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Great holiday festivals

In November and December, check out Santa, Scrooge and shopping markets.

A Thomas Nast Santa at Old World Wisconsin.

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A Thomas Nast Santa awaits children at Old World Wisconsin.

As soon as the leaves have fallen and cold winds start to blow, the holidays get under way. This is the season for craft fairs, theme feasts and Christmas parades.

Here are some of the best holiday festivals in 2014.

For holiday feasts, see Indulging at the holidays.

For tours of decorated mansions, see Homes for the holidays.

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Last weekend in November

Mrs. Claus at Bentleyville.

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Mrs. Claus dispenses holiday wisdom at Bentleyville in Duluth.

First full weekend of December

Second weekend of December

Santa arrives at Excelsior's Christkindlsmarkt.

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Santa's arrival kicks off the Christkindlmarkt weekend in Excelsior, Minn.

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Fourth weekend in December/New Year's

Cool Fool Kite Festival in Milwaukee, WI In addition to kite-flying, there will be ice sculptures and free hot chocolate, coffee and snacks in the lakefront Veterans Park. Jan. 1.

Frosty Fest in Egg Harbor, WI There's live music, snow sculptures, a fun run and a parade that starts at 1 p.m. Jan. 1.

Last updated on December 15, 2014

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