Dec 1 - Dec 31
The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art becomes an enchanted Holiday Forest when guests stroll through the themed Christmas trees on display. Each year marks a new theme that inspires spectators on a variety of levels. Admission fee is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Gala Preview Night tickets are $50 and include hors d’oeuvres along with live entertainment.
Dec 3 - Dec 7
46th Annual Snowball Derby
One of the nation’s premier short track events, more than 30,000 fans gather to watch some of the biggest names in motorsports compete in this 300-lap race.
Hometown Holidays Parade
Middle Georgia’s only nighttime parade, this year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World”. Cuddle up and come out to see how participants will carry out this year’s theme. Community Spirit at its best!
Downtown Festival of Lights
One of the oldest and largest holiday celebrations in Baton Rouge, the North Boulevard Town Square sparkles under more than a half million lights and its Christmas tree. Free ice skating makes one wonder if they are at the North Pole. New this year: Sled down more than six tons of real snow at the Repentance Park Snow Village.
Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
More than 100 parade entries, including marching bands, lighted floats, giant balloons and Santa, himself, join more than 80,000 spectators as they descend upon downtown Gatlinburg for this award-winning parade set amidst Gatlinburg’s beautiful Christmas lights and shops. A trolley service is also available throughout the city.
Dec 5 - Dec 6
Amelia Island Museum of History Holiday Home Tour
This tour showcases five, private, vintage homes nestled within the historic district of Fernandina Beach. New this year, one home is new construction, with an old-time feel, whereas the other four homes were built in the late 1800s. Each home is beautifully decorated for the holidays.
Dec 5 - Dec 7
Holiday Flea at BAC
An upscale flea market complete with vintage, retro and upcycled finds, such as: furniture, jewelry, clothing, home décor, kitchenware, art, collectables and more! Admission is $5 for all 3 days and Children are FREE.
Dec 5 - Dec 24
Reflections of the Season
West Baton Rouge Parish/Port Allen
(December 5-7, 11-14, 18-24) Walk or drive while you enjoy 10 acres of Christmas Displays. Shops amidst the crafters or try out a little ice fishing. Children also have a chance to play in manmade snow. Others may opt to take a horse drawn wagon ride under the lights. Additional activities includes craft making, storytelling, and visits with Santa. Admission is $1 per person.
Dec 5 - Dec 13
Southwest Louisiana Christmas Lighting Festival
Your family will need to make a list and check it twice to ensure they visit all that this festival has to offer. Christmas shopping, visits with Santa, concerts, building gingerbread houses, parades (on land and sea), fireworks illuminating Lake Charles, as well as….Snow!...located in Heritage Square.
Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival
Organized by ten rural towns in North Caddo Parish, this event kicks-off your holiday spirit by visits with Santa, in which each child receives a toy. Grab a bit to eat, enjoy the live entertainment and then grab a seat near Caddo Lake for the evening’s firework show.
Holiday Parade of Boats
Upon the opening of the Holiday Farmer’s Market and the lighting of a 60-foot Christmas tree, Charleston Harbor becomes a bustling scene of spectators along the shore, anxiously awaiting the procession of holiday-themed boats. Last year’s event included more than 30 boats out on the water.
Sippin’ Cider Fest
Local businesses whip up their own special batch of hot cider in hopes of winning the people’s choice award and claim to the highly coveted “Cider Cup” trophy. Live entertainment, door prizes, train rides and a visit from Saint Nick make this a night the whole family can enjoy!
19th Annual Town of Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade
One of the few nighttime parades remaining, the evening kicks-off with the town tree-lighting, followed by fireworks and more than 100 holiday themed floats parading down the boulevard, much to the delight of the night’s attendees.
New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop
Panama City Beach
If you or your little ones can wait until midnight, this event offers TWO opportunities to celebrate the New Year! At 8pm, amidst the fireworks, 10,000 beach balls are dropped above the crowd in Pier Park. At midnight, more than 50,000 attendees cheer on a huge, lighted beach ball as it descends, with fireworks in its background. Hosts from the NBC hit show, “The Biggest Loser”, are on-site to encourage folks to plan for a healthy start to the new year. Additional elements include: Health Expo, Bands, DJs and the “Biggest Loser RunWalk 5k & Half-Marathon”.
Pensacola Pelican Drop
Only Pensacola can boast of a giant, illuminated, pelican atop a 100-foot platform. At midnight this might bird makes his descent amidst fireworks and confetti as we usher in the new year!
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