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December 1, 2006
Peoria's Old Town Festival
Osuna Park,
Peoria, Arizona
Gingerbread house contest, puppet shows, crafts for kids, hayrides, cookie decorating, fireworks, high school choral contest, snow play area, food booths, arts and crafts. The festival is from 5-9pm.
Additional Details: Call 623-773-7564

December 1, 2006
Living Windows
Monmouth, Illinois
Back for a 19th year, the event features, more than 40 downtown windows filled with living holiday scenes plus holiday silhouettes in second story windows. Enjoy food from vendors, horse-drawn trolley rides, a parade at 6pm with the arrival of Santa, drawings for prizes.
Find Out More: Call 309-734-3181

December 1, 2006
Christmas on the River
English Landing Park
Parkville, Missouri
Lighting ceremony, hot chocolate and other refreshments, merchant specials, fireworks, 100-voice choir, visit from St. Nicholas, costumed Christmas characters, indoor party at the Olde Mill. Tentative hours are listed as 6-9pm at this writing.
Get the Facts: Call 816-587-2700

Note: If you stay in town for the whole weekend you can get in on the 10-dollar steak dinner (5 dollars for kids) at the American Legion Post (11 Main St.) from 6-8pm on Saturday evening. And then they're selling a full breakfast on Sunday, December 3, from 8:30-11am. Call 816-741-5387 for information on both meals.

December 1, 2006
City Center at Oyster Point Fountain Plaza,
Newport News, Virginia
Fireworks and special effects show set to music, lighting of the community tree, holiday entertainment, food vendors. This is an evening celebration.
Details: Call 757-926-1400 or 888-493-7386

December 1-2, 2006
Holiday Walk in Forest Park
Madison Street,
Forest Park, Illinois
Photos with Santa on Saturday (at Forest Park National Bank & Trust), live reindeer, merchant specials, tree lighting, caroling, refreshments, marshmallow roasting, more.
Questions? Call 708-366-2543

December 1-2, 2006
Light Up LaGrange
LaGrange, Kentucky
Visits with Santa, carriage rides, activities for kids, window decorations, caroling, merchant specials, Christmas lights turned on at 6pm Friday night.
Get the Facts: Call 502-269-0126 or 502-222-1650

December 1-2, 2006
Christmas Past in Oil City
various venues,
Oil City, Pennsylvania
Concerts, window decorating contest, Madrigal Dinner, caroling, horse drawn wagon rides, visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus with live reindeer, church tours, arts and crafts, merchant specials.
Further Information: Call 814-676-8521

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December 1-2, 2006
Santa Fest
Stancil Park and downtown,
Cleveland, Texas
Church pageant, petting zoo, vendors, senior food fest, karaoke, breakfast with Santa (Sat. from 8-10am), battle of the bands, lighted parade, cookie recipe contest, games, music.
Details: Call 281-592-8788

December 1-3, 2006
Festival of the Arts
Mill Avenue,
Tempe, Arizona
More than 400 artists show and sell their juried works. There are also street performers, exhibits, vendors, food and staged entertainment from 10am until dusk. Among those scheduled to perform at this writing: Think Horses, Foot Clan, Traveler and Hans Olson.
Learn More: Call 480-921-2300

December 1-3, 2006
Christmas by the Lake
Clear Lake, Iowaa
Now in its 12th year, the festival features activities for kids, horse-drawn trolley rides, the Opportunity Village Festival of Trees, ice sculptures, a living nativity, church soup supper, lighted Christmas parade, polar bear dip for charity, free matinee at Lake Theater (please bring food donations for the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank). You can also enjoy holiday home tours, concerts, pony rides, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and a visit with Santa. Some events may require a separate fee or require reservations.
Info: Call 641-357-2159 or 800-285-2159

December 1-3, 2006
Tempe, Arizona
Lighted Christmas parade at 5:30pm on Sunday, merchant specials, storytelling, baking contest, drawings for prizes, visit from Santa, arts and crafts, activities for kids, horse drawn wagon rides, music and more.
Get The Facts: Call 410-632-2080

December 1-3, 2006
Christmas by the Sea
various venues,
Camden, Maine
It's the festival's 20th year. Expect fun such as a tree lighting ceremony, choir music, baked goods for sale, wreaths and greens for sale, a parade at 6pm on Friday, nativity display at United Methodist Church on John Street, caroling, hot chocolate, story readings, arts and crafts, bonfires, tours of residences and decorated bed and breakfast inns, music.
Find Out More: Call 207-236-4404

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December 1-3, 2006
various venues,
Freeport, Maine
Also known as Sparkle Weekend, the event celebrates its 13th year with a Parade of Lights (Friday at 6pm), hot cocoa and cookies, Tuba Christmas, free horse drawn carriage rides, Jingle Bell Run/Walk, a visit from Santa, carolers, sugar cookie decorating for the kids, outlet specials, a tribute to radio (ticketed separately), arts and crafts and a very unusual talking tree. There will be a Coats for Kids drop-off at Shaw's Supermarket, so plan to help out if you can.
Questions? Call 207-865-1212

December 1-3, 2006
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas
Main Street & other venues,
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
The festival is back for a 17th year with a luminaria walk Saturday night, vintage vehicles, caroling, horse drawn rides and much more that takes us back to the world of Norman Rockwell's rendition of Main Street at holiday time. Expect an appearance by Mr. & Mrs. Claus, food, holidays readings at Berkshire Theatre Festival, concerts, tours of area homes, a Holly Fair at the First Congregational Church and special sales from Country Curtains.
Get Details: Call 413-298-5200

December 1-3, 2006
Red Rock Balloon Rally
Red Rock State Park
(and other venues),
Gallup, New Mexico
American Indian craft vendors and Indian dance demonstrations, Balloominaria at Rio West Mall, evening balloon glows, early morning balloon launches. Join in and be part of a chase crew! The town also holds its Christmas parade this weekend, at 2pm on Saturday. It's the 26th year for the festival.
Further Information: Call 505-722-3839

December 1-3, 2006
Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas
Community Center,
Medora, North Dakota
Sleigh hay rides, Christmas quilt display and silent auction, wreath hanging ceremony, fireworks, tree decorating, pancake breakfast, Cowboy Candy arts and crafts show, museum open house, family Christmas supper and dance, ecumenical cowboy church service, storytelling, photos with Santa, Western Parade of Lights at 6:30pm on Dec. 3, Cowboy Christmas Poetry, Fowl Fling (sponsored by the Beef Commission!)
Find Out More: Call 701-623-4829 or 701-623-4910

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December 1-3, 2006
Festival of Trees
Main Pavilin at Renziehausen Park,
McKeesport, Pennsylvania
The one is back in its 21st year with themed holiday trees, food vendors, a bake sale, sleigh hay rides, visits with Santa, decorating greens for purchase, crafts, activities for kids, raffle, entertainment. You are encouraged to bring canned food donations!
Questions? Call 412-675-5068

December 1-3, 2006
Christmas in the Gorge
various venues,
Gorge, Washington
Activities are actually held throughout Skamania County and include the Starlight Truck Parade, merchant specials and open houses, arts and crafts, tree lighting ceremonies, nativity displays and a Lions Club breakfast on Saturday from 7-10:30am.
Details: Call 509-427-9811 or 800-989-9178

December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 2006
Sorrento Cheese Christmas in Little Italy
Mulberry Street between Canal & Broome Streets,
New York, New York
Parades on Saturdays, carolers in 19th Century costume, holiday lights and decorations, visits from Santa, merchant specials, tree lighting ceremonies, food and more.
Additional Information: Call 800-654-9710

December 1, 8, 15, 22, 2006
Cornish Christmas
Mill & W. Main
Streets downtown,
Grass Valley, California
You can park downtown or park at the County Fairgrounds and take a free shuttle to the festival. Enjoy carolers, Grass Valley Cornish Choir, cloggers, bell ringers, jugglers, arts and crafts and warm pastries, stew, sausages, roasted chestnuts, downtown merchant specials and decorated windows. Downtown will be aglow with lights at this 34th year of the celebration. Hours are 6-9pm.
Learn More: Call 530-272-8315

December 2, 2006
Fireman's Carnival
unknown venue(s),
Nome, Alaska
Proceeds from this event go to the local Volunteer Fire Department, so go and enjoy bingo, prizes, a cake walk, games, food and more.
Get The Facts: Call 907-443-2310

December 2, 2006
Cowboy Christmas
Community Park on 5th Street,
Templeton, California
This one is back for a 5th year. Enjoy merchant specials, arts and crafts, refreshments, hayrides, pony rides, Christmas music, Country music, Santa's arrival by haywagon, real snow for the kids to play in, vendors. Events run from 1-4pm. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy or bring non-perishable food items for the Food and Toy Drive!
Info: Call 805-434-1789

December 2, 2006
Santa Parade & Snowfest
Straub Park,
St. Petersburg, Florida
In this 79th year the festival offers carnival rides, activities for kids, prizes, a petting zoo, winter sports and games, holiday parade at 10am. There is no admission charge.
Questions? Call 727-525-5950

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December 2, 2006
Winter Festival
Tallahassee, Florida
Jingle Bell Run, lighting ceremony, 4 stages of entertainment, vendors, night parade at 7:15pm, probably ice skating too.
Additional Details: Call 850-891-3866

December 2, 2006
Holidays on the Square
Courthouse Square,
Blakely, Georgia
Two parades, arts and crafts, food vendors, classic cars, activities for kids, games, entertainment. Hours are 9am-5pm.
Find Out More: Call 229-723-3741

December 2, 2006
Jingle Bell Festival
Valdosta, Georgia
Activities for kids, 5K Jingle Bell Run, breakfast with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, trolley rides, arts and crafts, food vendors, entertainment, Christmas Parade at 5pm. The parade begins on Patterson Street and ends downtown, where holiday decorations add to the fun.
Questions? Call 229-259-3577

December 2, 2006
Harbor Lights Festival
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat. Enjoy arts and crafts, horse drawn wagon rides, tree lighting ceremony, caroling, live nativity, lighted boat parade.
Further Information: Call 207-633-2353

December 2, 2006
Chester Greenwood Day
Farmington, Maine
The word is that Chester invented earmuffs, and so locals celebrate his discovery with this event. There's a chili cooking contest with votes by festival-goers who get to enjoy the warm taste of the chili. There's a Festival of Trees at the Granary Restaurant, wreaths for sale, maybe some cake after the chili, a parade at 11am, and a local group taking their annual dip into Clearwater Lake at 3pm.
Get The Facts: Call 207-778-4215

December 2, 2006
Festival of Lights
various venues,
York, Maine
Raffles, open houses, arts and crafts, caroling, visits with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies, chowder supper, spaghetti dinner, lighted parade at 4:30pm, Festival of Trees at Masonic Lodge and more.
To Learn More: Call 207-363-4974

December 2, 2006
Christmas in the Park
Riverside Park,
Tuscumbia, Missouri
Music, Christmas parade at 2pm, light display in the park, more.
Questions? Call 573-369-2376

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December 2, 2006
Christmas on the Square
Town Square,
Waynesville, Missouri
The festival is scheduled to have carriage rides, hay rides, pony rides, arts and crafts, merchant specials, caroling, a live nativity scene, an appearance by Santa, a food court. Hours are 6-9pm.
Questions? Call 573-774-6000 or 573-435-6766

December 2, 2006
Christmas in Collierville
various venues,
Collierville, Tennessee
Back for a 13th year, the event kicks off with a Christmas parade the evening before, at 7pm. Events on Saturday go from 10am-4pm and include carriage rides, a visit from Santa, chili cook-off, hot cider, merchant specials, activities for kids, music, a scavenger hunt, and crafts and food vendors.
Additional Details: Call 901-853-1666

December 2, 2006
Harbor Lights Festival
Shoreline Blvd. between Lawrence
and Peoples,
Corpus Christi, Texas
This celebration is back for a 25th year with a Gingerbread Holiday Tree Village, Children's Parade at 2pm, activity area just for kids, Santa's motorcade, floating stage of musical entertainment, the lighting of the 75-foot AEP tree at 6pm, laser light show, illuminated boat parade at 7:45pm, fireworks. Events are between the hours of 2-9pm.
Find Out More: Call 361-985-1555

December 2, 2006
Christmas in the Park
Town Center Park,
Kingood, Texas
An appearance by Santa with chances for photos, arts and crafts, Christmas tree lighting ceremony, merchant specials, activities for kids, food vendors, puppeteers, carriage rides. Festival fun begins at 10am and goes until 8pm.
Info: Call 832-594-6969

December 2, 2006
Winter Flake Festival
Centennial Park,
Wenatchee, Washington
Enjoy games, sledding, food vendors, music, activities for kids, an illuminated parade at 7pm, arts and crafts, tree lighting ceremony. Most events begin at 2pm.
Get The Facts: Call 509-664-3392

December 2, 2006
Plaquemines Parish Fair
& Orange Festival

Medal of Honor Park on Barriere Rd.,
Belle Chasse, Louisiana
Cajun music, citrus displays, orange peeling contest, orange eating contest, food, more.
Additional Details: Call 504-656-7599

December 2-3, 2006
City Greenbelt,
Buda, Texas
Visits with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, raffles, parade Saturday at 10am, festival foods such as turkey legs, baked potatoes and sweets. Hours are 10am-dusk.
Get The Facts: Call 512-295-9999 or 512-694-3413

December 2-3, 9-10, & 16-17, 2006
Winter Wonderland
Slater Memorial Park
at Newport Ave. & Armistice Blvd.,
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Movies for kids, miniature Christmas village of shops and trees, caroling, visits and photos with Santa, face painting, carousel rides, hay rides, train rides, food court, bell ringers. Hours are 4-8pm.
Questions? Call 401-726-3185 or 401-728-0500 ext. 251

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December 3, 2006
Christmas on the Canal
Union Street,
Spencerport, New York
The festival is celebrating its 11th year with horse-drawn hayrides, theatre for kids, candlelight caroling, a children's craft tent, merchant specials, a visit from Santa Claus, tree lighting, a choral concert at the First Congregational Church (also called The White Church) at 3pm.
Additional Information: Call 585-352-4771

December 4, 2006
Miracle on Lake Avenue
Lake Avenue area,
Storm Lake, Iowa
There's a chili supper, caramel apples, hot cocoa, tacos, cookies and other treats to give you energy for enjoying the 6pm lighted parade and lots of live entertainment in store windows. Enjoy a drive-thru nativity scene and have a visit with Santa. There are also plans for a Wassail Party and entertainment at the Witter Gallery.
Questions? Call 712-732-3780 or 888-752-4692

December 4, 2006
It's A Wonderful Life in Whittemore
"A Walk Along Broad Street"

Whittemore, Iowa
Events begin at 3:30pm and go into the evening hours. Enjoy carolers, bake sales, a live nativity scene, music, roasted chestnuts, library activities, tree lighting ceremony and more.
Find Out Details: Call 515-884-2265

December 7-8, 2006
Flushing Community Candlewalk
Flushing, Michigan
More than 5 miles of city streets glow with 10,000 candles. Take a carriage ride or hayride, enjoy roasted chestnuts, catch Santa's arrival in the grand parade, listen to choirs and see ice sculpture and gingerbread houses.
Learn More: Call 810-859-4141

December 7-10, 2006
Festival of the Bonfires
Lutcher Recreation Park on Louisiana Ave.,
Lutcher, Louisiania
In addition to bonfires on the levee in the evenings this festival offers a 5K run/walk, Cheer for a Cure, Christmas Memories floral exhibit, a Washerboard Tournament, Santa's Very Merry Forest lighted trees, a pageant, carnival, music, Million Mutt March, Gumbo Cook-off, Potato Salad Showdown, Bread Pudding Contest, a poker run and arts and crafts. Enjoy Cajun dishes, corn dogs, gumbo, burgers, seafood, sweet potato pie, coconut pie and white chocolate bread pudding.
Further Details: Call 225-869-1717 or 800-367-7852

December 8-10, 2006
Christmas by the Sea
various venues,
Ogunquit, Maine
Bake sale, Merchant specials and open houses, tree lightings, caroling, bonfires on the beach, parade, storytelling, chowder, Christmas decoration-making for kids, music, hay rides, candlelight walk, living manger, themed tree silent auction, hot cider and cookies. It's the festival's 20th year.
Get The Facts: Call 207-646-2939

December 9, 2006
Christmas on the Coosa
Gold Star Park area,
Wetumpka, Alabama
In its 23rd year the festival includes the fun of classic cars, activities for kids, arts and crafts, a fun run, quilt show, a lighted boat parade on the Coosa River at 6pm and then a fireworks display.
Further Information: Call 334-567-1313

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Palms and Ponsettia
Ulmer Park,
Largo, Florida
This holiday event celebrates with children's craft activities, music, the lighting of the palm tree, visits with Santa in the gazebo. Park free at the County School Board building. There is no admission fee to the event. Santa photos carry a small charge. Hours are 4-7pm.
Learn More: Call 727-587-6740 ext. 5014

December 9, 2006
Old Fashioned Christmas
Glasgow, Missouri
Home tours, crafts, music, carriage rides, drawings for prizes, coffee or cocoa and cookies, a visit from Santa, merchant specials. Enjoy activities from 1-7pm.
Questions? Call 660-338-2576 or 660-338-2407

December 9-10, 2006
Calico Christmas
Throughout downtown,
Grantville, Georgia
There is an impressive Baking contest (categories are Pecan Pie, Fudge and Fruit Cake and the winners will featured in Calico Cookin' Souvneir Cookbook). Enjoy a parade on Saturday at 3pm with the theme "Toys, Tales and Tradition", Hidden History Scavenger Hunt geared especially toward teens, Mystery Baby Contest, Young Writers Contest, Porch Decoration Contest for locals, musical entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, hot beverages and holiday treats, 50s diner themed festival foods, storytelling, candlelight caroling Saturday evening. There will also be a kid's craft area, historic exhibits at the library and a toy drive (new, unwrapped toys only). Fire and rescue crews will be on hand with displays and Smokey Bear will make an appearance. The Coweta County Genealogy Society will have help for those tracing their family tree and you can take part in a scrapbooking workshop. Park behind City Hall, or the Ball Field on Colley Street.
Additional Details: Call 678-877-0242 or Email

December 9-10, 2006
Christmas along the Mississippi
Front Street,
Clarksville, Missouri
The festival kicks off with a parade on Saturday night at 6pm and then hours on Sunday are 10am-5pm with arts and crafts, entertainment, a food court, plus art activities for kids and craft demonstrations for all.
Information: Call 573-242-3132

December 9, 16, 2006
Old Town Country Christmas
Old Town area,
Auburn, California
The festival is back for a 20th year with carolers, a bonfire, arts and crafts, food and entertainment. Downtown streets are illuminated with lanterns for a lovely glow from 5-9pm. Park at the fairgrounds and take the free shuttle to the festival area.
Find Out More: Call 530-888-1585

December 10, 2006
St. Lucy Festival of Lights
St. Martin d'Tours Church Square,
St Martinsville, Louisiana
Enjoy a parade on Main Street, arts and crafts, games, entertainment, light displays and food.
Questions? Call 337-298-3556 or 337-394-6021

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Brief, bare-boned last-minute festival listings:

December 1 Winterfest, Downtown, Redding, California, 530-243-7773
December 1 Christmas on Main Street, Downtown, Dickson, Tennessee, 615-446-2349
December 1-2 December Nights, Balboa Park, San Diego, California, 619-239-0512
December 1-3 Christmas in LeClaire, Downtown, LeClaire, Iowa, 563-322-3911 ext. 120
December 1-3 Weihnachten, Fredericksburg, Texas, 830-997-8515 or 888-997-3600
December 1-3,8-10 Old Tyme Christmas, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, 304-725-8019 or 304-535-9909
December 1-10 Christmas Prelude, various venues throughout town, Kennebunkport, Maine
December 2 Holiday Rock-a-Thon, 419 Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 850-681-7881
December 2 Star City Holiday Festival, Lincoln, Nebraska, 402-434-6902
December 2 Christmas Festival, Quanah, Texas, 940-663-2222
December 2-3 Carols in the Park, Central Park, Winter Haven, Florida, 863-291-5656
December 2-3 Christmas By The Sea, Manchester, Massachusetts, 978-283-1601
December 3 Holiday Street Festival, Main Street, Ventura, California, 805-654-7830
December 4 Holiday Festival, Newtown, Connecticut, 203-426-4874
December 4-16 Holiday Festival, Performing Arts Centre, Selma, Alabama, 334-875-7241 or 800-45-SELMA
December 8 Christmas in the Park, Union Park, Fort Payne, Alabama, 256-996-0795
December 9 Victorian Holiday Showcase, Vine Street between 8th & 21st, Paso Robles, California, 805-238-4103
December 9 Candlelight Sing-Along Tour, 6:30pm (held only if no rain),
                   starts at Historic Park, San Juan Bautista, California, 831-623-2454
December 9 "Just One More" Invitational Arts Festival, Ponce de Leon Park, Tallahassee, Florida, 850-980-8727
December 9 Christmas at Moosehead, Greenville, Maine
December 9 Festival of Lights Holiday Parade, 6:30pm, Downtown, Salem, Oregon, 503-581-4325
December 9-10 Centennial Celebration, Havana, Florida, 850-539-2820
December 9,16 Old Town Country Christmas, 5-9pm, Auburn, California, 530-888-1585
December 10 A Christmas Carroll, Carrollton, Kentucky, 502-732-8100

Other December 2006 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
December 1 Holiday Parade, 7pm, Main Street in Old Town, Seal Beach, California, 562-799-0179
December 1 Lighted Christmas Parade, Town Square area, Lockhart, Texas, 512-398-2818
December 1-3 Chimneyville Crafts Festival, State Fairgrounds, Jackson, Mississippi, 601-981-0019
December 1-3 Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Holiday show, State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-292-7457
December 1-3 Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show, Expo Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, 215-643-0910
December 1-3 Music City Winter Guitar Show, Nashville, Tennessee, 314-645-6670
December 1-3 McLean Holiday Craft Show, Community Center, McLean, Virginia, 703-790-0123
December 1-10 Anchorage Film Festival, Anchorage, Alaska, 907-338-3690
December 1-10 Gingerbread Wonderland,
                   Frelinghuysen Arboretum on Hanover Ave., Morristown, New Jersey, 973-326-7628 or 973-326-7600
December 2 APS Electric Light Parade, 7pm, begins at Central Park, Phoenix, Arizona, 602-262-4627
December 2 Lighted Boat Parade, 6:30pm, Marinas, Morro Bay, California, 800-231-0592
December 2 Oakland Tribune Holiday Parade, 2pm, begins at Broadway & 11th, Oakland, California, 510-874-4800
December 2 Lighted Yacht Parade, Oakland Estuary near Jack London Square, Oakland, California, 510-522-3273
December 2 Super Toy, Doll & Collectible Show, 11am-4pm, County Fairgrounds, San Jose, California, 408-298-1709
December 2 Candy Cane Parade, 7pm, Hollywood Beach, Hollywood, Florida, 954-921-3404
December 2 Holiday Lighted Parade, 5:30pm, Downtown, Leavenworth, Kansas, 913-682-3924
December 2 Holiday Lighted Parade, 6pm, Lake Orion, Michigan, 248-693-0222
December 2 Lafayette Lancer Marketplace, Lafayette High School on Clayton Rd., Wildwood, Missouri, 636-458-9134
December 2 Parade of Lights, 6:30pm, Las Vegas boat harbor, Las Vegas, Nevada, 702-373-4406
December 2 Arts & Crafts Fair, 9am-4pm, 7801 Wilshire Ave NE (La Cueva High School), Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-296-3758
December 2 Christmas Lights Parade, downtown, Willamina, Oregon, 503-876-5777
December 2 Lehigh Valley Comic Conn, 10am-4pm, 4550 Old Packerhouse Rd., Schnecksville, Pennsylvania
December 2 Parade of Lights, 6pm, Arlington, Texas, 817-533-3425
December 2 Lighted Christmas Parade, 6:30pm, Cisco, Texas, 254-442-2537
December 2 Beyond the Unicorn Christmas Craft Fair, 9am-4pm, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, Vermont, 802-885-3579
December 2 Lighted Boat Parade, 7-9pm, York River & Beach, Yorktown, West Virginia, 757-890-4490
December 2 Country Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade,
                   6:30pm, Sunnyside, Washington, 509-837-5939 or 800-457-8089
December 2 Reindog Parade, Valley Park, Hurricane, West Virginia, 304-562-0518
December 2-3 Gun Show, County Fairgrounds, Vallejo, California, 530-676-8762
December 2-3 Band Booster Craft Fair, Owensville High School on Hwy. 19, Owensville, Missouri, 573-437-4221
December 2-3 Gun Show, Holiday Inn, Billings, Montana, 406-633-2206
December 2-3 Gun Show, Fairgrounds, Salem, Oregon, 503-644-5952
December 2-3 Pittsburgh Toy, Comic & Childhood Collectibles Show,
                   Expo Mart, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 814-467-1500
December 2-3 Crafts Guild Christmas Bazaar, Wells Fargo Pavilion, San Angelo, Texas, 325-658-9122
December 2-3 Great Train Expo, Convention Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 630-279-4048
December 2-9 Gingerbread Village & Christmas Bazaar,
                   St. George's Church on Tucker Hill Rd., Middlebury, Connecticut, 203-758-9557 or 203-758-2165
December 2-10 Mark Twain Library Art Show & Sale, Redding, Connecticut, 203-938-2545
December 3 Holly Fair, 9am-2pm, St. Mary's Episcopal Church on Rt. 6A, Barnstable, Massachusetts, 508-362-3977
December 3 Christmas Parade, noon, Mall down Main to Village Green, Falmouth, Massachusetts, 508-548-8500
December 3 Christmas Open House, noon-4pm, Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Northport, Michigan, 231-386-7195
December 3 Christmas Parade, Downtown streets, Beaufort, South Carolina, 843-525-6644
December 7 Christmas Parade, 6:30pm, Main Street, Shawnee, Oklahoma, 405-273-1080
December 7 Christmas Parade & Stroll, Downtown, Landrum, South Carolina, 864-457-4879
December 7-9 Greens Show, 10am-9pm & 10am-6pm, Jackman Long Bldg. at Expo Center, Salem, Oregon, 503-393-4439
December 8 Lighted Boat Parade, Marina area, St. Petersburg, Florida, 727-821-6443
December 8-9 SEMO Farm Toy Show, 6-9pm & 8am-2pm, Best Western at 220 S. Interstate Drive, Sikeston, Missouri, 573-628-3643
December 8-9 Gallatin Coin Show, Gallatin Civic Center Gym, Nashville, Tennessee, 615-868-9456
December 8-10 Cowboy Christmas Pro Rodeo & Gift Show, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina, 704-528-5812
December 9 Colony Christmas Parade of Lights, 5pm, Downtown, Palmer, Alaska, 907-745-2880
December 9 Luminaria Run, Cave Creek, Arizona, 602-769-0848
December 9 Christmas Parade, 4pm, Ponchatoula, Louisiana, 985-370-9223
December 9 Parade of Lights, 6pm, begins at high school, Blissfield, Michigan, 517-486-3642
December 9 Cecil Floyd Craft Show, 9am-4pm, Joplin, Missouri, 417-626-0154
December 9 Lutheran South Craft Fair,
                   Lutheran High School South at 9515 Tesson Ferry Rd., St. Louis, Missouri, 314-631-1702
December 9-10 Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market,
                   9:30am-5pm, Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix, Arizona, 602-495-0901 or 877-706-4408
December 9-10 Gun Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, California, 801-544-9125
December 9-10 Festival Noir, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, 805-238-4103
December 9-10 Antique Show & Flea Market, County Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ohio, 937-325-0053
December 10 Brighten the Harbor lighted boat parade,
                   begins 5pm at US Coast Guard Pier, Monterey, California, 831-657-0855
December 10 Philadelphia Comic-Con, Ramada Philadelphia Airport, Essington, Pennsylvania, 856-782-0817
December 10 Honolulu Marathon, 5am, Honolulu, Hawaii, 808-734-7200
December 10 Parade of Horses, 2pm, Charles Town, West Virginia, 304-728-7455
December 12 Capitol Caroling, 7-10pm, Capitol Rotunda, Jefferson City, Missouri, 573-632-3482
December 15-17 Sports Card, Memorabilia, NASCAR Collectibles Show,
                   State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina, 919-553-4285
December 16 Arts & Crafts & Pancake Breakfast, Fun 'N Sun RV Resort, San Benito, Texas, 956-399-5800
December 16-17 Gun Show, Cashman Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, 801-544-9125
December 17 Lighted Tractor Parade, 7pm, Main Street, Ferndale, California, 707-786-4299 or 707-786-4477
December 17 Caroling in Jackson Square, meet 6:30pm, New Orleans, Louisiana, 504-524-8432
December 17 Toy Train Sale & Swap Meet, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina, 919-847-5393
December 23-24 Gun Show, Convention Center, Temple, Texas, 563-927-8175
December 25 George Washington Crossing the Delaware,
                   Washington Crossing State Park, Trenton, New Jersey, 609-393-8998
November 26 Volunteer Fire Dept. Pancake & Sausage Brunch, 9am-4pm, North Washington, Pennsylvania, 724-894-2064
November 28 Christmas Parade, Emporia, Kansas, 620-342-1600
December 30-31 Gun Show, Armory, Bloomington, Minnesota, 763-754-5543
December 30-31 Antiques Festival, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina, 757-430-4735
December 30, 2006-January 7, 2007 New York National Boat Show, Javits Convention Center, New York, New York
December 31 King Mango Strut Parade, 2pm, begins at Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, Florida, 305-401-1171

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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 singing, and he recorded 17 songs for us to enjoy, including:

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Joan Garnand
creates from her home in Tennessee.
Her design styles range from simple elegance to whimsical fun. Joan does hand-painted stationery, uses spare moments at festivals to paint faces, and entertains children at private parties.
A sample of her work is illustrated online.
Talk to her about what you're looking for!

William Malmskog Ever since William Malmskog and I began a dialogue I've been impressed by his willingness to share openly the details of his life. Most of us hide a lot of our lives from others and present only the parts we can polish and make look acceptable. He isn't afraid to talk about how his difficulties, including physical challenges, have guided him to an increased sense of abilities and possibilities.

I have a special place in my heart for people who allow themselves to be vulnerable enough to show us their pain. But this isn't about being a victim. It's about using adversity as a stepping stone to new challenges and then helping the rest of us do the same. When he sends me welcome updates of what he's been doing I know he's going to bring me something I can bite into and use in my own daily challenges. Please take time to visit his web site and explore the man who calls himself the Crazy Viking.

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We probably all know it's Boxing Day, but what else is December 26 known for?

Why the Northern Hemisphere has cooler summers than the Southern Hemisphere does— and other interesting solstice information. Our winter is Australia's summer!
Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona is celebrating its 100th year as a national monument, on December 8, 2006. Also established as national monuments that same year in 1906 by President Roosevelt were El Morro and Montezuma Castle in Arizona. Special centennial ceremonies are planned at each of these historic spots the second week of December.


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