Authorities identified the victims Monday as Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.
"Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed.....joy of being a Grannie," the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies posted on Facebook.
Prices of real and artificial Christmas trees have risen due to supply chain chaos, COVID-19, and the 2008 economic recession, experts told Newsday.
From seeing festive character costumes and decorations at the parks to Epcot's Festival of the Holidays, here are the best winter things at Disney.
Travelers should buy their flights by Thanksgiving at the latest because airfare will continue to increase as Christmas gets closer.
Disney has not made any formal announcements about introducing diverse Santas at the time of writing, but fans have spotted them at its theme parks.
The British singer-songwriters have had a friendly rivalry for many years, which developed into a full feud from 2018 to earlier this year.
The holiday season is approaching and Insider spoke with professional chefs about what to get every foodie who loves baking and cooking.
You can get a reusable, red Starbucks holiday cup for free when you order a holiday or fall drink, like the sugar cookie latte or peppermint mocha.
Twitter users are loving a grim reminder from a US safety agency that features a flaming skeleton warning people to water their Christmas trees.
Beef, pork, and chicken prices are respectively 26.2%, 19.2%, and 14.8% higher in October 2021 than prior to the pandemic in January 2020. Turkey prices are up about 13%.
It's been 31 years since the Macaulay Culkin film premiered, and it's still a holiday classic. But even superfans may not have heard these fun facts.
The Christmas film has become a cult classic since it was released 31 years ago, but even fans who watch it every year may have missed these details.
McDonald's released a tearjerking Christmas commercial that's making adults on Twitter cry over carrot sticks and an imaginary friend.
"Home Alone 2" was released in 1992, and while many scenes look similar to real locations, some places closed or never existed in the first place.
84% of workers report feeling more stressed throughout the holidays, and a good manager's support can make a world of difference.
Mariah Carey is the latest celebrity to team up with McDonald's, following Travis Scott, BTS, and Saweetie.
Santa bookers say there are 15% fewer people willing to dress up as the character this Christmas, which is likely to leave many families disappointed.
Starbucks' released its annual holiday menu on November 4, and an Insider reporter tried all six, including the new Sugar Cookie Latte.
Insider's food reporter said it looked like Christmas in a cup when she took off the cap of her Sugar Cookie Latte from Starbucks.
In addition to skipping "All I Want For Christmas Is You" before December, the bar also said they would only play the song once a night after that.
I visit graveyards, tour haunted houses, and get advice from my son for job research - all of which inspires Home Depot's Halloween decorations.
Though Ferrell would have been paid $29 million to be in the sequel, he told The Hollywood Reporter that turning it down was simple.
Holiday World opened as Santa Claus Land way back in 1946. Now, sisters and fourth-generation owners Leah and Lauren Koch are making it even better.
Most retail executives worry that supply-chain issues will prevent holiday shopping orders from arriving on time, according to a Deloitte report.
In an interview with NME Elton John said he was "sworn to secrecy," in reference to the unreleased song.
In this week's Insider Advertising we're covering early Christmas ads, the rise in BNPL ad spending, and Facebook's planned rebrand.
Biden is working to address the pandemic-related global supply chain backlog, which has resulted in product shortages and higher prices.
Disney's spooky holiday film has a cult following, but even the biggest fans may not have caught these background gems and fun references.
What is Christmas without a giant feast for lunch and/or dinner? From seafood platters to extravagant roasts, the wine you choose can make or break the best meal of the year.
"Maybe you'll get a smaller tree than normal, or a different variety," Christmas-tree farmer Dana Furrow told Insider. "But they all look beautiful."
If you're wondering where to travel during COVID over this holiday season and Christmas, experts say these are the best places to go, plus other tips.
Whether your giftee is into spirits, wine, or beer, we've rounded up some of the best options to make you look like a professional and thoughtful gift-giver this festive season.
"Our membership has reached record levels, and our members are telling us it's 'game on' this Christmas," Sam's Club exec Tony Rogers said.
UK shoppers are snapping up frozen turkeys - and in the US, a supply crisis means consumers could struggle to secure their turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Congestion at key US ports could reportedly delay the shipment of items, including toys, clothing, electronics, vehicles, and furniture.
As COVID-19 cases slow, Fauci warns that the US should not be "complacent" since transmission rates have surged several times during the pandemic.
Turkey production has decreased this year, and that could cause problems for shoppers looking for the right bird for their holiday table.
Popular toys may not make it to store shelves this holiday season as toymakers struggle with shipping delays and labor shortages.
The gas is used to slaughter farm animals by making them lose consciousness. It is also used to package meat products to extend shelf life.
The festive calendar contains 24 half bottles of wine that are about 12 ounces each. It usually costs $100, which comes to about $4 per bottle.
A supply chain expert explains why the backlog is going to make it nearly impossible to get gifts on time this year - unless you get a big head start.
One grocery chain owner said his supplier "could only give us 50% of the turkeys we need and want for the holidays," per the New York Post.
Women’s Fitness magazine apologised for a tweet encouraging people to “burn off those Christmas calories” with exercise. The tweet was condemned by health professionals for promoting the “damaging” notion that movement should be punishment for eating. “Because exercise is too often portrayed as a way to burn off food, it’s […]
“Harry Potter” is the sort of movie series that is littered with hidden details that even the most die-hard of Wizarding World fans will sometimes miss. Insider has previously found a number of hidden details across the movies, but now we have crawled through the films again for a Christmas […]
Photographers captured moments from all corners of the globe that offered a glimpse into what Christmas looked like this year. Following a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, many people honoured the memories of loved ones or experienced an isolated holiday, visiting with family members and friends through windows or […]
Queen Elizabeth II addressed the UK in her annual Christmas Day speech, which was televised on Friday. The 94-year-old monarch spoke about the significance of light for people of all faiths and said that “hope” and “unity” prevailed although communities weren’t able to gather and celebrate as usual this year. […]
DNA remains found at the scene of the Nashville bombing on Christmas Day matched that of 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner,The New York Times reported Sunday. The explosion in Nashville linked to a parked RV left three people injured and destroyed much of a downtown street on Christmas Day. Warner was […]
The Rosebud Motel is back. Sort of. Richard Knowles of Seattle, Washington, created a smaller version of the iconic motel from “Schitt’s Creek” on his front lawn, with a holiday twist. The detailed re-creation gets the number of rooms right, but also includes a bunch of other incredible details like […]
Corny Christmas movies are cute to watch over the holiday season, but too many of them can be a bit too sugar-sweet. Instead, mix up your Christmas viewing with a grisly horror or blackly-comic slasher with these 12 Christmas-themed horror movies. Or, if if you’d rather softer scary movies, watch […]
Every December, fans of popular TV shows look forward to rewatching their favourite Christmas-themed specials. Shows like NBC’s “Friends,” “The Office,” and “Seinfeld” found success in holiday episodes that are cheerful and jolly. Other series such as Netflix’s “Black Mirror,” ABC’s “Lost,” and CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” drove […]
In mid-December, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines for the winter holiday season and suggested avoiding travel by plane, bus, or train for gatherings. According to Insider polling, more than three-fourths of respondents said they were planning to celebrate the holidays differently this year. When asked […]
Royals from Princess Diana to Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have rocked festive holiday looks over the years. Brightly coloured winter coats and chic pillbox hats are often worn by the royals while attending Christmas Day services. Royals have also accessorized their festive looks with jeweled brooches and designer handbags. […]
Christy Hester of Twin Lake, Michigan, repurposed her late husband’s glasses into Christmas ornaments. Photos of the ornaments went viral after Hester shared them in a Facebook group called Rainbows Over Michigan. Hester’s post received an outpouring of praise and got more than 22,000 likes. Richard Hester, Christy’s husband, died […]
Insider asked Michelin-starred chefs to share their favourite side dishes for dinner, plus their tips so you can re-create them at home. Brad Carter, of Carters of Moseley, roasts his parsnips in duck fat and drizzles honey or maple syrup on top to amp up their flavour. Suzette Gresham, who […]
For nearly 10 years, Bob Twaites has worked as a Santa at community events, upscale malls, and corporate gigs near his hometown outside of Vancouver Island, Canada. Due to rising COVID-19 cases where he lives, the mall he usually works at decided to cancel all Santa events this winter. Now, […]
Researchers at Stanford University looked at data from 500,000 women and found less sex is reported in the three days leading up to Christmas than average. The team attributes the dip to holiday chores and overall over-consumption. People tend to bounce back sexually for New Year’s Day, however, as more […]
Christmas is going to be miserable for many Americans this year. While higher-income Americans have seen jobs return and incomes grow, lower-income Americans are either still struggling or doing worse – the so-called K-shaped recovery. Relief in the form of a $US600 stimulus check is on its way, but months […]
If Santa really delivered presents on ChristmasEve, he’d need to fly over a thousand times faster than the world’s faster jet fighter to visit about 240 million homes. If every kid received one mid-sized LEGO set, the gifts would weigh a whopping 600,000 tons. Just like a spacecraft heats up […]
This Christmas will undoubtedly look very different. But people around the world have found some creative ways to celebrate the holiday during a pandemic. Safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are limiting some holiday traditions, like sitting on Santa’s lap at your local mall. Instead, some mall […]
Insider asked Michelin-starred chefs to share their favourite main dishes for Christmas dinner, and their tips so you can make them at home. Brad Carter, of Carters of Moseley, recommends cooking a big leg of lamb alongside some potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Sepia‘s Andrew Zimmerman likes whipping up a whole […]
The pandemic has disrupted a most sacred holiday tradition: visiting Santa Claus to ask for a gift and take a photo. Santas around the country – many of whom are more at risk for COVID-19 due to their age and health – have been forced to get creative, with socially […]
Half Christmas trees, or flat-back trees, look just like a regular Christmas tree with one modification: One side is completely flat so it can rest against the wall. Reviews for the trees, which are available at Target and other retailers, praise their compact size. The cheapest options are under $US100, […]
Queen Elizabeth II has delivered a Christmas Day broadcast since 1952. Since then, Her Majesty’s platform has changed from radio to TV – and this year, her speech can be played via Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, for the first time. At 10 a.m. ET on Christmas Day, Amazon Echo owners […]
A number of countries have announced strict lockdown measures spanning Christmas and New Year’s. Coronavirus cases are still rising in many countries, with holiday travel and celebrations providing a breeding ground for the virus. Here are 10 countries enforcing new measures. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. A number […]
COVID-19 is changing the way hired Santas do their business this Christmas. Around the world, trained Santa Clauses are taking health precautions, and in many cases, stopping in-person visits with children altogether. In some countries, Santas are greeting children via video call, while in others, hologram Santas are showing up […]
Teresa Thompson works as the onsite events expert at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a 5-star resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. She oversees the organisation and execution of the “Christmas at the Princess” celebration that runs every year during the holiday season. This year, the event is running from November 20 through […]
It’s safe for Santa Claus to visit homes around the world this year, Dr. Anthony Fauci has confirmed. “I took a trip up there to the North Pole, I went there and I vaccinated Santa Claus myself,” Fauci said on Saturday’s CNN/Sesame Street Townhall. “I measured his level of immunity […]
Insider asked Michelin-starred chefs to share their favourite desserts for holiday dinners. Pastry chefs Dan Kleinhandler and Lauren Terrill both love making Bûche de Noël, a classic French dessert also commonly known as yule log cake. Andrew Zimmerman, the executive chef of Sepia, makes sticky toffee pudding – a date […]
A combination of factors has made Christmas trees harder to find and more expensive this year. The coronavirus pandemic has led people to buy up trees at higher levels than in previous years, growers report, as people seek to create a festive, comforting atmosphere in their homes. The pandemic has […]
‘Gremlins’ (1984) This may be one of the more explicitly-set at Christmas movies on this list, but it’s still not exactly festive. The movie follows Billy (Zach Galligan) after he’s given the gift of a mogwai â€” a small, strange, furry, creature with a strict set of rules to follow […]
Insider asked a couples therapist to critique and review all of the relationships in “Love Actually,” based on if they’d work in real life. They said Harry and Karen could potentially come away from Harry’s infidelity stronger than before Sarah and Karl couldn’t make their relationship work in the film, […]
Each state has its own unique holiday traditions, including which cookies they love the most. Instagram identified the most popular holiday cookie in each state by totaling the number of likes and mentions of different cookies over the past month. Sugar cookies and peanut butter cookies tied as the most […]
Though you might not be able to visit Disney theme parks for the holidays this year, there are ways to celebrate at home. One way to do so is to re-create some of Disney’s popular holiday recipes from your kitchen. You can also relive your favourite theme-park memories by watching […]
Many of your favourite Christmas songs, including “Winter Wonderland,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” and “Holly Jolly Christmas,” were actually written by Jewish songwriters. Christmas songs have also been linked to political events like the Cold War, the Christmas Truce of 1914, and the Fall of Saigon during the Vietnam […]
Every year, Walt Disney World decorates the park for the holiday season with garland, lights, and more. There are over 200,000 lights on Cinderella Castle during the holidays. During the holiday season, the American Adventure at Epcot gets a special display that contains over 50 pounds of gingerbread. Visit Insider’s […]
I tried three celebrity-chef gingerbread recipes to find the best one to keep making this holiday season. Alex Guarnaschelli’s flavorful, chewy cookies were my favourite. Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman’s recipes were also pretty good and would be ideal for making gingerbread houses. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Gingerbread […]
Queen ShaDonna Haynesworth was excited to order a rainbow Christmas tree to brighten the lobby of her new apartment building. When the box arrived, the “tree” looked nothing like the picture on the Instagram ad that lured her in. Haynesworth is disappointed, but found her online shopping fail to be […]
Famous buildings and landmarks across the US are lit up for the winter holidays. The famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree is on display in Manhattan. The Grove in Los Angeles is decorated with wreaths and a giant Christmas tree. The White House and the Capitol Building each have their own official […]
Throughout the years, countless musicians have released holiday albums. Some have become instant classics, like Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” and Michael Bublé’s “Christmas.” Others, however, haven’t fared as well. Holiday albums from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jessica Simpson, and even Bob Dylan fall flat. It’s impossible to listen to Seth MacFarlane’s “Holiday […]
We’re right in the heart of the holiday season, and you know what means: puzzles. Insider has compiled the nine best holiday-themed brainteasers from across the internet. See if you can beat the average time it took readers to solve them. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. The holiday season […]
“Home Alone” came out 30 years ago, but it’s still a fan favourite around the holidays. Like many John Hughes movies, it was filmed in the Chicagoland area. “Angels With Filthy Souls” isn’t a real movie, but Little Nero’s Pizza is probably based on a real chain. The McCallisters left […]
NHS Charities Together officials apologised for a Christmas ad showing Santa Claus nearly dying from COVID-19 in hospital, saying the spot wasn’t meant for children. The charity scrubbed “The Gift” from its YouTube channel, as did those involved with the making of it. A top YouTube comment on the video […]
Germany will enter a stricter lockdown lasting through Christmas and into the new year, the chancellor, Angela Merkel, said Sunday. “We are forced to act, and we’re acting too,” Merkel said in Berlin, according to The Associated Press. As of next Wednesday, selling of alcohol outdoors and New Years Eve […]
Some of this year’s holiday movies on Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel centre on inclusive storylines. In November, Hallmark Channel released its first Christmas-themed movie to include a same-sex couple, “The Christmas House.” A year ago, the Hallmark Channel came under fire for refusing to air a commercial from Zola […]
“Elf” is a Christmas staple, but even fans who’ve seen it dozens of times may have missed these details. The costumes and North Pole characters are very reminiscent of another classic holiday movie, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” There are a lot of brand names and recognisable toys in the background […]
Some towns and cities in the US simply do the holidays better than everyone else. Frankenmuth, Michigan, is a Bavarian-inspired town that goes all out with Christmas decorations. You won’t find any snow in Hawaii, but you can celebrate with holiday-themed sand sculptures at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Visit Insider’s […]
Only 23% of companies in a survey by the executive-outplacement firm Challenger Grey & Christmas said they were having virtual holiday parties this year. Virtual holiday parties are one creative way employers have adapted during the coronavirus pandemic. But employees are feeling “Zoom fatigue,” or exhaustion from spending so much […]
In an interview with Inside Edition, 9-year-old Talia Hill said Dolly Parton stopped her from getting hit by a vehicle on the set of “Christmas on the Square.” Talia said her mum saw the whole thing, cried, and thanked Parton for saving her daughter. In the film, which is written […]
Netflix has several new holiday and Christmas-themed TV shows and movies premiering in 2020. Our picks for must-watch movies include “Jingle Jangle,” “Klaus,” and “The Christmas Chronicles.” The TV show “Dash and Lily” is also filled with plenty of Christmas cheer. And the special holiday episode of “The Great British […]
I tried all of the seasonal products I could find at my local Trader Joe’s and reviewed them. Some things, like the holiday vegetable hash and candy-cane Joe-Joe’s ice cream, are definitely worth buying again. Next time I go shopping at the chain, I’ll pass on repurchasing the turkey pot […]
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and one of the wealthiest people in the world, shared his top five books to read over the holiday season, rounding out what he called “a lousy year.” “In tough times-and there’s no doubt that 2020 qualifies as tough times-those of us who love to […]
Christmastime might be the most wonderful time of year, but as any December 24 or December 25 baby knows, it’s a hard time to have a birthday. But Christmas babies, you’re not alone – these 13 celebrities were born on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Jimmy Buffett and Sissy […]
The Kardashian-Jenner family has cancelled their annual Christmas Eve bash for the first time in over 40 years due to the pandemic, Khloe Kardashian revealed via Twitter on Sunday. “The Covid cases are getting out of control in CA. So we decided that we’re not doing a Christmas Eve party […]
Dr. Anthony Fauci turns 80 on Christmas Eve, and he plans to celebrate with a family Zoom party. It will be the first year the nation’s top infectious disease expert doesn’t spend the holidays with his three daughters, who live in various cities across the country, in person. He and […]
With limited storage space, living in a van, RV, or bus often means adopting a minimalistic lifestyle. That lifestyle doesn’t stop during the holidays. Instead, people living in tiny homes on wheels often search for simple, small ways to add holiday spirit inside their homes. From foraging in nature to […]
It feels like almost every TV show has a Christmas-themed episode, but Hanukkah specials are few and far between. “Rugrats” is one of the only cartoons that educated kids about the Jewish tradition, while shows like “Friends” and “The O.C.” tackled the issue of celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah. With […]
Aldi, a budget-friendly grocery chain, is offering an array of festive items throughout December for under $US5. The store is stocking its shelves with Christmas-tree-shaped pizzas and an assortment of festive cheeses. The chain is also carrying an array of fun and affordable gift ideas, like lotion sets and pet […]
I made gingerbread cookies from scratch and messed up several times along the way (on purpose!) to see how each mistake would affect the texture, taste, and look of the cookies. From doubling up on molasses to using too much flour, there is a lot that can go wrong. Forgetting […]