge.
More information: Call 602-437-0700.

December 8-9, 2000
Festival of Carols
Pence Auditorium,
Coolidge, Arizona.
Music with optional dinner, fee charged.
More information: Call 520-426-4223.

December 8-10, 2000
Holiday Heritage Fest
Mayville, Wisconsin.
A German-style celebration for winter, with snow show races, Christmas parade, music, cookie walk, ice sculptures, tour of historical homes and carriage rides..
More information: Call 920-387-1167.

December 9-10, 2000
Fungus Fair
9th Street & Lincoln Avenue,
San Francisco, California.
View all sorts of wild mushrooms, learn about cooking with mushrooms, their medicinal uses, the history of psychedelic uses, poisonous mushrooms. Learn tips on photographing mushrooms and identifying them. There is an admission charge.
More information: Call 415-759-0495.

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You Light Up My Life

(and our roof, and our yard, and the front walkway...)

One of the simple joys of the holiday season is viewing all the lovely light displays. The following locations are rumored to be good places to go for that bit of extra dazzle. If you know of ones I have missed, please do let me know and I will get them on the list for next time. Of course, I cannot guarantee these will all be worthwhile, but get out there and take a chance and have fun!

Montgomery Zoo in Huntsville.
Botanical Gardens in Mobile.
Bellingrath Gardens at 12401 Bellingrath Road in Theodore (call 334-973-2217).

wide eyed reindeer  If you know of great lights in Alaska, let us know.

Lighted Tree Made of Tumbleweeds in A.J.Chandler Park in Chandler.
Courthouse in Florence (520-868-9433).
Murphy Park in Glendale (602-930-2299).
5309 West Barbara Avenue in Glendale.
3518 East Tierra Buena in Phoenix.
English Village and London Bridge in Lake Havasu City (520-855-0888).
Wild Winter Nights at Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park (623-935-9453).
Arizona Mormon Temple and Visitor's Center at 525 East Main Street in Mesa (602-964-7164).
ZooLights at the zoo in Phoenix (fee) (602-273-1341).
4507 North 70th Drive in Phoenix.
4008 East Lariat Lane in Phoenix.
2349 West Kathleen Road in Phoenix.
3239 East Osborn Road in Phoenix.
1517 East Brill Street in Phoenix.
4415 East Calle Tuberia in Phoenix.
Courthouse in Prescott.
4940 East Hillery Drive in Scottsdale.
Red Rock Fantasy of Lights at Los Abrigados Resort in Sedona (520-282-1777).
Reid Park Zoo in Tucson (520-791-4022).

Little River County Courthouse in Ashdown.
Great Passion Play Grounds in Eureka Springs (501-253-8559).
Historic Downtown Square in Fayetteville.
Town Square in Hamburg.
"Lights On The Ridge" in downtown Jonesboro.
Courthouse Square and Main Street in Mountain View.
Jefferson County Courthouse, downtown, and Regional Park in Pine Bluff.
Joslin's World of Lights on State 124 East 3 miles east of Quitman.

Thompson Avenue, (take High Street exit from I-880), in Alameda.
Diamond Hill Court in Antelope.
4800 block of Highlands Way, off Country Hills Drive, in Antioch.
4500 block of Shannondale Drive in Antioch.
Briones Court in Bay Point.
9400 block of Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
Pleasant View Drive in Citrus Heights.
Gemini Avenue in Camarillo.
595 Nido Drive in Campbell (behind the Safeway on Winchester Boulevard).
Gibbons Drive in Carmichael.
Candlewood Court in Concord.
Hamilton Avenue in Concord.
Discovery Way in Concord.
Landana Drive in Concord.
5208 Olive Drive in Concord.
11 Neva Court in Danville.
108 Dana Highlands in Danville.
Ryland Court in Elk Grove.
Paso Robles Way in Elk Grove.
Sana Court in Elk Grove.
Thistle Avenue area in Fountain Valley.
352 Hilldcrest in Livermore.
Fantasy of Lights at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos (fee).
3311 Pine Street in Martinez.
700 block of Palm Avenue in Martinez.
Corner house at Edsel Drive and Freeland Drive in Milpitas.
Oakland Zoo at 9777 Golf Links Road in Oakland.
Oak View Lane and Oak Glen Drive in Oakley.
Dovewood Court in Orangevale.
1077 Gran via Valmonte (off North Avenida Caballeros) in Palm Springs.
Holiday Light Show at Windmill Tours at I-10 and Indian Avenue (760-251-1997) in Palm Springs.
Highland, Seaview and Wildwood streets in Piedmont.
853 Grayson Road, off Boyd Road, in Pleasant Hill.
Monti Circle in Pleasant Hill.
3671 Chelsea in Pleasanton.
2612 Calle Reynoso in Pleasanton.
Pebble Creek Drive in Rocklin.
Rowley Court in Roseville.
1504 Sandmont Court in Roseville.
Agena Court in Sacramento.
6501 South Land Park Drive in Sacramento.
Wilson Drive at Northgate Boulevard in Sacramento.
North Orchard and Fruitvale in Vacaville.
2000 Maryland Court off Stone in West Sacramento.
Christmas in the Park at Cesar Chavez Park in San Jose.
2023 Limewood Drive in San Jose.
585 Blairburry Way in San Jose.
12591 Plymouth Drive in Saratoga.
Lawrence Avenue (off Green Valley) in Watsonville.
1300 block of Westway Drive in Woodland.
Oxnard, Corbin and Winnetka Avenues in Woodland Hills.
1854 Romero Street in Yuba City.

210 Fairplay Street in Broomfield.
136th and Main area in Broomfield.
4315 South Lipan in Denver.
3200 block of West Hayward Place in Denver.
68 South Zenobia in Denver.
5094 Billings Street in Montbello.
Del Rio Court in Montbello.
4308 West 78th Avenue in Westminster.

Beardsley Park in Bridgeport (fee)(203-576-7200).
Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford (860-728-3089).
Goodwin Park in downtown Hartford.
Hubbard Park on West Main Street in Meriden (203-630-4259).
Olde Mystic Village lined with over 4000 luminaria (December 17 only?) in Mystic.
Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Park, Lighthouse Road (fee) in New Haven (203-777-2000).
Main Street in Ridgefield.

Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach (302-227-2233).

1026 Cypress Landing Court in Atlantic Beach.
8500 Split Rail Lane in Bayonet Point.
4500 block of West Dale Avenue in Beach Park (Hillsborough County).
3321 Hibiscus Drive East in Belleair Beach.
12th Avenue West off 51st Street West area in Bradenton.
803 33rd Street Ct. West (between 7th and 9th Avenues, I think) in Bradenton.
Hess Drive in Buena Vista.
4070 Hall Boree Road, off Florida 21 in Clay County.
6021 West Shores Road off Pine Avenue on Fleming Island in Clay County.
5764 157th Avenue North in Clearwater (food donation requested).
1727 Penny Lane in Clearwater.
431 Windward Pass in Clearwater.
Tradewinds Park on Sample Road in Coconut Creek (fee)(945-968-3885).
1255 Cedar Circle in Daytona Beach.
1205 Flagstone Drive in Daytona Beach.
1036 June Terrace in Daytona Beach.
220 Reva Street in Daytona Beach.
Tarragona Way in Daytona Beach.
2150 Spring Garden South in DeLand.
2497 Arslan Street in Deltona.
2266 Treehaven Drive in Deltona.
4555 Southwest 175th Court in Dunnellon.
1721 Hideaway Lane in Edgewater.
2013 Orange Tree Drive in Edgewater.
309 Hickory Street in Harbor Oaks.
13133 Montego Street in Hernando.
3241 Clipper Place in Jacksonville.
2569 Eastill Drive in Jacksonville.
Ridgecrest Avenue near Beach Boulevard off Spring Glen Road in Jacksonville.
Tanager Drive off Monument Road in Jacksonville.
Troy Lynn Lane off Kernan Road in Jacksonville.
9517 Spotswood Road in Jacksonville.
7904 Stuart Avenue in Jacksonville.
Lake Park Estates in Largo (108th Avenue area).
13583 Croft Drive North (off 137th Street, I think) in Largo.
Kimpton Place, off Belcher Road in Largo (donations accepted).
248 144th Avenue East in Madeira Beach.
815 South Cooper Street (bring a toy) in New Smyrna Beach.
650 Bay Lake Trail (does anyone know a cross street?) in Oldsmar.
Linebaugh Avenue in North Tampa.
561 Perry Street in Orange City.
110 Trafford Avenue in Orange City.
Residential Street in Disney World in Orlando.
46 South Arbor Drive in Ormond Beach.
200 Dix Avenue in Ormond Beach.
1335 Fleming Avenue in Ormond Beach.
67 Kent Drive in Ormond Beach.
908 Northbrook Drive in Ormond Beach.
360 North Yonge Street in Ormond Beach.
3504 Rolling Trail (off Arcadia Drive) in Palm Harbor.
31st Street East around 800-900 blocks in Palmetto.
215 North Blake Street in Pierson.
244 Myrtle Street in Pierson.
6840 SW 119 Street in Pinecrest.
6862 62nd Avenue North (off 68th Street) in Pinellas Park.
8300 55th Way North (and surrounding area) in Pinellas Park.
8381 56th Way North (off 82nd Terrace) in Pinellas Park.
Neighborhood at 61st Court off 102nd Avenue in Pinellas Park.
Chinaberry Court in Port Richey.
2121 Swan Lane (off Egret Terrace, I think) in Safety Harbor.
92nd Street (near Starkey Elementary School) in St. Petersburg.
100-200 blocks of Southeast Lincoln Circle North (near Southeast Boulevard) in St. Petersburg.
6200 block (at 62nd Street, I think) of 43rd Avenue North in St. Petersburg.
2719 Oakdale Street South (off 4th Street) in St. Petersburg.
143 50th Terrace North (between 50th Ave N & 51st Ave N) in St. Petersburg (food donation).
6280 Fairfield Avenue South (off 63rd Street) in St. Petersburg.
12311 Julia Street North (between 122nd and 125th Streets) in Seminole.
13379 84th Terrace North (off 131st Street near high school) in Seminole.
Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven.
3420 11th Avenue in Tampa.

Fantasy of Lights in Pendleton King Park in Augusta (fund-raiser).
Magical Nights of Lights in Lanier Islands.
The covered bridge owned by the Phillips family, near Lincolnton (706-359-1302).
Fantasy in Lights at Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain (fee, and may require reservation during peak viewing times)(800-225-5292).
Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City, Georgia (fee)(800-854-0675).
10906 Jamestowne Road in Savannah.
Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain (fee)(770-498-5702).

City Hall and Hololulu Hale on King Street.
Bishop Street downtown area in Honolulu.
Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina on Maui (808-667-9193).
The Ritz-Carlton, One Ritz-Carlton Drive in Kapalua on Maui (800-262-8440).

Fantasy of Lights at Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur D'Alene (800-688-5253).
Juniper Hills Country Club area in Pocatello.

Rock Springs Park in Alton.
Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
East Fourth Street in Coal Valley.
Kennekuk County Park in Danville (217-442-1691).
The Richmond Hill Estates subdivision in Geneseo.
800-900 blocks of 12th Avenue in Moline.
Fire station on 41st Street in Moline.
Olney City Park in Olney (618-392-2241).
The Gables at 2808 Plaza Drive off Veterans Parkway in Springfield.
2905 West Street in Springfield.
917 and 922 North Sixth Street in the Enos Park neighborhood in Springfield.
1650 West Lawrence Avenue in Springfield.
2921 Cider Mill Lane in Springfield.

12934 Catalpa Street (off Beatty Road) in Dillsboro.
Grotto Hill at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand (812-367-1411).
Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park on Sherman Road in Fort Wayne (219-744-6145).
Wonderland of Lights at Newton County Fairgrounds near Kentland (219-474-6665).
Luminarias line Ninth Street Hill area (Dec 16-17 and 23-24) in Lafayette (765-420-0285).
Festival of Lights on Vaughn Drive along the Ohio riverfront in Madison (812-265-3135).
Christmas City Walkway of Lights in Marion (765-668-4453).
Christmas in the Park at Hornady Park on State Road 56 in Petersburg (812-354-8155).
Sunset Hill County Park at U.S 6 and Meridian Road in Porter County (465-3586).
3227 State Road 356 in Scottsburg

Symphony of Lights at Eagle Point Park Lodge in Clinton (fee).
Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs.
1030 Berg Place in Davenport.
Reflections in the Park at Murphy Park in Dubuque (319-583-7357).
Rand Park in Keokuk (800-383-1219).

Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo on North Main Street, in Great Bend (316-793-4160).
978 250th Avenue (south of town)(fee)(800-569-4505 or 785-628-8202)(are they doing it in 2000 again?) in Hays.
Lemon Park Lights at South Pine Street & Santa Fe Road in Pratt (316-672-5501).
Downtown area of WaKeeney (785-743-2077).
Island Park on the north side of Winfield.

Winter Wonderland of Lights at Central Park in Ashland.
Basil Griffin Park in Bowling Green (800-782-3660).
3.5-mile tour through General Burnside Island State Park in Burnside (800-642-6287).
Downtown area of Harlan (606-573-4156).
Perry County Park in Hazard (606-439-2659).
Crestview Drive in Henderson.
Central Park and Main Street in Henderson.
Denise Drive (off Zion Road) in Henderson.
100 block of Powell Street in Henderson.
St. Olaf Circle (off Zion Road) in Henderson.
600-700 block of Center Street (off Highway 60) in Henderson.
2-mile display at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Christmas in the Park at Walker Park in Mount Sterling.
100 West Broadway (off Grandview Avenue) in Newport.
10932 Appaloosa Drive (off Paddock) in Walton.

Holiday Light Safari at the Alexandria Zoo in Alexandria.
Christmas NIghts/Holiday LIghts at Zemurray Park in Hammond.
Celebration in the Oaks at the City Park in New Orleans.

Central Hall and other downtown buildings in Dover-Foxcroft.
3-mile train ride leaving from corner of India and Commercial Streets in Portland (fee)(842-1808).
Nubble Lighthouse at Sohier Park in York (207-363-1040).

Baltimore Zoo in Baltimore (410-396-7102).
Winterfest of Lights in Northside Park in Ocean City (fee) (800-OC-OCEAN).

La Salette Shrine in Attleboro (508-222-5410).
Bright Lights at Forest Park in Springfield.
Stone Zoo in Stoneham (zoo fee) (781-438-5100).

Domino's Farms on Earhart Road in Ann Arbor.
Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek.
Downtown area of Battle Creek.
Jackson County Fairgrounds in Jackson (517-788-4405).
Lights Before Christmas at Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles.
Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.
Toledo Zoo in Toledo.
Wayne County Lightfest on Hines Drive in Westland.

12665 Buchanan Northeast in Blaine.
9524 Fifth Avenue South in Bloomington.
7825 Vincent Avenue North in Brooklyn Park.
13247 Zion Street in Coon Rapids.
Ebony Avenue in Duluth.
Two mansions across street from each other in 2300 block of First Street in Duluth.
11820 Perch Lake Drive (off Highway 23) in Duluth.
Lavaque Road area (between Morris Thomas and Hermantown Roads) in Duluth.
McGregor property (they also sell) on Highway 210 5 miles west of Duluth.
93rd Aveune West in Duluth.
224 West Wabasha Street (off Elysian Avenue) in Duluth.
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church at 2002 Minnesota Avenue (at 20th Street South) in Duluth.
5450 Samuelson Road (off Lindahl Road) in Duluth.
1126 Anderson Road (off Highway 53) in Duluth.
14018 Northeast 85th Street in Elk River.
6426 North Juneau Lane in Maple Grove.
2349 Standridge Avenue in Maplewood.
Minnesota Zoo on County Road 38 (13000 Zoo Boulevard) in Apple Valley, south of Minneapolis.
4910 Thomas Avenue North in Minneapolis.
7414 Columbus Avenue South in Richfield.
7044 First Avenue South in Richfield.
1847 Idaho Avenue in St. Paul.
1006 Summit Avenue in St. Paul.
4944 Woodcrest Road in White Bear Lake.

Hiller Park in Biloxi (228-374-2717).

Branson Hills Parkway in Branson.
Cape County Park in Cape Girardeau (573-335-1631).
Coons family farm, Route KK off U.S. 61, 6 miles outside of Hannibal.
Zoo in Kansas City.
Fairgrounds on Route O in Laurie (573-374-5500).
Shepherd of the Hills "Trail of Light" on West Highway 76 in Ozarks region.
Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows in St. Louis (618-397-6700).
St. Louis Zoo on Wells Drive in St. Louis.

wide eyed reindeer  If you know of great lights in Montana, let us know.

Hemingford Diorama at the fairgrounds in Hemingford (308-487-3695).
Historic District full of luminarias on Friday nights (402-477-5779)in Lincoln.
Centennial Park in Seward (402-643-4189).

Gibson Road at Lake Mead Drive (146) in Henderson.
710 Honeybee Court (off Grapevine) in Henderson.
636 North Racetrack Road (off Essex Avenue) in Henderson.
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village (6300 Oakey Boulevard) in Las Vegas (702-259-3700).
6240 Bristol Way (near Charleston Boulevard) in Las Vegas.
8400 Del Rey Avenue (off South Durango Drive) in Las Vegas.
2108 Buckboard Lane (off South Eastern Avenue) in Las Vegas.
Black Port Court (off Rancho Santa Fe Drive) in Las Vegas.
Cool Water Circle (near Craig Road) in Las Vegas.
8770 Ann Road (off N. El Capitan Way) in Las Vegas.

New Hampshire
LaSalette Shrine (exit 17 off I-89) in Enfield (603-632-4301).

New Jersey
Christmas City at 108 East Militia Road (at Rebel Road) (donation) in White House Station (908-534-8204).

New Mexico
Central Park in Artesia.
On December 24 Main Street luminarias in Carrizozo (505-648-2732).
Christmas on the Pecos along the Pecos River in Carlsbad (505-887-6516)(reservations required)(fee).

New York
Capital Holiday Lights in the Park at Washington Park in Albany (800-258-3582).
Holiday Light Spectacular at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton (800-487-6867).
Bronx Zoo in Bronx.
New York Botanical Garden at 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard in Bronx(718-817-8700).
Lights in the Park at Delaware Park in Buffalo (716-856-3550).
Festival of Lights at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua (716-394-4922).
Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine on Swann Road in Lewiston 716-754-7489).
Lights on the Lake at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool (315-451-PARK).
Rockefeller Center at 50th Street and 5th Avenue in New York.
A Festival of Lights in downtown Niagara falls (716-285-8484).

North Carolina
Festival of Lights in Tanglewood Park in Clemmons (Exit 184 off I-40)(fee)(336-778-6300).
Main Street in Forest City.
Holiday of Lights at Country Park in Greensboro (336-855-3651).
Oakshade Avenue in Kannapolis.
Island of Lights at Kure Beach. (910-458-7116)
town of McAdenville.
2700 block of Overton in Raleigh.

North Dakota
Sertoma Park in Bismarck (701-255-7650.

Cincinnati Zoo on Vine Street in Cincinnati(fee)(513-281-4700).
2810 Buell Road (off Pippin Road near I-275) in Cincinnati.
8230 Browsway Lane (take Pippin to W. Galbraith to Brownsway) in Cincinnati.
2032 West Galbraith Road (near Gloria Drive) in Cincinnati.
2574 Montana Ave (between Quante Avenue & Haus Lane) in Cincinnati.
Public Square in downtown Cleveland.
G.E.'s Nela Park on Noble Road in Cleveland.
4674 Zion Road (off 264 near Mitchell Park Drive) in Cleves.
Clifton Mill at 75 Water Street in Clifton (937-767-9010).
4983 East 71st Street in Cuyahoga Hills.
Whispering Christmas at Fort St. Clair on Camden Road in Eaton.
Pyramid Hill in Hamilton (fee) (513-868-8336).
Christmas Lighting at the Falls at Ludlow Falls (698-3318).
2324 Ada Drive (from 122 take Normal Lane to Ada Drive) in Middletown.
Melrose Drive in Wooster.

Wintersmith Park in Ada (580-436-6300).
City Park in Altus.
Randlett Park in Anadarko.
Johnstone Park in Bartlesville.
Bells and Bows at Kay County Fairgrounds in Blackwell(405-363-4195).
Festival of Light at Shannon Springs Park in Chickasha(405-224-0787).
Downtown area of Colony.
Safari in Lights at the Arbuckle Wilderness in Davis (fee)(800-738-7275).
Fuqua Park in Duncan (405-255-3644).
Carl Albert Park in Durant (580-924-7222).
Christmas in the Park at Ackley Park in Elk City.
Downtown area of Enid.
Fort Cobb State Park in Fort Cobb (405-643-2249).
Oklahoma Park (at Highways 33 and 81) in Kingfisher (405-375-5788).
Red Rock Canyon State Park in Hinton (405-542-6344).
Gore Boulevard and Shepler Park in Lawton (405-355-3541).
Joe B. Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City (405-733-4600).
Honor Heights Park in Muskogee (donations accepted)(918-684-6302).
Oklahoma City Zoological Park in Oklahoma City.
Festival of Angels (info at visitor center in Pioneer Shopping Center) in Ponca City (405-767-8888).
Parsons Christmas Light Fantasy on Turkey Creek Landing Road in Ringold (private residence)(580-876-3689).
River City Park in Sand Springs (donations accepted).
Festival of Lights at Sequoyah City Park and downtown area in Tahlequah (918-456-3742).
Living Nativity (drive-through) at the Baptist Church at 8504 East Skelly Drive in Tulsa (free, but has limited viewing evenings--call 918-627-4264).
ZooLightful at the Tulsa Zoo (918-669-6600).
Crystal Beach Park in Woodward (405-256-7411).

Southwest Mark Street in Newport.
Southwest 12th Street in Newport.
Peacock Lane in Portland.
The Grotto, corner of Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 85th Avenue in Portland.

Lights in the Parkway on Lehigh Parkway in Allentown.
Blue Spruce Park in Indiana County near Ernest.
Hershey Park in Hershey (800-HERSHEY).
Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square (800-737-5500).
Zoo at 12441 Randolph County Road 300-S in Parker City (765-468-8559).
Duquesne Light ZooLights at Pittsburgh Zoo (fee) in Pittsburgh.
Koziar's Christmas Village in Westmoreland.

Rhode Island
wide eyed reindeer  If you know of great lights in Rhode Island, let us know.

South Carolina
James Island County Park on Riverland Drive in Charleston (fee)(843-795-7275). King Street in Charleston.
Riverbanks Zoo on Greystone Boulevard in Columbia.
Radisson Grand Resort in Fort Mill.
Victor Park in Pacolet (donations).

South Dakota
wide eyed reindeer  If you know of great lights in South Dakota, let us know.

Planet Christmas in Franklin.
517 Maplegrove Drive in Franklin.
Gatlinburg (take the 25-cent trolley at Chamber Welcome Center)(800-568-4748).

Celebration Park on I-20 east of Abilene (fee).
John Stiff Park in Amarillo.
37th Street in Austin.
Anderson Mill Road just west of Highway 183 in Austin.
Balcones Woods Drive off Highway 183 in Austin.
Buffalo Pass off Stassney in Austin.
Koenig Lane area in Austin.
Landon Lane in Austin.
Park Street area off Highway 183 in Austin.
City Hall to Historical Park in Farmer's Branch.
Fort Worth Zoo at Colonial Parkway and University Drive in Fort Worth.
14322 Ella Lane in Houston.
Downtown area of Johnson City.
Lakeside Park in Marble Falls.
Holidays in Lights (at Exit 610 North) on I-20 outside Marshall (fee)(903-759-3578).
Newton County Courthouse in Newton.
River Walk in San Antonio.

The 10-acre block of Temple Square downtown in Salt Lake City (801-521-2822).

wide eyed reindeer  If you know of great lights in Vermont, let us know.

Lee Manor Drive, in Manassas, Virginia.
Shelly Road in Richmond.
100 Miles of Lights along I-64, including cities of Richmond, Newport News and Virginia Beach (800-769-5912).

Corners of 32nd Avenue Northwest and Northwest 71st Street in Ballard.
Northeast 30th Place in Bellevue.
10617 Northeast 195th Street in Bothell.
3700-3800 block of 228th Place Southwest in Brier (food donation).
4900-5600 blocks of 119th Avenue Southeast in Factoria.
Lake Wilderness Country Club area homes in Maple Valley (request food donation).
Sunrose Place in Mill Creek.
17th Street and 18th Street in Mount Vernon.
9000 block of 22nd Avenue Northwest in North Seattle.
The Northern Lights at Marymoor Park in Redmond (fee).
Point Defiance Zoo on Pearl Street in Tacoma (fee).

Washington, D.C.
Washington Mormon Temple Visitors Center at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive.

West Virginia
Hawks Nest State Park in Ansted (304-658-5212).
Lacey's Lights in Beckwith (304-574-1111).
City Park in Bluefield (304-327-2448).
Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling (fee/donation)(304-243-4000).

Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls (715-723-0051).
Lakeside Park in Fond Du Lac.
Riverside Park in La Crosse (608-784-9993).
Festival of Lights at the Zoo (exit 176 off Highway 41) in Green Bay (920-448-4466).
Garden of Lights at Green Bay Botanical Garden in Green Bay (920-490-9457).

wide eyed reindeer  If you know of great lights in Wyoming, let us know.


Other December events of note:

The Steadfast Tin Soldier will be presented at the Rogers High School Auditorium on Wickham Road in Newport, Rhode Island. Performances are at 2 pm and 8 pm. This original holiday ballet will be performed by the Island Moving Company. Fee. Please call 847-4470 for details.

If you are in/near Worcester, Massachusetts between December 9 and December 23, call 508-929-2700 and ask about "A Polar Bear's Journey", with storytelling, a train ride, and viewing of mother and daughter polar bears. There is a fee. Event is at the EcoTarium at 222 Harrington Way.

December 2 through December 30 you can visit the walk-through gingerbread house at the Newport Marriott Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, at 25 America's Cup Avenue, from 10 am until 6 pm. It's free with a canned food donation Call 848-6912 for more information.

Niagara Youth Convention in Niagara Falls December 27-30.

If you go through O'Hare International Airport in Chicago vote for your favorite tree in the holiday decorating contest at Tree Grove (through December 31). Call 773-686-3555 for more information.

Rider University Choir will present a free concert at the campus in Lawrenceville, New Jersey on Sunday, December 3. Call 609-896-5168 for details.

Seattle Choral Company will perform Carmina Burana plus selected music from science fiction films at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle on New Year's Eve at 7:30 pm. For ticket information call 206-363-1100.


A Little Browsing...

We're pleased to host the work of artisan Joan Garnand on our little patch of light on the web. Joan's creations are finally finding their way out of her Tennessee community and into the hearts of admirers everywhere.
Check out Joan's zucchini/squash casserole recipe.
This busy lady also began her TV stint this spring, and is sharing her cake decorating and candy-making skills on a local Chattanooga station.

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Want some new ideas for cookies and also want the fun of socializing with other bakers?
Host a Cookie Exchange.

Celebrate Kwaanza

Jewish or not, you can enjoy the home of
Virtual Chanukah.

If you know your home needs something to give it more pizazz for the holidays, take a look at 101 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Home For Christmas. (I love the tip about hanging small ornaments on house plants since we haven't had room for a real tree lately. I found miniature ornaments that look great on our medium-sized ficus trees.)

Celebrate the New Year with a First Night Celebration. Here's a list of participating cities.

Did you forget to buy something for the holidays?
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