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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Wiener Christkindlmarkt

Wiener Christkindlmarkt

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

Christmas Mariachi Festival

Christmas Mariachi Festival

Christmas Mariachi Festival
Mariachi bands heat things up in Phoenix, AZ, during the holidays. This annual festival features the best, well-known mariachi singers and bands from Latin America, including Jose Feliciano and Vikki Carr.
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Christmas Mariachi Festival  

Miami's White Party Week

Miami's White Party Week

White Party Week
Experience the Miami Beach lifestyle, and enjoy good food and drink during 6 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.
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Chicago's Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights

Chicago's 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.
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Stanley Wlodkowski  

Catalan Christmas Fair

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.
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Catalan Christmas Fair  

Key West Shoe Drop

Key West Shoe Drop

Key West 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.
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Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

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.
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Taste of Christmas

Taste of Christmas

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.
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Taste of Christmas  

Melbourne's Midsumma

Melbourne's Midsumma

Melbourne's Midsumma
This annual LGBT arts and culture festival celebrates queer arts with exhibitions, musical and theater performances, live bands, picnics, dance parties and sporting events.
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Vivian Ward  

New Year's Eve at Copacabana Beach

New Year's Eve at Copacabana Beach

Rio’s Copacabana Beach
Spend New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach, Brazil’s 2nd 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.
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GFest/Gaywise Festival

GFest/Gaywise Festival

Gaywise Festival
GFest, organized by Wise Thoughts, is London’s annual arts festival, featuring leading and upcoming LGBT and queer artists. It includes musical performances, dance, visual arts, theater, LGBT short films, debates, workshops and parties.
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Amsterdam's Pink Christmas

Amsterdam's Pink Christmas

Pink Christmas
Hit the ice skating rink donned in gay apparel. Amsterdam’s Pink Christmas festival is a special holiday celebration for the LGBT community. Some of the events and activities include ice skating at Rembradtplein, a catwalk fashion show on Zeedijk Street and discounts at local gay bars and shops.
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Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands

New Year's Eve fireworks illuminate the sky over the Erasmus Bridge crossing the Nieuwe Maas River in Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands.. 960 1280

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Berlin

Berlin

An explosion of fireworks light up the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg Gate during a New Year's Eve party in Berlin. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

At NYC’s Times Square, confetti rains down on thousands of revelers celebrate the beginning of a new year at the stroke of midnight. 960 1280

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

People stroll down the Silvesterpfad aka New Year’s Eve Trail at Stephansplatz during New Year's Eve celebrations in Vienna. 960 1280

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Sydney

Sydney

Fireworks explode above the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House. Thousands of people lined the harbor to watch the country's biggest fireworks show. 960 1280

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Toronto

Toronto

Spectators can watch the fireworks explode over Toronto's waterfront, one of the best New Year's Eve celebrations in the world. 960 1280

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Binghamton, NY

Binghamton, NY

People converge on the streets in Binghamton, NY, to ring in the New Year at the Annual First Night Parade. 960 1280

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Scotland

Scotland

Two New Year revelers kiss as they take part in the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh's 4-day festival includes a torchlight procession, street party, resolution concert and more. 960 1280

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Fireworks explode above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. More than 2 million people gather along Rio's most famous beach to witness the 15-minute fireworks display and celebrate the New Year. 960 1280

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Egypt

Egypt

Thousands of people flock to an amazing concert held in front of the 4,500-year-old pyramids in Egypt. A popular artist uses his techno-wizardry to entertain spectators from sunset to sunrise at the Millennium New Year's celebration. 960 1280

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Revellers take part in New Year celebrations in Hong Kong's Times Square. 960 1280

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London

London

Fireworks explode behind The Big Ben clock tower during New Year celebrations in London. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

Thousands of revellers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees in Paris. 960 1280

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Prague

Prague

Local residents and foreign tourists celebrate New Year's Eve at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. 960 1280

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Moscow

Moscow

Fireworks explode over St. Basil Cathedral at Red Square during New Year's Day celebrations in Moscow. 960 1280

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Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade (Baltimore)

Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade (Baltimore)

The Grinch that stole Christmas makes his appearance at the Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade in a city rich in Christmas traditions, Baltimore. The 2.5-mile-long parade route also features the Baltimore Marching Ravens band, Harley Davidson motorcycles and Santa’s dancing elf girls. 960 1280

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Christmas Boat Parade (Newport Beach)

Christmas Boat Parade (Newport Beach)

Billed as “Newport Beach’s Christmas card to the world,” the 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach, CA, features decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes. The boats travel along the harbor for 5 nights in December to welcome in the holiday season. 960 1280

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A Christmas Fantasy Parade (Disneyland)

A Christmas Fantasy Parade (Disneyland)

Goofy decorates a gingerbread house on a float in Disneyland's "A Christmas Fantasy Parade." The parade in Anaheim, CA, is an annual Disney tradition, traveling down Main Street, U.S.A., with 7 parade units on display. 960 1280

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Children's Christmas Parade (Atlanta)

Children's Christmas Parade (Atlanta)

The Grinch balloon makes his way down Atlanta's streets as part of the Children's Christmas Parade. The parade, now more than 30 years strong, benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Held the first Saturday in December, the parade typically draws crowds in excess of 500,000, making it the largest holiday parade in the Southeast. 960 1280

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Reston Holiday Parade (Virginia)

Reston Holiday Parade (Virginia)

Everyone’s always talking about Santa, but what about the missus? The 23rd annual Reston Holiday Parade sees Mrs. Claus make the rounds in a horse-drawn carriage. This year's parade in northern Virginia has a "Destination: Reston" theme, featuring balloons, costumes and floats all inspired by various modes of transportation -- start walking! 960 1280

Jim Kirby  

Target Holidazzle (Minneapolis)

Target Holidazzle (Minneapolis)

Held in Andrew Zimmern’s hometown of Minneapolis, the Target Holidazzle parade features a hi-tech show with colorful special-effects. A fixture of downtown Minneapolis’ shopping district, Nicollet Mall, the parade has been an annual tradition since 1992, drawing crowds upwards of 300,000 people. 960 1280

Richard Westley Wong  

Sparks Hometowne Christmas (Nevada)

Sparks Hometowne Christmas (Nevada)

Any parade that’s 150 years old had to make our list. Sparks Hometowne Christmas in Sparks, NV, kicks off with a ceremonial tree lighting, carollers and some pretty rocking entertainment -- ever seen dancing horses? And since you’re in the Silver State, it’s just a 6-hour drive to Las Vegas for a Christmas Miracle, Vegas-style. 960 1280

Kevin Sawyer  

Holiday Boat Parade (Honolulu)

Holiday Boat Parade (Honolulu)

Christmas season just got a little more magical with the “Festival of Lights” Christmas Boat Parade in happening Honolulu. For nearly 20 years, this annual parade has showcased boats decked out with lights as they glide down the Hawaii Kai Marina waterway. Arrive early to see Hawaii’s own liberty belles. 960 1280

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Winter in Venice, Vegas Style

Winter in Venice, Vegas Style

Enjoy a Venice winter -- in Vegas. The third-annual Winter in Venice celebration will showcase an outdoor skating rink, a 3-D light projection show, 2 Italian-inspired food festivals and a fantasy scene in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens -- think lots of crystal ice ponds, a 20-foot frosted birch … and plenty of wow. 960 1280

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Hollywood Christmas Parade

Hollywood Christmas Parade

An annual tradition for more than 80 years, the Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in iconic Hollywood. The parade stretches 3.5 miles, along famed Hollywood Boulevard; this year’s Grand Marshal is astronaut Buzz Aldrin. 960 1280

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Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (Orlando)

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (Orlando)

Christmas in Orlando kicks off with the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Disney’s entourage of stars, from Mickey and Minnie, to Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck, parade down Main Street, U.S.A. Celebrity appearances in 2013 include Demi Lovato and Mary J. Blige, at the Magic Kingdom Park. 960 1280

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