The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: 11 Things That Tell Us The Holidays Are Here

From visions of sugar plum fairies, shop till you drop savings, chocolate and après-ski activities, get into the spirit of the holiday season with our top 11 ways to tell us the festive holiday season is here! Indulge in guilt-free desserts, treats and snacks with preservative, artificial flavor and color free, organic or all natural options that are sure to help you keep calories under control on this food driven time of the year and stay a fit with holiday activities for a fun and joyous holiday season that will help you stay in harmonious stress free balance!

1. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

We consider this timeless tradition as the official kick off to the holiday season. Whether you line the streets of the parade route, watch from a window reminiscent of Miracle on 34th Street or gather friends to view on TV, you'll be enthralled by giant balloons, colorful costumes and wondrous performances not to be missed at this epic event.

 

 Photo via: Maycy's 

Photo via: Maycy's 

2. Black Friday

Ready, set, shop! There is nothing more classic  than enjoying Thanksgiving with family and friends followed by a pre-Christmas round of power shopping. Shop til you drop with savings, deals and steals for the perfect way to check everyone off your list. Come prepared with snacks, lists and a great pair of comfortable walking shoes and take a break to warm up at a chocolate boutique to take in this time honored shopping tradition.

 Photo via: Macy's

Photo via: Macy's

3. Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

It wouldn't be the holidays without a visit from the Victoria's Secret Angels. Plan a fun girl's night with chocolate desserts, cake and ice cream and get ready for a fun night of music, fashion and glamour. Try organic and all natural treats to cut down on calories, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives to indulge in guilt-free fun!

 Photo via: Victoria's Secret

Photo via: Victoria's Secret

4. The Nutcracker Ballet

Sugar plum fairies, ballet slippers, Nutcracker Prince and Land of Sweets, it wouldn't be the holiday season without the traditional production of the Nutcracker Ballet. Bring family, friends or that special someone year after year to this holiday production sure to put you in the festive spirit and share the upcoming holidays to share this timeless gift with others. 

 Photo via: NYC Ballet

Photo via: NYC Ballet

5. Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting 

Get into the holiday spirit with this iconic symbol representing the holiday season! Nothing says Christmas like this impossibly tall tree full of colorful lights, trumpeting angels and festive star-filled performances that are a holiday must if your in NYC or gather friends and family to watch on TV. This traditional tree lighting know around the world will fill you with holiday joy and will get you in the spirit of the season not to be missed. 

 Photo via: Rockefeller Centre

Photo via: Rockefeller Centre

6. Holiday Movies

From family classics to romantic comedies or timeless old fashioned films, holiday movies are the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit full of family fun, traditional dinners, holiday antics and the festive season, holiday movies will get you into the holiday spirit full of love, heart warming stories, happiness and joy throughout the season. 

 Photo via: The Family Stone

Photo via: The Family Stone

7. Advent Calendars 

Whether you buy already prepared calendars or start your own DIY traditions, fill endless styles of bags, boxes or socks with traditional chocolates, toys or other chic gifts to give family, friends or that special someone thoughtful, deck the halls with fun gifts your loved ones will be sure to enjoy.

 Photo via: The Briliant Tree

Photo via: The Briliant Tree

8. Holiday Parties 

From company to friends and family, the holiday season would not be complete without party invitations, food shopping and looking for that perfect outfit. Get party ready, host the perfect party or bring the most wonderful hostess gift to enjoy the spirit of giving throughout the season.

 Photo via: DIY Network

Photo via: DIY Network

9. Outdoor Skating Rinks

Enjoy piping hot chocolate, starlight late nights and countless turns around the rink at an outdoor rink that will truly tell you the holidays are almost here. Take in the experience you can only have on just cleaned ice, bundle up and 'tis the season with others or on your own for perfect blend of fitness and fun only this time of the year can bring.

10. Christmas Carolers

Whether they break out in song on the subway, you find them in the lobby of the mall, on a street corner or door-to-door, you'll know Christmas is right around the corner when you hear the joyous sounds of holiday music you'll want to hear again and again to take in the joy of the season!

 

11. Ski Vacation Getaway

You'll know Christmas is fast approaching when you start planning your holiday winter ski vacation. Whether you plan to enjoy the time away with family, friends or a special someone, the anticipation of ski days, après-ski s'mores by the fire, relaxing at the spa, hot chocolate and shopping. say happy holidays with a ski trip that will have you taking in all the best the winter holiday has to offer.

 Photo via: Rentals Whistler

Photo via: Rentals Whistler