5 Spirit Boosting Locales
The best way to get into the holiday spirit might just be with travel! Sure, you could stuff some stockings with travel gadgets or accessories. But, if you’re thinking of giving the gift of travel this holiday season, we’ve got some suggestions for a few spirit boosting locales. These 5 places are guaranteed to banish your inner humbug…
Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
The classic holiday story of The Grinch becomes real as you step into the magic of the “Grinchmas” experience in Seuss Landing at Universal Studios Orlando. See the magical decorations, live stage shows, and try out the special festive food offerings. Get your hands on some Grinch gear and you’ll feel like you too are in Whoville. Once you’re done, venture out into the rest of the park and enjoy the themed festivities!
Santa Claus Village, Finland
Something that is sure to boost your spirits is a vacation to Lapland, Finland to see the home of the big man himself, Santa! Stop by Santa Claus Village to meet Santa, his elves and his reindeer. While here, you can enjoy the Christmas decorations, eat traditional Finnish food, do some arts and crafts, or try to see The Northern Lights. If you’re lucky, you might even get the opportunity to go dog-sledding!
New York City, New York
First stop has to be the iconic Rockefeller Centre to see the enormous Christmas tree featured in movies like Home Alone 2 . While there, you can grab a hot cocoa or do some ice skating just like Buddy the Elf. If this doesn’t get you in the spirit, walk over to Union Square to visit the markets. From the great food to fantastic souvenirs, there’s a gift in your visit for everyone…including you.
Sure, I’m biased but a trip to Toronto at this time of year is a great idea. Your visit will put you in a magical mindset this holiday season. At Nathan Phillips Square don ice skates and view the beautifully decorated city hall. Then, head over to the Distillery District to see the lights and check out the crafts in the Toronto Christmas Market. There are no shortage of places to stay in town, but one to consider: The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto offers “The Nutcracker” afternoon tea and Christmas dinner services. The kids can even enjoy a visit with Santa!
Whistler, British Columbia
If you love to ski, head to the world-famous slopes in Whistler. Your spirits will immediately be boosted when you lay eyes on the ultimate definition of a “White Christmas.” While here, you can enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities from skiing to hot tubs. Not so outdoorsy? Cozy up in a resort like the Four Seasons Whistler and enjoy the amazing cuisine.