Top 10 Must-See Holiday Light Festivals in Michigan

Top 10 Must-See Holiday Light Festivals in Michigan

**Updated dates for the 2019-2020 season!** Nothing screams Christmas like a festival of lights! We are fortunate enough in the great state of Michigan to have more than a handful of towns that display their Christmas thrill with thousands and sometimes millions of lights. We have narrowed down our list to 10 towns in Michigan that have must-see light festivals during the holiday season. (Cities shown in no particular order)

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How to Create a Disney Frozen Christmas

How to Create a Disney Frozen Christmas

I live in a house full of Disney’s Frozen. Do any other parents relate? I’m talking about 24-7 Frozen music, dresses, hair … the works. The movie was first shown to our 3-year-old daughter this past May. It’s been non-stop Frozen Fever since. It’s rare to catch my daughter not in her Elsa costume, running around the house singing “Let it Go.” Frozen has connected with hearts young and old since 2013. Both kids and adults were excited to hear

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Christmas Traditions Parades in New York

Christmas Traditions Parades in New York

From Santa Claus to Sinterklaas, special guests abound at Christmas traditions parades in New York! The parades begin with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and march right up to Christmas. Clayton’s Christmas in Lights Parade ends with fireworks; Greenwich features their Annual Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade. In addition, Christmas parades in Kingston and Rhinebeck celebrate old Dutch traditions! Christmas Lights Parade in Clayton Clayton’s Christmas parade in New York State will take place Saturday, December 7. First, a cookie sale, carriage

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Set Sail on Christmas Boat Parades in Florida

Set Sail on Christmas Boat Parades in Florida

Christmas lights glow from Christmas boat parades in Florida! Daytona Beach, Palm Beach, Cocoa Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton all host Christmas boat parades on Florida’s Atlantic coast. In addition, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Alafia and Punta Gorda join them on the Gulf coast. Lastly, Leesburg sports an inland Christmas boat parade in Florida. Daytona Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Florida The holidays sail into Daytona Beach Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 6 p.m. Accordingly, the local yacht club

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Saddle Up for Christmas Parades in Texas

Saddle Up for Christmas Parades in Texas

Saddle up for one of ten great Christmas Parades in Texas! Enjoy parades through historic downtowns like Fort Worth, Dallas, Amarillo and Grapevine. Likewise, McAllen, Odessa and Lubbock make our list. Or take in a lighted boat parade in San Antonio, South Padre Island or Clear Lake. GM Financial Fort Worth Parade of Lights Join thousands gathered November 24, 2019, for the Fort Worth Parade of Lights. In addition to dozens of floats, guests are treated to dancers, musicians, large

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Christmas Boat, Float & Truck Parades in California

Christmas Boat, Float & Truck Parades in California

Looking for family-friendly Christmas fun? Cities and towns across California host free Christmas boat, float and truck parades. Salinas, Los Altos, San Francisco, Fallbrook, Fortuna have made our list (and Santa’s)! Likewise, holiday lights shine bright in parades in Santa Barbara, Redding, Sonora, Belmont Shore (Long Beach) and Eureka. Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights The Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights steps off from Salinas High School December 1, 2019, at 6 p.m. To clarify, the parade is always the first

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When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Decorations?

When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Decorations?

Psychologists tell us that folks who break out the Christmas lights and decorations early, like before (maybe well before) Thanksgiving, tend to be happier than the rest of us who think we have to wait.   Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown says people like to associate with things that make them happy. Since many folks associate Christmas decorations with happy childhood memories of the holiday, putting up the decorations early evokes those emotions and memories and extends the excitement of the season

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How to Decorate Your Bedroom for Christmas

How to Decorate Your Bedroom for Christmas

Is your Christmas season full of Go-Go-Go, but you wish it offered a little more Slow-Slow-Slow? We can help! Our Christmas-bedroom decorating ideas will make your bedroom a holiday retreat where you can “sleep in heavenly peace.” We started with a repurposed barn door for our headboard. The red patina of the rustic wood complemented both of our Christmas-bedroom themes: snowmen and the Nativity. You really can’t go wrong with recycled barnwood. We used more of it, along with a couple

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Root Beer Float Cake Recipe

Root Beer Float Cake Recipe

Downtown Frankenmuth is a lush garden of delightful blooms all summer long! Approximately 350 flats and 8,000 four-inch annuals are planted along Main Street’s 2-mile downtown stretch each spring. Add 350 huge hanging baskets and you have an eye-popping streetscape, one so beautiful that it was the 2007 America in Bloom Winner for cities with a population of under 5,000. Yes, flowers are serious (but happy) business in Frankenmuth. Dan Hopp, green space manager for the City of Frankenmuth, explains:

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