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Michael Nesmith's Videoranch
Music, a virtual visit to the Ranch, and more.
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The Droodles Homepage
They're like doodles, but carry much meaning.
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The Rainforest Site
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For December Travelers
December 1-2, 2001
Emery Country Christmas
Emery, South Dakota.
Holiday tour of homes, a holiday feast, breakfast with Santa. There is an
Further details: Call 605-449-4782.
December 1-2, 2001
Dickens On The Strand
Strand National Historic Landmark
District, (off I-45/Broadway),
This is the festival's 28th year, and events include parades (day and night), food and
entertainment, street vendors, lots of Victorian costumed performers and
visitors, a costume contest, a group Victorian wedding (and very legal),
worship service, Snow On Sunday Until It Melts, and more. There is an admission charge.
More: Call 409-765-7834.
December 1-2, 2001
International Tamale Festival
Miles Avenue Park (in Old Town),
Over Seventy tamale vendors, 200 arts and crafts (and commercial) vendors,
carnival, 5k and 10k runs, musical entertainment, tamale contest.
Additional Information: Call 760-342-6532 .
December 1-9, 2001
Festival of Trees and Traditions
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art,
600 Main Street,
There will be decorated trees and wreaths, entertainment, and a
Further details: Call 860-278-2670.
December 7, 2001
Holiday Heritage Fest
Avenue of Trees, live nativity (with fire pits, so you can keep warm while you
watch), limousine tour of lights (reservations required and extra fee--call
More: Call 920-387-1167.
December 7-8, 2001
Christmas Town Festival
Visits with Santa, hayrides, arts and crafts, food and
Further information: Call 203-266-5557.
December 7-9, 2001
Dickens In Dundee
Main Street area,
Live mannequins in store windows, carriage rides, petting zoo,
More information: Call 847-622-3848.
December 7-9, 2001
Christmas By The Sea
Chowder-cooking contest, sing-a-longs, tours of local inns,
public supper, bonfires on the beach, theatre.
Details: Call 207-696-2939.
December 7-9, 2001
Carolers, rides on the Holly Trolley, carriage rides, Santa
visits, free cocoa, kids' events.
More: Call 207-865-1212.
December 8-9, 2001
Oakland Museum (Natural History Section),
10th and Clark,
An exhibition of wild mushrooms and information on cultivation and
more. There is an admission charge.
Further information: Call 888-OAK-MUSE(625-6873).
December 14-16, 2001
Festival of the Bonfire
Levee (and other) venues,
Gumbo cooking contest, clowns, music, dance, pageant, Million Mutt March,
parade, bonfires on levee.
More: Call 800-367-7852 or 225-869-1717.
December 28-30, 2001
Holiday Sports Festival
230 S. Lake Shore Drive.
On-site clinics, sports activities and tournaments (in areas including
climbing wall, fencing, boxing, golf, bowling and tennis).
Details: Call 312-744-3315.
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Where To See The Holiday Lights
Fill A Car With Friends And Go Light Surfing!
The following places have been rumoured to be worth driving by (or walking past) for a
lovely viewing of holiday lights. These will be mainly Christmas displays.
I'd like to include more Chanakuh displays.
I do have an online link for you that lists public Menorah lightings.
If you know of any great holiday displays I've missed here, let me know and we'll add those next year.
Please note: Some of the addresses listed below are those of private residences. Please respect the families' property, and please realize that lights may not be on every night. Have fun, and drive safely.
Alaskaland Park in Fairbanks.
Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai.
Harbor Stars lighted water vessel parade (Dec. 14 only?) in Kodiak (907-486-8085).
Lighted Tree Made of Tumbleweeds in A.J.Chandler Park in Chandler.
1882 Wildhorse Drive in Chandler.
Flagstaff Holiday Lights at Little America Hotel (I-40 & Butler Ave.) in Flagstaff (free) (800-435-2493).
Courthouse in Florence (520-868-9433).
Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills (480-837-9306).
Glendale Glitters in Old Towne area (through Jan. 13) (free) (623-930-2299) 14221 N. 51st Avenue in Glendale.
Murphy Park in Glendale (602-930-2299).
5309 W. Barbara Avenue in Glendale.
Arizona Celebration of Lights at Community of Joy campus (21000 N. 75th Ave.) in Glendale (fee: lowered with food or toy donation) (623-561-0500).
Festival of Lights at London Bridge Resort in Lake Havasu City (through Jan. 1) (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).
West Natal Circle in Mesa.
1950 S. Gaylord Circle in Mesa.
840 S. Fontana in Mesa.
6460 E. Quartz Street in Mesa.
3434 E. Elmwood in Mesa.
1038 E. Lehi Road in Mesa.
Center Street, Robson, MacDonald area in Mesa (near the temple).
ZooLights at the zoo in Phoenix (fee) (through Jan. 7) (602-273-1341).
4507 N. 70th Drive in Phoenix.
2230 W. Palo Verde Drive in Phoenix.
4008 E. Lariat Lane in Phoenix.
1726 W. Bethany Home Road in Phoenix.
City Lights at Arizona Center (Van Buren & Third) in Phoenix (free) (602-534-FEST).
Desert Foothills Parkway & Chandler Blvd. area in Phoenix.
1517 E. Brill Street in Phoenix.
4215 W. Denton Lane in Phoenix.
3518 E. Tierra Buena Lane in Phoenix.
2349 W. Kathleen Road in Phoenix.
4530 E. Voltaire Avenue in Phoenix.
2133 Oraibi Drive in Phoenix.
19042 N. 22nd Street in Phoenix.
3924 W. Glenn Drive in Phoenix.
3239 E. Osborn Road in Phoenix.
4415 E. Calle Tuberia in Phoenix.
Courthouse in Prescott.
Valley of Lights in Fain Park (Fifth & Second Streets) in Prescott (free/donation) (520-772-8857).
Holiday Lights in McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park on Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale (free) (480-312-2312).
8208 E. Montebello Avenue in Scottsdale.
11809 N. 55th Street in Scottsdale.
4940 East Hillery Drive in Scottsdale.
Sedona Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados Resort (160 Portal) in Sedona (fee) (800-282-1777).
APS Fantasy of Lights on Mill Ave. in Tempe (through Jan. 15) (free) (480-967-4877).
Festival of Lights at Reid Park Zoo (1100 S. Randolph Way) in Tucson (through Dec. 19?)(fee) (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 Hillcrest in Livermore.
Griffith Park (Crystal Springs Road) in Los Angeles (213-485-8743).
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.
Walnut Drive in Pleasanton.
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.
1620 Minnesota Avenue (Willow Glen area) 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.
Christmas Lane in the George Street area in Bartow (Hwy 17-98 S. to Mann Road) (863-533-2333).
8500 Split Rail Lane in Bayonet Point.
4500 block of West Dale Avenue in Beach Park (Hillsborough County).
Palmetto Road and Willadel Drive area in Belleair.
3321 Hibiscus Drive E. 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).
1832 Asbury Drive in Clearwater.
1727 Penny Lane in Clearwater.
431 Windward Pass in Clearwater.
Tradewinds Park on Sample Road in Coconut Creek (fee)(945-968-3885).
City Lights in Davenport (863-422-4410).
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.
11707 Tanager Drive off Monument Road in Jacksonville.
Troy Lynn Lane off Kernan Road in Jacksonville.
4070 Hall Boree Road in Jacksonville.
9517 Spotswood Road in Jacksonville.
7904 Stuart Avenue in Jacksonville.
Lake Park Estates in Largo (108th Avenue area).
13313 Balboa Drive in Largo.
13583 Croft Drive North (off 137th Street, I think) in Largo.
Kimpton Place, off Belcher Road in Largo (donations accepted).
545 Lillian Drive in Madeira Beach.
246 and 248 144th Avenue E. 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.
Brandon Forest neighborhood (Forestwood Drive, Forest Circle) off Parsons Ave. S.) in Seffner.
2308 Eleuthera Place in Seffner.
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).
54 Tree Lane in Colbert (near Leon and N. 2nd).
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 Gardens, Lookout Mountain (fee: fund raiser) (706-375-7702).
10906 Jamestowne Road in Savannah.
Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands (fee) (770-932-7200).
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).
Night of the Luminaria at Riverfront levee area (Dec. 22 only?) in Galena (815-777-9050).
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).
Festival of Lights in Sinnissippi Park in Rockford (free) (800-521-0849 or 815-965-0768).
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.
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).
Festival of Lights at Christmas Lake Village (2nd weekend of December only?) in Santa Claus (888-444-9252 or 812-937-2848).
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).
Light On The Lake in Veteran's Park in Great Bend.
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.
Safari of Lights at Zoo of Acadiana, 116 Lakeview Drive, in Broussard (through Dec. 30) (fee?) (337-837-4325).
Christmas NIghts/Holiday Lights at Zemurray Park in Hammond.
Lights Under the Oaks at corner of Hwy. 311 & St. Charles Street (through Jan. 7) in Houma (985-851-3000). Christmas Trail of Lights at Iberia Tourist Center in Iberia (889-9-IBERIA).
Celebration in the Oaks at the City Park in New Orleans.
Christmas in Roseland at American Rose Center on Jefferson Paige Road (off I-5) (through Dec. 30) in Shreveport (318-938-5402).
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).
Lights On The Bay at Sandy Point State Park (through Jan. 2) in Annapolis (fee by carload: fundraiser) (410-974-2149).
Homestead Street in Baltimore.
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).
St. Nicholas Light Display at Domino's Farms on Earhart Road in Ann Arbor (fee).
Zoolights Festival at Binder Park Zoo (7400 Division Drive) in Battle Creek (fee).
Downtown area of Battle Creek.
River of Lights at Wenonah & Veteran's Memorial Parks in Bay City (free) (888-BAYTOWN).
Jackson County Fairgrounds (200 W. Ganson) in Jackson (fee) (517-788-4405).
Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S. Pennsylvania, in Lansing (fee) (517-363-4730).
Lights Before Christmas at Fernwood Botanical Garden (Dec. 1-3, 7-10,14-17?) in Niles (fee) (616-683-8653).
Celebration of Light at Pine Grove Park (through Jan. 5) in Port Huron (free) (810-987-8687).
Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.
Nautical Mile Night of Lights at Blossom Heath Park in St. Clair Shores (fee).
Toledo Zoo in Toledo.
Wayne County Lightfest on Hines Drive (south of I-96) in Westland (Nov. 16 - Jan. 1)(fee per carload).
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.
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.
"Walk The Wild Lights" at the 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.
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.
401 Republic Street in Henderson.
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village (6300 Oakey Boulevard) in Las Vegas (702-259-3700).
4406 Parkchester Circle in Las Vegas.
4705 Illustrious Street (near Peace Way, Panay, Beaconsfield) in Las Vegas.
6240 Bristol Way and neighboring homes (near Charleston Boulevard) in Las Vegas.
7037 Westpark Court in Las Vegas.
8400 Del Rey Avenue (off South Durango Drive) in Las Vegas.
2108 Buckboard Lane (off South Eastern Avenue) in Las Vegas.
3016 Judson Avenue in Las Vegas.
Black Port Court (off Rancho Santa Fe Drive) in Las Vegas.
9409 Mast Drive in Las Vegas.
4524 Ryder Lane in Las Vegas.
Cool Water Circle (near Craig Road) in Las Vegas.
8770 Ann Road (off N. El Capitan Way) in Las Vegas.
LaSalette Shrine (exit 17 off I-89) in Enfield (603-632-4301).
Christmas City at 108 East Militia Road (at Rebel Road) (donation) in White House Station (908-534-8204).
Hoffman & Cutler Northeast in Albuquerque.
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).
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).
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.
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 (at Hwys. 72 & 343) 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).
Greystone Court in Medford.
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.
Lights On The Lake at Lakemont Park (through Jan. 7) (from I-99 take Frankstown Road exit) in Altoona (fee per carload) (814-949-7275).
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.
If you know of great lights in Rhode Island, let us know.
Holiday Festival of Lights at St. 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).
If you know of great lights in South Dakota, let us know.
Planet Christmas in Franklin.
517 Maplegrove Drive in Franklin.
Opryland Hotel at 2800 Opryland Drive in Nashville.
Winterfest at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge (800-365-6993).
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.
Interlochen residential area (subdivision in NW area of town)(from I-30 take Fielder Rd. and go W. to Randol Mill Rd.) (through Dec. 25) in Arlington (free).
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.
19806 Oak Branch Court (off Upper Lake Drive) in Humble.
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).
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.
Park Road Northeast (in Ravenna) in Seattle.
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 Mormon Temple Visitors Center at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive.
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).
If you know of great lights in Wyoming, let us know.
|More December Fun|
They're dedicating the new Letourneau Opus-60 organ in Legacy Hall at RiverCenter
in Columbus, Georgia, December 2 at 4 p.m., with a special recital by Joseph
Golden. You can get tickets by calling 888-332-5200. More information:
And if one organ isn't enough for you, the First Baptist Church of Columbus will present "Keyboards at Christmas" that same day, starting at 3 p.m. (with a second performance at 5 p.m. This event includes an organ and four pianos, and the price is right: free. The church is at 212 12th Street, and you can call them for more information at: 706-322-4468.
If by chance you are in Anchorage, Alaska on December 11 and 12, there is a free concert open to
the public at 7 p.m. (both nights) at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Call 907-263-2787
for more information.
All through the month of December, Talkeetna, Alaska celebrates with parades, music, treasure hunts, and the Bachelor Society Ball and Wilderness Woman Contest. Call 907-733-2330.
The Family Playhouse (1403 Third Street) in Alexandria, Louisiana presents "The Wiz" at
7 p.m. on December 7, 8 and 9. For details call 318-442-6500.
Casper College in Casper Wyoming is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of "Amahl & The Night
Visitors" with a performance on December 16 at 3 p.m. Get admission information by calling 307-266-1478.
As part of the Chanukah celebration at Skirball Cultural Center (2701 N. Supulveda Blvd. in Los Angeles) there will
be readings of Jewish stories from all over the world on December 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those doing the reading include
Jerry Stiller and Elayne Boosler. Advance tickets are recommended (Call 323-655-8587). (There are lots of other
activites at the Celebration and some are free with museum admission.) For general information on the Cultural Center
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will be celebrating its Grand Opening from
December 16 through December 31. In addition to scheduled performances of the season, there will be free programs,
such as architectural tours, workshops, lessons and lunchtime concerts. The Center is at 260 South Broad Street.
For more information, call 215-790-5800.
|Once upon a time there was a man with a gentle voice and quiet charm.
He made several movies and worked in a TV show playing a character who
rode a motorcycle from town to town, touching lives, and singing a little here and there.
Then some of us didn't hear much of him for awhile.
We wondered if he would ever come to sing for us again.
Michael Parks is not only singing, but he recorded 17 songs for us to enjoy.
If you haven't closed your eyes and dared to dream for a long while, take heart. These are songs to dream by.
And you'll believe he sings just for you.
Take a trip to Listen Recordings
We're pleased to host the work of artisan
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 past spring, and is sharing her cake decorating and candy-making skills on a local Chattanooga station.
She has spent this summer doing face painting and hand-painted stationery at Tennessee festivals.
See the man in the banner below this text?
Go ahead--take a look.
Take a good, long look.
Memorize his face.
This man is Scott L. Schwartz.
If you ever get into trouble, you'll want him on your side.
This guy means business.
And his business is playing big and bad.
Big may come easy, because he's 6'10" and weighs about 300 pounds.
I'm not sure how he pulls off the bad part though, because he actually seems to be very...
Well, never mind. Just click on the banner and get ready for some action.
You can see some of Scott's newest work in the upcoming film Ocean's Eleven,
which opens Friday, December 7, 2001.
Here's a trailer for Ocean's Eleven (you'll catch a sample of Scott in action.)
Though I link to a lot of Christmas light displays in December, the real
"Festival of Lights" is one that originated with Jewish history. There are
many folks more qualified than I to tell you about this celebration. One
good site is A Beginner's Primer Of Chanukah.
One of the things people enjoy during the Chanukah celebration is the
food, much of it fried or deep-fried, using plenty of oil, particularly olive oil.
If you can't find a good Jewish cook to make some treats for you, you might try
Kosher Korner: Chanukah
for authentic doughnut, kugel and pancake recipes. If you want the taste without
all the work, try some
NASA wants someone to rename the Infrared Great Observatory, and they are
having a contest. You must submit an essay of 250 words or less with your
name, and you can only submit one name. The deadline is December 20. The
contest details are here.
Many African Americans celebrate Kwanza during the month of December. As with Chanukah, food is a big part of the celebration. Here are recipes for a sample Kwanza Karamu menu.
If you are an insomniac like me, you might want to think about catching a glimpse of the Partial Lunar Eclipse on December 30 this year.
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