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December is a stressful month but the reward for this season of finding just the right gift, attending a gaggle of holiday events and welcoming your expected (and unexpected) friends and family to town is making merry at festive holiday events that put magic into the season.
One of the Queen City’s favorite small town burbs offers tons of holiday events in a friendly, quaint setting that will delight everyone on your list. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city and discover the charm of popular Belmont with historical homes, vintage street lamps, brick sidewalks and charm galore.
Light it up
What: Holidays at the Garden: A Mile of Million Lights, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
When: November 23 – January 6
Time: 5-9 p.m. evenings *Closed Christmas Day
Why it should top your holiday list: Holidays at the Garden is one of the most anticipated (and brightest) events of the year! Every member of the family from the smallest elf to grumpy grinch, will be delighted with festive light displays, fire and ice in the perennial gardens, huge lanterns and more wonders to get you in the spirit.
Bundle up and explore nearly 400 acres of a winter wonderland come to life with a towering orchid tree, model train displays, visits from Santa, live music and more. Kids will be entertained (and tired) after a night of following the Children’s Discovery Trail of activities. Be the true hero of the holidays with hot chocolate (or beer or wine), roasted marshmallows and treats from a food truck.
Work up a sweat
What: Santa Hustle 5K, Half Marathon, One-mile Rudolph Run
When: December 22
Time: Half Marathon Start: 8:00 a.m.; 5K Start: 8:15 a.m.; Kids Dash Start: TBD
Why it should top your holiday list: Who couldn’t use a fun family workout to combat visions of candy canes, hearty casseroles, sweets and libations? Don your Santa hat, beard or other holiday-inspired costumes and work up a jolly sweat running through downtown Belmont. Your effort will be heartily rewarded with candy, cookies and holiday music at the finish.
If you are in it for the run swag (and who isn’t) you’ll light up with joy with your new Santa hat and beard, finisher medal and new performance hoodie! Keep the kids energy at bay with the one-mile fun run and become part of this not to be missed holiday tradition.
Take in a holiday parade
What: Belmont Christmas Parade
When: December 4
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Why it should top your holiday list: Grab a cup of hot chocolate and celebrate the Christmas season in style when a grand parade featuring all your favorite characters marches through historic downtown Belmont. Start the most festive month of the season off right and say hi to Santa (you know he’s watching you).
Celebrate with the Festival of Trees
What: Festival of Trees
When: December 1 – 30
Time: All season
Why it should top your holiday list: The holidays are all about awe and wonder and coming together. Nothing shows this spirit off better than the Festival of Trees in historic downtown Belmont. Each tree was specially designed and decorated by businesses and nonprofits in the Belmont community. Light up your holiday evenings with the true meaning of Christmas and trees galore.
Shop and eat local
What: Christmas Village in Belmont
When: December 15
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Why it should top your holiday list: Support local businesses and fill your belly with excellent food and drink at Belmont’s best restaurants at this huge December event. In between whittling down your gift list with one of a kind finds, enjoy the spirited activities along the way like caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides along Main Street, hay rides, s’mores stations, hot chocolate and cider, live music, train rides and holiday characters. The event is free and getting bigger and better each year.
Fantastic events? Check. Opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family? Check. Time to experience the wonder of the holidays in a small town atmosphere? Check. You can find it all in Belmont this season.
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