New York City
It's that time of year to find your best Santa outfit and head to New York City to frolic, drink and be merry with thousands of other Santa look-alikes. The annual event, which originated in San Francisco in 1994, begins early and ends late, and will attract over 20,000 Santas to numerous bars and pubs throughout the city. Attendees should bring cash and canned food, as this holiday drinkfest raises money for Toys for Tots and also donates to New York City food banks.
The event is roughly from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. This year, organizers plan to post a tentative route in advance so those attending have an idea of which bars to go to. For more information, go to nycsantacon.com.
If you're ready to put some new and unusual ornaments on your tree, head to The Glass Spot in Richmond. With the help of an experienced glassblower, you can learn how to make your own hand-blown glass ornament at the city's premier hot glass studio. The midday event is very casual and walk-ins are welcome.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The cost is $25 per person and visitors can come and leave as they please. For more information, call 804-228-8868 or go to richmondglassspot.com.
The Cake Boss, Homemade for the Holidays Tour
Enjoy a holiday-themed evening with celebrity baker Buddy Valastro as he answers audience questions, shares his family holiday traditions, tells kitchen stories and gives demonstrations of his cake-making techniques, which have made him a world-renowned cake artist. This interactive culinary event will provide video projection for those sitting in upper-level seats.
The event begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $35 to $85 per person. For more information, call 888-466-5722 or go to njpac.org.
Upper Darby, Pa.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
This holiday show is perfect for getting you into the holiday spirit. The international cast of over 30 artists perform a variety of stunts like acrobatics and tightrope walking. Performers wear a variety of dazzling costumes and the set consists of giant candy canes, soldiers and presents. Holiday music is present throughout the show.
There will be three shows at the Tower Theatre, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets range from $65 to $485 for VIP packages. For more information, call 954-975-9525 or go to cirqueproductions.com.
Festival of Lights
Experience one of the D.C. area's biggest holiday traditions at this illuminated wonderland. Located at the Mormon Temple Visitors Center, the display boasts over 600,000 lights, six decorated Christmas trees, a Nativity display, an exhibit of over 100 creches from around the world and nightly indoor performances.
The event is free to the public and open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Jan. 1. Concerts are presented at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. each night. For more information, call 301-587-0144 or go to dctemplelights.lds.org.