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In Cincinnati, heading downtown for shopping, dinner and a show has returned as a high point of the Queen City’s holiday season.
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Every year, my dad spends the weekend after Thanksgiving putting up holiday lights outside my childhood home. It’s always a scene straight out of National...

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In Wisconsin’s quirkiest city, Christmas trees and Festivus poles reside under the same roof, and fried cheese joins charcuterie on appetizer menus. Madison visitors can craft a holiday trip that...
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For handmade gifts, follow the ink-stained letters. Letterpress boutiques signal a rising creative class in these destination shopping neighborhoods.
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Settle your soul at the holidays with a musical break. The range of Chicago shows covers the sounds of the season, whether you’re ready to stand for the “Hallelujah” chorus, join carolers in the Loop...
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It’s cold. The family’s restless. Time for a trip to the museum? Santa might be there, along with a few other festive surprises. We’ve handpicked five experiences...

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The holidays have a way of sneaking into Chicago, slowly but surely filling the streets with twinkling lights and nostalgic music, building the “White Christmas”...

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Brighten the season with a walking or driving tour of Midwest holiday light displays. Things to do at holiday light events can include taking carriage rides, shopping and getting your photo taken...
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Recharge for the holidays’ stretch run with a quiet overnight in Nebraska City, a town that knows plenty about trees’ power to restore the spirit—in any season.
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Bundle up for a 120-mile journey along the Mississippi, where a string of Wisconsin and Minnesota towns promise winter fireworks, eggnog custard pie and a weekend full of other holiday discoveries.

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