The holidays are a time for family, community and fun. It’s a time of year when giving back is customary, whether its donating time and/or money. For those moving to a new town or neighborhood, getting involved in a holiday fair is a great way to learn about the town and meet new people.People celebrate Christmas and all the other December holidays in different ways. But no matter how you do it, grab your winter hat and gloves; grab the kids or a group of friends and head out and experience all the region has to offer.
From house tours to ice skating, New England is chock full of winter delights. Check out a few here, courtesy of DiscoverNewEngland.org:
Through January 1, 2013 – Newport, Rhode Island
Tour the great mansions of Newport – The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House – as they are all decked out for the Christmas season. The mansions will offer dinner and holiday music.
Through December 31 – Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Boston, Massachusetts
Each night an LED light and sound production fills the marketplace with sounds and scenes of the holiday season, starting at 4 p.m. and running every half an hour through 10 p.m.
Through December 31 – Lincoln, New Hampshire
A train ride through the White Mountains, Santa’s elves hand out hot chocolate and cookies, and Santa himself visits each family.
Through December 31 – Hildene: The Lincoln Family Home – Manchester, Vermont
The summer home of President Abraham Lincoln’s eldest son is open to show visitors what a Victorian Christmas was all about.
If you’re looking to give back this year, there are many worthy charities awaiting your donation of time and/or money. A few include:
William Raveis Breast Cancer Research Fund – In its 8th year, the fund provides support to cancer patients in their journey through treatment.
Kids In Crisis – This Connecticut-based charity provides free help to children, teens and parents of all socio-economic levels dealing with any type of crisis.
Housing Assistance Corporation on Cape Cod – This organization educates, trains and counsels; weatherizes and conducts energy rehabs for low-income and market-rate properties; develops affordable housing; helps people become homeowners; provides emergency shelter and homelessness prevention assistance.
American Red Cross of Greater New York – The tri-state area is, in many parts, still reeling from the tragic effects of Hurricane Sandy this fall. There are still neighborhoods destroyed and in need of services that the Red Cross can provide.