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Published: November 2011
Holiday Fun in the South After Thanksgiving  

You did it!

You madeit through the holiday; and if you were really daring, the early morning Black Friday sales and crowds.

So now what?

Now, it’s time to extend that good holiday feeling by having some good holiday fun.

Here’s a quick glance at some, just some of the many happenings on the day (and another day) after Thanksgiving.

1. Scuba Claus is making his appearance at South Carolina Aquarium (Charleston), November 25- December 23. Join him at the Great Ocean Tank at 3 p.m. as he talks about the different sea life that surrounds him. While you are there, don’t forget to take in a screening of The Polar Express 4-D Experience showing at the aquarium’s 4-D Theater. Tickets must be purchased to enjoy the movie.

2. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus on November 25 in downtown Helen, Ga., for the annual Lighting of the Village. The evening kicks off at 4 p.m. with live music entertainment, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by a horse-drawn carriage at 6:15 p.m. More activities, including children’s time with Santa continue until 9 p.m. Also, on November 25 is the start of Christkindlmarkt at the Helen Market Platz, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This German tradition features specialty gift item booths, decorations, food and more. Christkindlmarkt is also scheduled for November 26 – 27 and December 3-4.

3. In Fayetteville, N.C., you can enjoy the 12th annual “A Dickens Holiday,” which starts on Friday, November 25. The event includes merchants, artisans and vendors, and more. You can also enjoy the performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Gilbert Theater. Shows are Thursday – Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $12 per person.

4. Take part in the annual holiday lighting ceremony at Hotel Galvez & Spa in Galveston, Texas. On November 25, the event includes live entertainment and the lighting of the 35-foot Christmas tree on the property’s front lawn.

5. Start your holiday season at the 4th annual Christmas on the River in West Monroe, La. There’s something for the entire family with ice skating, horse carriage rides, live entertainment and much more, including shopping. Don’t miss the Lighting Ceremony on November 26 at 5:30 p.m. Also opening on that day is Santa’s Christmas Village, $5 admission.

6. Head to downtown Lexington, Ky., on November 25 for the 2011 Tree Lighting Festival. Taking place from 3 – 6:30 p.m., the event offers holiday food, music and more. Santa Claus makes an appearance to light the tree.

7. The Victorian Christmas Festival in Canton, Miss., kicks off on November 25. Enjoy such activities as Children’s Carousel and Vintage Car Rides, Merchants’ Open House and more. Times vary, and some may require a small admission fee.

8. Welcome the start of the holidays at Captiva Holiday Village on Captiva Island, Fla. Events this weekend include a tree lighting and fireworks at ‘Tween Waters Inn, 5 – 7 p.m. on November 25, and a children’s holiday reading and tree lighting at South Seas Island Resorts, 5 – 6 p.m. on November 26.

10. Ever wanted to explore where Santa works? Well, at the Alabama Constitution Village in Huntsville, Ala., you can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus’ north Alabama headquarters. Enjoy different activities for all ages and don’t forget to see the reindeers at Santa’s Village. The village is open 5 – 9 p.m., and admission is $20 per family (up to five people) or $5 per individual.

13. Discover the meaning of the holiday in your own way through the performance of Glory Bea! A Shenandoah Christmas Story at Wayside Theatre in Middletown, Va. The story focuses on a family struggling to maintain their Christmas spirit when their father is stranded at a work camp. Performances begin on November 25. Performance times and ticket prices vary.

14. The Snow Princess makes her debut at Titanic Museum Attraction’s 2nd annual Christmas in Winter Wonderland, 6 p.m., November 25-26 (and later dates) in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. As she welcomes in both the holidays and winter, be enchanted as you listen to her fairy tales. Enjoy the decorations of the ship itself and the special snowfall.

photo credit: flickr, Holidays 2011, creative commons by Christopher S. Penn