Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Inexpensive Christmas Activities

While buying presents can be expensive, there are lots of activities we do at Christmas time that are low or no cost. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Christmas parades. Starting with the first Saturday in December, several municipalities in our area host elaborate Christmas parades with floats, horse drawn carriages and marching bands. Many of the parades take place in the business district of the municipality in order to create customer traffic for the shops. Admission is free and there is never an obligation to make a purchase.

  • Outdoor light displays. Within driving distance, several homes do elaborate Christmas light displays. In addition, businesses sponsor a light display at a local park which charges a nominal admission fee per car. Other commercial light displays, e.g. amusement park, are much more expensive.

  • Miniature train displays. A local business has been producing a Christmas train display for over 50 years. Admission is free.

  • Santa visits and other activities. Several business in our are hosting Santa visits and other Christmas activities for free. Of course, the intent is to attract customers to their stores. However, there is no obligation to make a purchase.
  • This year, we will miss the Christmas parades due other commitments. However, we will continue the tradition of viewing outdoor light displays and vi sting the miniature train display. In addition, we will try some of the more elaborate Christmas activities being held by local businesses this year.

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