It's snowing outside, lights are coming on all over town, and the calendar now reads December, it's officially the Christmas Season at our house! Life gets so busy this time of year and there are SO MANY different events, activities and displays to check out that it can get overwhelming. We scoured the internet and found three amazing lists from our fellow bloggers featuring almost every Holiday activity going on in our state this month. Between these three amazing ladies, they have pretty much everything covered for you.
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Because it can be a bit much to wade through all the options, we also wanted to share our family's top 5 favorite activities of the season in case you need help narrowing down your selection.
This one is great, you can park and get out and wander around looking at all the little displays. I love that it is more than just lights, it is amazing to watch the kids' faces light up at each new display. It always surprises me what things catch their attention. It isn't super crowded so you can really relax and enjoy time together without the stress. Bring a few cups of hot chocolate and you have a perfect evening outing.
This one has become a family tradition that we always look forward to. It is more crowded, but we love the different nativities and focus on the peace that come with the season. I am always in awe at how carefully each tiny little tree branch is so carefully and individually wrapped. We make a night of it, talk about the meaning behind Christmas, search for holiday light bags from countries we have been to.
Taking the kids downtown and showing them fancies displays in a 5-star hotel makes me feel like I stepped into a Hallmark movie for the evening. We don't do 'fancy' often, so it feels special and exciting when we are in a new environment. Plus it's free and indoors, which means warmth!!
They have a few different holiday events that they put on, and we love everyone of them.
The Christkindlmarkt runs this weekend and is free to attend. They set up tons of old-fashioned shops and you can wander up and down finding unique Christmas gifts. The lights, music and atmosphere make you feel like you stepped back in time into an old-world German market.
We also love their Candlelight Christmas. It somehow brings together a focus on the season and excitement and fun all into one event. Father Christmas is there to greet the children. There are holiday crafts, dancing, carols and delicious desserts. Plus they lowered the price this year, it's just $5 per person, which is quite reasonable.
We just went to this brand new event and LOVED it! We'll post a full review soon. It was such a fun, peaceful family outing. We definitely made some good memories, the lights were amazing and walking through the new Light of World exhibit during this Christmas season was so wonderful. Highly recommend adding this one to your family's December bucket list as well. Plus, s'mores. Admission is $20 for adults and $17 for kids and seniors.