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Scarborough Renaissance Festival
Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Travel back to the 16th century at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. This annual fest in Waxahachie, TX, kicks off the first weekend in April, drawing crowds upwards of 200,000 to view some 200 performances, like this round of jousting and horsemanship. See more ideas for where to travel in April. 960 1280

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The Final Four Championship

The Final Four Championship

See the best in college basketball face-off on the court at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Hundreds of spectators will converge on the stadium to watch the Final Four Championship. Who will be crowned 2015’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Champs? 960 1280

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Earth Day at Yosemite

Earth Day at Yosemite

Celebrate Earth Day in one of America’s most treasured national parks. Timed in conjunction with National Park Week, Yosemite celebrates the planet’s big day with bike rides, junior ranger day walks, and even an Earth Day cake and lemonade, yum! 960 1280

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King’s Day in Amsterdam

King’s Day in Amsterdam

Enjoy a ride along Amsterdam’s canals, and don your brightest orange, for the Netherlands’ annual King’s Day. The national holiday celebrates the Dutch royal house (and current King Willem-Alexander) with plenty of “orange madness,” in keeping with the Dutch national colors. 960 1280

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Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

Show your Boston pride, and find something for everyone to enjoy. The annual Boston Marathon kicks off with a fitness expo featuring more than 200 exhibitors, followed by a 5K set to draw an estimated 10,000 participants as well as a relay challenge -- all topped by the grand celebration of city spirit on Patriot’s Day. 960 1280

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Masters Golf Tournament

Masters Golf Tournament

Tee up for the granddaddy of all golf tournaments. The 78th Masters Tournament kicks off the first of 4 major championships, with plenty of betting odds. Will Tiger Woods beat out Rory McIlroy for the green jacket? Head to Augusta, GA the first week in April to find out! 960 1280

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Coachella

Coachella

Get your music fill at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The annual 2-weekend, 3-day fest kicks off in Indio, CA, with more than 150 performances set for 2014. OutKast, Muse and Arcade Fire headline this year’s show. 960 1280

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Alaska's Arctic Man

Alaska's Arctic Man

Go fast, or go home! Prepare for the ultimate adrenaline rush at Alaska’s Arctic Man -- one of the world's toughest downhill ski races, and an exciting snowmobile race, all in one. Skiers begin at a summit elevation of 5,800 feet and drop 1,700 feet to the bottom of a narrow canyon where they’re met by their snowmobiling partner. 960 1280

  

Annular Solar Eclipse

Annular Solar Eclipse

Get out some cool solar shades, and head to the Land Down Under for an unforgettable show: In late April, the Moon passes between the Earth and the sun, creating a sight you don’t see every day. View the solar eclipse across Australia, in between checking out these equally exceptional Australia world heritage sites. 960 1280

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Love jazz? Join fellow music lovers at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Held every year since 1970, the annual Jazz Fest, as it’s called, showcases nearly every music genre, from blues to R&B, and everything else in between. It’s all performed across 12 stages during the last weekend in April. 960 1280

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Redneck Yacht Club

Redneck Yacht Club

Wanna channel your inner redneck? Head to Daytona, FL, for the Redneck Yacht Club’s downhome, rowdy roundup of fun: The Daytona Tune-Up Jeep and ATV Weekend features obstacle courses, mud holes and winding trails and hills, and, for the kids, an ATV challenge track, across hundreds of acres of trails. 960 1280

  

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Alabama

Alabama

Bellingrath Gardens Christmas in Lights in Mobile, AL. 960 1280
Alaska

Alaska

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage, AK. 960 1280
Arizona

Arizona

Mesa Arizona Temple Christmas Lights in Mesa, AZ. 960 1280
Arkansas

Arkansas

The state capital building in Little Rock, AR, at Christmas time. 960 1280

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California

California

Enjoy the 100-foot-tall Christmas tree at the Grove in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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Colorado

Colorado

Colorado is full of beautiful buildings but perhaps none shines brighter than the Denver City County Building on Christmas. 960 1280

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Connecticut

Connecticut

Constitution Plaza is decked out for the holidays in Hartford, CT. 960 1280
District of Columbia

District of Columbia

Attend the U.S. Capital Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Delaware

Delaware

A curvy lit path leads to a cottage on a wooded lot in Ardentown, DE. 960 1280

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Florida

Florida

Mark and Kathy Hyatt celebrate the holidays with an outrageous display of holiday lights decorating their home in Fort Lauderdale, FL, known as the Hyatt House. 960 1280
Georgia

Georgia

The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Georgia puts on quite a show for the holiday season. 960 1280
Hawaii

Hawaii

The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy sits piered during the annual Pearl Harbor Festival of Lights in Hawaii. 960 1280

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Idaho

Idaho

Take in the holiday display outside the Idaho State Capital Building in Boise. 960 1280
Illinois

Illinois

Christmas lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL. 960 1280
Indiana

Indiana

Drive through PeteyVille in Hammond for one of the best displays in all of Indiana. 960 1280
Iowa

Iowa

Leading up to the big tree in front of the Iowa State Capital Building, the Des Moines streets are lined with various Christmas decorations. 960 1280

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Kansas

Kansas

Dubbed "The Christmas City of the High Plains," WaKeeney, Kansas been celebrating Christmas in a big way since 1950. On the Saturday following Thanksgiving each year, Santa Claus flips a switch lighting up a wonderland of over three miles of electrical wiring, 2,000 perimeter lights, a 35-foot pine Christmas tree and 1,400 pounds of fresh greenery. Photo courtesy of WaKeeney Travel & Tourism 960 1280

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Kentucky

Kentucky

Jefferson Square lights in Louisville, KY. 960 1280
Louisiana

Louisiana

Stop by the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans for some of the best holiday lights in Louisiana. 960 1280
Maine

Maine

Check out the holiday displays at one of the many lighthouses in Maine, including the Nubble Lighthouse in York (pictured above). 960 1280
Maryland

Maryland

Baltimore, MD, recreates its very own 'Miracle on 34th Street' as neighbors decorate their homes in the quirky Hampden neighborhood. 960 1280

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Take in the holiday cheer at the Quincy Market in Boston. 960 1280
Michigan

Michigan

Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, MI. 960 1280
Minnesota

Minnesota

There’s no better place in Minnesota to celebrate the holidays than at Bentleyville "Tour of Lights." 960 1280
Mississippi

Mississippi

City Hall is lit up for the holidays in Meridian, MS. 960 1280

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Missouri

Missouri

Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, always puts on a spectacular show, especially during the holiday season. 960 1280
Montana

Montana

The Anaconda ‘Christmas Stroll’ in Montana. 960 1280
Nebraska

Nebraska

The county courthouse in Kearney, NE. 960 1280

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Nevada

Nevada

A 7-story Christmas tree sits on display in front of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. 960 1280

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Stop by Enfield’s La Salette Shrine in New Hampshire to celebrate the holidays. 960 1280
New Jersey

New Jersey

Take in the festivities at the Holiday Light Show at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ. 960 1280
New Mexico

New Mexico

Enjoy the luminarios and holiday lights at Historic Plaza in Santa Fe, NM.
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New York

New York

The bedazzled Rockefeller Christmas Tree in New York City is draped with 5 miles of LED lights and topped with a sparkling Swarovski crystal star. 960 1280
North Carolina

North Carolina

Take in the holidays at one of the most famous estates in the country, the Biltmore Manor in Asheville, NC. 960 1280
North Dakota

North Dakota

Kick off the holiday season at the Downtown Fargo-Moorhead Holiday Parade in North Dakota. 960 1280
Ohio

Ohio

Enjoy the holiday spirit at Clifton Mill in Ohio. 960 1280

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Take a stroll down the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, OK, to enjoy the many holiday decorations. 960 1280

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Oregon

Oregon

There is no better place in Oregon to see holiday lights than Peacock Lane in Portland. 960 1280
Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Koziar’s Christmas Village near Bernville, PA, embodies the holiday spirit. 960 1280
Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Spend Christmas at the Breakers in Newport, RI. 960 1280
South Carolina

South Carolina

Christmas time at Homeland Gardens in Aiken, SC. 960 1280
South Dakota

South Dakota

Several light-laced trees at Christmas at the Capital in Pierre, SD. 960 1280
Tennessee

Tennessee

Revisit classic Christmas scenes while exploring the Enchanted Garden of Lights in Chattanooga, TN. 960 1280
Texas

Texas

Christmas along the San Antonio riverwalk in Texas. 960 1280

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Utah

Utah

Temple Square Christmas Lights Celebration in Salt Lake City, UT. 960 1280
Vermont

Vermont

The Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, VT. 960 1280
Virginia

Virginia

Part of the Tacky House Tour in Richmond, VA. 960 1280
Washington

Washington

Enjoy the lights at the world-famous Pike Place open-air market in Seattle. 960 1280
West Virginia

West Virginia

Drive by one of the many holiday-themed covered bridges in West Virginia. 960 1280

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Cathedral Square Park in downtown Milwaukee, WI. 960 1280
Wyoming

Wyoming

Holiday lights decorate the antler arches on the Town Square of Jackson, WY. 960 1280

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PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

Strolling entertainment awaits visitors to Cincinnati Zoo's Festival of Lights, who will also be privy to a "Wild Lights" show at Swan Lake and a black-light puppet show. It's possible to see the lights from aboard the North Polar Express Train, and pay a visit with Santa -- and Mrs. Claus. 960 1280

  

Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

More than 3 million lights spread holiday cheer to adults and children at the Wildlights celebration. Kids can decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus and get photos with Santa; it's even possible to take a camel ride or whirl around an ice skating rink. 960 1280

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Zoo Lights 2015 at Denver Zoo

Zoo Lights 2015 at Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo's holiday light safari leads visitors through 38 acres of dazzling light displays, including more than 150 animal sculptures that leap across lawns, dangle from trees and appear in the most unexpected places. You'll even hear holiday songs from children's and handbell choirs. 960 1280

  

Zoo Lights at Utah's Hogle Zoo

Zoo Lights at Utah's Hogle Zoo

You'll feel festive amidst the 250 illuminated sculptures and displays at Utah's Hogle Zoo. Walk through the 135-foot twinkling tunnel while wearing hologram glasses before riding the carousel or telling Santa what you'd like for Christmas at Santa Station -- with real, live reindeer. 960 1280

  

Lights Before Christmas at Toledo Zoo

Lights Before Christmas at Toledo Zoo

Millions of lights deck the halls -- and trees and lawns -- at the Toledo Zoo, included a dancing lights display near Cheetah Valley. The celebration is marked by carolers, live reindeer, and a glowing ice slide, as well as a buffet-style Festive Feast in The Lodge. 960 1280

  

Houston Zoo Lights

Houston Zoo Lights

Millions of holiday lights are draped in displays throughout the Houston Zoo, and visitors can experience the world from inside a life-size snow globe or stroll through the illuminated African Forest past enormous glowing ornaments. Carolers sing nightly at the Reflecting Pool stage. 960 1280

  

Los Angeles Zoo Lights

Los Angeles Zoo Lights

Those aren't the flashes of LA's paparazzi cameras -- its simply LA's Zoo Lights, designed by Bionic League, who have created light shows for Daft Punk and Kanye West (only in LA, right?). The park fills with LED-sculptures and lasers that visitors can see on a 90-minute self-guided tour. 960 1280

  

SunTrust Zoo Lights at Memphis Zoo

SunTrust Zoo Lights at Memphis Zoo

There's guaranteed to be "snow" at the Memphis Zoo's holiday display; folks looking to see the white stuff can visit Snow Alley, or take a stroll past twinkling light displays to meet Santa in his shop, and even get a peek at his helpful reindeer friends. There's even a Zoo on Ice performance. 960 1280

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ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

More than 2 million lights dazzle ZooLights visitors at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, and the zoo has made the event an extravaganza beyond the twinkling lumens. Visitors can take a spin around the park's ice skating rink, snap photos with Santa, and watch "arctic artists" carve ice sculptures. 960 1280

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ZooLights at Oregon Zoo

ZooLights at Oregon Zoo

Ride through the Oregon Zoo in twinkling style aboard the ZooLights train, past more than a million sparkling lights. You'll see tunnels of light near the African Rainforest and can warm up with hot chocolate and the zoo's signature elephant ear treats from vendors along the ZooLights path. 960 1280

  

Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Zoolights at Point Defiance bedazzle the Pacific Northwest with more than 500,000 LED lights and animal-themed displays, including a 3-D light display of an entire polar bear family. Visitors can take spin on the zoo'z antique carousel and see scuba diving Santa at the aquarium. 960 1280

  

ZooLights at National Zoo

ZooLights at National Zoo

Visitors to the National Zoo will feel the electrified as more than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights fill the park with a sparkly glow. You can warm up with hot chocolate or watch the nightly live performances, while little ones can take a spin on 150-foot-long "snow tubing" tracks. 960 1280

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Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo transforms into a Winter Wonderland, and you can admire the lighted animal sculptures while riding the Twinkle Light Trolley through the zoo. You'll hear Dr. Zoolittle's version of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," hear carolers  sing and gape at Toy Shop Hop acrobats. 960 1280

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ZooLights at Phoenix Zoo

ZooLights at Phoenix Zoo

Feel the glow at the Phoenix Zoo's celebration of nearly 4 million lights, where in addition to the glowing displays, visitors can also experience The Polar Express in 4-D, with special effects like snow and fog. Ice sculptors carve a 300-lb. block of ice and the zoo even has camel and wagon rides. 960 1280

  

Wild Lights at St. Louis Zoo

Wild Lights at St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo comes to life after dark with animated Wild Lights displays like the Arctic Wonderland, Swan Lake and fantasy butterfly garden illuminating the property. Storytellers like Tundra Tom spin tales around a fire as visitors stay warming sipping hot cocoa. 960 1280

  

Jamaica: Sorrel Punch

Jamaica: Sorrel Punch

Sorrel, similar to hibiscus, gives this cocktail a beautiful, festive red color. For extra wow, bartender Kat Hawkins of Wright and Co. garnishes with sorrel flowers. 960 1280

  

Bolivia: Biblia Con Pisco

Bolivia: Biblia Con Pisco

Biblia Con Pisco is very similar to the Peruvian Algarrobina but without the namesake syrup and a few other ingredients. Bartender Michael Finsilver of Mudgie's uses pisco, eggs, sugar and a spice blend for a simple, but decedent drink.

 

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Germany: Gluhwein

Germany: Gluhwein

Gluhwein is enjoyed around Europe but especially in Germany and Austria. The cocktail is a sweetened mulled wine variation. Bartender Daniel McCarthy of La Dulce shares an example of serving this for a party. 960 1280

  

Scotland: Hot Toddy

Scotland: Hot Toddy

Hot Toddys are incredibly popular but did you know in Scotland they are traditionally made with Scotch? Bartender David Miles-Cole Martinez of The Last Word garnishes this classic with cinnamon sticks and lemon twists. 960 1280

  

Peru: Algarrobina

Peru: Algarrobina

This Peruvian cocktail revolves around the syrup by the same name. It resembles molasses but is something unique to the country. The drink is similar to egg nog since it includes eggs and evaporated milk but the syrup gives it a definitive South American flair. Bartender Scott Poole, of Sugar House Detroit, created this example with an elegant star anise garnish. 960 1280

  

Kenya: Dawa

Kenya: Dawa

The Kenyan Dawa, a vodka drink with honey and lime, is delicious any time of year but can be made more festive by adding cranberries or flavored vodka. Bartender Liz Cosby, of Sugar House Detroit, gives it another holiday twist by adding orange zest.  960 1280

  

Chile: Cola de Mono

Chile: Cola de Mono

Chile's Cola De Mono could be described as something between egg nog and a White Russian. Bartender Joe M. Schubert, of The Whisky Parlor, points out that both dairy and non-dairy versions can be made for parties. And whether it's made with almond or whole milk, all versions are delicious.

 

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Poland: Grzane Piwo

Poland: Grzane Piwo

The Grzane Piwo, a mulled beer, is a classic beverage enjoyed in Poland through the holiday season. Bartender Amas Muhammad, of The Peterboro, adds orange slices for extra holiday cheer. 960 1280

  

USA: Tom and Jerry

USA: Tom and Jerry

The Tom and Jerry, served hot, is an amped up egg nog that is extra creamy and delicious. In the 1950s you could buy a powdered mix but here bartender Jon Foley, of The Laundry, made his restaurant's homemade recipe. 960 1280

  

Sweden: Glogg

Sweden: Glogg

Similar to German Gluhwein, this drink is fortified with Cognac for added holiday cheer. Bartender Beaux Coup Kerin, of Detroit's Sugar House, tops each glass with rosemary.  960 1280

  

Cuba: Crema de Vie

Cuba: Crema de Vie

Many holiday cocktails are variations on egg nog but when you go to Cuba you have to use rum. The Crema de Vie, or "cream of life," is presented above by bartender Majid Abdelnour of Bigalora. 960 1280

  

Mexico: Ponche de Frutas

Mexico: Ponche de Frutas

Cool weather means hot cocktails and if you are in Mexico consider ordering a traditional Ponche de Frutas. Bartender Jon Foley, of Relief and Resource, makes his with stone fruits, spices, rum and the all-important Piloncillo (a Mexican brown sugar).

 

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England: Wassail

England: Wassail

Wassail is a traditional holiday punch for England and the UK. Famed bartender Marlowe Johnson, of Standby Detroit, shared his family favorite in this shot. Bourbon, cider, cranberry and lots of spices warm the soul on any wintery night. 960 1280

  

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