Pre Christmas Family Fun – Where to Enjoy the Holiday Magic Ahead of the Crowd

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The magic of the holiday season spans more than eight weeks and includes Polar Express adventures, popular ballets and plays, and magical Christmas markets in Europe as well as magical holiday lights spanning North America. has named five locations which offer the best pre Christmas family fun and unique ways to enjoy holiday magic ahead of the crowds.

Away before the holidays.

Share pre holiday magic with your kids.

Before the madness of holidays schedules diminish the fun there are a five places where it is possible to slowdown share an early dose of the magic with your kids.

Five of the best places for pre Christmas family fun turn on festive lights early in November so those who wish may enjoy holiday magic ahead of the crowds. The season of lights and magical moments spans more than eight weeks and includes miles of twinkling lights, Santa trains, Polar Express adventures, popular ballets, holiday concerts, fireworks and iconic plays as well as magical Christmas markets in Europe.

“Before the madness of holidays schedules diminish, the fun there are a few places where it is possible to share an early dose of the magic. Beginning in November millions of holiday lights adorn trees, signs, and rooftops across the country each creating a special magic, each providing families with memory-making ways to slowdown and celebrate the season,” according to Nancy Nelson-Duac, Curator of the Good Stuff for

In Pigeon Forge, TN the beginning in November launches Winterfest a four-month celebration is loaded with things to do with kids including entertainment, special events, with more than five million lights and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas with a parade and Polar Express 4-D Experience completes the magic.

Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO begins in November with millions of white lights adorning the whole park and Gifts of Christmas Holiday Light Parade glides through the City streets twice each evening.

At Oglebay Resort near Wheeling WV, millions of lights mark the first days of November when the Winter Festival of Lights begins. Ogelbay has one of the nation's largest Christmas light shows conveying holiday magic throughout more than three hundred acres.

The week before Thanksgiving Calloway Gardens near Pine Mountain, GA will be showcasing the annual Fantasy of Lights an awesome five-mile drive by car or trolley which includes 13 holiday scenes with more than eight million lights.

During the week preceding Thanksgiving Virginia Beach will plug in a holiday “Fanta-Sea” of twinkling lights revealing more than 250 animated nautical light displays including a surfing Santa, snapping crabs, magical mermaids, dancing dolphins, and a three-story Christmas tree.

More holiday ideas including Christmas markets and Santa trains may be viewed in the popular Away for the Holidays folder found at For family travel news follow The Family Travel Files on Twitter (@FamTravelFiles) straight from the homepage.

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