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Fourth of July in Boston

There is no better way to celebrate the birthday of our nation than in the place where it all happened. Imagine hearing the majestic Boston Pops Orchestra and seeing the spectacular fireworks overhead. And in your spare time, marvel at the history in the numerous museums and historical sites.

Oberammergau Passion play

For the past 400 years, the Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau transforms itself into a stage for the "Passion of Christ," depicting the life and death of Jesus Christ. The play is performed by local residents and draws huge crowds at the outdoor theater. This event only happens every 10 years and is a bucket list item for many.

Tanglewood Music Festival

Tanglewood is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills, between Stockbridge and Lenox, Massachusetts. Founded in 1937, the festival is operated by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It is known as one of two summer music festivals representing the United States. While there, stop in at the treasured Norman Rockwell Museum and head north a short distance to delightfully stare at the rolling hills and vineyards of the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

European Christmas Markets

From late November until Christmas Eve, town squares all over Europe are buzzing with Christmas markets. As one of the most time honored and treasured traditions of this part of the world, these markets in both big cities and small towns help to celebrate the advent season. So grab a hot mug of gluhwein and stroll the cobblestone streets, surrounded by magical sights, gleeful sounds and delectable smells.