Santa Claus is on his way to Christchurch

The highlight of the Christmas season for some is the Christchurch Santa Parade, this year celebrating its 70th anniversary. More than 130 floats and groups will make their way down Riccarton Rd at 2pm on Sunday. Organisers expect tens of thousands of ... ( read original story ...)

A close encounter with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in Eastpointe

With Christmas Eve less than a month away it’s not likely that Santa Claus and his wife would be attending a holiday party in Macomb County. Or would they? Jerry and Sue Thomas live in Eastpointe but anyone who didn’t know them would think they are the ... ( read original story ...)

Christmas lighting ceremonies in Ottawa this week

Downtown Ottawa will be awash with red and green by the end of this week as the museums and Parliament Hill flip the switch and turn on the annual festive lights. All of the lighting ceremonies are free and open to the public. The ceremony at Lansdowne ... ( read original story ...)

The world's best Christmas markets

(CNN)Christmas shopping doesn't have to mean joylessly battling through department store crowds or trawling the Internet for bargains. These Christmas markets are the places to head for traditional gifts, glasses of glühwein and that unbeatable festive ... ( read original story ...)

Charlottetown celebrating Victorian Christmas

Parts of downtown Charlottetown are closed to traffic Saturday as the city celebrates the 3rd annual Victorian Christmas Weekend. Queen Street between Grafton Street and Richmond Street, and Richmond Street between Pownal Street and Great George Street ... ( read original story ...)

Christmas dinner costs 'rise 14%'

A basket of Christmas food has increased 14% on last year with the cost of many items from non-discount supermarkets rising above inflation. Analysis shows a typical list of 12 items would come to £64.25 to cater for six people. That works out at a cost ... ( read original story ...)

Staged fire shows potential risks of Christmas trees

WORCESTER, Mass. – It only takes a minute for a crispy Christmas tree to touch off a raging inferno. Researchers who set up a mock living room complete with curtains and an armchair — and then hit "record" as a tree-turned-torch engulfed the room in 63 ... ( read original story ...)

Christmas trees: Real or fake?

It's the time of year when Christmas trees go up, becoming the centrepiece of our family festivities. We will adorn their branches with twinkling lights and colourful baubles and place our lovingly wrapped gifts underneath. As such a focal point in our ... ( read original story ...)

The top 10 places to buy a Christmas tree in Toronto

Christmas trees in Toronto are now on sale and are ready to be taken home to make your place feel a lot like Christmas. The city itself already feels pretty festive, what with the the largest tree in Canada now on display in the Eaton Centre, so the time ... ( read original story ...)