Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, the holidays can be a whirlwind of family, food, and hopefully fun. Let’s be honest though, sometimes the fun part doesn’t fully manifest as everyone would hope. Differing opinions on politics or how to cook the Thanksgiving turkey or the actual rules to the board game Catan could get in the way of quality time with family and friends.
If you’re looking for an excuse to get away for either Thanksgiving or Christmas this year or if you’d like to host one of the holidays in a new and exciting place, consider one of these great locations for this year’s holiday season:
Orlando, FL – Orlando makes it on many of our lists of top destinations and for good reason. The weather is great year-round, visitors can experience terrific attractions and entertainment, and their are countless great restaurants and options for shopping. Additionally, the iconic theme parks Disney World and Universal are wonderful options for family outings on or around Thanksgiving or Christmas. If you’re looking for a great resort stay while visiting Orlando during the upcoming holiday season, check out either the Tuscana Resort Orlando or the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando.
New York City, NY – There is never really a bad time to visit New York City, but to visit the Big Apple during the holiday season is a completely different sight to behold. You’ve probably seen what it can look like in holiday movie classics like Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone 2, or Elf, but to see it and feel it for yourself is a completely different experience. The city that never sleeps is awash with beautiful Christmas lights, chestnuts roasting in street side stands, and an overall feeling of good cheer and positivity. When visiting New York during the holidays, you can also take in the beautiful Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, go ice skating at the Wollman Rink in Central Park, and view the brilliant holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue among so many other holiday-themed activities and sights.
Lake Harmony, PA – Situated among the Poconos and close to state parks, ski slopes, a namesake lake, and great outdoor recreation, Lake Harmony is a beautiful place to visit for the holidays. A great resort option would be the Galleria at Split Rock, which is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts and traveling families. This resort is located on 125 acres in the western region of the Poconos and just two miles from the Boulder Ski Slopes. Just 25 miles from Scranton International Airport, the property is easily accessible to visitors traveling by road or air. Other area attractions include the Pocono International Speedway, white water rafting, and Hickory Run State Park.
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Often dubbed the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale’s canals and waterways make it one of the truly unique cities in America. As with many of the southern Florida cities, the weather is tropical year-round. So if you’re looking for an opportunity to escape the frigid temperatures back home during the holidays, a Ft. Lauderdale Thanksgiving or Christmas could be the perfect option. The city does a holiday boat parade, hosts beer festivals, as tons of great shopping deals, and is still warm enough to make a trip to the beach. A great property to consider if visiting is the Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.
Asheville, NC – Beer City USA, the Land of the Sky, Ashvegas – the Western North Carolina city of Asheville has many monikers and all are rooted in some reality of what it’s like to visit. Visiting this mountain town during the holidays will afford tons of opportunity for indoor and outdoor activities, amazing cuisine, renowned craft beer and cocktails, and so much more. You and the family could tour the spectacular Biltmore Estate in all its Christmas-time awe and splendor, check out the Omni Grove Park Inn’s National Gingerbread House Competition Display, or view the spectacle of the Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum.