Holiday Guide

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Last-minute ideas for your Christmas dinner

Looking for all-inclusive parties with open bars? Hoping for an event with no admission charge? Would you rather do something cultural? Want to bring the kids along? Read on for our staff's expert advice about welcoming 2011.

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