Latest Christmas News

AP PHOTOS: St. Nicholas and devils parade in Czech villages

Dec. 7, 2019 10:29 AM EST

VALASSKA POLANKA, Czech Republic (AP) — Dozens of people in grim reaper and devil costumes accompany St. Nicholas on his journey through the village of Valasska Polanka in this eastern corner of the Czech Republic. It's an old pre-Christmas tradition that has been surviving for centuries in a few villages...

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Dec. 7, 2019 6:50 AM EST

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes includesa young boy silhouetted while swimming in a glass bottom pool in...

Cowboys for Trump group now says sand wasn't from monument

Dec. 6, 2019 7:27 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Iconic gypsum sand that the group Cowboys for Trump had said was from White Sands National Monument in New Mexico and was sent to Washington for the U.S. Capitol Tree lighting ceremony this week was actually gathered just outside the monument, one of the group's co-founders said...

Wisconsin governor lights 'holiday' tree; choir sings carols

Dec. 6, 2019 5:42 PM EST

Madison, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers lit the state Capitol's “holiday tree” while praising scientists as a choir sang Christmas carols Friday in an odd juxtaposition of the two sides of the ongoing debate over the tree's symbolism. The state Department of Administration places a...

Melania Trump befriends 18-year-old former leukemia patient

Dec. 6, 2019 5:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time Caoilinn McLane met Melania Trump she had no idea it wouldn't be the last time. Fighting leukemia from her bed at Children's National Hospital, Caoilinn McLane, then 15, met the first lady in 2017. Mrs. Trump had quietly visited the hospital to help with preparations for a...

2-year old Arthur becomes star in UK Christmas ad tradition

Dec. 6, 2019 2:51 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Little Arthur crawls out of bed in his red Marvel Comics pajamas, brushes his teeth and strolls outside after breakfast to his day job: helping out at the family hardware store in Rhayader, Wales. It's Christmas and Arthur, nearly 3, has his work cut out for him wrapping presents, hanging...

Trump lights National Christmas Tree in holiday tradition

Dec. 5, 2019 5:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump helped light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, taking part in a nearly century-old holiday tradition in the nation’s capital. The lighthearted honor for presidents, going back to Calvin Coolidge, came on an otherwise difficult day in Trump's...

Christmas parades with Confederate floats canceled

Dec. 5, 2019 10:35 AM EST

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) — A second North Carolina town has canceled its Christmas parade over concerns about possible protests of a float celebrating the Confederacy. Leaders in Wake Forest had said last week that the town's parade would go on and include the Sons & Daughters of the Confederacy despite...

'Tis the season: Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights up

Dec. 5, 2019 6:47 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the brightest signs of the holiday season has come to light. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was officially turned on Wednesday night, at an event featuring celebrities including Idina Menzel, Lea Michele and Ne-Yo among the performers. The tree, a Norway spruce that's more...

London children sing holiday tune to Melania Trump

Dec. 4, 2019 1:06 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — London fifth graders sang “All I Want for Christmas is You” after Melania Trump added to their merriment Wednesday by joining them to make wreaths and ornaments at a Salvation Army center. At the center in the Clapton neighborhood of east London, Mrs. Trump helped attach pine...