The Worlds Top 10 Christmas Festivals


 (Daniel Milchev, Vail Resorts)

The holiday baking, shopping and wrapping can wait. The best way take stress out of the season is to grab those you love most — or at least those you like — and head to a holiday festival. Many are free. Most everyone will be in high spirits. And the best part: theyre held all over the country.

Make it a tradition to head to one of these fun festivals. Some last just a weekend, others the entire holiday season.

Here are 10 great places to get that holiday groove on from coast-to-coast:

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Santas Go Back To School To Learn Tricks Of The Christmas Trade

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN (Reuters) – Randy Schneider has considered himself a professional Santa since 1999 when he found himself at a JCPenney store buying a beard and boots.

Now, Schneider, 66, has a beard of his own.

At the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, some two hundred Santas and Mrs. Clauses came from across the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway to learn wood toy-making, brush up on storytelling skills, drive sleighs, feed reindeer and, most importantly, spread the Christmas spirit.

Cookies are readily available at all times during the three-day training course on becoming Santa.

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