An Illinois wine festival, Midwest light shows and more

It's all about the wine in Galena, Ill., during Nouveau Wine Weekend, Nov. 18-19.
(Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery)
Chicago Tribune

Here are some of the more interesting events, deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

•G Adventures has introduced the Jane Goodall Collection of trips, which is focused, naturally, on wildlife. The 20 trips endorsed by the noted primatologist range from Alaska to Tanzania and from Costa Rica to the Arctic. Pricing runs the gamut from $699 to $5,999 per person, double occupancy; 888-800-4100,

•Stay seven nights over Christmas at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in Nevis, West Indies, and Christmas Day night will be free. The offer is good for travel Dec. 19-31.



•Colorado in the winter is known for its ski resorts, but the Colorado tourism folks have also put together a list of places for tubing and sledding in their state.

•Traveling midweek can often be a bargain. A listing of midweek specials in the St. Augustine/Ponte Vedra Beach area of northern Florida is at

•The 32nd annual Nouveau Wine Weekend will be Nov. 18-19 at Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery in Galena, Ill. The weekend showcases the release of new wine from the recent harvest. In addition to tastings at the winery, there’s a parade in town, local restaurants and businesses have special events, and there’s live music.

•The Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities slip into the holidays with the annual Quad City Arts’ Festival of Trees Nov. 18-27 at RiverCenter in downtown Davenport, Iowa. Included will be designer-decorated trees, displays, stockings, ornaments and a model-train display. There will be a parade downtown Nov. 19.


•The Bentleyville Tour of Lights, billed as the country’s largest free walk-through lighting display, will be Nov. 19 to Dec. 26 on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minn. Nearly 3 million lights make up the display, and there’s a huge decorated tree fashioned from iron.

•If you want a holiday light show but prefer to see it by car, Wayne County Lightfest in Westland, Mich., is called the Midwest’s largest and longest drive-through light show. It will be Nov. 17 to Dec. 31 and has nearly 50 holiday-themed displays.

•America’s Thanksgiving Parade steps off Nov. 24 along Detroit’s Woodward Avenue. This is the 90th year for the parade, which features floats, marching bands, helium-filled balloons and more. The parade typically draws hundreds of thousands of spectators.

•Downtown Indy’s Circle of Lights will be Nov. 25 at Monument Circle in Indianapolis. This is the 54th year for the holiday celebration, which features a lighting ceremony and live entertainment.


•Christmas at Kemper is held each year at the Kemper Center in Kenosha, Wis. The Gallery of Trees will be Nov. 27 to Dec. 4, with decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and mantle pieces throughout Durkee Mansion; 262-657-6005,

•The Rockford Dance Company in Rockford, Ill., will present performances of “The Nutcracker” Nov. 26-27 at Rockford University Maddox Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at 815-963-3341.

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Phil Marty is a freelancer.



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