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Thursday Travel Ticker: Put these holiday markets on your list

November 03, 2011|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times staff writer
  • Some 75 booths grace the Holiday Fair at New York's Grand Central Terminal.
Some 75 booths grace the Holiday Fair at New York's Grand Central Terminal. (Metropolitan Transportation…)

Started in 1993, Grand Central Terminal’s Holiday Fair in New York has become a significant draw for tourists and locals. It opens Nov. 14 for six weeks . . . .  Vancouver also stages a Christmas market, starting Nov. 24. It runs through Dec. 24 . . . . When will L.A. stage a Christmas market? . . . . Two of the holiday events worth noting in busy Paso Robles: the Christmas Light Parade on Dec. 3 and the Victorian Showcase on Dec. 10. For details, click here. . . . Quirky press release of the day: Actor Tim Matheson will be the celebrity grand marshal for “Hot Springs’ [Ark.] First Ever Ninth Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade” . . . .  Carneros region wineries, 45 minutes north of San Francisco, open their doors for a weekend of food and wine pairings, live music and holiday activities, Nov. 19 and 20. Tickets are $39 in advance and $45 at the door.  For info, call (800) 366-2806 . . . .  The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge continues its Fall Flight Festival the next three Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Enjoy wildlife-themed talks and wildlife crafts for kids . . . . Santa Barbara’s Four Seasons is offering a free night if you stay two consecutive nights or longer in one of its higher room categories . . . . SBE, Sam Nazarian’s hospitality company, has launched SBEPreferred Friends, a loyalty program that will reward hotel, restaurant, entertainment and spa use . . . . Travel stat of the day: Four to five guns turn up at checkpoints on a typical day, the Transportation Security Administration's chief told a Senate hearing Wednesday.  The TSA says more than 900 guns have been recovered at checkpoints this year.

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