You'll likely find a touch of Middleborough on your holiday dinner table: It's the cranberry capital of the world. The Ocean Spray company, headquartered here, is surrounded by acres of cranberry bogs and still gets much of its crop from area families who have been in the business for generations.
Originally called Santa Fe when it was established in 1854, this southern Indiana town applied to have its own post office two years later. The U.S. Postal Service, however, rejected the application because there was already another Santa Fe, Ind. The final town meeting of the year was held on Christmas Eve that year, which inspired the people to rename their hometown "Santa Claus." And when you really do have the official Santa Claus Post Office, you're bound to feel the Christmas spirit all year long.
Residents of this southeast Portland neighborhood make sure their holiday light displays live up to their street's colorful namesake. A tradition since the 1920s, Peacock Lane's decor definitely has glimmer and glitz, but it also strives to be different, with rotating Christmas trees and lifelike replicas of Santa and Frosty the Snowman. You can safely stroll down Peacock Lane on "pedestrian only" nights, or pick up a ride in a horse-drawn carriage that will deliver you to the neighborhood and back to your car in style.
They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway, but Christmas lights take center stage in the Dyker Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn. Year after year, the competitive New York spirit drives homeowners in Dyker Heights to outdo one another, which makes for a fantastic show for Christmas-decor devotees. Make it a night by trying the "Christmas and Cannoli" bus tour that offers a comprehensive tour of Dyker Heights, as well as a pit stop where you can warm up (and fill up) with hot chocolate and cannolis from a local pastry shop.
Kristen and David Wilson were married on February 9, 2013, on a lovely winter day. Dressed for the season, Kristen paired her gorgeous gown with a bright white sweater and navy scarf. The outdoor setting made a beautiful backdrop for sunny wedding photos.
The town celebrates the holidays with a spectacular ice-carving competition. Each year, both local and international carvers use drills, chisels, hot water and heat guns to create intricate, Christmas-themed ice sculptures, which look especially stunning when illuminated at night.
In Hawaii, Santa doesn't arrive by sleigh -- he much prefers an outrigger canoe, to say nothing of the traditional palaka costume he wears in lieu of red velvet. Each December, he alights on the shore by the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach hotel, where the public can greet his arrival and pose for pictures.
Trees played a very large part in this wintry wedding decor. From gorgeous evergreens throughout the barn to these miniature versions, the entire venue resembled a winter forest. The feathers add a gorgeous soft texture against the natural greenery.