Merry Christmas From Around the South

December 25, 2012 | By | Comments (0)

From our Southern Living family to yours, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Catch a glimpse of how Southerners are celebrating the holiday, everywhere from Louisiana to Kentucky.

New Orleans, Louisiana

roosevelt lobby l Merry Christmas From Around the SouthJust about everyone in town takes at least one lingering walk along the marble floors of the swank, block-long lobby of The Roosevelt Hotel (504/648-1200). This hotel, refurbished since Hurricane Katrina with a $145 million renovation, hosts a fantastic annual display of trees and twinkling white lights. See more –>

Sewanee, Tennessee

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For half a century, Southerners of all faiths have traveled to the The University of the South’s All Saints’ Chapel for an evening of scripture readings and traditional carols at the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. The two-hour candlelight service is based on one first sung at King’s College in Cambridge, England, in 1918—fitting for a church as steeped in history as All Saints’. See more –>

Theodore, Alabama

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Bellingrath’s annual Magic Christmas in Lights is a walkable art form. Holiday flowers, including various types of poinsettias, dot the grounds. The comfortable temperatures of South Alabama allow for this unusual floral treat. See more –>

Washington, DC

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Longtime Washingtonians consider A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre a long-standing tradition. No matter how many times you’ve seen it, you’ll cheer aloud when Scrooge abandons his miserly ways, causing Tiny Tim to declare: “God bless us, every one.” See more –>

Kansas City, Missouri

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The Mayor’s Tree, a magnificent Douglas fir standing taller than the one on the White House lawn, captures the magic of Christmas in Kansas City. At the end of each year, the tree is recycled into 3,000 ornaments that are sold to support The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, which for more than 100 years has helped provide a beautiful holiday for Kansas City families in need. See more –>

Johnson City, Texas

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Right on the Hill Country Christmas Lighting Trail, Johnson City and Pedernales Electric cloak themselves in more than a million bulbs for high-wattage holiday whimsy. Carriage rides through the park add to the fun. See more –>

Savannah, Georgia

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Recapture the joy of the holidays with a visit to one of many historic houses of worship in Savannah. You’ll be welcomed with open arms. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist offers the city’s most stunning display of Christmas decorations. But don’t expect to experience the full effect before Christmas Eve. They start the actual celebration of Christmas at Midnight Mass and go for 12 days. See more –>

Orlando, Florida

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ICE! at Gaylord Palms is Florida’s favorite frigid Christmas tradition. The attraction is carved by a team of 40 artisans from Harbin, China who hand-sculpt ice slides, ice-carved versions of Old Man Winter, an Arctic forest, and a life-size nativity. See more –>

Louisville, Kentucky

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Make your own ornament at Louisville Glassworks. Choose colors, learn the technique of glassblowing from an artisan, and watch molten glass morph into a treasure. Plan to circle back a day later to pick up your finished heirloom. See more –>

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