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Old 11-19-2018, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Donating money instead of buying stuff.

Or maybe that's just a suggestion, not a regional thing.

This seems like a skybar topic.
Skybar as in candy? Skybar as in wine accessory? Skybar as in a cool place for cocktails? What do you mean by "skybar topic?"

Hey, get this - some people do BOTH - donate money as well as buy presents for people they love. How cool is that?
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Old 11-19-2018, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon (in Transition)
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Duluth's Bentleyville is a local favorite. It consists of a massive light wonderland with hot chocolate and fires. At night, it makes a beautiful sight from I-35.
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Old 11-19-2018, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Down the road about 30 miles from us is a "cut your own" Christmas tree farm. I like going out there even if we don't cut our own tree, because they have hay rides, a bonfire, hot chocolate and hot cider, boughs of evergreens for the house, wreaths, etc. The weather here in December is generally crisp and can be cold, so it's very festive to stand around that bonfire with other people, watching kids get excited about finding a tree, sipping something hot, etc. I love the holiday and family feel of it even though our kids are all grown now.
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Old 11-20-2018, 02:09 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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One of Atlanta's more peculiar Christmas traditions is riding with your kids on the Pink Pig. Four generations of my family have had this dubious privilege.



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Old 11-20-2018, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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Germans really know how to do Christmas! I imagine that the Christmas market in Chicago is great.
Do you know if it will be open on Thanksgiving? I can't seem to find anything about Turkey day on their website. We have a late flight out of O'Hare on Thanksgiving and nothing to do all day. If the market is open we may drive down from Milwaukee early.

UPDATE: It is open on Thanksgiving. Thanks for the reminder. We've talked about going down to the market but we never have time (hockey season).
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Old 11-20-2018, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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Duluth's Bentleyville is a local favorite. It consists of a massive light wonderland with hot chocolate and fires. At night, it makes a beautiful sight from I-35.
We're coming up to Duluth for Bentleyville this year. Any idea when the skating trails will be ready?
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:11 AM
 
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The German Christmas market in Chicago is amazing! We have a nice, small one in Baltimore, and there’s a good one in Philly, but the Chicago one just has this feeling and experience that is just fantastic.
In addition, there is eating in the Walnut Room under the Christmas tree at Macy's ( formerly Marshall Field's ), looking at the windows with a theme on State Street at Macy's, the annual Christmas Parade on Michigan Avenue, skating ( or just looking at the skater's) at Millenium Park, and shopping on the Mag Mile. In the suburbs, there are Christmas walks in the smaller downtowns (Hinsdale has a nice one with horse drawn carriages) that are festive and makes Christmas come alive.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:32 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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In addition, there is eating in the Walnut Room under the Christmas tree at Macy's ( formerly Marshall Field's ), looking at the windows with a theme on State Street at Macy's, the annual Christmas Parade on Michigan Avenue, skating ( or just looking at the skater's) at Millenium Park, and shopping on the Mag Mile. In the suburbs, there are Christmas walks in the smaller downtowns (Hinsdale has a nice one with horse drawn carriages) that are festive and makes Christmas come alive.
I'd be content just wandering Lincoln Park looking at the Christmas lights.
Chicago can throw down Christmas like nobody else...well, maybe NYC and London.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon (in Transition)
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We're coming up to Duluth for Bentleyville this year. Any idea when the skating trails will be ready?
I have no idea and the info is not public. I am guessing the city doesn't want to make promises if the weather doesn't cooperate. It has been cold enough for sure. Let's hope by early December. I drove to Portman's Park near where I live and they haven't even flooded the field yet.
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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I have no idea and the info is not public. I am guessing the city doesn't want to make promises if the weather doesn't cooperate. It has been cold enough for sure. Let's hope by early December. I drove to Portman's Park near where I live and they haven't even flooded the field yet.
Understandable. Hopefully they're ready early this year. It's been soooo cold.
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