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Weekend Events 4/26/19 - 4/28/19

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Friday April 26th 

Camp Winnipesaukee Murder Mystery Weekend - Wolfeboro 


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WildQuest Spring Vacation Camp- Laconia 


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Saturday April 27th 

Wild Foods of Spring - Laconia 


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Bookstore Day- Meredith 


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Cooking Demonstration and Dinner- Wolfeboro 


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Excelsior Cornet Band- Wolfeboro


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Trail Yoga- Laconia 


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Antiques and Collectibles Auction- Laconia & Meredith 


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    Give Your House a Name

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    If you were to ask a person to create a list of things that are given names, the list may look something like this:

    1. countries

    2. states

    3. cities

    4. towns

    5. streets 

    6. children

    7. pets 

    8. mountains 

    9. trails

    ...etc. 

    However, few people would ever list houses. Let's change that! 

    After reading this article and this article, we were inspired to name our houses. We enjoyed the process so much that we thought you might like to name your house, too! We suggest reading both of the linked articles to help you generate ideas for a name but if you can't come up with one, try using this nifty house name generator. We'd love to know the name you choose for your house so let us know in the comments section below!

     

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      5 Things to Do at Home on a Rainy Day

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      1. Clean and Organize Your Refrigerator

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      2. Treat Your Wood Floors 

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      3. Clean Your Walls

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      4. Organize Your Garage 

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      5. Prepare Your Lawn Equipment for the Warmer Months 
      Click here to learn how. 

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        New Hampshire Maple Weekend 2019 | Lakes Region

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        New Hampshire Maple Month is one of our favorite times of the year in New Hampshire and in the Lakes Region. Here are all of the sugar houses that you can visit in the Lakes Region during The 24th Annual NH Maple Weekend (March 23 and March 24th). For a complete list of all NH sugar houses participating in Maple Weekend and Maple Month 2019, click here.

        Click on these Lakes Region sugar houses for their information.

        Turkey Street Maples - Chocorua, Tamworth 

        Brooks Family Sugar House - Freedom 

         

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        Shepard's Hut Market - Gilford

        Smith Farm Stand - Gilford 

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        Abbot Farm Sugar House - Moultonborough

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        Rising Sweetness Sugar Shack - New Durham 

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        Just Maple at Green Acres Farm - Tilton 

        Image: justmaple.net

        Hunters Sugar House - Tuftonboro 

        Eldridge Family Sugar House - West Ossipee

        Image: eldridgefamilysugarhouse.com 

        SP's Surgar Shack - West Ossipee 

        Image: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SPs-Sugar-Shack/139133916262997

         

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          Day Trips from the Lakes Region

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          One unique aspect of the Lakes Region is its close proximity to large cities. This provides the best of both worlds for Lakes Region locals, second homeowners and seasonal visitors. In addition to people being able to enjoy ALLthat the Lakes Region has to offer, they also have the convenient opportunity to take day trips to some of the best cities in New England.

          Whether you’re a local seeking an exciting day trip, new to the area or visiting from afar and attempting to experience as much of New England as possible, here are all of the amazing places that you can visit from the Lakes Region in just a couple of hours or less. 

          Boston, Massachusetts

          Approximately a 2 hour drive from the Lakes Region

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          Boston is a city know for its rich history, sports teams, educational institutions, culture and more. There are a wide variety of activities and experiences for people to enjoy while visiting Boston. If you're not able to do everything that you want to in one day, it's close enough that you can go back anytime you want. Here are some of the things we like to do when we visit Boston.

          Visit Harvard

          Harvard is one of the oldest and most respected Ivy League universities in the country and is fascinating to visit. Visitors can take various tours of the campus, visit one of the several museums on campus, or partake in exciting daily eventsoffered by the university. If anything, just go to walk around the campus and admire the architecture of Harvard, it's stunning!

          Visit the Boston's Children Museum

          The Boston Children's Museum is one of the most well known museums in the world. The private, non-profit educational institution features exhibits focused on science, culture, environmental awareness and more. The museum also offers program and activities that address everything from math and science to literacy. Check out their daily events.

          Visit The Freedom Trail

          The Freedom Trail is a unique Boston Experience. Visitors can walk the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail, which is a 2.5 mile red line with 16 nationally significant historic sites on its path. There are a variety of tours to choose from depending on your preferences. 

          Visit Fenway Park

          Fenway Park is home to the Boston Red Sox. Visitors can tour theballpark or catch a game.

          Kittery, Maine

          Approximately a 1 hour 20 minute drive from the Lakes Region

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          Known as "The Gateway to Maine", Kittery is a popular tourist destination in the summers. Kittery is a great day trip from the Lakes Region. Here are some of the things that we like to do when we go to Kittery. 

          Visit The Kittery Trading Post

          The Kittery Trading Post has been at its location since 1938 and over the years, has become a popular tourist attraction. There are three levels to the store full of everything from clothes, to sports equipment and games.

          Visit Fort McClary

          Visit the the Fort McClary site and its museum at its beautiful location to learn about interesting facts pertaining to five past wars, including the Revolutionary War.

          Visit the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum 

          Learn all about the interesting history of Kittery at this museum. 

          Portsmouth, New Hampshire

          Approximately a 1 hour 20 minute drive from the Lakes Region

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          Portsmouth is across the river from Kittery, yet has its own uniqueness worth experiencing. Here are some things that we like to do while we're in Portsmouth.

          Visit The Strawbery Bank Museum

          The Strawbery Bank museum is an outdoor history musucem located in downtown Portsmouth. The 10 acre property is open for guests to explore historic houses (including the oldest house in New Hampshire), gardensand more. 

          Vist Prescott Park 

          Prescott park is a gorgeous waterfront park in downtown Portsmouth. The park is also known for The Prescott Park Arts Festival, which hosts exciting eventsfor music, theater and more. 

          Vist the U.S.S. Albacore 

          Originally built in Portsmouth, the U.S.S. Albacore was a research submarine used by the Navy for approximately 20 years. Take a self guided tour of the submarine and visit the museum to learn about this fascinating piece of history.

          Eat Food and Walk Around Downtown

          Downtown Portsmouth offers amazing restaurants and shops. We recommend exploring! 

          Portland, Maine

          Approximately a 1 hour 45 minute drive from the Lakes Region 

          Image: visitportland.com 

          Portland offers everything from scenic views and beaches, to great food and art. Here are some things that we like to do when we visit Portland. 

          Visit the Portland Head Lighthouse and Fort Williams Park

          Chances are, you've seen this lighthouseon a calendar before. It's one of New England's most popular lighthouses for a reason, it's stunning! The grounds of Fort Williams Parkoffers 90 acres of recreational space and makes for a wonderful place to have a picnic, take walks and more. Its location at Cape Elizabeth is beautiful and definitely worth seeing. 

          Visit the Portland Museum of Art 

          Located in the heart of downtown, The Portland Museum of Art features nationally recognized, extensive art collections from around the world. Click hereto check out some of their current collections and click hereto check out their current and upcoming exhibitions. 

          Eat

          Portland is known to have some of the best food in the country.

          Visit the Portland Observatory

          The Portland Observatory is a great place to take in incredible views and learn about the last remaining signal station in the U.S. 

          Walk around Downtown 

          Downtown Portland is full of great shops that are fun to explore. 

          Manchester, NH

          Approximately a 1 hour 30 minute drive from the Lakes Region 

          Image: visitnh.gov

          Manchester is the most populous city in Northern New England and is known for its higher education and growing industries. Here are some places that we like to do when we visit Manchester. 

          Visit the Currier Museum of Art

          The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally recognized art museum. It's also well known for the Frank Lloyd Wright Zimmerman House and the museum offers tours of the home built by one of America's greatest architects. 

          Visit The SEE Science Center 

          The SEE Science Center is an interactive learning center for visitors of all ages. The center offers hands-on exhibits, daily demonstrations, tours and more. 

          Visit Livingston Park

          Enjoy a day at the park at Livingstone Park. The park offers nearby trails, a swimming pool, picnic area and more. 

          Visit the Millyard Museum

          The Millyard Museum features a permanent exhibit about the history of Manchester dating back 11,000 years! Learn more about that exhibit and see other featured exhibits here

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              Weekend Events Vol. 2.6

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              Friday March 1st 

              Ski & Snowboard Races- Wolfeboro 

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              Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Presents Wild Winter Walk- Holderness

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              Saturday March 2nd

              Wolfeboro Winter Carnival - Wolfeboro 

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              Northeastern Ballet Theater Auditions - Summer Program- Wolfeboro

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              Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Presents Winter Bird Banding - Holderness

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              Maple Sugaring- Laconia 

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              Sunday March 3rd

              Stained Glass Art Class - Meredith 

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              Trio Concert- Laconia 

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              Weekend Events Vol. 2.4

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              Friday February 15th

              Owl Themed Story and Hike for Families - Laconia 

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              Saturday February 16th

              Peter Ferber Gallery Show - Wolfeboro 

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              Chili & Beer Tasting Fundraiser - Moultonborough

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              Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Presents Winter Bird Banding and Wild Winter Walk - Holderness 

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              Skatefest/Winter Beach Party - Center Harbor 

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              Moonlit Snowshoe Walk - Laconia 

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              Sunday February 17th

              Alton Winter Carnival - Alton

              https://www.lakewinnipesaukee.net/attraction/winter-carnival-2019/

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                Valentine Gifts for Homeowners

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                A Versatile Tool 

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                A Gift Card to a Home Improvement Store

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                A Gift Card to a Furniture Store 

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                A Home Design Book

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                A Cookbook

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                A Pet

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                A Plant 

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                A Gift Card to a House Cleaning Service 

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                A Landscaping Book

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                A Subscription to a Home Magazine 

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                A New House

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                  Weekend Events Vol. 2.3

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                  Friday February 1st 

                  The Skin of Our Teeth - Meredith (You can see this Saturday and Sunday, too. Click the link for details.)

                  winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org 

                  10th Annual New England Pond Hockey Classic - Meredith Bay (This event lasts throughout the weekend. Click the link for details.)

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                  Saturday February 2nd

                  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Presents Winter Bird Banding and Wild Winter Walk - Holderness 

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                  Introduction to Animal Tracking - Laconia 

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                  Antiques & Collectibles Auction - Laconia 

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                    Weekend Events Vol. 2.2

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                    Friday January 25th 

                    Beveridge pre-fest - Wolfeboro 

                    Saturday January 26th  

                    Beveridge Ice Fest - Mirror Lake 

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                    Moose Mountain Run Around Snow Shoe Race - Wolfeboro

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                    Winter Bird Banding - Holderness

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                    Wine and Cheese Pairing Event - Meredith 

                    Snowshoe Yoga - Laconia 

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                    Sunday January 27th 

                    Wild Winter Walk - Holderness 

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                      Ways to Enjoy Your Home on a Snowy Day

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                      We're expecting a snowstorm this weekend and a snowy day is a great opportunity to enjoy your home to the fullest. Here are some ideas for how you can do just that! Did we miss anything? How are you going to enjoy your home while snow accumulates outside? Let us know in the comments section below. Have a great weekend, everyone! 

                      Cook

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                      Bake

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                      Have tea, coffee or hot chocolate 

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                      Read 

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                      Reorganize 

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                      Build and indoor fort

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                      Dance

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                      Catch up on your favorite show

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                      Enjoy a movie with your favorite snack

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                      Do something that you love but haven't had time to do in a while 

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                      Catch up with an old friend

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                      Exercise 

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                      Have a home spa day 

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                      Play a game 

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                        Weekend Events Vol. 2.1

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                        Saturday January 12th

                        Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents Winter Bird Banding - Holderness

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                        Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents Wild Winter Walk - Holderness

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                        Snowshoe Adventure - Laconia 

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                        Sunday January 13th 

                        Taylor Community Presents Quartet Pastiche - Laconia

                        Youth Learn to Ski Free Day - Wolfeboro 

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                        Learn to Skate with Brewster Best Buddies - Wolfeboro 

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                          Ideas for How to Utilize an Extra Room in Your House

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                          Do you have an extra room in your home and you're not sure what to do with it? Here are some ideas for how to utilize the space. 

                          Game Room 

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                          Media Room

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                          Library 

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                          Gym

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                          Office

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                          Guest Room

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                            14 Tips for a Great Housewarming Party

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                            Have you recently bought your first home or moved into a new house? If so, you may want to consider throwing a housewarming party.

                            Even if you haven't recently moved, there are other reasons to have a party to celebrate your home. Perhaps you haven't had people visit your house in a long time or you've made recent updates to your home that you'd like people to see. Whatever the reason is for celebrating your house, the following tips are sure to make your party memorable for you and your guests!

                            1. Set a time and date 

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                            2. Plan a menu 

                            Do you want your guests to have a meal or appetizers only?

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                            3. Set a theme 

                            For example, if you just bought a lake house, you could request that guests wear lake inspired colors.

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                            4. Send invitations 

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                            5. Provide guests with directions and parking information 

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                            6. Clean your house 

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                            7. Make sure there are plenty of seating options for guests

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                            8. Have food ready for guests when they arrive

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                            9. Play music 

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                            10. Play Monopoly

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                            11. Enjoy yourself

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                            12. Give a guided tour of your home

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                            13. Take pictures 

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                            14. Thank guests for attending your party. 

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                              Weekend Events Vol. 1.9

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                              The holiday season is coming to an end but don't miss out on these last minute opportunities to partake in holiday festivities and fun! 

                              Friday December 21st 

                              White Christmas Movie - Wolfeboro

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                              Family Craft Make Candy Canes - Laconia

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                              Saturday December 22nd 

                              Ugly Sweater Skate Party - Wolfeboro 

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                              Yoga Jaya Holiday Open House - Moultonborough 

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                                The Most Memorable Houses Featured in Christmas Movies

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                                Bailey House

                                It's a Wonderful Life 

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                                McCallister House

                                Home Alone 

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                                Ralphie's House

                                A Christmas Story 

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                                Susan's Dream House

                                Miracle on 34th Street 

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                                Stone House 

                                The Family Stone

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                                Griswold House 

                                National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

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