Having lived in the city for almost half a decade, this year I decided to check out a few newer holiday events and highlights that were a little different compared the classic tourist tick list. And this is what I found…
Lumino City – A winter fantasy land -this frozen world of blue and white transports people to the very top of the world on a crystal-clear winter night to experience mountains of glistening snow, brilliant trees stretching up into the darkness and spectacular castles towering above the terrain. With everything from lit up skating unicorns to luminous city’s in the clouds and candy lands of light, this is a treat to visit for all ages. Visit https://www.luminocityfestival.com/ for your tickets today!
Nutcracker Rouge – This dazzling, sensuous performance is a not to miss for fans of anything opulent, provocative and as glamorous as performances come. Austin McCormick has reimagined the story of the beloved Nutcracker tale told with an adult flare and universally relatable body of performers. If, like myself you have seen every holiday performance there is, than this show is for you. Unique, inspiring, with outstanding music, dancing and creative concept – this is one show that will only get harder to book as years come! Grab your tickets at http://companyxiv.com/nutcracker-rouge
The Nutcracker Fete – This year you are cordially invited to the Stahlbaum family’s holiday party – travel back in time and step into a room alive with music and festive cheer. Rummage through our gorgeous period costume pieces, grab a cocktail and experience a new interactive version of the classic holiday tale with a hilarious, cocktail-filled twist. This 90-minute-long holiday show is part immersive theatre, part cabaret, and part winter dream and will feature live improv-actors, cocktails and lots of laughs is a treat you can’t deny yourself this holiday season. For tickets visit – https://nutcrackercocktailfete.com/
1. Travel deals sites like… Dunhill Travel Deals – if you visit their site now through Cyber Monday you are going to find travel companies offering incredible travel deals for 2020. For example, you can save up to $1,000 on a Sandals resorts or visit Italy for 10 nights w/ airfare for just over $1000. If you want to get great deals on travel year round, sign up for Dunhills Travel Deals’ newsletter. See dunhilltraveldeals.com.
2. Hotel Groups – InterContinental Hotels Group – During their Cyber Sale, which runs until Dec 17th, you can get 20% off at Intercontinental and participating hotels like Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, – for travel now through 2020. Also if you are an IHG Rewards Club member, you can save up to an additional 10% at participating locations around the world. Head to IHG’s Cyber Sale page (IHG.com/CyberSale) to find deals.
3. Resorts – like… Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, boasting an eco marine habitat, a waterpark, casino and more. Between now and December 2, Atlantis offers their Five Days Of Savings – where you can view the website each day to uncover a different offers from 35% room savings, up to $600 resort credit or a complimentary night, 5th night free and more. If you book to be there on December 30, Atlantis will welcome the Jonas Brothers for an exclusive performance (tickets are still available)
4. Amusement Parks – like… Discovery Cove, Orlando – A great option if your looking to book something for the whole family. If you book between now and Dec 2nd, you get can up to a 40 percent savings on reservations. Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort with animal encounters – where guests can do everything from swim with dolphins and snorkel among tropical fish to hand-feeding exotic birds. Book online at DiscoveryCove.com.
Fall travel is beautiful for many reasons…you can enjoy walking around without screaming summer heat or freezing in winter winds. Fall also means more fall foliage and less crowds. Above all, it is ‘shoulder season’ in terms of grabbing great deals on flights and accommodation this is your best bet. According to one of the world’s largest digital travel companies – booking.com – there are a whole bunch of destinations that are less expensive during the fall months as opposed to the most expensive times of the year. For example, travel to San Diego in October and receive 24 % savings or travel to Niagra Falls in New York State in October and receive 38%. Booking.com also finds that almost half (48%) of global travelers said that they plan on taking a family vacation in 2019 – so family trips are clearly becoming a popular option in the upcoming months. However couples or single travelers will also find plenty of deals out there for fall travel.
Given that the northeast gets some of the most aesthetically beautiful weather, consider staying close to home and visiting New Hampshire, CT or taking advantage of NY city break. Hotels like The High Line Hotel in NY, are a great option for families – with their annual Halloween Dog Costume Parade held on Oct 27th featuring face painting and more, and the hotel’s “urban pumpkin patch” courtyard where parents can grab fall themed cocktail’s at Ingo’s in the garden or take advantage of the hotel’s ‘Pumpkin Service, Bottle Service’ – where a master-pumpkin-carver will make your custom design come to life on a pumpkin — all while you sip on a bottle of bubbly!
Looking to go a bit further? Travelers really looking to save money should consider places that are typically associated with summer vacation like Southern CA for example. Ontario International Airport (ONT) is a preferable example to fly into, being approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California…with direct flights on Jetblue that fly into and out of JFK. So if you’re looking for a less stressful experience and want to beat LA traffic, it’s a great option. Southern California is known for its beautiful beaches, stoic mountains, beautiful landscapes, amusement parks and those famous beaches like Huntington and Venice, which will all have great weather with less crowds this time of year.
What about booking ahead for thanksgiving? Holiday travelers should make their plans now and begin booking their flights for Thanksgiving asap. Flying in the Monday before Thanksgiving is looking to be the cheapest day to travel before the holiday, Maintaining a degree of flexibility will help you, as well as tracking your ideal destinations with flight tracking apps which can notify you when the best time to book is based on a fare drop.