Travel and Leisure News Announces Holiday Events 2013

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(PRWEB) November 07, 2013

Arizona
OVER THE BRIDGE SHOPPING GALA IN TUBAC, ARIZONA
Tubac, Arizona - The Over the Bridge Shopping Gala is held in The beautiful K. Newby Sculpture Garden in the Historic Artist town of Tubac, Az featuring Arts & Crafts booths, live Music and Flash mob dances. This Free event is every Saturday & Sunday from October 5- December 22, 2013 this is a kid friendly event with hands on craft classes at some of the participating booths. This Artist Colony consists of over 100 galleries and restaurants in a three block area. Contact Vesta Abel: 520-449-9249. overthebridgeshoppinggala.com

Arizona
HOLY TRINITY MONASTERY HOSTS 33RD ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, ST. DAVID, ARIZONA
St. David, Arizona - The Fall Festival at the Holy Trinity Monastery in St. David, Arizona, will take place from 10 am to 5pm on Saturday, Nov. 9th and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, Nov 10th. Artists and crafters will be offering jewelry, wood and metal working, natural beauty products, and yard ornaments; shoppers strolling in the beautiful fall weather will find a wide array of unique gifts for their holiday list. A $2 donation for parking that includes a free raffle ticket is requested. For Fiesta information, go to holytrinitymonastery.org/calendar.html#Noon or call (520) 686-1589.

California
SAN FRANCISCO'S HOLIDAY SEASON NEVER LOOKED BRIGHTER… AND IT ALL STARTS ALONG THE CITY'S WATERFRONT
San Francisco, California - San Francisco is renowned for celebration on a grand scale and the coming holiday season in the city-by-the-bay will be decked out in magical tradition this year. It all starts where this town of holiday lights meets the revitalized Waterfront… and the Hyatt Regency San Francisco sits center stage with its virtual, over-sized “snow globe.” Promising daily snowfall in its Guinness Book of World Records largest lobby, the hotel is San Francisco’s home for the holidays. The Holiday Destination Room Package features all the benefits of the hotel’s holiday amusements as well as all the nearby festivities. For reservations and information, visit sanfranciscoregency.hyatt.com or call (800) 233-1234.

California
CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, WITH SPECIAL HOTEL RATES & MORE
Irvine, California - Irvine hotels invite visitors to experience all of the holiday happenings in the center of Orange County with special offers including complimentary breakfast and late checkout, along with gift cards and shopping certificates. Irvine’s family-friendly holiday activities, events, and special hotel offers, along with the destination’s close proximity to all of Orange County make it an ideal destination for visitors to celebrate the holiday season. For a complete listing of holiday events and hotel specials, visit destinationirvine.com/holidays.

Connecticut
CONNECTICUT'S WOOD MEMORIAL LIBRARY'S 3RD ANNUAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE FESTIVAL-FREE FAMILY FUN
South Windsor, Connecticut -Wood Memorial Library is hosting its 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Festival from November 29 thru December 15, 2013. This Festival is free to the public and features row upon row of colorful candy coated houses created by experts and novices alike. A "Gingerbread Shop" offers tasty take-home treats and the chance to do some holiday shopping. Located at 783 Main Street, South Windsor, Connecticut the Festival hours are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 8pm, weekends from 10am-6pm closing on December 15th at 2pm. woodmemoriallibrary.org

Connecticut
CONNECTICUT SOCIETY OF SANTAS 4TH ANNUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 2ND - 3RD, WATERBURY
Waterbury, Connecticut - The Connecticut Society of Santas, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit, will hold their 4th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday November 2nd and Sunday November 3rd, at CoCo Key Resort in Waterbury. Over forty amazing vendors, Festival of Trees, Parade with Santas, Mrs. Claus and Elves, music, magic, face painting and more, will provide guests of all ages a memorable time as they participate in the captivating sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of the holiday season. Donations of unwrapped toys or non-perishable food item suggested. Prize drawing tickets available. ctsocietyofsantas.org

Connecticut
FOURTH ANNUAL CANTON HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR PRESENTED BY CANTON DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS, CANTON, NOVEMBER 23RD
Canton, Connecticut - Canton Dollars for Scholars sponsors their fourth annual Canton Holiday Craft Fair, to be held on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 at Canton High School, 76 Simonds Avenue, Canton, Connecticut, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Up to 75 vendors showcase wood, jewelry, fiber arts, gourmet food gifts, handmade soaps, photography, home and holiday décor and more. Lunch items and delicious baked goods too. Vendor fees support CDFS scholarship fund. Contact Tammie Coffey at dremkr(at)aol(dot)com for more information.

Florida
TRUMP INTERNATIONAL BEACH RESORT CHALLENGES GUESTS TO ULTIMATE HOLIDAY RECIPE CONTEST, SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLORIDA
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida - ‘Tis the season for traditions and Trump International Beach Resort wants to hear (and taste) yours! Just in time for the holidays, the resort is kicking off its first ever Trump International Beach Resort Holiday Recipe Contest by asking creative cooks, bakers and spatula-lickers to submit their favorite original recipes at trumpmiami.com/holiday-recipe-contest-en.html from October 21st through November 15th for the chance to win the ultimate grand prize: a six day, five night escape to Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.

Florida
THE 14TH ANNUAL TAMPA BAY BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL, JAN.16-25 2014
Tampa, FL - The 2014 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is the premiere destination hot-spot leading up to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend. This lively, 10-day celebration will be held Jan. 16-25 with the weekend Music Fest taking place Jan. 18-19 at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa. The Music Fest kicks-off with Throwback Saturday. The Fest also features Jazz Sunday with R&B and soulful group Pieces of a Dream whose hits include "Keep It Smooth" and "Baby It's Your Turn Now." The Music Fest will also feature local and regional recording artists, food and craft vendors, celebrated authors, authentic cuisine and much more. TampaBlackHeritage.org or contact Ruby Jackson at 1-888-224-1733 x3143 or at info(at)tampablackheritage(dot)org.

Florida
42ND ANNUAL SOUTH MIAMI ART FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 2ND - 3RD
South Miami, Florida - The 42nd Annual South Miami Art Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, sponsored in part by presenting sponsor First National Bank of South Miami. Held on Sunset Drive in the heart of South Miami, it is an ideal destination for holiday shoppers. Over 120 international artists as well as musical entertainment, children’s activities and an emerging artists section are included. This is a free, family friendly event and is open to the general public. It was recently named one of the top 200 shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine. chambersouth.com/events/south-miami-art-festival.

Florida
FLORIDA'S NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN BRIGHTENS UP THE HOLIDAYS WITH SPARKLING 'NIGHT LIGHTS' EVENT
Naples, Florida - Thousands of twinkling lights, glowing orbs, and sparkling décor illuminate one of Naples’ most popular outdoor venues this December. Naples Botanical Garden announces its annual Night Lights the evenings of December 18 – 23, December 26 – 30, and January 2-5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Award-winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel will perform acoustical arrangements featuring their famous “New American Folk” music. Admission is $7 for adult Garden Members and $15 for adult non-Garden members. Admission is $3 for Garden Member children (ages 4 – 14), $5 for non-Garden member children. Children 3 and under are free. naplesgarden.org/show/night-lights-5

Georgia
'Tis the season for Christmas at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia, December 14-22
Athens, Georgia - Celebrate the holiday season this year at Christmas at The Classic Center in downtown Athens, December 14-22. The Classic Center’s Grand Hall will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland featuring a festival of trees, ice skating, pictures with Santa, Santa’s workshop and more. In addition, the internationally renowned State Ballet Theatre of Russia will present three performances of “The Nutcracker” Dec. 21-22 in The Classic Center Theatre. Admission to Christmas at The Classic Center is $5 and admission for ice skating is $10. Call 706.357.4444 or visit ClassicCenter.com for tickets.

Georgia
2ND ANNUAL TIMOTHY LUTHERAN CHURCH CRAFT FAIR, DEC 7TH, WOODSTOCK, GEORGIA
Woodstock, Georgia - There will be a free to attend Craft Fair held on December 7th from 9am to 3pm at Timothy Lutheran Church in Woodstock GA. This event will feature artisans from the local area selling all types of crafts from crochet hats and scarves, dresses and tutus, doll accessories, jewelry, handmade paper goods, even homemade BBQ seasonings just to name a few. Admission is free. If you would like to be a vendor, visit TLC Woodstock at tlcwoodstock.org for details. Timothy Lutheran Church is located at 556 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock, just off of Highway 92 and Trickum Road (after exiting to Trickum Road take Barnes Road to Arnold Mill).

Illinois
CATCH THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT IN GALENA, ILLINOIS
Galena, Illinois - Enjoy the magic and celebration of cherished traditions that will make memories for you and yours for years to come. Chestnuts roasting over an open fire. Carolers. The romantic glow of a town filled with luminaria. Snow. And everyone enjoying simple pleasures. Step back into time and into a small town and find where the peace, romance and love shared in the season abounds. Holiday celebrations begin November 1 and span through January 1. For a complete listing of events, visit: visitgalena.org.

Indiana
SHOP HOOSIER HANDMADE FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT THE 5TH ANNUAL HOOSIER ARTISAN BOUTIQUE, NOBLESVILLE, INDIANA
Noblesville, Indiana - The Hoosier Artisan Boutique is a single day experience showcasing the diversity and talent of artisans and crafters from across the state of Indiana. Saturday, November 30th from 10am until 4pm at the Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall in Noblesville, Indiana, discover artisan sweets and sauces, clothing, accessories, jewelry, indulgent bath and body items, as well as fine arts and crafts all made in Indiana. More than seventy Indiana based artists and crafters will have their unique, handmade work available for purchase at this juried event. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available. HoosierArtisanBoutique.com

Indiana
38TH ANNUAL "THAT SOMETHING SPECIAL" ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR, BEECH GROVE, INDIANA
Beech Grove, Indiana - Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Nu Tau Chapter, Greenwood, Indiana presents their 38th annual "That Something Special" Arts and Crafts Fair. The Fair will take place on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The event will feature over 140 booths of handcrafted, original works of art from around the state. The event will take place at Beech Grove High School, 5330 Hornet Avenue, Beech Grove, Indiana. A $2.00 donation at the door benefits local charities of Greater Indianapolis. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Email: tamarahermesch(at)Comcast(dot)net, Phone: 317-458-0024

Kentucky
KENTUCKY PROUD HOLIDAY MARKET SEEKS VENDORS, CAVE CITY, KY
Cave City, Kentucky (October 7, 2013) The Cave City Convention Center is seeking Kentucky Proud artisans and producers to participate in the first annual Kentucky Proud Holiday Market. The Kentucky Proud Holiday Market will be held December 6, 5-9pm; December 7, 9am-6pm; and December 8, 10am-4pm at the Cave City Convention Center, 502 Mammoth Cave St., Cave City, KY. Vendor applications can be obtained online or by calling 270-773-3131. Deadline for submission is November 15, 2013. cavecityconventioncenter.com/pdf/KY_Proud_Holiday_Market_Application02.pdf

Maryland
BALTIMORE HEBREW CONGREGATION SISTERHOOD HOLDS ITS 19TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE AND SILENT AUCTION
Baltimore, MD - The Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood will hold its 19th Annual Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction on Sunday November 3, 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday November 4, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. BHC is located at 7401 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore. Admission and parking are free. All proceeds will allow the BHC Sisterhood to continue its extensive list of charitable works throughout the year. There will be dozens of upscale American an Israeli vendors offering for sale jewelry, men’s and women’s clothes, pens, stationery, crafts, books, household items, gifts, Tapestries/lithographs, Judaic items, and much more. Call 410-764-1587 ext. 270 or visit:
bhcong.org/index.php?submenu=SHSpecialEvents&src=gendocs&ref=SpecialEvents&category=Sisterhood.

Massachusetts
AMERICA'S HOMETOWN THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION, PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 22ND - 24TH, 2013
Plymouth, Massachusetts - America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration will take place November 22nd- 23rd- 24th in Plymouth, MA, site of the first Thanksgiving. For more than a decade, hundreds of thousands of people have made the pilgrimage to Downtown Plymouth to experience a bounty of authentic Americana. A free Patriotic Concert Friday evening, November 22nd, kicks off featuring Tops in Blue. On Saturday, November 23rd, the Grand Parade winds along Plymouth’s Historic Waterfront at 10:30 am. The parade begins with a military flyover followed by the only chronologically ordered parade in the country. Enjoy the day along the Plymouth Waterfront visiting the Crafter’s Pavilion, the Children's Learning Center and be sure to sample the food and cast your vote at The New England Food Festival. Tickets available on usathanksgiving.com.

Minnesota
KIWANIS HOLIDAY LIGHTS WILL OFFER OVER ONE MILLION LED LIGHTS IN MANKATO'S SIBLEY PARK, MINNESOTA
Mankato, Minnesota - Kiwanis Holiday Lights illuminates Mankato’s Sibley Park with over one million LED lights from November 29 to December 31, 2013. This free event is open Sunday - Thursday, 5 – 9 p.m. and Friday - Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Drive or walk through the lights display. Enjoy the new Mary Dotson synthetic Skating Rink, live reindeer and visits with Santa on the weekends. Warming houses and concessions are available. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 29 with a holiday parade featuring illuminated parade floats. kiwanisholidaylights.com

Missouri
FALL ROTARY CRAFT FAIR EVENT WITH OVER 450 CRAFT ARTISANS, NOVEMBER 23-24, ST LOUIS, MISSOURI
St Louis, Missouri - On November 23-24, the Crestwood Sunset Hills Rotary will host its 32nd annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Enjoy strolling through more than 450 craft artisan booths which represent the very best in the region. This wonderful show is attended by 25,000 people. Free admission and free parking. Concessions are available both days. This is a family friendly event. Rotary's motto is: Service above Self... 100% of the proceeds benefit local and international charities. The Crestwood Sunset Hills Rotary Club’s Arts and Crafts Fair began in 1982 with 100 crafters. This humble beginning was the start of something very special as the Fall Show grew into one of the best Arts & Crafts Fairs in the Midwest. 636-230-2300 rotaryfair.com

Missouri
HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW & EXPO COMING TO ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI, NOVEMBER 22 TO 24, 2013
St. Charles, Missouri - Visit the 6th annual Holiday Craft Show & Expo will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center. The Show will be held from 12:00 noon to 7:00pm on Friday, November 22; from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, November 23; and from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday, November 24, 2013. Parking and admission are free. Door prizes throughout the weekend. Come shop booths filled with handmade, unique and one-of-a-kind items. Admission and parking are free. There's something here for everyone on your gift list. treasurechestshows.com

Mississippi
HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE IN PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI FEATURING UNIQUE ARTS AND CRAFT AND GIFT ITEMS
Philadelphia, Mississippi (September 3, 2013) - The First Church of God, 435 Columbus Ave., Philadelphia, MS, will sponsor a Holiday Marketplace featuring unique arts and craft, and gift items. Saturday December 7, 2013 from 8am to 5pm in the Family Life Center. Booth spaces will be assigned as applications are received with the appropriate fee. The fees will be $30 for non electric and $35 for electric access. For information and or application call Richard Adams at 601-650-8135. Web: adams-specialties,net, Phone: 601-656-8113

Nebraska
NORTHEAST NEBRASKA'S ANNUAL CRAFT & HOME SHOW, NOVEMBER 2ND
Pender, Nebraska - Northeast Nebraska's Huge Annual Craft and Home Show, aka "Fall~i~day Boutique" will be held in the quaint village of Pender, Nebraska on November 2, 10am to 3 pm. 2013 will be the 10th annual event, and it will be the largest show yet. There will be hundreds of dollars of door prizes, handmade gifts, wood artisan, personalized gifts, arts and crafts, and long-time favorites and high quality companies. Admission is $1.00. facebook.com/hugecraftshow

New Hampshire
24TH ANNUAL "CHRISTMAS IN STRAFFORD" CRAFT FAIR, STRAFFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Strafford, New Hampshire - Christmas in Strafford is a time when the local artisans and craftspeople of Strafford, NH open their homes and studios to the public. Over twenty locations are open (local homes, along with the Bow Lake Grange Hall and the Waldron Store). Hand-crafted items are available for sale. Many of the craftsmen are juried "League of New Hampshire Craftsmen," and all the craftsmen offer high quality hand-crafted products. The Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8 2013, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Maps with details of each stop of Christmas in Strafford will be available throughout November and December. christmasinStrafford.com, Phone: (603) 664-9396

New Hampshire
HOLLIS ARTS SOCIETY "I LOVE ART" EXHIBITION AND SALE, HOLLIS, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NOVEMBER 16 TO 17
Hollis, New Hampshire (October 23, 2013) - The Hollis Arts Society is hosting its 7th Annual Membership Holiday Exhibition and Sale entitled "I Love Art" on November 16th & 17th, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (both days), at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis NH. Free admission and refreshments. Participating artists and craftspeople include: fused glass, jewelry, wood, painting (acrylic, watercolor, oils), photography, felting, mixed media, weaving/fiber arts. hollisartssocietynh.com

New Jersey
SOMERSET COUNTY 4-H 5TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES, BRIDGEWATER, NEW JERSEY, DECEMBER 14 TO 15
Bridgewater, New Jersey - Spend some time with Santa at the 4-H 5th Annual 4-H Festival of Trees. Check out all the wonderful trees for ideas, buy crafts from local crafts people and have some complimentary cookies and juice. There is a craft table for kids of all ages; try your hand at making snowflakes. Dress up and bring your pets. New this year is a photo opportunity for large and small pets. This is a free event, no photo charge, but bring your own camera. The event is held at the 4-H center, 310 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater, NJ, on Saturday, December 14th from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, December 15th from 10am to 3pm. Call 908-526-4466 for details. somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/pdfs/4h-2013-Festival-of-Trees.pdf 4histops.org

New Jersey
CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR, NOVEMBER 17, 2013, ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ
Kenilworth, New Jersey - The Craft & Vendor Fair will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at St. Theresa School, 540 Washington Avenue, Kenilworth, NJ. Get an early start to your holiday shopping. Back by popular demand, this fundraiser event supports St. Theresa School, an Infant through 8th grade Grammar School. There is limited space available for crafters and vendors. Call 908-276-7220 x 301 for information and vendor registration form. Details: mysts.org/home-school-association

New Jersey
HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AT "CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY TRAIL," THREE AWARD-WINNING WARREN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY FARMS
Belvidere, NJ - Christmas in the Country Trail brings together three award-winning Warren County, New Jersey farms, all within four minutes of each other. Commemorating traditions and the farms’ distinctiveness is what sets them apart as much as it brings them together. Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm, Mackey’s Orchard and Four Sisters Winery embraces Holiday Family Traditions’ and brings over 250 years of experience together. When visiting all three farms with a minimum $5 purchase at each, you receive the “Christmas in the Country” brochure stamp. Once completing your ‘trail brochure’ you will receive a pair of embossed, red wine glasses and a chance to win a $200 Gift Certificate. christmasinthecountrytrail.com

New York
SHOPPERS AND VENDORS WANTED FOR THE HOLIDAY GIFT AND CRAFT SALE ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH, BRONX, NY
Bronx, New York - Shoppers and vendors are wanted for a Holiday Gift and Craft Sale on Sunday, November 17th at Riverdale Temple, 4545 Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471 from 9-3. The sale will feature merchandise suitable for gift giving for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, etc. There is no charge for admission and ample free parking is available on site. Public transportation is close by. The Temple is wheelchair accessible. Refreshments will be sold and there will be fun activities for the children. For further information contact: ritajoshed(at)aol(dot)com

New York
VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOLARSHIP COUNCIL HOLIDAY CRAFT FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 23RD, MONTGOMERY, NEW YORK
Montgomery, New York - The Valley Central Scholarship Council Holiday Craft Festival will be held on Saturday November 23rd, 2013, from 10 am to 3pm at the Valley Central High School, 1175 RT17K Montgomery, NY. Over 90 crafters, photos with Santa from 11am-1pm, Orange County Sherriff’s Operation Safe Child, homemade soups, baked goods, raffles and more. Admission is $2 adults, $1 students/seniors children under 5 free. Additional information contact Gina Zwart, 845-457-1181, swimtaxi88(at)gmail(dot)com.

New York City
“HOLIDAY TIME IN NEW YORK CITY” - A PHOTO SAFARI
New York, NY - “Holiday Time in New York City ” is the theme of a special photography training workshop offered by DC-based Washington Photo Safari on Friday afternoon, December 20, 2013, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The Safari is led by professional architectural photographer and ex-New Yorker E. David Luria, who, will provide guidance on composition, lighting, white balance, exposure, how to shoot through store windows, and how to capture the excitement of the city and its people in a camera. The fee is $99/photographer (for instruction only, no transportation, lodging or meals included), kids or non-photographer companions come free. For more information and registration, go to WashingtonPhotoSafari.com.

New York
A EUROPEAN-INSPIRED EVENT IN HISTORIC CANANDAIGUA, NEW YORK
Canandaigua, New York - November 8, 9, 10, 2013 marks the seventh year for the Canandaigua Christkindl Market. This event is held on the lawn of the majestic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum in a series of decorated heated tents and brings together over 150 juried artisans and unique food vendors. German food along with traditional fare, wine, beer and "Gideon's Grog" will be available. Live entertainment and holiday music fill the tents throughout the show. Admission $6.00 per person, children 12 and under, free. canandaiguachristkindlmarket.com

North Carolina
CHOOSE-AND-CUT THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS OF NORTH CAROLINA
Haywood County, NC – Every holiday season, starting in mid-November, the choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina attract visitors in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Tree-seekers search the mountainside for the ideal Christmas tree or choose a pre-cut tree of their liking. The farms share a partnership with the local agritourism initiative, Buy Haywood, which unites high-quality farming products with community-minded consumers to create an unique agricultural experience. Prices start around $35.00 and increase based on height. For a listing of tree farms visit buyhaywood.com. For information on where to stay and what to do in Waynesville and Maggie Valley, North Carolina, visit visitncsmokies.com.

North Carolina
CAPE FEAR MODEL RAILROAD SOCIETY HOLIDAY TRAIN EXPO 2013, WILMINGTON, NC
Wilmington, NC - The Cape Fear Model Rail Railroad Society is announcing their Holiday Train Expo 2013 will be at 705 S. Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC. Grand opening Friday, Nov. 29th from 1-6pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 1-6pm. Open every Saturday and Sunday through December 22nd. The event will showcase a series of spectacular holiday villages filled with model trains of all kinds running the rail across a large exhibit space. Visitors will be enchanted by this spectacular display of model trains as they travel across several miles of scale track through a wonderland of villages, parks and landscapes. Admission is $3 and $2 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 admitted free. capefearmodelrailroadsociety.org or Facebook

North Carolina
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR PRESENTED BY THE COASTAL CAROLINA ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS GUILD, JACKSONVILLE, NC, NOVEMBER 9TH
Jacksonville, North Carolina - On Saturday, November 9, 2013, the Coastal Carolina Artist and Crafters Guild presents the Holiday Craft Fair in Jacksonville, NC inside the American Legion Building. Hours are 9am to 4pm. The event showcases the amazing talent of artist and crafters near and far. Shoppers will find something for everyone. In conjunction with the Holiday Craft Fair there will be a Car Art contest featuring art made of, on, or out of car parts for cash prizes. All mediums accepted. ccacguild.org, email: ccacguild(at)yahoo(dot)com or call 910-938-7077.

North Carolina
2ND ANNUAL CHARLES DICKENS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL 2013, SOUTHPORT, NORTH CAROLINA
Southport, North Carolina - The Brunswick Arts Council and the City of Southport, NC are teamed up to once again offer the 2nd Annual Charles Dickens Christmas Festival, November 22 - 23, 2013, a special day of cultural events featuring juried artisans, craftsmen, exhibitors and performing artists. The streets of Southport will be transform them into everything Dickens. There will be singing groups, juried artists and specialty craftsmen; a gingerbread village, a Christmas tree and costume contest; and, of course, food and froth. Tickets vary for different events. brunswickartscouncil.org/dickens-2013-program

Ohio
I-X CHRISTMAS CONNECTION JINGLES BACK INTO CLEVELAND, OHIO
Cleveland, Ohio - A holiday tradition for 28 years, the I-X Christmas Connection at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio, jingles back into town November 22-24, 2013, with hundreds of unique gifts, homespun crafts, and great live holiday entertainment. Show features include breakfast with Santa, photo opportunities (including a new walk-in giant snow globe that allows up to six people inside), Santa Land, the Sugar Plum Shoppe, Gingerbread Square: the first 700 kids can design and eat their own holiday cookie. Discounted tickets will be offered through Discount Drug Mart at all participating Discount Drug Mart locations for $8.99 per person. Visit for updates, entertainment performance times, vendor listings and more. ixchristmasconnection.com

Ohio
4TH ANNUAL ARTISAN HOLIDAY MARKET, WOOSTER, OHIO, DECEMBER 6 - 7
Wooster, Ohio - The 120 Artists CoOp will host the 4th annual Holiday Artisan Market, December 6, 4pm-8pm and December 7, 10am-4pm. Located in the historic Wayne Center for the Arts, 237 S. Walnut Street, this juried event will showcase 44 artists and fine crafters. Carolers will be keeping shoppers in the Christmas spirit and Spoon Market & Deli will provide lunch for purchase. Free admission. Vendors are still welcome to apply. Contact Cindy at cmbwatercolors(at)aol(dot)com for more information or an application. facebook.com/events/181096458726853

Switzerland
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CARLTON HOTEL, ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND
St. Moritz, Graubünden, Switzerland - The Carlton Hotel St. Moritz will be opening its doors for the winter season 2013-2014 with the added excitement of celebrating 100 years since it first opened for business at Christmas, 1913. To make the most of this anniversary, the Carlton Hotel has dreamed up two special offers for the coming winter. With the “100th anniversary” arrangement, guests will receive a personal 100th anniversary gift (special package) during their stay while the “300th anniversary tour” offers guests the chance to visit two other renowned luxury hotels in Switzerland – the Gstaad Palace and the Bellevue Palace Bern - in addition to the Carlton Hotel, both of which can also look back on 100 years in the hotel sector. For bookings and further information, call the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz at +41 (0)81 836 70 00. The arrangements can also be booked online at carlton-stmoritz.ch.

Texas
11TH ANNUAL DICKENS ON CYPRESS CREEK CHRISTMAS MARKET, SPRING, TEXAS, NOVEMBER 22 & 23
Spring, Texas - The 11th annual Dickens on Cypress Creek Christmas Market will take place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2013, from 9 am to 5 pm at the Cypress Creek Christian Church, 6823 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring, Texas. Shop 79 vendors/artists of crafts, merchandise, collectibles, antiques and food with a Victorian flair. A raffle benefiting the Pipe Dreams Organ Project, a project raising funds for a pipe organ in the Centrum, will be held hourly with over 80 Market items being given away. Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. cypresscreek.cc/dickens

Texas
FUN, ECO-TOURISM AND CITIZEN SCIENCE TAKE FLIGHT AT LOST PINES CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, TEXAS
Austin/Bastrop, Texas (October 7, 2013) - Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, LCRA’s McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Bastrop County Audubon Society and TPWD's Lost Pines Master Naturalists invite birding enthusiasts to join the Third Annual Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count Saturday, December 28 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. A special dinner and several complimentary birding workshops will be offered Friday, December 27, including one featuring National Geographic author/illustrator Jonathan Alderfer. This weekend program combines eco-tourism and citizen science, meanwhile helping birders grow their skills and celebrate their feathered friends. Hyatt Lost Pines has created a special room rate for the nights of December 26 - 29. Rates start at $146 per night plus tax and resort fee. To book, call 512-308-4757 or visit lostpines.hyatt.com (Special Offer Code: birds).

Texas
KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING WITH THE CHI OMEGA CHRISTMAS MARKET, DALLAS, TEXAS
Dallas, Texas - The 36th annual Chi Omega Christmas Market, November 20-23, 2013, will once again offer more than 10,000 shoppers a unique holiday shopping experience showcasing gifts for every age. More than 165 handpicked vendors from around the country will fill hundreds of coveted merchant booths transforming Centennial Hall into a luxury gift marketplace. General admission will run Thursday, November 21 from 1 to 9 p.m., Friday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased in advance for $12 at Dallas-Fort Worth-area Tom Thumb stores and online at chiomegaxmas.org.

Utah
UTAH'S SIMPLE TREASURES HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE TO BE HELD IN FARMINGTON NOVEMBER 6-9, 2013
Farmington, Utah - Simple Treasures Holiday Boutique will be held on November 6-9, 2013, at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington, Utah. Over 100 of Utah’s premier local crafters will be in attendance with unique hand crafted gifts, home and fabulous fall décor, fashion chic accessories, handmade jewelry, baby gifts, metal décor, yummy treats and much more. Admission is only $1. simpletreasuresboutique.biz/nov-6-7-8-9-legacy-events-center-in-farmington

Utah
UTAH'S SIMPLE TREASURES HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE TO BE HELD IN OGDEN, DECEMBER 4-7, 2013
Farmington, Utah - Simple Treasures Holiday Boutique will be held December 4-7, 2013, at Ogden’s Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden, Utah. The Grand Opening will be Wednesday December 4 with treasure hunts and free treats. Show runs through Saturday December 7 with over 100 of Utah’s premier local crafters in attendance with unique hand crafted gifts, home and fabulous fall décor, fashion chic accessories, handmade jewelry, baby gifts, metal décor, yummy treats and much more. Admission is only $1. simpletreasuresboutique.biz/dec-4-5-6-7-ogdens-union-station

Washington
A VICTORIAN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: SUPERB CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY FUN, TACOMA, WA
Puyallup (Tacoma), Washington - Shop at 550 one-of-a-kind stores, see outstanding holiday entertainment and taste sumptuous cuisine and wine at the at the 26th annual A Victorian Country Christmas, December 4-8, 2013, at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., in Puyallup. The holiday festival is a quaint Victorian village tended by Victorian clad shopkeepers. The must-see extravaganza is complemented by free professional entertainment and strolling musicians, incredible shopping, numerous how-to events, a wine garden, and a wealth of family activities. Admission is $11 for adults; $9 for seniors 62 and over and juniors 6-17. Children 5 and younger are free with an adult. Parking is free. For more information, visit avictoriancountrychristmas.com.

Wisconsin
10 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AT THE OSTHOFF RESORT'S OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS MARKET, ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin - While lyrics to the popular holiday sing-along song have carolers intoning the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, it’s the “ten days of Christmas,” as in the resort’s annual Old World Christmas Market, to be held this year December 6 - 15. The event has timber booths featuring the wares of juried regional and international artisans, German food delicacies, fresh pine trees, and thousands of twinkling white lights. The event is staged inside a heated tent the size of a football field. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 per adult, with children 14 and under complimentary with an adult ticketholder. christmasmarketatosthoff.com

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