Upcoming Festival Weekend: January 4-7, 2024

It’s 2024 and there are seven new states to find festivals for this year!

Happy 2024, Festival Fans!

I hope your holidays were great and that the New Year started strong.

This year, as I’ve discussed in the last few posts, there are new state festival guides added to the website! Texas was finally complete last week with over 2000 festivals and New Jersey is being worked on now (with over 1200 festivals so far).

It’s a lot of work, but it’s also been fun!

Here are all the guides currently available:

Alabama | Arkansas | Delaware | Florida | Georgia
Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kentucky | Louisiana
Maryland | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri
New Jersey | New York | North Carolina | Pennsylvania
South Carolina | Tennessee | Texas | Virginia
Washington, DC | West Virginia | Wisconsin

This weekend, many of the festivals are made up of Holiday Light Shows (the final week for most), but there are also Cultural and Food in Florida, Renaissance Festivals in Florida and Texas, Wine and Whisky Festivals in Texas, and Winter Festivals in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

You’ll see some of those festivals mentioned in my suggestions by state:

Alabama
Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration VIII (Birmingham)
Arkansas
No festivals this weekend.
Delaware
No festivals this weekend.
Florida
Fiesta de Pueblo (Greenacres), Brevard Renaissance Fair I (Melbourne)
Georgia
IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival VII (Atlanta)
Illinois
Frosty Fest (Gurnee)
Indiana
Fire and Ice Festival (Goshen)

Iowa
No festivals this weekend.
Kentucky
Patti’s Festival of Lights X (Grand Rivers)
Louisiana
No festivals this weekend.
Maryland
Lumino City Festival VII (Gaithersburg)
Michigan
SISU Ski Fest (Ironwood)
Minnesota
Ice Fest (Breezy Point)
Mississippi
No festivals this weekend.

Missouri
Eagle Ice Fest (West Alton)
New Jersey
Let It Glow: A Holiday Lantern Spectacular VI (Paramus)
New York
Wegman’s Lights on the Lake VIII (Liverpool)
North Carolina
Speedway Christmas VIII (Charlotte)
Pennsylvania
Fire and Frost Fun at Peddler’s Village I (Lahaska/New Hope)
South Carolina
No festivals this weekend.
Tennessee
Asian Lantern Festival at the Chattanooga Zoo VIII (Chattanooga)

Texas
Faire of Champions I (Palestine)
Virginia
Bright Nights on the Bluffwalk VII (Lynchburg)
Washington, DC
No festivals this weekend.
West Virginia
Oglebay’s Winter Festival of Lights IX (Wheeling)
Wisconsin
New Berlin Winterfest (New Berlin)

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For some states, things will be picking up very soon.

But if you do find yourself in a state that doesn’t have many winter festivals – and you’re a subscriber who gets email notifications every week – you can always write to me to put your subscription on hold until late April/early May. I realize it can be frustrating to hear about festivals when they’re not happening around you, so I’m happy to let you take a break until things pick up. Just let me know.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

And, if you happen to be in Ohio this weekend, check this weekend’s post at OhioFestivals.net to see what’s going on. You can find this week’s post at https://ohiofestivals.net/ohio-weekend-010724/

Until next week…

Love, Peace and Festival Grease!

Upcoming Festival Weekend: January 4-7, 2024

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MAP of festival and fair food cities this weekend.

If you can’t see the map on your smartphone, click HERE.

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My Experiences of this Weekend’s Festivals

No festival reviews this week.

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ALABAMA

1/1-1/3 (Closed 1/1) – Magic Christmas in Lights VII – Theodore
1/3-1/7 – Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration VIII – Birmingham

ARKANSAS

No festivals this weekend.

DELAWARE

No festivals this weekend.

FLORIDA

1/1-1/6 – Dazzling Nights Orlando VII – Orlando
1/1-1/6 – Pinecrest Gardens Night of Lights V – Pinecrest
1/1-1/7 – Santa’s Enchanted Forest XI – Hialeah
1/1-1/7 – Night Garden VIII – Coral Gables
1/4-1/7 – The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens Asian Lantern Festival VIII – Sanford
1/4-1/7 – ZOOLights VII – Jacksonville
1/5-1/7 – Florida Keys Celtic Festival – Marathon Key
1/5-1/7 – Fort Myers Seafood and Music Festival – Fort Myers
Weekend continues below…

1/5-1/7 – Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival and Music Fest I – Tampa
1/6 – Riverwalk Stone Crab and Seafood Festival – Fort Lauderdale
1/6 – Pensacola Mardi Gras 12th Night Celebration – Pensacola
1/6 – Fiesta de Pueblo – Greenacres
1/6-1/7 – Sarasota Fine Art Show I – Sarasota
1/6-1/7 – Brevard Renaissance Fair I – Melbourne

GEORGIA

1/1-1/7 – Garden Lights, Holiday Nights VIII – Atlanta
1/1-1/7 – Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland: Marietta VIII – Marietta
1/1-1/7 – IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival VII – Atlanta
1/1-1/7 (Closed 1/4, 1/5) – Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular VII – Buford

ILLINOIS

1/1-1/6 – Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum VII – Lisle
1/1-1/7 – Lightscape at the Chicago Botanical Garden IX – Glencoe
1/1-1/7 – ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo VIII – Chicago
1/6 – Frosty Fest – Gurnee
1/6 – Alton Eagle Ice Festival – Alton

INDIANA

1/1-1/6 – Festival of Trees IX – Indianapolis
1/5 – Fire and Ice Festival – Goshen

IOWA

No festivals this weekend.

KENTUCKY

1/1-1/2 – Christmas at Panther Creek VII – Owensboro
1/1-1/7 – Patti’s Festival of Lights X – Grand Rivers

LOUISIANA

No festivals this weekend.

MARYLAND/WASHINGTON, DC

1/1-1/7 (Closed 1/2) – Lumino City Festival VII – Gaithersburg

MICHIGAN

1/1-1/7 (Closed 1/1) – Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo VIII – Royal Oak
1/1-1/7 – Nite Lights VIII – Brooklyn
1/1-1/6 – LIGHTS at Fernwood VII – Niles
1/5-1/7 – Detroit Fire and Ice Festival – Detroit
1/5-1/7 – St. Clair Shores Tunnel of Lights VI – St. Clair Shores
1/6 – SISU Ski Fest – Ironwood

MINNESOTA

1/5-1/6 – Ice Fest – Breezy Point

MISSISSIPPI

No festivals this weekend.

MISSOURI

1/6 – Eagle Ice Fest – West Alton

NEW JERSEY

1/4-1/7 – Let It Glow: A Holiday Lantern Spectacular VI – Paramus

NEW YORK

1/1-1/7 – Wegman’s Lights on the Lake VIII – Liverpool

NORTH CAROLINA

1/1-1/7 – NC Chinese Lantern Festival VIII – Cary
1/1-1/7 – Speedway Christmas VIII – Charlotte

OHIO

Ohio Festivals can be found at ohiofestivals.net/ohio-festivals/

PENNSYLVANIA

1/1-1/2 – Christmas in the Park VII – Grove City
1/1-1/7 – Holiday Lights on the Lake VIII – Altoona
1/1-1/7 – Christmas Light-Up VIII – Clinton
1/1-1/7 – A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens VIII – Kennett Square
1/1-1/8 – Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm VIII – Yardley
1/5-1/6 – Fire and Frost Fun at Peddler’s Village I – Lahaska/New Hope

SOUTH CAROLINA

No festivals this weekend.

TENNESSEE

1/1-1/2 – Christmas on the Cumberland VIII – Clarksville
1/1-1/4 – Zoolumination: Chinese Festival of Lights XII – Nashville
1/1-1/6 – Pinnacle Speedway in Lights VIII – Bristol
1/1-1/6 – Zoo Lights at Memphis Zoo VII – Memphis
1/1-1/7 – Holiday Lights at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens VIII – Nashville
Weekend continues below…

1/1-1/7 – Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland VII – Johnson City
1/1-1/7 – Shadrack’s Christmas Adventure VII – Sevierville
1/1-1/7 (Closed 1/1) – Zoolumination: Chinese Festival of Lights VIII – Nashville
1/1-1/7 – Lights Over Gatlinburg VIII – Gatlinburg
1/1-1/7 – Skyland Ranch Festival of Lights X – Sevierville
1/3-1/7 – Asian Lantern Festival at the Chattanooga Zoo VIII – Chattanooga

TEXAS

1/5-1/6 – Gospel Music Festival – Rockport
1/6 – Kyle Wino Fest – Kyle
1/6 – Southeast Texas Whiskey Festival – Beaumont
1/6-1/7 – Faire of Champions I – Palestine
1/7 – New Braunfels Wino Fest – New Braunfels

VIRGINIA

1/1-1/7 – Bull Run Festival of Lights IX – Centreville
1/1-1/7 – GardenFest of Lights VII – Richmond
1/1-1/7 – Bright Nights on the Bluffwalk VII – Lynchburg
1/1-1/7 – (Closed 1/2,1/3,1/4) Busch Gardens Christmas Town IX – Williamsburg
1/1-1/7 – Meadowlark Gardens Winter Walk of Lights IX – Vienna
1/5-1/6 – Winter Wander VIII – Charlottesville
1/5-1/7 – Winter Lantern Festival VII – Tysons

WEST VIRGINIA

1/1-1/6 – Bluefield Holiday of Lights VII – Bluefield
1/1-1/7 – Oglebay’s Winter Festival of Lights IX – Wheeling

WISCONSIN

1/1 – Chippewa Falls Christmas Village VII – Chippewa Falls
1/6 – New Berlin Winterfest – New Berlin
1/6 – Fiddle Fest at the Sawmill Saloon – Hayward

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Festival Guides

Alabama | Arkansas | Delaware | Florida | Georgia
Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kentucky | Louisiana
Maryland | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri
New Jersey | New York | North Carolina | Ohio | Pennsylvania
South Carolina | Tennessee | Texas | Virginia
Washington, DC | West Virginia | Wisconsin

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