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I-5 RoadTrip – Seattle Space Needle Lights Up The Sky New Years Eve

The Space Needle will celebrate the arrival of 2017 with its 32nd annual fireworks spectacular – T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle. This year’s pyrotechnics display has been extended to ten minutes making it the largest show the Space Needle has ever produced. For the fourth year in a row, hometown partner T-Mobile, America’s Un-carrier, is the exclusive sponsor of the West Coast’s premier New Year’s Eve celebration.

The Space Needle will be illuminated in T-Mobile’s distinctive magenta brand color on Dec. 30-Dec. 31 as a precursor to the New Year’s Eve festivities.

Pyro Spectaculars, global fireworks experts for over 100 years, will design and coordinate the ten minute display. Pyrotechnics will illuminate the entire Space Needle from top to bottom. Gala New Year’s Eve parties are being held on the Observation Deck and at the SkyCity restaurant and have already sold out.

More than 20,000 people are expected to gather on the Seattle Center campus to watch the T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle show. The entire Seattle Center campus will be one big party with thousands of free giveaways from T-Mobile as all the revelers watch the amazing pyrotechnic effects being fired from 87 different locations on the iconic landmark. An estimated 400,000 will view the show from surrounding neighborhoods, along with another half-million tuning-in from home.


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Celebrate Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Tis the season for thrilling roller coasters, millions of dazzling LED lights, and kisses under the mistletoe as Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest regional theme park company, kicks off its annual holiday spectacular, Holiday in the Park.

Holiday in the Park is a treasured holiday tradition featuring intricately-themed lighting displays, holiday entertainment and an expansive selection of specialty food offerings guaranteed to make the season merry and bright for every member of the family.

Signature Holiday in the Park offerings guests of all ages can enjoy, include:

  • A myriad of activities families can experience together including cookie-decorating, ornament-making, and face-painting;
  • Millions upon millions of dazzling lights, choreographed lighting packages and beautifully decorated holiday-themed sections throughout the parks;
  • Towering Christmas trees all lit up and decked out for the holidays;
  • Wood-burning fire pits, perfect for making s’mores and keeping warm and toasty during nighttime visits;
  • A wide assortment of seasonal menu items including flavored coffee and hot chocolate, peppermint and mocha fudge, festive funnel cakes, hot soups and chili served in homemade bread bowls and holiday platters of sliced turkey and chicken;
  • Holiday photo locations featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, antique sleighs, giant candy canes and life-size nutcrackers;
  • Live entertainment with strolling carolers, choirs and elaborate stage productions;
  • Retail locations brimming with great stocking stuffers like holiday candles, plush toys, scarves and unique ornaments; and
  • Expanded hours of operation means more time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season and create thrilling family memories.

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‘Tis The Season for a Holiday RoadTrip to Monterey County

With winter quickly approaching, are you dreaming of a bright Christmas with sunshine, mild weather and postcard-worthy scenery? Leave the snow shovels at home and escape with your family this holiday season to Monterey County. From traditional tree lightings to yuletide carols to a twinkling boat parade, the destination boasts celebrations and festivities for residents and visitors alike, creating unforgettable holiday moments.

“The holidays are such a special time in Monterey County as communities put up incredible light displays and plan creative events to celebrate the season,” says Tammy Blount, President and CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Bring your children, loved ones and even your four-legged friends and join us in making holiday memories that will last a lifetime.”

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES

Monterey kicks the season off on Friday, November 25th, with Christmas carolers, Santa’s reindeer and the 22nd Annual Cannery Row Holiday Tree Lighting. The entire family is invited to join Santa on Steinbeck Plaza. The quaint City of Pacific Grove flips the switch on Monday, November 28th, with an old-fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa’s Christmas Party.

HISTORICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Monterey County is rich in history stretching back to 1850. Folks can take a step back in time and visit bed and breakfast inns dressed in Victorian-era splendor at Christmas at the Inns in Pacific Grove. The innkeepers open the doors for two evenings – November 29th and 30th – offering live music and tasty treats. Stroll through Historic Downtown Monterey for Christmas in the Adobes on December 9th and 10th.

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PARADES AND LIGHTS

Strike up the band for the Holiday Parade of Lights in Salinas. Marching bands, floats, classic cars and more travel through Oldtown Salinas to the National Steinbeck Center for this lighted event on Sunday, November 27th. Santa and Mrs. Claus travel all the way from the North Pole to celebrate the 15th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights on Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove. The parade will be held on the first of December and includes local marching bands, floats and equestrian groups.

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GINGERBREAD HOUSES FOR A CAUSE

Icing, candy canes and swirly twirly gum drops! My Museum’s Gingerbread Extravaganza Weekend is sure to be a sweet treat and raises funds for the museum. The extravaganza kicks off on Thursday, December 1st with adults getting in on the fun by decorating their own gingerbread houses followed by the kid-friendly gingerbread house event on Sunday.

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…

With a festive spirit in the air, Santa arrives a little early in Carmel Valley. Instead of a sleigh and reindeer, Kris Kringle and the Mrs. make a grand entrance by helicopter and are greeted by excitement and joy. The 58th Annual Carmel Valley Santa’s Fly-In is happening on Saturday, December 10th, at Carmel Valley Airfield. You can also catch Santa as he joins the Snowman and Snow Queen at the 23rd Annual Stillwell’s Fun in the Park event in Pacific Grove, featuring complimentary rides, bounce houses and a petting zoo.

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From holiday traditions to unique events, unwrap the secrets of the season and family fun in Monterey County! Hotel properties and restaurants throughout the destination are also offering special holiday deals and meals. For a list of events and specials, please visit SeeMonterey.com. From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!


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Knott’s Berry Farm Expands With New Rides, Attractions for 2017

There’s farm fresh fun for everyone coming to Knott’s Berry Farm in 2017 with a brand new thrill ride, an extended Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, the exciting return of Ghost Town Alive! next summer, and the expansion of Knott’s Soak City Waterpark.

Sol Spin will bring brand new hair-raising thrills to the Fiesta Village area of Knott’s Berry Farm next season. The new ride will send brave guests on a thrilling topsy-turvy adventure over 6 stories high as they rotate in all directions on one of six spinning arms. Sol Spin will be the newest addition to the theme park’s world-class line up of more than 40 rides and attractions when it opens in spring 2017.

But that’s not all! Knott’s Berry Farm is also expanding the park’s Seasons of Fun. For the first time ever, the mouthwatering Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, exclusively dedicated to celebrating Knott’s delicious roots, will be expanded to 23 days. Celebrate the historic berry with countless one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus limited-time live entertainment the whole family will love!

Also, coming to Knott’s Berry Farm next summer, is the all new Boardwalk Barbecue restaurant located in the Boardwalk area of the park near Xcelerator. This new fast-casual dining location will offer various BBQ favorites including smoked pork ribs, tri-tip and rotisserie chicken along with a selection of sandwiches and side dishes. Boardwalk Barbecue will also be featuring a selection of local and well known craft beers. The restaurant will include a new covered seating area with a stage for live entertainment. The location will replace the existing Boardwalk Barbecue restaurant. Construction is set to begin this year.

Next year’s new enhancements also include an extensive expansion, renovations and new additions in store for Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, which were announced earlier this summer. Orange County’s largest water park will debut two water slide towers offering exhilarating attractions geared for families and thrill seekers. Shore Break will tower over seven stories and offer six different thrilling water slide experiences. Four of the slides on the tower will feature an Aqua-Launch chamber which will innovatively launch guests as the floor under their feet drops them into an almost vertical free fall through a series of flat loops and S-curves in a translucent flume. Shore Break will also feature dueling tube slides that will zip riders through an enchanting series of drops and turns. The height requirements for Shore Break slides are 48 inches. The Wedge slide tower will take the location of the current Pacific Spin and will be an open air family raft ride. Up to six guests at a time will descend down navigating twists and turns and unexpected drops.. Knott’s Berry Farm expansion project will also include updated shaded seating areas, cabanas and a remodeled Longboards’ Grill. Guests will be able to experience both water slide towers when Knott’s Soak City Waterpark opens for the summer season in May 2017.

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Top Hot Spots in Downtown Redding, California

Surrounded by mountains, hiking and biking trails, and national parks, and born out of the historic Gold Rush era, Redding is the epicenter of an outdoor paradise for young and old alike. This slice of paradise set at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley also has a vibrant and friendly downtown center.

“Redding, the hub city of Shasta Cascade, is centrally located in the heart of Northern California’s great outdoors, but what many visitors find surprising is our exciting downtown,” explains Kallie Markle, Communications Coordinator at Visit Redding. “Redding is the largest California city north of Sacramento, so visitors enjoy a food scene featuring new and historic restaurants, wine bars, breweries, exceptional entertainment venues, cozy hotels and unique shops.”

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Downtown Hot Spots for Dining and Imbibing
In Redding, visitors are invited to dine like they mean it. Jack’s, a local hot spot for over 75 years, takes you back in time to enjoy a delicious meal of classic big steaks and perfect martinis. If you are looking for something more on trend, The Dip is one of the newest kids on the downtown Redding blog. Craft cocktails and an impressive craft beer bar are paired with live music, trivia, BINGO, and other fun nightly events. The Squire Room, a reinvention of a Redding classic, is a tasteful throwback to the 1960s, complete with red velvet and JFK photos on the walls. Visitors will enjoy tons of personality, without all the kitsch, and of course: great drinks. Wildcard Brewing Co.’s Tied House is a favorite craft brewery in downtown Redding. It’s BYOM – “bring your own meal” – and the kids can play board games while you enjoy a flight of beer, in the airy, laid back space.

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Downtown Night Life and Entertainment Hot Spots
Home to the Redding City Ballet and the North State Symphony, Redding has always been the cultural hub of far northern California. The Cascade Theatre is a historic Art Deco landmark that was beautifully restored as a performing arts venue. The year-round calendar hosts ballet, symphony, and live theater, as well as humorists, chart-toppers, and everything in-between. Downtown Redding is also home to Vintage Wine Bar, presenting live, touring entertainment on a regular basis. Redding’s newest nightlife hot spot is 1724 Downtown Bar & Grille located just across the street from the Cascade Theatre, making it a great option for pre- or post-show drinks. It features a super cool ice bar, cozy booths, and a fun atmosphere.

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To discover all that Redding has to offer and additional information about the many things to do in Redding and Shasta Cascade, visit www.visitredding.com


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San Diego’s Seaworld Unveils Major New Attractions for 2017

SeaWorld has just announced an extensive list of first of it’s kind new rides, shows and events for it’s San Diego park for 2017.

The announcement includes a new Ocean Explorer section with five new family-friendly rides, a new Orca Encounter, Electric Ocean after-dark extravaganza  and numerous major entertainment options. Here are a few of the details:

Ocean Explorer: SeaWorld San Diego will unveil Ocean Explorer, a new 3-acre realm combining multiple aquariums, exciting rides and digital technologies. The area is designed to engage park guests in an experience centered on exploration and adventure, inspiring them to protect the wonders of our oceans.

In the signature attraction for the realm, called Submarine Quest, guests will be adventurers on a global expedition of scientific exploration, travelling aboard submarines to see Ocean Explorer’s remarkable undersea animals. Embarking on these mini submarines, visitors will become researchers on a mission to collect data and learn how they can help protect animals. This three-minute experience will include an onboard digital navigation dashboard, as well as a few other surprises along the journey, enhancing the riders’ understanding of our fragile ocean ecosystem.

The heart and destination of Ocean Explorer will be a series of undersea research bases housing specially-designed aquariums and interactive displays that showcase unique and elusive ocean animals like giant octopuses and dozens of moray eels, as well as huge spider crabs and spiny king crabs. Both crab species will be new to SeaWorld San Diego.

The Ocean Explorer realm will feature five new family-friendly rides in total, including an exhilarating wave swing ride where guests will fly through thousands of real bubbles in chairs suspended from the tentacles of a giant jellyfish.

New Orca Encounter: SeaWorld San Diego will introduce new, inspiring, educational orca encounters, rather than theatrical shows, as part of its ongoing commitment to education, marine science research, and rescue of marine animals. These live documentaries will focus on orca enrichment, exercise, and overall health. This change will start in its San Diego park next year.

Electric Ocean: Electric Ocean will debut next summer at SeaWorld San Diego as a brand new, end-of-day spectacle event. As the sun goes down, the lights and energy go up, offering guests a different kind of fun after dark. The ocean comes to life with bioluminescent lighting, music and pathway entertainment, immersing guests in a glowing sea of wonder.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer & Friends: Beloved Christmas character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends, including Clarice, Bumble, the Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius, and Rudolph themed attractions will be returning for the 2017 season, with additional Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer-themed experiences for families to enjoy the Christmas spirit even more.

2017 Events: Seven Seas Food Festival, a popular music and food event at SeaWorld in San Diego is returning for 2017. Other park events include: Lunar New Year and Wild Days.


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Race Your Friends Down The New Mt. Baldy Zip Lines

Planning your next road Trip? MT. BALDY SKI LIFTS Inc. has opened a new Zip Line Ride. It is located in MT. Baldy, CA, only one hour from downtown Los Angeles. After obtaining a permit from The US Forest Service to operate a new Zip Line attraction, MT. Baldy is excited for this unique experience. The experience begins at an alpine elevation of 6400ft at the top of MT. Baldy Rd. at the MT. Baldy Ski Lifts where initial check-in will begin. From there, guests proceed to the Sugar Pine Chair Lift where they will take a 15 minute chairlift ride to the top of San Antonio Canyon filled with large pine trees and beautiful views of steep mountain sides with the sounds of chirping birds to round out this mountain experience.

When guests arrive at the top, they will find the Top of the Notch restaurant and check in for the Desert View Zip Race Lines. Redemption of the zip experience begins with getting geared up and receiving initial safety instructions. After gearing up, guests will make the short trek (approximately 300 yards) to the top of the Desert View Zip Race Lines approximately 8000ft above sea level consisting of 4 side by side 650ft zip lines that they will race their companions across the Gulch below.

After zipping, there are many options to further enhance the day before taking the ride down the Sugar Pine Chair Lift. Grab a bite to eat at the Top of the Notch, a round of disc golf or a short or long hike. MT. Baldy hosts many hiking trails for all levels of hikers.

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BBQ, Live Music and Stand-Up Comedy All at the Long Beach BBQ Festival

The BBQ chefs from around the country gather to grill their award-winning ribs, chicken, sausage, pulled pork and other succulent delicacies. Award-winning pit masters will battle local barbecue gurus to see whose ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket are the most irresistible, and trust us, the competition will be intense.

The event is a KCBS BBQ sanctioned event and also qualifies for the CBBBQ (TOY).

Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Tri-Tip, Pulled Pork, Chicken, Sausages and more…this is a competition within a competition.

Taste and experience firsthand what makes barbecue so popular in the USA — all while enjoying live music, dancing, line dancing lessons, cantinas, live sports tent, artisan exhibitions, free e-Souvenir Photo, international food court, children’s stage featuring an Animal Variety Show and Petting Zoo, Bounces, Games, Stand Up Comedy as seen on HBO, Comedy Central and more.

With stops across the country, the 2016 Great American Cookout will make its only stop in California right here at the Long Beach BBQ Festival. BBQ experts and GAC tour hosts, Mike and Christine Peters, will share grilling tips and free samples with event attendees, so this is one cookout not to be missed!

Friday night features free line dancing lessons where you can learn all the top dances from an expert.

It’s time to grab the family, put on loose clothes, come with an empty stomach and head to the Long Beach BBQ Festival, right here in Southern California.

The event also features and VIP All You Can Eat Rib Village – that is right. Indulge your cravings of BBQ meats and treats at the VIP Rib Village. You can easily spend $100 a la carte sampling the award winning participating BBQ cooking teams irresistible pork ribs and then add alcoholic drinks, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, chicken, pulled pork, sides, desserts and guaranteed seating – it is a great deal.

The VIP Rib Village is sponsored by Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que who will be whipping up their tasty Creamy Coleslaw, Potato Salad and Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding Fresh bananas folded in with creamy banana flavored pudding topped with vanilla wafers and sweet whipped cream. Also, will be giving out free samples of pulled pork in the general area as well.

Long Beach BBQ Festival is to be held on August 19-21, 2016. On August 20th the KCBS BBQ Competition will be held.

  • Friday, August 19th at 5PM – 10:00PM
  • Saturday, August 20th at 12NOON – 10:00PM
  • Sunday, August 21st at 12NOON – 10:00PM

The event is located at the Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, CA.

400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802


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Museum of Flight Opens Spectacular New Aviation Pavilion

The Museum of Flight previewed its new, 3-acre Aviation Pavilion. The 9-story high roofed outdoor gallery doubles the Museum’s exhibit space with the biggest expansion in its 51-year history, establishing a new Seattle landmark and one of the world’s grand displays of historic aircraft. The Pavilion exhibit focuses on the dramatic development of large aircraft and commercial airliners from the 1930s to the present, and includes planes that cannot be seen anywhere else. The Pavilion opens daily June 25, with extended summer hours to 8 p.m. It also offers a café and children’s play area with a mini airport terminal under the wings of the first 747 Jumbo Jet.

Learn more about the Pavilion Grand Opening Weekend – July 25 and 26!

The Aviation Pavilion
The Museum of Flight’s Aviation Pavilion is a covered, outside gallery with 15 rare and unique commercial and military airplanes. The Pavilion also offers the first-ever exhibit about the business of air freight, the FedEx Air Cargo exhibit, housed within a 34 ft. fuselage section of a former FedEx Boeing 727 freighter. The Museum’s Boeing 747 prototype, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and Concorde will be open to the public daily in the Pavilion.

The Pavilion Collection
For the first time, the Museum’s unrivaled collection of large commercial aircraft can be seen in one place. The airliner exhibit today includes the world’s only presentation of the first Boeing 737 and 747 jets, the extremely rare Douglas DC-2 airliner from the 1930s, the only Concorde on the West Coast, and the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The military line-up includes three big bombers—World War Two’s B-17F Flying Fortress and B-29 Superfortress, and the Cold War’s B-47 Stratojet; plus jet fighters spanning the wars from Korea to the Persian Gulf. The Museum’s rare, flyable 1932 Boeing 247, Boeing 727 prototype, and the first jet Air Force One will be moved from the Museum’s Airpark to the Pavilion in the fall.

Founded in 1965, the independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today’s 787 Dreamliner.


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