The festive season is upon us, and it’s time to get the whole family together for food, celebration, and maybe even check out some fun holiday attractions. If you’re planning a trip with your loved ones this holiday, there are several must-see attractions across the country. Each offers something different that’s sure to impress kids, grown-ups, and grandparents alike.
1. The Rockettes’ Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The sheer scale of Christmas in New York City is a spectacle in itself. Street after street of glittering lights and extravagant window displays makes the Big Apple a must-visit during the holiday season. And what better way to capture the city’s spirit than by visiting the iconic Radio City Music Hall to see The Rockettes in their Christmas Spectacular? The Rockettes have been a holiday classic for almost a century with their flawless, high-kicking choreography and classic costumes. Children will especially delight in the Santa scene.
If you manage to get the extended family involved with this one, take advantage of the special group rates. But be sure to get your tickets early — the Christmas shows sell out every year.
2. “Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin” at SeaWorld
Brand new to SeaWorld Orlando this year comes this chilly penguin adventure: a thrilling and illuminating ride through the beautiful vistas of Antarctica. With two ride options (“mild” and “wild”), both children and seasoned theme park goers will find an experience to suit their interests.
During Antarctica’s behind-the-scenes tour and after your ride, you can get up close and personal with the penguins and step into the warm viewing room if you’re feeling chilly. There are inevitable wait times before each ride, but SeaWorld has created a practical and entertaining queuing system that will keep you excited for the main event.
Hand-carved from 2 million pounds of ice by 40 artisans, Frosty the Snowman leads you through a sculpture adventure winding through the famous atrium of the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. It’s an extravaganza of sculpted sights, including New York City, the North Pole, and a Nativity scene that will capture the imagination of young and old alike.
During peak times, parking and lines will be a problem, so be sure to arrive early or go on a weekday.
4. “Winter in Venice” at The Venetian
You may not immediately think of Las Vegas for your Christmas holiday, but The Venetian has all the fun of the fair in store for families this winter at its special Christmas celebration, “Winter in Venice.”
From dazzling Christmas trees in the St. Mark’s Square-inspired court to winter carnival performers parading around to the boutique stores and ice skating rink, The Venetian has something for everyone. “Winter in Venice” is a special treat for those interested in cooking (or eating!) — there are tons of culinary events throughout the celebration, including master classes and workshops from world-class and celebrity chefs, including “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro.
The world’s largest Christmas store is open year-round for holiday shopping, but December is when it’s at its best. Breathtaking displays and decorations greet you before you even get into the store, where you’ll find everything you can imagine for your family’s Christmas celebrations.
To avoid the longest lines, try to visit on a weekday. And, if you can, spend a few days in the area of Frankenmuth — known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” — for great German cuisine and a festival atmosphere. You can even take a carriage ride for the best view of the Christmas-lit streets.
No matter where you are this holiday season, seek out some winter bliss and steal a few hours of Christmas magic. These must-see attractions are bursting with holiday cheer and are sure to leave everyone in your family smiling.