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December in Celebration
A visit to the town of Celebration, in the evening, during December is a definite must. Not only will you see some of the most fantastic Christmas decorations on the houses, but you can enjoy the hourly ‘snowfalls’.
The Americans are known for their love of Christmas lights and decorations and the owners of the properties in Celebration are no exception to this. The best way to appreciate them is to wait until the evening, when it is beginning to get dark and then take a drive round the town. There is a beautiful Christmas tree by the lake, at the end of Market Street and nearby is a Nativity Scene. The main streets with all the shops and restaurants are lovely, but it is when go round the residential streets that you will be amazed and will marvel at what some of the homeowners have done.
Some houses have a fairly modest, but tasteful, display with a wreath on their front door, some white lights round the porch and perhaps a deer on the lawn. The owners of some of the houses, however, must have spent weeks preparing their houses are there are lights everywhere: round every window, hanging from the edge of the roof, all along the veranda, along the hedging round the garden. They don’t stop at lights, some of them have trees, Santas, snowmen, candy canes, polar bears, trains and huge snow globes in front of their houses. The most amazing one that I saw this year was a house and garden which were almost completely covered with lights, and which were choreographed to music that you could only hear if you tuned your car radio onto a particular frequency. Brilliant!
Apart from admiring the beautiful lights, you should go and park near the centre of town to enjoy the ‘snowfall’. Every hour, on the hour, from 6pm to 9pm it ‘snows’ in Market Street. The ‘snow’ falls for 10 minutes, accompanied by Christmas music and songs, which are played over loudspeakers. The snow is actually a fine soapy foam which is blown out of boxes mounted on top of lampposts, and as it gathers on the ground looks just like drifts of snow, which are perfect for children to run about it and slide too.
You can take a trip round the main town on the little train, or have a ride in a horse and carriage and on some evenings you can even meet Santa. It is certainly a magical way to spend an evening.
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Page added on: 27 December 2006
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