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Head toward the (twinkling) lights

At Christmas, tourist destinations pull out all the stops.

Luminaries in Milwaukee's Cathedral Square.

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If you have money, now is the time to plan a holiday getaway.

Air fares are at historic lows, and hotel rooms always are cheap close to Christmas. And there's a lot going on.

Fly to Chicago to shop at the open-air Christkindlmarket, ice skate in Millennium Park and hear the Apollo Chorus sing “Messiah’’; for more, see Chicago at Christmas.

In Milwaukee, watch fireworks during Christmas in the Ward, see “Plaid Tidings’’ at the Skylight Opera Theatre, tour the decorated Pabst Mansion and see the lights in Cathedral Square (pictured); for more see Milwaukee at Christmas.

In downtown Minneapolis, see a holiday show at one of the grand theaters on Hennepin Avenue — the Moscow Ballet is performing “Great Russian Nutcracker’’— and see the fabulous Holidazzle Parade. Many hotels offer packages; see A jolly holiday in Minneapolis.

If you just want to shop, look for getaway ideas in Shopping towns. And now is the time to reserve seats at one of the big holiday feasts, including the Pabst's Dickens Dinners, St. Paul’s Fezziwig’s Feast and the ethnic dinners at Old World Wisconsin; this year, they’re Swedish. For more, see Indulging at the holidays.

  Last updated on December 3, 2009