Disneyland Resort Celebrates the Holidays with New Fun and Entertainment

Holiday Festivities includes the New Festival of Holidays, the Nighttime Spectacular ‘World of Color – Season of Light’ and the Debut of Princess Elena of Avalor

Festival of Holidays Invites Guests to Enjoy Heartwarming Festivities from Many Cultures with Music, Dance, Food and More

“World of Color—Season of Light’ Creates a Sparkling Winter Fantasy with Classic Holiday Songs and Treasured Disney Animation

It’s the season for celebrations as Holidays at the Disneyland Resort launches Nov. 10, inviting family and friends to make magical memories together. The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney‘s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme.

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HOLIDAYS AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – The Disneyland Resort is a magical place for creating holiday memories with family and friends. Holidays at the Disneyland Resort will run from Nov. 10, 2016, through Jan 8, 2017, with the new Festival of Holidays and new “World of Color—Season of Light,” plus guest favorites “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Glistening Christmas trees and seasonal decor adorn the entire Disneyland Resort, and “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade is performed daily. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort) (PRNewsFoto/Disneyland Resort)

This year, guests will have even more to celebrate as they discover the new Festival of Holidays, with music, dance, food and heartwarming holiday festivities inspired by cultural traditions from around the world.

Also new for the season is the holiday-themedWorld of Color—Season of Light,” a nighttime water spectacular that will inspire guests with cherished holiday music and treasured Disney animation. This fourth all-new production ofWorld of Color” creates a sparkling winter fantasy with magical storytelling, brilliant lights, lasers and high-definition projectors, along with fountains that shoot as high as 200 feet to create the giant screens of water. Princess Elena of Avalor also makes her debut at the Disneyland Resort during Festival of Holidays, performing in a colorful cavalcade.

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is a time many guests celebrate as an annual tradition, visiting the parks for Disney-themed treats, snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., the glistening décor and holiday entertainment. This year, guests will find Santa Claus in a fun, new location at Disney California Adventure Park, at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, and guests at Disneyland Park will enjoy the one-of-a-kind transformations that create “it’s a small world” Holiday, Jingle Cruise and Haunted Mansion Holiday (inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.). Now celebrating its 20th holiday season, “it’s a small world” Holiday has added some “Hidden 20s” for guests to discover on their voyage.

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  • The new Festival of Holidays celebrates holiday festivities of diverse cultures with music, dance and craft-making, plus food at the Festive Foods Marketplace. The daily lineup of entertainment includes nearly 50 performances of nine unique shows, with special Disney characters, street parties, cavalcades, musical ensembles and dance performances. The celebrations include Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas/Navidad and Three Kings Day. Guests can look for performances of traditional Indian dance that builds to a Bollywood party, a Klezmer band with a new global sound, the Mariachi Divas and an a cappella vocal group that puts an R&B spin on holiday songs.
  • Princess Elena, the first Disney Princess inspired by diverse Latin American cultures, will make her Disneyland Resort debut as part of the Festival of Holidays. She will perform a song in Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival,” and she will appear at a character greeting location. Guests will recognize this brave and adventurous teenager from the Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor.
  • The popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad! also returns as part of the fun at Festival of Holidays, with a wonderful finale to celebrate Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes). The special festivities for Three Kings Day will run Jan. 5-8, 2017, including music and storytelling in Paradise Garden. Treats for this holiday will include traditional Rosca de Reyes bread.
  • World of Color – Season of Lightbrings the warmth and heartfelt spirit of the holidays to this stunning, nighttime water spectacular, with its 1,200 powerful fountains shooting water as high as 200 feet to help tell the story. The show’s musical soundtrack features some well-known musical artists performing popular holiday tunes, including “Let it Snow” by Dean Martin and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Michael Buble and Idina Menzel. With classic holiday music, humor and memorable moments from Disney animated films, this becomes an ideal way for guests to conclude their holiday visit.
  • Jolly old St. Nick arrives at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail for Santa’s Holiday Visit. His joyful elves have transformed the trail into a magical playground of holiday fun and games, including opportunities for guests to join the ranks of Santa’s elves.
  • The residents of Cars Land decorate for the holidays, beginning with a whimsical “snowcar” that greets guests on the road to Radiator Springs. Each address along Route 66–from Flo’s V-8 Café to Luigi’s Casa della Tires–features holiday décor that reflects the personality of the “Cars” character who lives there.
  • a bug’s landtransforms for the holidays, too, as Flik and his bug friends deck their land with oversized lights and ornaments.
  • A dazzling, 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle, drawing guests into the holiday magic along Buena Vista Street. The tree and surrounding buildings, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s, create scenes of another era with vintage-style decor.

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Celebrate The Holiday Season At The New-York Historical Society With the Annual Classic Toys And Trains Extravaganza

Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection On View Through February 26, 2017

Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection returns to the New-York Historical Society this holiday season to delight and inspire children of all ages. On view now through February 26, 2017, this vibrant and sweeping display of spectacular antique toy trains, toys, and scenic elements celebrates the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era. Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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A 360‐degree mountainous landscape showcases toy trains, miniature figures, and model buildings evoking the 1890s. The Jerni Collection, New‐York Historical Society

Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection is curated by Mike Thornton, associate curator of material culture at the New-York Historical Society. The display was designed by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (LHSA+DP), an integrated architecture and exhibit design firm that also designed New-York Historical’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum. Other consultants for Holiday Express include T W TrainWorx, a nationally recognized model train specialist and designer of custom toy train layouts; and exhibition media producers Batwin + Robin, renowned “media storytellers” with more than 20 years of experience in the theater, museums, and other venues.

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A crawl‐through space leading to a popup semisphere allows children to get an up‐close‐and‐personal view of the display, suggesting an early 20th century toy department. The Jerni Collection, New‐York Historical Society

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R. Bliss Co. U.S. Cruiser, 1906. The Jerni Collection, New‐York Historical Society

Holiday Express unfolds over a broad swath of New-York Historical’s first floor, featuring 300 pieces from the Jerni Collection that transform the space into a magical wonderland. Theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape,” and other visual effects immerse visitors in an enchanting holiday experience. The exhibition begins at the West 77th Street entrance, where trains appear to roar through the Museum with the help of four large-scale multimedia screens. A 360-degree mountainous landscape, on view in the Judith and Howard Berkowitz Sculpture Court, showcases toy trains, miniature figures, and model buildings evoking the 1890s. Continue reading

Holiday 2016 Travel: Las Alamandas Resort Offers A Luxurious Beachfront Christmas & New Year’s Escape

Las Alamandas, regarded as one of the most private and spectacular beachfront hideaways, is now offering elite travelers a Christmas and New Year’s escape like no other. So if you’re suffering from election fatigue, or are undecided about a Christmas and New Year’s getaway, book now before the rooms are gone.

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Las Alamandas Resort 

With only 17 luxurious suites nestled along the Mexican Pacific Coast amidst a 1,500-acre ecological reserve with pristine beaches, exotic trees, tropical flowers, birds, and lagoons, enhanced by the temperate Mexican climate, Las Alamandas is truly a luxury legacy unsurpassed in the Americas and the perfect getaway for seekers of beauty and privacy. No crowds, just sun-kissed beaches sprawling as far as the eye can see along the warm Pacific surf.

Guests enjoy leisure time together and an abundance of outdoor activities including tropical birdwatching, private biking, hiking and riding trails, swimming, tennis, ping pong, lawn games, and of course plenty of beach fun. For your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations enjoy al-fresco dining, joyful decorations, and festivities typical of the warm and colorful Mexican culture and tradition. With personalized attention to meet each guest’s individual desire, Las Alamandas offers a unique experience for the holidays.

Celebrate with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, holiday events and parties, DJ music and festive family fun all set within a haven of exotic gardens and 5 miles of coastland with 4 golden sand beaches to call your own. Welcome the New Year with margaritas and mariachis!

Delight in an authentic farm-to-table experience with the finest ingredients and organic produce from the Las Alamandas orchards. Freshly caught seafood is served to order and with an in-house bakery, discover delicious desserts prepared fresh daily.

Las Alamandas is a luxurious boutique hotel in Costalegre, the pristine Pacific coast of Mexico. Situated within a luxurious private estate, it is located 1.45 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta International Airport, which is served by most major airlines and 1.30 minutes north of Manzanillo International Airport. Las Alamandas also has a private landing strip suitable for prop planes and air charter is available from both airports. Transfers by car are also available and can be organized directly with the hotel.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity for the Holiday of your lifetime. Visit Las Alamandas @ www.alamandas.com

The Ultimate Opulence of Fragrance: Christian Louboutin Launches Three Perfume Oils

I wanted to evoke the mystery and opulence of perfume, to renew the way precious oils were treasured in the past and to celebrate a woman and her desires.” – Christian Louboutin

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Christian Louboutin Perfume Oil: Trouble in Heaven

Launching this month, Christian Louboutin’s new collection of perfume oils (the latest additions to the Christian Louboutin Beauté beauty collection) are a new and highly luxurious way to experience his three signature women’s fragrances: Bikini Questa Sera, Tornade Blonde and Trouble in Heaven. These perfume oils caress the skin; they are the most indulgent and sensuous way for a woman to apply fragrance and to delight in her femininity. Each of these Christian Louboutin fragrances has its own unique personality, but what unites them is Louboutin’s idea behind their construction. Intimate and compelling, Bikini Questa Sera takes the heat into the night. A trail of golden light, Tornade Blonde is the scent of desire. Intoxicating and mysterious, Trouble in Heaven is the scent of provocation.christian-louboutin-logo

Formed in 2012, Christian Louboutin Beauté (CLB) is a global joint venture between French luxury accessories brand Christian Louboutin S.A. and Batallure Beauty, and is headquartered in New York City.

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Christian Louboutin Perfume Oil: Bikini Questa Sera (Bottle Shot)

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Christian Louboutin Perfume Oil: Tornade Blonde (Bottle Shot)

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Christian Louboutin Perfume Oil: Trouble in Heaven (Bottle Shot)

The designer is instrumental in the development of every product, infusing his distinctive sense of creative wit, style, passion, and innovation into each creation. In August 2014, Nail color launched as the most natural entry category for CLB, the original inspiration for the iconic red soles having come from a stroke of red nail color in 1992.

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Christian Louboutin Perfume Oil:  Bikini Questa Sera

One year later, the brand launched a collection of 38 jewelery-inspired Lip Colors offering three different finishes; Silky Satin, Matte Velvet, and Sheer Voile alongside five lip definers to suit all lip tones and in June 2016, Loubilaque, a high-shine and high-pigment lip lacquer was introduced. September 2016 saw the launch of an entirely new facet of the Christian Louboutin vision of beauty with parfum created for women in three unique scents: Bikini Questa Sera, Tornade Blonde and Trouble in Heaven.

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Christian Louboutin Perfume Oil: Tornade Blonde

The alchemy of precious oil touching the skin produces a scent that is utterly personal to the woman wearing it. The perfume oil is an exceptional elixir containing the highest concentration of fragrance oil and no added water or alcohol, which means it provides a more intimate experience than a conventional form of fragrance. The olfactive construction as the parfum, which is what Christian calls the “ping.” The first burst of scent, like the striking of a piano key, is followed by a beautiful resonance of scent as the note echoes its sound. “There is one present moment,” says Louboutin, “and then there is the trace, le sillage, I think of it as its memory. Continue reading

Macy’s Kicks Off Ninth Annual Believe Campaign, Benefiting Long-Standing Charity Partner, Make-A-Wish®

This Season, Macy’s And Make-A-Wish Celebrate $100 Million Raised Over 13 Yearsmacyslogo-1

Macy’s Ninth Annual Believe Campaign launches this past week with the return of its cherished letter writing program to benefit Make-A-Wish. From the beginning of November through Dec. 24, customers can visit their local Macy’s store to drop their letters to Santa into the big red letterboxes or send online at macys.com/believe.

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Macy’s and Make-A-Wish® team up for the ninth annual Believe campaign, featuring the iconic letter writing program; visit macys.com/believe for more. (Photo: Business Wire)

Nearly 120 years ago, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Editor Francis P. Church penned the heartwarming response that famously began, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist …” which became one of the most celebrated newspaper editorials in history. Inspired by the true story of Virginia, the Believe Campaign encourages acts of kindness and goodwill during the holidays, celebrating the season of giving through the time-honored tradition of letter writing.

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Macy’s “Believe” Campaign logo

For each letter collected in-store and online, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish, the national organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. In addition to letter writing, this year’s campaign will bring back the beloved National Believe Day on December 9.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.

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Virginia and Macy’s Letterbox

This is an incredibly important milestone for any organization, and we are proud to be celebrating it with Make-A-Wish as part of this year’s Believe campaign,” said Holly Thomas, group vice president of Cause Marketing for Macy’s. “Our program has touched the lives of our customers, employees, and most importantly, the lives of wish kids and their families across the country. We hope to provide even more support to Make-A-Wish this holiday season through our letter writing campaign, so they can continue their mission and meet the growing need of wishes across the country.”

The season also marks a major milestone, as Macy’s will celebrate $100 million in total giving to Make-A-Wish since 2003, with nearly $13 million donated through the Believe campaign. That represents nearly three wishes granted every day for the past 13 years, and more than 2.4 million people impacted in total by wishes that Macy’s has helped to grant, including wish kids and their families, volunteers, community groups, nurses, doctors and more. Continue reading