The biggest holiday of the season is in full swing, and holiday decor provides an important background for all the festivities. Cities, public buildings and most private homes are made ornate with Christmas trees, lights, bows, menorahs, Santas and other holiday figures. Some are now preparing for New Year's Eve as well. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports on the new decor trends that are competing with the traditional, but lights are essential during the long winter nights.
It's a winter wonderland near Washington this holiday season, as it has been for nine years. It's an exhibit called ICE!, and to it took more than 2 million pounds of ice to create sculptures that fill a huge indoor park. VOA's Eunjung Cho reports.
It's one of the country's first branches of law enforcement. Founded in 1791 by George Washington, the U.S. Park Police oversee all federal parks, but only a few officers get to work like the country's first president … on horseback. Arash Arabasadi reports from Washington.
What makes a film fit for the holidays? Not so much a religious subject as an appeal to the whole family and audiences of all ages. This year, three high-budget films, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the political thriller "The Post" and the musical "The Greatest Showman," fit the bill. VOA's Penelope Poulou has more.
They say young children are like sponges. They soak up information from all around them unconsciously, and build on that core foundation for the rest of their lives. Baba Ras D, a corrections-officer-turned-singer, is a firm believer in the theory. He created a program for children that inspires peace and unity in the community. And the children love him and the program. VOA's June Soh met him at a performance in Washington.
Christmas is not Christmas, for some people, unless there are colorful lights and decorations. Some homes have spectacular outdoor displays. VOA's Deborah Block takes us to Alexandria, Virginia, to show us a couple of houses with over-the-top Christmas spirit.
A Hollywood actor originally from West Africa recently announced that he is an undocumented immigrant and a recipient of DACA. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, enacted under the Obama administration, allows undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children to live and work legally, in what was meant to be a temporary solution. VOA's Elizabeth Lee has the story of actor Bambadjan Bamba, and why he is revealing his immigration status now.
How many places are there in the U.S. where visitors get to see nature in all its abundance within a single setting? National parks traveler Mikah Meyer thinks Glacier National Park, in northern Montana on the border with Canada, comes pretty darn close. He shared highlights of his experiences with VOA’s Julie Taboh.