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World’s Largest Drive-Through Animated Light Show Debuts in Georgia

World of Illumination people pop up through car roof in a snowflake light tunnel
1/4/2021 UPDATE: Extended through January 24 with all new music as a brand new experience for 2021. World of Illumination, the world’s largest drive-through animated light show, is breaking ground this week on its brand-new Atlanta-area holiday theme park called Candy Rush. Located at Six...

Dollywood [2020 Update]

Covid-Era Official Notice, June 3, 2020: Dollywood Parks and Resorts start reopening beginning with Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa on June 10. Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park open June 15 and 16 for season pass guests only. Both parks open to...

In Season: Nights of a Thousand Candles

Brookgreen Gardens NOTC - Austin Bond
The season sparkles during Nights of a Thousand Candles. By Hope S. Philbrick Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina—one of the Hammock Coast’s most stunning attractions—is a beauty in every season (yes, even the pouring rain). But it shines most spectacularly during the winter holiday...

Speedway Lights

7th annual seasonal display near Charlotte, North Carolina By Bill Bauer In Concord, North Carolina, the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s race calendar officially ends in late October. But shortly after the dirt stops flying and the blacktop cools down, the city “Where Racing Lives” cranks it up...

In Season: Belmont & McAdenville

Christmas lights
Christmas lights galore!  By Hope S. Philbrick If there’s one drawback to being a grownup it’s that it’s too easy to get caught up in all the must-dos that build up this time of year that you forget to have a jolly good time. An overnight escape...

In Season: Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville KY
Holiday cheer in and around Louisville, Kentucky. By Renée S. Gordon Louisville was named after Louis XVI of France whose aid was crucial to the U.S. during the American Revolution. Ironically, he was deposed and beheaded during the French Revolution with one of the primary causes...

In Season: Asheville, North Carolina

Holiday happenings in a charming Southern city with a grownup vibe. By Hope S. Philbrick December is a festive time to visit Asheville, North Carolina, whether it’s your first visit or one of too many to count. “There are so many places to enjoy Christmas here!” says...

In Season: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Lancaster PA
Holiday Happenings By Renée S. Gordon Lancaster, much to many people’s surprise, is both a county (founded in 1729) and a city (established a few years later). The county is comprised of more than 60 towns and villages with colorful names, distinguished histories, one-of-a-kind attractions and...

In Season: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Holiday Headquarters in Christmas City USA: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania By Renée S. Gordon Each year throngs of people travel thousands of miles to spend the holidays in Bethlehem, Israel but you may be surprised to learn that there is another, exciting Bethlehem right here in the United...