Winter Holiday Activities
By Libbey R.
Are you looking for winter holiday activities to participate in this December? There are a lot of things to do during the winter holidays. Many cities around our nation have events that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy!
A traditional wintertime activity around the nation is the appearance of The Nutcracker Ballet performances at theatres. The price usually depends on your seating in the theater, but there are often great discounts for groups and students, no matter your state! The exquisite music and flawless dancing is what makes the Nutcracker play enjoyable and a common Christmas tradition.
A winter holiday activity in Washington, D.C. is the National Chanukah on the Ellipse Menorah Lighting Ceremony. This event is on December 22 and begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are required to attend, however they are free. At this attraction, guests will be able to experience the Grand Lighting Ceremony, and there are free dreidels and menorah kits, hot latkes and donuts, and performances from the U.S. Marine Bands. All are welcome to this ceremony, and the lighting of the menorah is the largest in the world, since thousands of people go each year, including TV broadcasters. The National Menorah is across from the White House in Washington, D.C. If you are in Washington, D.C. on December 22, the National Chanukah on the Ellipse Menorah Lighting Ceremony is a great place to go and celebrate the winter holidays.
The Festival of Kwanzaa is an event in Irvine, California. Each day, a candle will be lit at the Pretend City Children’s Museum and there will also be other activities at this event, such as corncob painting and storytime. The dates are December 26-January 1 and the hours are 10-5. The price of admission is included with the museum admission. In addition, the seven core principles (Nguzo Saba) will be celebrated: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith) will be honored. If you are in Irvine, California during December 26-January 1, the Festival of Kwanzaa is a great place to go to learn and celebrate Kwanzaa.
The Toledo Zoo’s “Lights Before Christmas” scenic views and marvelous attractions are what made this event first in U.S.A. Today’s “Best Lights in the Country” poll in 2016 and 2017. However, many cities all over the country have light shows in zoos, parks, and select neighborhoods. Do some research to see what’s in your neck of the woods! Perhaps your city will have the best lights in the country this year!
All of these attractions create memorable traditions and are definitely worth visiting during the Holidays. Be sure to light up your life and the night by participating at a location near you!