Christmas time is the right time to travel. The air is getting crisp and cold, and the malls are full to capacity. During the holiday season, many great tourist destinations are up and jingling. There are presents to be sought, stocking stuffers to browse through, and best of all-family memories to be forged. No matter what people do, or where they go, Christmas is experienced all around. During the holiday season, there are those special places and events to be taken advantage of. They are more than just destinations. They’re places and events which bring traveling families all the more closer together. Here are the top five best holiday travel events.
5) Christmas Town (Busch Gardens-Williamsburg, VA): The world’s most beautiful theme park is one of the largest Christmas displays in North America. Festive refreshments, holiday shopping, and heartwarming shows make the spirit of the season come alive. Ticket information and details are available at https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/events.
4) Holiday Lights (Kennywood Park-Pittsburgh, PA): Visitors must not miss the tallest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania and the hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights decorating the park. Guests are invited to stay for their favorite rides, model train displays, cookie decorating, and other holiday family activities. Ticket information is available at https://www.kennywood.com/holidaylights
3) Zoo Lights (National Zoo-Washington, DC): At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, the Christmas spirit tradition be more lively. Zoo Lights includes live musical performances, tasty winter treats, plenty of holiday shopping opportunities, and more than half a million environmentally friendly LED lights. Admission is free! Further details are available at https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/zoolights.
2) Christmas at Salve Regina University (Newport, RI): During the holiday season, the school’s historic mansion, Ochre Court, comes to life. The outdoors and the Great Hall are both decorated with sparking garland and twinkling lights. The voices of the University Chorus and Madrigals fill the mansion’s Great Hall with the sounds and songs of the Christmas season, under the direction of Donald St. Jean. Select mansions throughout historic Newport are ornately decorated for Christmas, and open for holiday tours. In Newport, there is no better concoction than the Atlantic Ocean air and the Christmas spirit mixed into one. The choral concert is Saturday, December 14th, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 15th at 3 pm. General admission: $10.00; $8.00 for students and seniors.
1) Candlelight Processional/Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (Walt Disney World-Lake Buena Vista, FL): At Walt Disney World, the holiday season is the happiest time of all. The Magic Kingdom hosts “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party”, including holiday treats, family fun, and interaction with favorite Disney characters. At Epcot, guests can experience the Candlelight Processional, a choral pageant accompanied by a fifty-piece orchestra. Each week, the performances are narrated by celebrities. This year’s celebrities include Gary Sinise, Whoopi Goldberg, Pat Sajak, and Neil Patrick Harris. Additional information is available at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/#/special-events.