As the most wonderful time of year is almost here, we wanted to share 5 magical holiday experiences that will bring tidings of comfort and joy to every type of traveler.
Whether looking to escape to a warm beach town or a backdrop that harkens a Hallmark Christmas movie, we have everyone covered with amazing destinations across the U.S.! From dazzling light displays and life-sized holiday trinkets, to a two-story Champagne Cascade and lively markets that spread cheer, this list is sure to make this season merry and bright.
Christmas in New York with Westgate New York Grand Central – New York, NY
No destination celebrates the holiday season quite like the Big Apple, and Westgate New York Grand Central provides the perfect accommodations to join the festivities. Located just one mile from Rockefeller Center, guests can make the short journey to see the world-famous Rockefeller Christmas tree while ice-skating, taking in views of NYC’s magical Christmas lights and window displays along the way. Just a couple blocks down is the Radio City Music Hall, where guests can spend the evening being entertained by the iconic Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. Just steps outside of the hotel offer views of the Empire State Building’s holiday light show, offering holly jolly cheer the moment you step outside of Westgate.
Night of Lights with Casa Monica Resort & Spa – St. Augustine, FL
Listed among the top ten holiday light displays in the world by National Geographic, Nights of Lights is celebrating 28 years of millions of tiny white lights twinkling throughout approximately 20 blocks of downtown St. Augustine. From Nov. 20, 2021 through Jan. 31, 2022, white lights drape the city’s unique Spanish Colonial architecture and provide a magical atmosphere (free of charge). The best views can be found along The Bridge of Lions and The Plaza de la Constitución or while climbing aboard the Old Town Trolley’s Famous Nights of Lights tour. A leisurely stroll around downtown St. Augustine wouldn’t be complete without a stop at iconic landmark Casa Monica Resort & Spa, overlooking the downtown district and Matanzas Bay, to enjoy the millions of twinkling lights. Be sure to step inside to grab a warm cocktail at Costa Brava on those chilly nights by the bay.
Savannah Christmas Market at Plant Riverside District – Savannah, GA
Plant Riverside District will sparkle with holiday charm this season for the second annual Savannah Christmas Market from Nov. 26 – Jan. 6. The Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District blends European and Southern holiday traditions in a spectacular entertainment district overlooking the Savannah River in one of America’s most beautiful cities. A wide range of holiday-themed events, live performances and family-friendly activities are planned, including a traditional Salzburg Christmas Market, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Kid’s Corner and Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights, followed by a fireworks show directly across the river from Plant Riverside District. Savannah Christmas Market hotel packages, featuring stays at the acclaimed JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District are available.
Christmas Flotilla 2021 in North Carolina’s Crystal Coast – Crystal Coast, NC
The 28th annual Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season! The decorated boats can be seen on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m. on the Beaufort waterfront. Flotilla participants and viewers can dock after the boat parade and enjoy one of Beaufort’s great dining establishments along the waterfront.
Life-Size Snowglobe Stroll & New Pendry Residences in Park City – Park City, UT
Recognized as “America’s favorite mountain town,” Park City, Utah welcomes guests of all ages to celebrate this winter season with stunning snow-covered mountains, magical holiday displays and fresh-air outdoor experiences. From Nov. 27 through the new year, travelers will uncover the magic of the holiday season with the annual Snow Globe Strollalong historic Main Street, showcasing nine uniquely designed life-sized snow globes that activate snow flurries by motion sensor. For a more active winter experience, discover 7,300 acres of terrain between two world-class ski resorts – Park City Mountain Resort(opening for ski season on Nov. 17),andDeer Valley Resort (opening for ski season on Dec. 4). After a full day of activities, relax at the newly constructed Pendry Residences Park City (slated to open Nov. 2021), delivering 152 fully furnished condominium residences, rooftop pool and après ski bar, and easy access to Park City Mountain.