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France braces for annual travel 'Black Saturday'

Paris - France is bracing for its annual Black Saturday, when millions of people return from their July holidays and millions of others take to the roads, rails and skies for their August break.

Top 6 things your Jewish friends are doing on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, your city streets may not be as deserted as you think. For us Jews, Christmas is the time when we celebrate a different kind of holiday, one often involving movies, Chinese food and downtown strolling.

Review: Dumb but sometimes amusing ‘Rock & Roll Christmas’ opens in T.O. Special

Toronto - “Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale” sounds like an absurd parody TV special from “The Simpsons” or “SCTV”. In fact, it kept reminding me of the old “KISS Saves Santa” bit from “Family Guy.” In 2015, life imitates silly art.

How to host a fun, professional, responsible office holiday party

Everyone loves a holiday party…except the people who organize them. Having to deal with different tastes and lifestyles while trying to be fun and responsible can make the holiday party a fierce creature.

Op-Ed: New product echoes the history of Polynesian art and tattoos Special

Mililani - Riding on the wave of success of her "Maui By Design" hand painted Hawaiian 'Nei Hua' ornaments, owner Andrea Butter this year has launched an entirely new product line of Polynesian inspired leather wallets, called NĀ KOA, meaning "the courageous."

From SF With Love: Third generation is now taking the leadership of Dickens Fair Special

San Francisco - The annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair starts early this year, ahead of 'Black Friday.' The fair's opening day is Nov. 21.

6 holiday shopping trends to watch for this year

The holiday shopping season has arrived and as shoppers stroll the stores aisles and peruse the e-commerce space they will notice some new and not-so-surprising trends marketers have implemented.

1 in 3 British holidaygoers prefers home comforts to culture

Over a third of British holiday-goers would rather be surrounded by home comforts than experience the local culture of overseas destinations, suggests a recent survey.

Hawaii tourism authority reveals record numbers

When you think about Hawaii your mind shifts to warm beaches, beautiful weather, ancient volcanoes, and unique culture. It’s the combination of these things that keeps tourists returning each year.

35% of UK parents can’t afford summer holidays

The high price of holidays between July and August means that a summer break is out of budget for over 35 percent of British parents, new research suggests.

Keeping safe over the holidays Special

Toronto - The excitement and activities of holiday season creates a timely opportunity to review safety strategies, like the buddy system, with parents and children. Two Canadian organizations have combined efforts to offer some timely advice.

Holiday lights revealed by NASA

The NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, has allowed NASA to identify how patterns in nighttime light intensity change during major holiday seasons.

Lighting up London for Christmas Special

There is something magical about lights and trees during the holiday season. Digital Journal paid a visit to London to explore some of the sights and the best bits are captured in this photo essay.

Op-Ed: ‘Tis the season to go green — How to recycle old holiday cards

Every year we receive dozens of holiday cards from family and friends. What can we do with them after the holidays are over?

Mayor de Blasio and wife open Gracie Mansion for Halloween party

New York City - Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, decided to join in the Halloween fun this year by inviting all, via twitter, to Gracie Mansion for Halloween delights on Oct 28.

UK tourism sector third in customer satisfaction index

The tourism sector in the UK is outperforming other industries in terms of customer satisfaction and experience, according to the latest UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI).

Despite Middle East turmoil Turkey is still a tourist destination

The terror treat from the Middle East may be expected to have had a negative impact on tourism in the area but reports from tourist boards show this isn't true for neighbouring Turkey as 42 million are expected to visit the country by the end of the year.

Holiday trading not just a religious issue in NSW

Tensions are building in NSW over the issue of shopping on public holidays which some argue should be observed with the closure of businesses.

NBC's next live musical event will be 'Peter Pan,' cast TBA

After the ratings success of "The Sound of Music," the execs at NBC have decided that the network's next live musical event will be "Peter Pan."

Op-Ed: I resolve not to make New Year's resolutions

We make them. We break them. Maybe some of us even fake them. They are New Year's resolutions. And yes, it is that time of year again.

Sugar and alcohol during the holidays Special

If there is one thing I love about the holidays, it is all the sweets laid out on bright colored trays and dishes. And if there is one thing I despise at the holidays, it is that tempting desire to try every last one.

TopFinds: Bringing holiday cheer to seniors, saving dolphins

Find out how volunteers are helping spread the Christmas joy to low-income seniors. A viral video shows a woman being attacked by a cat after kicking snow in the animal's face. We investigate how to save dolphins in Japan. Welcome to TopFinds.

Holiday health tips

The holiday season is a time of merriment. However, there are a number of health issues that are more prevalent or where the risks can be higher this time of year. Some of the key issues are outlined below.

Photo Essay: Candy Cane Lane Special

Edmonton - Candy Cane Lane is an annual Christmas tradition in Edmonton. Every year people come to the west end neighbourhood of Crestwood to see the lights and decorations.

Home Theatre for the Holidays Special

A well designed family room with a home entertainment system will add value to your home, your lifestyle and décor. Simply put, great solutions can be designed and you don’t need to live beyond your means.

Op-Ed: Being Jewish at Christmas

It isn't the "most wonderful time of the year" for some of us. For the many who don't celebrate Christmas, it's just like any other time of the year.

Uber makes special Christmas offer: We'll bring the tree to you

The makers of the trendy smartphone app Uber are spreading holiday cheer. While the app is usually used to hire a car for transporting a person, the Uber team rolled out a limited time offer that brought Christmas trees right to the customer's door.

Op-Ed: 'Tis the season to be kind. Thoughts on true meaning of Christmas

It happened: That moment where the timing of today's date (Dec. 1) caught me completely off guard. It's December and like so many who can relate, I'm already feeling the time crunch, with Christmas only a few weeks away.

Op-Ed: Selecting the perfect celebratory beverage Special

Guerneville - If you are planning for the New Year and other holiday season parties, you do not have to import your Champagne from France.

Bad Santa! Man working as mall Santa arrested for pinching elf

Hanover - A 62-year-old man who was working at a Massachusetts mall was arrested after allegedly pinching the rear end of an 18-year-old woman who was working as an elf.
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The Argosy ship  which takes passengers on a Christmas themed cruise around Lake Washington and acro...
The Argosy ship, which takes passengers on a Christmas themed cruise around Lake Washington and across Lake Washington to Seattle.
A Christmas tree of lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
A Christmas tree of lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
A speedboat is decked in holiday lights.
A speedboat is decked in holiday lights.
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
A lights display in the shape of what appears to be a dragon or sea monster.  It was also puffing st...
A lights display in the shape of what appears to be a dragon or sea monster. It was also puffing steam.
Two afternoon tea settings will be provided  one at 12 Noon the other at 3 PM for Dec. 4  2013.
Two afternoon tea settings will be provided, one at 12 Noon the other at 3 PM for Dec. 4, 2013.
by Faith Echtermeyer, courtesy of SF Museum and Historical Society
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season
Another boat with holiday lights sits by the dock.
Another boat with holiday lights sits by the dock.
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
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Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season
Those in attendance at the 84th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Golden Gate Park on Dec. 5 ...
Those in attendance at the 84th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Golden Gate Park on Dec. 5, 2013 were treated to a machine-made flurry of snow.
courtesy of SF Rec. and Parks Dept.
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season

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