Christmas Crazy

Go "Christmas Crazy" with a German-style market, a gingerbread house competition and the brightest light displays, plus the coolest ice sculptures and the most extreme Santas on Earth.

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Tablet to Keep Connected On the Go
Tablet to Keep Connected On the Go

Tablet to Keep Connected On the Go

BlackBerry’s PlayBook has Wi-Fi connectivity and makes it easy for a traveler to check emails, manage schedules on the go with built-in calendars, and stay up-to-the-minute on social media with apps for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Long layover? Catch up on your favorite movies and TV shows by watching them on the high-resolution screen with the new BlackBerry Video Store app. blackberry.com/playbook 960 1280

  

Organization System for Luggage

Organization System for Luggage

A common traveler’s dilemma: A suitcase that turns into a black hole where you can’t ever find the one thing you’re looking for. The solution? The Hoboroll, an organizer with 5 compartments that has drawstring end closures and compression straps to minimize bulk. There’s also a tool loop making it possible for hikers to clip onto their daypacks, and for minimalists to use as their main bag. mygobigear.com 960 1280

  

Hat to Cover Bad Hair Days

Hat to Cover Bad Hair Days

For when your hotel doesn’t have a hair dryer or you’d rather be exploring a new place than spending time getting ready, try wearing a cute cap instead. The Leila cap is much more stylish than a baseball hat, has a comfy stretch-back fit and inside lining. The wool blend and cotton corduroy cap comes in 4 different colors. Evo.com 960 1280

  

Good-for-You Candy

Good-for-You Candy

Give the kids in your life a sweet treat to enjoy when they’re traveling home after the holidays: UNREAL candies make for great stocking stuffers and have no artificial flavors, hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, GMOs or synthetic colors. Plus, they have more protein and fiber per serving than the leading candy companies. Bonus: They’re made with responsibly sourced ingredients, such as cacao beans from Ghana and Ecuador and organic palm kernel oil from Brazil. Try the Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar. Available at CVS, Target, Michaels, Kroger, Staples, BJ’s Wholesale Clubs and many others. 960 1280

  

Fresh and Clean Fragrance

Fresh and Clean Fragrance

An uplifting scent can be a real pick-me-up after a long flight. Lisa Hoffman’s Fragrance Gift Set in French Clary Sage is a combo of watery greens and clean cotton. Included in the set is an easy-to-wear-on-a-plane fragrance bracelet, a perfume oil roll-on and a travel-sized eau de parfum spray bottle.lisahoffmanbeauty.com 960 1280

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Purse That Doubles as a Pillow

Purse That Doubles as a Pillow

To simplify your favorite jet setter’s carryon, go for a fashionable purse that feels like a pillow. The Pillow Purse can hold all travel essentials with 2 side-zip compartments for extra storage and a center zip compartment for larger items. Plus, it can easily convert to a supportive pillow for your head or back. Available at Macy’s department stores. 960 1280

  

GPS-Equipped Running Watch

GPS-Equipped Running Watch

Fitting in fitness when you’re traveling can be a challenge, and just trying to do your typical jog in a new place can be frustrating when you don’t know how many miles you’re logging. Enter the brand-new PINK Timex Marathon GPS: It tracks distance, time and even calories burned to take the guesswork out of exercise. It also gives much-needed motivation to strap on your running shoes on the road. Amazon.com 960 1280

  

Stylish Passport Holder

Stylish Passport Holder

Save a traveler time from digging around for important documents with the Robinson Passport Holder. The sleek wallet not only has space for your passport, but also for a flight itinerary, credit cards, 3 different currency compartments and more. toryburch.com 960 1280

  

Easy-to-Clean Men’s Toiletry Bag

Easy-to-Clean Men’s Toiletry Bag

Help your guy keep his grooming essentials all in one place with the Pack-It Quantum Kit. The toiletry bag has a roomy main compartment with another zippered bottom space to separate razors, toothbrush and other small items. Plus, it’s water-resistant inside and out, so it easily wipes clean. shop.eaglecreek.com 960 1280

  

Travel-Proof Skincare for Guys

Travel-Proof Skincare for Guys

The Jack Black Jet Set Traveler comes in a mesh bag with 4 manscaping essentials packaged in airline-approved 1.5-oz. sizes. The kit includes Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, Face Buff Energizing Scrub, Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather and the Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20.Available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue or GetJackBlack.com. 960 1280

  

Carryon-Friendly Skincare

Carryon-Friendly Skincare

Flying can zap moisture from your skin, so hydration is key to keep your complexion healthy. The limited edition Wild Plum Berry Gift Set includes a hydrating Wild Berry Cleanser with naturally exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids to polish flaky skin, and the Wild Plum Whip Moisturizer is full of quenching Evening Primrose oil and wrinkle-fighting grape extract. Locate a retailer near you at eminenceorganics.com 960 1280

  

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Sufganiyot (Israel)

Sufganiyot (Israel)

It’s not uncommon for Jewish people to eat fried food for Hanukkah to celebrate the miracle of oil, which refers to the oil in a lamp in an ancient temple lasting 8 days when there was only enough in the lamp for 1 day. Potato pancakes (latkes) are usually a common staple at the beginning of dinner, but sufganiyots (pictured) – jelly- or custard-filled doughnuts – are the most popular food eaten in Israel during this religious holiday. 960 1280

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Mince Pies (England)

Mince Pies (England)

Christmas dinner in the UK is similar to a typical Thanksgiving meal in US, which is usually comprised of roast turkey or duck with cranberry sauce, served with potatoes and vegetables. In addition to Christmas pudding, mince pie (pictured) is another popular food in the UK. This holiday treat is filled with minced meat, raw beef or mutton fat, fruits and spices. 960 1280

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Panettone (Italy)

Panettone (Italy)

In Southern Italians and Italian Americans celebrate the holidays by eating fish and other seafood for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. However, panettone, is a popular sweet bread loaf that contains raisins, citron, lemon peel shavings and candied orange. It is usually served with a hot drink, sweet wine or crema di mascarpone during Christmas and New Year’s Day. 960 1280

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Tamales (Mexico)

Tamales (Mexico)

With Aztec and Maya origins as early as 8000 to 5000 BC, tamales are a popular food eaten in Mexico during the holidays – sometimes replacing traditional turkey or bacalao. This delicious holiday treat – filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and chilies – is usually wrapped in corn husks or plantain leaves and steamed to perfection. 960 1280

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Bûche de Noël (France)

Bûche de Noël (France)

Looking for something sweet in France? Don’t miss out on tasting the bûche de noël! This traditional dessert is a frosted sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream or other flavored fillings. The cake resembles a yule log. In the medieval era, families would gather and throw a yule log on a fire at the end of December to welcome the Winter Solstice. The ashes were saved for good luck.  960 1280

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Melomakarona (Greece)

Melomakarona (Greece)

Pork, egg-lemon chicken and rice soup, christopsomo, baklava and yaprakia are few traditional Greek food and dishes eaten during the holidays. Top it all off with melomakarona cookies made with cinnamon, cloves and orange. After they come out of the oven, the baked goods are dipped in spiced syrup and sprinkled with nuts. 960 1280

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Babka (Poland)

Babka (Poland)

The first star seen starts the big Christmas Eve feast in Poland. Twelve dishes, usually a variety of fish and vegetables, are served as a reminder of the 12 Apostles. Beetroot soup, carp, pickled herring, potato dumplings and cabbage rolls are a few dishes served. Don’t eat too much and save space in your stomach for some delicious babka or cake. 960 1280

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Kentucky Fried Chicken (Japan)

Kentucky Fried Chicken (Japan)

It’s not uncommon to see a crowd at the local KFC during the holidays in Japan. Why? Because it’s usually the popular food choice for Christmas dinner since turkey is nonexistent in the country. Japanese patrons have been known to place their KFC order 2 months in advance. So plan ahead and place your order early if plan on celebrating a Christmas like the locals. 960 1280

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Saffron Buns (Sweden)

Saffron Buns (Sweden)

Swedish meatballs, Christmas ham, sweet and sour red cabbage, mulled wine, sliced beet root and an assortment of other goodies are traditional holiday food in Sweden. Don’t forget to add a basket of saffron buns – spiced sweet buns flavored with saffron, cinnamon or nutmeg. 960 1280

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Kutia (Ukraine)

Kutia (Ukraine)

Start your 12-dish meal on Christmas Eve in the Ukraine with kutia, a sweet grain pudding made with wheat berries, poppy seeds, raisins, honey or sugar and milk or cream. 960 1280

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Christstollen (Germany)

Christstollen (Germany)

Taste christstollen, the German version of fruit cake eaten during the Christmas season. The traditional German cake is filled several ingredients such as almonds, cinnamon, dried fruit and marzipan. 960 1280

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Spiced Hot Chocolate (Peru)

Spiced Hot Chocolate (Peru)

Add chili to sweet hot chocolate and you’ve just made a traditional holiday drink in Peru. Spiced hot chocolate, served with panettone (traditional Italian bread), is usually given to the poor or less fortunate leading up to Christmas. Similar to Mexico, Peruvians holiday staples include tamales and roast turkey. 960 1280

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Stroopwafels (Holland)

Stroopwafels (Holland)

These deliciously thin treats are a traditional dessert in Holland. Stroopwafels’ or syrup waffles’ main ingredients are butter, brown sugar, syrup and cinnamon. Try ginger nuts, Dutch Christmas bread and bishop’s wine if you’re looking for other traditional food and drink to sample in Holland or the Netherlands during the holidays. 960 1280

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Kimchi (South Korea)

Kimchi (South Korea)

Don’t stay in … take your significant other out for a romantic dinner at a restaurant if you’re in South Korea. It’s normal for families to go out for Christmas dinner and attend holiday-themed events at local venues and theme parks. Kimchi is a year-round staple for families dining in for the holiday. After all, it is Korea’s national dish. 960 1280

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Egg Nog (US)

Egg Nog (US)

Turkey, apple cider, candy canes, Christmas cookies, gingerbread, fruitcake are typical traditional foods served during the holidays in the US. But eggnog – made with milk, cream, sugar and whipped eggs – is a popular holiday treat, too. Add brandy, rum or bourbon to warm cold spirits and garnish with cinnamon or nutmeg for a decorative touch. 960 1280

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Revelers throw tomatoes on each other during the world's biggest tomato fight at La Tomatina Festival in Bunol, Spain. 960 1280

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Up to 45,000 people from all over the world descend on the small town near Valencia, Spain, each year. 960 1280

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Approximately 100 tons of rotten and over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. 960 1280

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The weeklong festival kicks off on the last Wednesday in August, and includes music, parades, dancing, fireworks and food (other than tomatoes). 960 1280

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No one knows why Tomatina started, but one popular theory dates its origins to a parade back in 1944 or 1945 in which young men started a brawl and armed themselves with tomatoes from a nearby vegetable stand. 960 1280

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Banned by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco for lacking religious significance, the festival returned in the 1970s, and is in honor of the town's patron saints, Luis Bertran and the Mare de Deu dels Desemparats (Mother of God of the Defenseless), a title of the Virgin Mary. 960 1280

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Around 11 a.m., the first event begins in the center of town, Plaza del Pueblo, where trucks have hauled in over 100,000 tomatoes. 960 1280

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Officially, the fight begins after the palo jabón, a 2-story greased pole with a ham at the top -- although the festivities will start whether or not a climber knocks the prized ham off the pole. 960 1280

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Shopkeepers use huge plastic covers on their storefronts in hopes of protecting them from the festival’s tomato-splashed aftermath. 960 1280

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Tomatina lasts for exactly 1 hour, signaled by the firing of water cannons. Fire trucks then spray down the streets to flush away the tomato residue. 960 1280

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London

London

Father Christmas and Mrs. Claus wave to the crowds during Harrods’ Annual Christmas Parade in London. 960 1280

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Kanagawa, Japan

Kanagawa, Japan

Santa Claus has no boundaries when it comes to spreading holiday cheer. He swims with a dolphin at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. 960 1280

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Santa Claus must be equipped to travel through all types of weather. In this case, St. Nicholas dons water skis to glide across the Potomac River at the National Harbor. Through the magic of modern technology, it’s amazing how someone with a camera always happens to snap a photo of Santa’s daring waterskiing adventure on Christmas Eve each year. 960 1280

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Stavropol, Russia

Stavropol, Russia

Father Frost, aka Santa Claus, and his granddaughter Snegurochka the Snowmaid (center) visit a city park to meet and entertain residents in Stavropol, a city in southern Russia. Russians traditionally celebrate the coming of the New Year on December 31 and Orthodox Christmas in January. 960 1280

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Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

A child and Father Frost pet an Evenki reindeer at the Christmas Food Fair in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Peasants, farmers, fishermen and hunters sell their crafts, goods and products at the city’s annual fair. 960 1280

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

In Honolulu, HI, Santa Claus throws up the customary "shaka" sign from his canoe while sharing a wave with a surfer near Waikiki Beach. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

Dozens of Santas ring their bells while marching through Midtown Manhattan during the Volunteers of America's Annual Sidewalk Santa Parade. Fifty fully-suited Santas take to the streets of Manhattan the morning after Thanksgiving to raise money for those in need. 960 1280

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Cook, Australia

Cook, Australia

Santa Claus poses in front of the Great Southern Railway’s Indian Pacific, in Cook, Australia. The train makes a 2,704-mile trip between Sydney and Perth twice a week -- crossing the world's longest stretch of straight railway track on the Nullarbor Plain. 960 1280

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Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

Santa waves to people from a boat along the coast of Valparaiso, about 75 miles northwest of Santiago, Chile. Every year, fishermen in Valparaiso organize a Santa Claus boat trip to bring Christmas gifts and well wishes to people waiting on the shore. 960 1280

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Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

In Seoul, South Korea, postmen dress up as Santa Claus and ride motorcycles to deliver the mail. Christmas has become increasingly popular over the years in South Korea, which is the only East Asian country to recognize Christmas as a national holiday. 960 1280

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Yenisei River, Russia

Yenisei River, Russia

Along Russia’s Yenisei River, Santa can be spotted traveling on self-made water skis made of plastic foam. The sticks are designed to propel ole St. Nick forward. 960 1280

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Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines

Santa -- also a professional diver -- gestures at a visitor inside a giant aquarium as part of a Christmas celebration at the Manila Ocean Park. The Philippines, a mainly Roman Catholic country in Southeast Asia, prepares for Christmas early. In fact, shopping malls begin playing Christmas carols in September, while the decorations, including lanterns and fireworks, go up in early December. 960 1280

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Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Santa Claus distributes candy from a special Christmas gondola in the canal city of Venice, Italy. 960 1280

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Klampenborg, Denmark

Klampenborg, Denmark

More than 150 people donning Santa suits converge on Bakken amusement park in Sweden to attend the World Santa Claus Congress. Bakken, the world’s oldest operating amusement park is located near Klampenborg, Denmark. 960 1280

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Gallivare, Sweden

Gallivare, Sweden

Santas from Sweden (right) and Spain (left) race on their sleighs during a competition in the Santa Claus Winter Games in Gallivare, a town in northern Sweden. Santas from all over the world compete in typical Santa sports, including chimney climbing, porridge eating, kick sledding and reindeer racing. 960 1280

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