Friday Find: Historic Holiday Happenings!

This week we thought it would be fun to share our findings of how other historic districts celebrate the holidays!

Oxnard, CA
Henry T Oxnard Historic District, located in downtown Oxnard, CA dates back to 1898. In 1992 the district was handed down the annual Christmas tradition called “Candy Cane Lane” from the neighboring County, Ventura. Today the historic district comes alive with holiday lights and décor placed up by its residents. They have renamed the original tradition to Christmas Tree Lane” and is has grown to attract up to 40,000 visitors over a 2-3 week period.

Folsom, CA
Folsom Historic District is located in the heart of Folsom, CA. Similar to the island this historic district will also be hosting one its holiday traditions this weekend. The district’s well known Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is held this evening at 6PM. The ceremony includes lighting a tree located in the historic ice skating rink, music, performances, a visit by Santa and more!

Hattiesburg, MI
The Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Hattiesburg, MI and listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). This year the two will celebrate the it’s 38th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas. The tradition features carriage rides, luminaries, carolers, open house tours, music and more!

Charleston, SC
Founded in 1670 the oldest city in South Carolina hosts a vast array of holiday events. No matter one’s age or interest there will be something to entertain all. Events include the Annual Festival of Lights, holiday pub crawl, holiday dinners, walking tours, photos with Santa, “Scuba Santa” an opportunity to see Santa swimming in the SC Aquarium, plays, religious performances/ceremonies, and even an opportunities to enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus!

Old City Colorado, Colorado
A small settlement El Dorado officially became known as Old City Colorado in 1859. Today they host holiday events from November 28 through Christmas Eve. The festive happenings include: carols, a twentieth century holiday tour, carriage rides and an even a Christmas stroll such as Nantucket’s!

Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard
The “other” island Martha’s Vineyard is home to historic Edgartown. The town celebrates the holidays during a weekend long event “Christmas in Edgartown”. Starting December 12 – 14 the town hosts events: The Annual Great Chowder Contest, pictures with Santa, the Lighting of the Lighthouse at the Harbor View Hotel, the Christmas parade, holiday sales and themed events.

This weekend Nantucket will celebrate the annual Christmas Stroll. You can view a listing of this weekend’s events and happenings on the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce web site. Nantucket really gets into the festive spirit! Do you remember what happened in 2010?