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The 5 Most Christmassy Christmas Events the World Over

Santa-hats off to the event producers responsible for these huge holiday productions, which draw annual audiences in droves.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular, New York

With all that seasonal weather, ice-skating, window shopping and tree-lighting, New York is the epicenter of the American urban Christmas. It’s also home to the Radio City Music Hall and the world-famous Rockettes. Every holiday season, the Rockettes high-kick their way through dozens of seasonal dance numbers, drawing annual audiences of over 2 million. In terms of event planning, the Spectacular involves more work than your typical stage show: the beloved Radio City Music Hall is traditionally decorated from roof-to-foundation with eye-popping holiday cheer.

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Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls, Canada

For visual wow-factor, the Canadian Winter Festival of Lights takes it home. From mid-November to mid-January, 1.5 million visitors walking or driving the show route enjoy hundreds of stand-alone Christmas light displays, backed by the year-round lights that are projected onto the thundering mists of Niagara Falls after dark.

Hyde Park Winder Wonderland, UK

The annual Winter Wonderland is a 6-week fair of fun and shopping complete with frozen ice-sculpture forests, a Snow Queen, amusement park rides, ice bars, Christmas Markets, and duh, Santa’s Village. This event gets our thumbs-up for their stress on sustainability: “Winter Wonderland will provide suitable facilities for visitors, traders and operators to recycle their waste and all site waste will be sorted off site to divide out recyclable and non-recyclable materials. Cooking oil will be recycled as bio-fuel. Power, lighting and water usage is kept to a minimum by careful planning.”

Cologne Christmas Market, Germany

The 4-week Cologne Christmas Market is actually seven distinct markets that spring up seasonally in the German city of Cologne, with the Cathedral-side market being the main attraction. Seeing 2 million visitors annually, the Cologne Christmas Market is one of the largest in the world. The wares are uber-Christmas as well, with vendors offering snow globes, music boxes, nutcrackers and bratwurst.

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Grand Opening of the Christmas Season in Rovaneimi, Finland

For those of you who’ve been living in a hole, Rovaniemi in Finland’s Lapland, is where the real Santa calls home. Though the location is undeniably Christmassy year-round, at the end of November the big man officially opens the season with a public address. Visitors can see the Northern Lights, hang out with reindeer, or stay in a snow hotel.

Image Sources: Niagara Falls lights picture Copyright CAA Festival of Lights, Santa giving opening address copyright Visit Rovaniemi

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Throwback Thursday: 5 Vintage Stage Designs & Sketches from the Good Ol’ Days

Stage design has come a long way in the last century. We dug through some cool online libraries and put together a collection of vintage sketches photographs showing stage setups and backdrops from the last few hundred years or so. Read more…

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Better Conference Badges: Best Practices for Usability

There’s a lot of chit-chat about website usability online today – “usability” essentially meaning “best practices for smooth usage by the largest number of people”. But websites and applications aren’t the only places the principles of usability are important. We stumbled across a super interesting post by Mike Davidson, head of design at Twitter, discussing some of his thoughts on the usability of conference name badge design. Mike isn’t alone in this assessment – the Wall Street Journal published a 2013 article about “badge snobs” – conference name tag aficionados that sneer at “Microsoft Word-produced name badges”. This sent us down a rabbit hole of nametag “best practice” articles, and we’ve collected some expert opinions on which little details matter when you’re designing badges for your next conference. Read more…

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Good Trade Show Giveaways: Empathic Trade Show Shwag that Sells

‘Tis the season for giving, but on the trade show circuit, ’tis the season all year ’round. Trade Show participants are expected to load visitors down with fun shwag, but it’s all too easy to waste money handing out items that won’t further your business objectives. We tend to find that the best goodies that demonstrate a level of empathy, either empathy specifically for booth visitors or empathy in general. Read more…

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Best Event Registration Software: An Interview with Asaf Darash, CEO of Regpack

It’s not an uncommon complaint in the event management industry that you never get everything you want out of your event registration software – it seems like you’re always heavily compromising somewhere. But there’s an up-and-coming event registration system looking to change that by taking an innovative, research-driven approach to the technology. We sat down with Asaf Darash, CEO at Regpack and an all-around smart dude, to talk about how his software is changing the face of event registration. Read more…

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