We know that you’re busy spending time with your family this Christmas Eve. But what to do the day after Christmas? We’ve got five of the South’s most buzzworthy to-dos this week just for you.
1. Richmond’s holiday decorations. We’ve always known that the Old Dominion goes all out when celebrating the holidays. At the Hilton Garden Inn in Richmond, you can see one of the grandest displays of holiday spirit in Virginia. The Miller & Rhoads Charity Christmas Tree Contest features more than 50 unique tress decorated by local nonprofits, one of which will be named the winner in January.
2. Oysters in Charleston. Christmas came early last week when James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef (and the man behind favorite FIG) Mike Lata opened the doors to The Ordinary (pictured left). With 25-foot ceilings and white oak floors and rooted in Charleston’s “merroir” (the idea of terrior at sea), the eatery features fresh catch from local oystermen and crabbers. We say skip the fruitcake and head to The Ordinary.
3. D.C.-area museum opening. The recently opened National Children’s Museum at National Harbor might be the perfect winter break escape for families in the District. With interactive exhibits and plenty of space to play, the museum hosts fun events such a meet-and-greet with Cookie Monster. Next week, the museum will throw a Noon Year’s Eve event with crafts, parades, and theater performances.
4. Fun in Orlando. There’s always tons of fun to be found in Orlando such as LEGOLAND Florida’s Countdown to Kid’s New Year’s Eve. Each evening Wednesday through Monday, you’ll see fireworks that burst into millions of LEGO bricks thanks to 3-D glasses. Or head downtown for the 32nd annual Orlando Citrus Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. to see marching bands and floats made from fruit.
5. College bowl game festivities. Even if you don’t have tickets to the game, check out the fun (and sometimes free!) events before the games. In Charlotte on Thursday, the free Belk Bowl FanFest will have food, face-painting, and a performance by Lady Antebellum. If you’re in Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl on Friday, head to the Fan Zone for live music, interactive games, and inflatables. Finally, fans can enjoy a free Fan Fest in Shreveport on Friday featuring local food and entertainment.