Thank you to all the contributors who participated in NewsBreak’s #HolidayJoy content contest. We loved seeing all the magical holiday displays across the country and learning about how people were giving back this holiday season.
We received almost 300 submissions, and are excited to announce the winners!
Editor’s pick for best story
The history behind Christmas coquito, where to find it in Miami, and how to make it yourself by Best of South Florida
This article features a Puerto Rican-inspired, South Florida drink “coquito.” We learn not just the history behind this tropical take on eggnog, but where you can find it and also how to make it yourself. 🍹
Magical Winter Lights, Houston TX | A Magical Christmas Experience by Journey with Jen & Drew
In this video, Jen and Drew take us to Baytown, Texas (outside of Houston) for a magical winter light display. The magical winter wonderland is about 20 acres that people can walk through and even features a castle. 🏰
Uplift Loudoun shares the story of a woman from Sterling, Virginia who is baking baklava this holiday season to raise money for an important cause. All the proceeds from her baked goods are going towards the pediatric unit of Capital Caring Health, a nonprofit hospice and palliative care organization. 🥧
Phx Finds Show takes us to the Miracle Bar! In downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It’s usually the Floor 13 Rooftop Bar, but transforms during the holidays. We get to hear from its head chef and bartender about the special items featured on its menu. 🥂
CP Says shows us a 22-year-old holiday tradition in Vallejo, California. The video shares why it wasn’t up last year (and it wasn’t just because of COVID) and also explains the special meaning behind this light installation. 🎄
Jennifer tells us about an amazing holiday show at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The display features thousands of lights along a 1.25 mile stretch that people can walk. 🌟
Visiting Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza in Chicago by Adventuring Ellisons
Another holiday tradition in Chicago, this time, the Adventuring Ellisons take us to the Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza and Wrigleyville. The market is celebrating its 25th anniversary and features handmade goods from around the world. 🎅
Florida With Five takes us to a place that features snow in Florida. This winter wonderland is fun for the whole family with activities like ice skating and snow tubing. ⛄