The holidays are the only time of the year when it's appropriate to point at a dead plant and expect a kiss. Get in the holiday spirit with this Groupon.
$15 for a Family Weekend Pass ($29.99 Value)
The family weekend pass grants one family (up to two adults and up to two children) admission to the three-day event. The event will run Friday, December 6, from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gaylord National Resort. Santa will be sitting for pictures every day.
Harbor Holiday Festival
Wandering through a holiday village (but shielded from the cold), guests of the Harbor Holiday Festival can get a serious head-start on their gift-giving lists. More than 150 speciality boutiques beckon with handmade artwork, gourmet treats, pottery, furniture, and seasonal decor–but that's not the only reason to pay the festival a visit. Guests meander from booth to booth, digging in to the wares of the tasting theater, stopping by bars and tasting stations for snacks, beer, wine, and bourbon, and settling in front of a big screen to catch some football or a climactic game of 'name that commercial.' Kids can try their tiny, tiny hands at an arts and crafts station, or can tote mom and dad along for a visit to Santa. Attendees can also add a spot of generosity to their holiday cheer: a portion of the proceeds benefit the Spirit of Hope Childrens Foundation, which works to support and promote education for people of all ages living with physical or mental disabilities.
Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival
On Saturday, August 16, mugs will fill with unlimited tastes of beers by New Belgium Brewing Company, Goose Island, and an array of other breweries at the Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival. For an additional fee, attendees can indulge in an all-you-care-to-taste menu that includes succulent Old Bay–seasoned crab, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and potato chips. A variety of other snacks will be available for purchase à la carte, and event staff dish out free watermelon slices throughout the day.
In the midst of all the dining and drinking, local and regional bands such as Laissez Foure and Junkyard Saints will entertain crowds with soulful tunes. In response to crowds at previous festivals, organizers have split the event into two sessions, allowing more room to breathe or perform gymnastics floor routines of gratitude.