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Christmas in Silver Dollar City, near Branson, Missouri.

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Updated: November 29, 2012 6:25AM

Gastronomic delights await San Diego visitors

Heading to Southern California anytime soon? You might want to consider the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival (Nov. 14-18), the region’s largest wine and culinary event, featuring 200 wine and spirit purveyors and 70 of San Diego’s top chefs. Held at venues throughout downtown San Diego, the festival includes gourmet food, celebrity chefs, wine tasting, an elegant Reserve & New Release Tasting event and more. For tickets, $45-$150, visit Also on the culinary scene is the San Diego Restaurant Week, Jan. 13-18, 2013. Nearly 180 of the region’s top restaurants will offer prix-fixe, three-course lunch and dinner menus, at $20-$40 per person. Visit For more information on visiting San Diego, visit

Branson, Mo., celebrates holidays

Highlights of this year’s holiday shows/activities in Branson, Mo., include The “Andy Williams’ Christmas Show,” Nov. 1 - Dec. 8, featuring a tribute to the late entertainer, who performed in the city for decades at his Andy Williams Moon River Theatre. Dozens of holiday-themed shows will be presented in the coming weeks including Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, along with Debby Boone, at The Mansion Theatre. Tony Orlando’s “Great American Christmas” will be staged at the Welk Resort Theatre. “Christmas in Hollywood,” at The King’s Castle Theater, rings in the season with a musical journey through some of Hollywood’s greatest movie moments. The Starlite Theatre will present “The Bellamy Brothers Tropical Christmas,” and the Jim Stafford Theatre will present “Jim Stafford’s Christmas Show.” Silver Dollar City’s “An Old Time Christmas,” (Nov. 3-Dec. 30) features more than 4 million lights and more than 1,000 decorated Christmas trees. The “Christmas on Main Street” celebration features a light and sound show. For more information, call 1-877-BRANSON or visit

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