Chinese New Year

Just when you thought it was over, it’s countdown once again. Kick off the Chinese New Year with a tour of celebrations around the world.

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Wiener Christkindlmarkt

Wiener Christkindlmarkt

Travel to Vienna, Austria, to explore the Wiener Christkindlmarkt. This traditional Christmas market, located in City Hall Square, has 145 stalls selling spiced wine, gingerbread, unique arts and crafts and much more. 960 1280

  

White Party Week

White Party Week

Experience the Miami Beach lifestyle, and enjoy good food and drink during six days of all-male and all-female parties, including the Women’s White Party Weekend. Party-goers spend money that goes to Care Resource, a organization that funds multiple HIV/AIDS programs. 960 1280

  

Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights

Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights

If you’re visiting Chicago during the holidays, check out this illuminated festival. It’s known for its holiday-inspired store window displays, and its star-studded Disney procession on opening day. Be sure to get a front row seat to see the parade, live music and fireworks. 960 1280

  

Catalan Christmas Fair

Catalan Christmas Fair

This fair, held outside of the Barcelona Cathedral, has 300 stalls selling seasonal goods, including Catalan nativity figures, mistletoe, Christmas trees and delicious treats like Christmas biscuits. 960 1280

  

Sushi Drop

Sushi Drop

Celebrate your New Year’s Eve in Key West, watching a campy, extravagantly dressed drag queen being lowered from the Bourbon Street Pub, in a large, red, high-heel shoe. Once the drag queen has dropped, ring in the New Year at the fabulous block party. 960 1280

  

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

It’s 1 of the largest ice festivals in the world, and it attracts 1,000s of people to Northeastern China, to see snow carvings, ice sculptures, fireworks. There’s also skiing, ice sliding and swimming, for those who can take the chilly, subzero dip in the Songhua River. 960 1280

  

Taste of London

Taste of London

Formerly "Taste of Christmas," This annual event in London has the UK’s leading chefs demonstrate their techniques for holiday food preparation. There are also special tasting workshops for wine, cheese and chocolate. 960 1280

  

Melbourne's Midsumma

Melbourne's Midsumma

This annual LGBTQ arts and culture festival celebrates queer arts with exhibitions, musical and theater performances, live bands, picnics, dance parties and sporting events. 960 1280

  

New Year’s Eve at Copacabana Beach

New Year’s Eve at Copacabana Beach

Spend New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach, Brazil’s second largest event outside of Carnival. Dance to live DJs, sip champagne at midnight, celebrate African traditions, watch fireworks and don't forget to wear white. Brazilians believe it symbolizes good luck. 960 1280

  

GFest

GFest

GFest, organized by Wise Thoughts, is London’s annual arts festival, featuring leading and upcoming LGBTQ artists. It includes musical performances, dance, visual arts, theater, LGBTQ short films, debates, workshops and parties. 960 1280

  

Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Giant balloon puppets like Spiderman debuted at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade back in 1927. Today, the annual event is one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the U.S. 960 1280

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Here Comes Santa!

Here Comes Santa!

Santa Claus rides on his sleigh down Central Park West during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in N.Y.C. St. Nick’s arrival at the parade's grand finale signals the official season's start to Christmas in N.Y.C. 960 1280

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Houston's H-E-B Holiday Parade

Houston's H-E-B Holiday Parade

Participants strike a pose in Houston's annual Thanksgiving celebration, which we’ve voted among the top Thanksgiving Day parades. The parade got a makeover in 2013, with renewed focus on everything from fashion, food and heroes; to culture, sports and talent. 960 1280

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McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

Make it a long weekend in Chicago, while checking out "Chicago's Grand Holiday Tradition." You just may see Teddy Turkey strut his stuff; he's been the parade mascot since 2009. 960 1280

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America's Thanksgiving Parade

America's Thanksgiving Parade

Giant balloons float above the street during Detroit's annual America's Thanksgiving Parade, which shares the title of second-oldest Thanksgiving parade (alongside the Macy's parade). Plus, check out our own Andrew Zimmern's Detroit-inspired pumpkin pie.
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Carolinas' Carrousel Parade

Carolinas' Carrousel Parade

Yep, that is "Carrousel" with two r's. Founded in 1947, this parade through Charlotte, N.C., is the fourth-largest in America, with an estimated 100,000 spectators. 960 1280

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Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

So what is the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving parade? Head to Philadelphia to find out! The 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1920, sponsored by a popular department store of the day. 960 1280

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America's Hometown Parade

America's Hometown Parade

Upping the ante, America’s Hometown Parade, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, bills itself as “America’s only historically accurate, chronological parade.” Inspired by the Pilgrims’ establishment of Plymouth Colony, the parade foregoes giant balloons of popular characters for parade features based on the history of the U.S., from the 1600s up to the present, with a Santa Claus float at the end. 960 1280

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