Ice Castles opening January 14 in North Woodstock, New Hampshire

Photos by Cheryl Landes Explore sculptures, tunnels, thrones, tunnels, slides, fountains, and other objects handmade from thousands of icicles at Ice Castles. The event is held in four cities in the U.S.: Dillon, Colorado; North Woodstock, New Hampshire; Midway, Utah; and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Ice Castles in Colorado and Utah are open already, and the … Continue reading Ice Castles opening January 14 in North Woodstock, New Hampshire

Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts

The giant globe at the Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts Editor's note: The Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine was cancelled in 2020 due to safety concerns from COVID-19. While it's uncertain yet whether the festival can return this year, I'm posting photos from a … Continue reading Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts

Christmas at the Gillette Castle

Decorations on one of the Christmas trees inside Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes In November and December, volunteers decorate the Gillette Castle inside and out for the holidays. The 24-room mansion overlooking the Connecticut River Valley resembles a medieval-style castle. It's the former home of William Gillette (1853-1937), an actor … Continue reading Christmas at the Gillette Castle

Leavenworth Chamber cancels Bavarian Ice Fest, but Village of Lights shines on

A view of the town square from a previous Village of Lights in Leavenworth, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) The Bavarian Ice Fest and fireworks in January is a favorite after-holiday celebration in the beautiful town of Leavenworth, in Central Washington. Sadly, the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce cancelled the 2021 event because of safety concerns … Continue reading Leavenworth Chamber cancels Bavarian Ice Fest, but Village of Lights shines on

2021 Portland Winter Light Festival changes format due to COVID-19

An art installation at a previous Portland Winter Light Festival in Portland, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) The Portland Winter Light Festival will look different this year because of safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of concentrating light sculptures in four areas as in years past, the festival will feature pop-up displays throughout Portland, … Continue reading 2021 Portland Winter Light Festival changes format due to COVID-19

La Salette Christmas Celebration of Lights tells a powerful story

The National Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette decorated for the holidays in Attleboro, Massachusetts Photos by Cheryl Landes For more than 65 years, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, Massachusetts, has delighted visitors with its Christmas Celebration of Lights. Displays with more than 400,000 lights are spread across 10 … Continue reading La Salette Christmas Celebration of Lights tells a powerful story

Armchair photo tours: Thanksgiving at the Plimouth Plantation

The entrance to the Wampanoag village at the Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts Photos by Cheryl Landes The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Every year, the Plimouth Plantation recreates the experience, which attracts visitors from around the world. The dinner reservation includes a two-day admission to the plantation. We arrived early … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Thanksgiving at the Plimouth Plantation

Stream the New Year’s Eve celebration at Grand Park in Los Angeles

The fountain at Grand Park in Los Angeles (photo credit: NYELA at Grand Park) Los Angeles rang in 2021 last night with a festive celebration, minus a live audience, at Grand Park in Los Angeles. The one-hour, forty-five-minute show called "NYELA" features music from popular local artists, comments from Los Angeles County residents, and a … Continue reading Stream the New Year’s Eve celebration at Grand Park in Los Angeles