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Denver is Home to the Original Candy Cane Factory Tour

December 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

It takes some serious time and effort to produce all those Christmas candies, and if you need a timeout from the holiday shopping and stress there’s a place where you can go right to the source. Over in Denver is Hammond’s Candies, and the folks there are still making plenty of stuff the old-fashioned way—including candy canes—and would love to show you around their place.

They have been making goodies and confections since like 1920, so we can only assume they know what they are doing at this point. There’s all kind of stuff to check out, and best of all the factory tours are totally free and open to the public.

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5 Holiday Fun Runs Featuring Santas, Sweaters, and Hot Chocolate

December 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Screw the shopping and holiday responsibilities this weekend, and do something for yourself. Hit the course with these holiday runs, marathons, and 5Ks. Sure there’s a little bit of exercise involved, but since it’s Christmas time they are complete with music, candy canes, and plenty of Santa outfits:

Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk — Carmel, Indiana

Hot chocolate and donuts at the finish line?—sign us up! Take a break from shopping this weekend, and hit the course at the Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk in Carmel, Indiana. Things start at 9am on December 20 at the Monon Community Center, and if you register early enough in advance—score a Santa hat and beard.

Santa and Suds 5K Run/Walk – Clearwater, Florida

Burn off some of those holiday calories, and then put them right back on this weekend. The race begins at 3pm on December 21, and participants are welcome to run, walk, or just stroll along. All finishers will score a free beer at the finish line from Capitol Beer House, so that’s pretty darn wonderful.

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Why the Best Buy 'Geek Squad' is on the Scene at Chicago-O'Hare

December 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

If your electronics and mobile doodads aren’t behaving this holiday season there’s a new way to get things repaired and fix while on the go. Best Buy is sending their Geek Squad unit into the airport, as the brave women and men will be stationed at Chicago-O’Hare for the next few weeks.

When your phone just isn’t keeping up its end of the bargain make your way over to Terminal 3 near the Concourse H food court. There you’ll find the Geek Squad, and that’s where they will be providing tech support for free through December 23.

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Skip 'Chicken or Beef' for These 3 Holiday In-Flight Meals

December 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just because holiday travel has a reputation for frustration doesn't mean that the spirit of the holidays can't be part of the journey once you're in the sky. Airlines know that a little bit of merry can go a long way this time of year, and a few are introducing holiday-themed menus or little festive touches to make long lines and cramped planes a little more bearable.

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The 5 Most Festive Drive-Through Christmas Attractions in the US

December 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

There are Christmas trees, festivals, markets, and even holiday kitsch; however, we’re suckers for some quality time behind the wheel where we can check out some dancing reindeer and a shimmering Santa—all illuminated for the season. Sure it might be a little tacky—or just a little much—but with a hot chocolate in the cup holder it can’t be beat. Here’s five places where we’d gladly shell out some holiday cash in exchange for some lights and a smile:

Symphony of Lights Drive Through – Columbia, Maryland

Offered up by the folks at Johns Hopkins and Howard County General Hospital, this annual event does its thing in and around Symphony Woods. Expect a nice 30-minute drive through all kinds of lighted creations. Organizers promise a “fantasy of color, design and animation,” but we’ll let you judge for yourself. Things run through January 4, and it’ll set you back $20 per car. Just note that it’s cash only, so swing by the ATM before making the journey.

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How to Get Tickets to Three of 2014's Best Christmas Fests

December 9, 2014 at 8:35 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: the huge Christmas tree at Navy Pier

'Tis the season for Christmas Festivals filled with lights, music, hot chocolate, and roasted chestnuts.

Here are three of this year's best holiday festivals and how you can get tickets to each:

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WestJet is Now Boarding the Nonstop to Warm Fuzzies

December 4, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

We don’t easily get choked up watching airline videos on YouTube, but once again WestJet has us reaching for a tissue to wipe away the tears this holiday season. The carrier from Canada is at it again, as this year they brought their own version of a Christmas miracle down to one community in the Dominican Republic.

The airline setup a little kiosk within the Puerto Plata community of Nuevo Renacer, and residents lined up one by one to share their wishes with a Santa on the screen. Well, sure enough Santa was able to grant each and every wish—from a washing machine to a horse.

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Zurich Airport Issues Special Boarding Passes for Airside Holiday Shopping

December 4, 2014 at 8:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

The airport in Zurich, Switzerland is apparently so completely decked out and prepared for the holidays, that they’re eager to show off the decorations to everyone. That includes those who aren’t necessarily flying, as the airport is opening up to the public for holiday shopping.

The Airside Center of the airport is usually only available to those holding tickets for same-day flight; however, this season that’s going to change. Anyone is welcome over two weekends, and the second and final one is coming up on December 13 and 14 between 6am to 10pm—we missed the first one last weekend.

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Oh Hey, So the TSA Does Allow Wrapped Gifts (and Pies) on Planes

December 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (0)


Photo of a pie which successfully passed TSA inspection

Firecrackers? No. Entire roasted turkeys and baked pies? Yes and yes!

The TSA released their 2014 Holiday Travel Tips just ahead of Thanksgiving, but most of the notes best apply to the upcoming rush around Christmas.

For what seems like forever, we've always been told that wrapped gifts are not allowed in luggage because, inevitably, the TSA will have to open them to check their contents. Of course that made no sense considering the use of baggage scanners, but it seemed just one of many outdated security rules still idly enforced.

Cut to the 2014 tips, and the TSA clarifies this issue:

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The Top 5 Kitschiest Christmas Attractions Around the World

December 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Like it or not December has finally arrived, and that means the holiday season is in full swing. Everyone gets in on the Christmas decorations this time of year, but there are a few that take the holiday kitsch to the next level. Here’s five of our picks for putting a smile on your face—or to just shake your head in decoration disgust:

The Most Lights - Canberra, Australia

If lights are what you’re after than this is where you need to be, as one dad just took the whole Clark W. Griswold thing to the next level. The new Guinness World Record title for the largest image made of LED lights now belongs to someone in Australia, as this guy has set up around 1.2 million lights. Obviously things are a little much for the neighborhood, so you’ll need to visit Canberra's CBD to check things out.

The Best Store - Frankenmuth, Michigan

The mother of all Christmas stores does its thing in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and you can bet that they have holiday kitsch down to a science here. If you can’t visit in person there’s a virtual tour online, and they even have quite an online retail presence. So if you just need that 28.25-inch Lighted Plastic Penguin with Scarf—ordering it through their website is a breeze.

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Why is There a Runway Atop This Building in Florida?

December 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

We are declining to comment on speculation about a Santa runway on top of CSX headquarters.

A photo posted by CSX (@officialcsx) on

Have you heard about the airplane atop a New York City skyscraper? It’s not going anywhere, and we’ve already detailed its whole story, but it seems as though that fun addition has inspired another rooftop runway on the other side of the country.

CSX Corporation, the rail-based transportation company based in Jacksonville, Florida, has supposedly painted a stubby runway on their roof. Runway “SC” (as in Santa Claus) is too short for any actual airplanes, but it's just right for a fat man in a red suit and sleigh. There’s even a faux conspiracy website propagating the CSX folklore that Santa actually delivers his gifts with the help of CSX trains.

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16 Kids Toy Stores Located Inside International Airports

November 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season for a little holiday shopping, and if you’re stuck at the airport—or are just on layover—the terminals and concourses might be a great place to cross a few people off the list. From Sydney to Salt Lake City there are toy stores doing their thing at plenty of airports, but just remember to pick up those batteries.

In no particular order here are some toy stores at airports across the globe, and we can’t help but imagine that the perfect gift or goodie is there waiting for you. Let’s just hope it doesn’t cost a lot of frequent flyer miles to find it—good luck:

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