The Christmas holiday season is officially here.
Wherever you live in the Midwest, you can find holiday attractions, parades, light festivals, and special events at the Christmas USA site sponsored by Chiff.com. Just scroll down to the “Christmas in the Midwest” section.
Here are a few highlights:
Christkindlmarket, Chicago’s largest open air Christmas festival, is rooted in Germanic traditions dating back to the 1500s. Instead of Santa Claus, the golden Christkind brings gifts to the children. The first Christkindlmarket, a partnership between Chicago and Nuremburg, occurred in 1996 and is now a holiday tradition.
The Indianapolis Christmas at the Zoo provides a magical opportunity for families to create holiday memories. Now celebrating their 47th year, the Indianapolis event boasts of being the first of its kind in the United States. Scheduled events include a Meerkat Chat and Dolphin Presentation, decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus, and the All-A-Glow Light Show.
See a majestic twenty-foot tall poinsettia tree surrounded by other colorful poinsettias at the Lauritzen Gardens near downtown Omaha. The 100-acre living museum is a four-season botanical garden that celebrates Christmas with its annual holiday poinsettia show. The event is open through December except for Christmas Day.
Step back in time at Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio. Enjoy musical performances of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a themed scavenger hunt, Dickens by Lantern Light tour, and other holiday events.
I’d love to visit all of these attractions, but as a Dickens fan (I’ve read several of his books–Bleak House is my favorite), the Victorian Village especially appeals to me.
What are your special holiday plans and traditions? Please let us know about the special events in your community.