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Plan a Warm Winter Getaway This Year

The weather outside is frightful, but the warm winter getaway you are planning will surely be delightful. Instead of bundling up in oversized coats, gloves, and hats you can pack shorts and a bathing suit. Forget about slugging through slush and snow – this year you’ll be building sandcastles instead of snowmen and working on your tan. Here are some top destination picks for great warm winter getaways.



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In Southern California, the weather is always perfect. It’s never too hot, and it is definitely never too cold. Build a sandcastle on one of the sprawling beaches, enjoy a relaxing game of golf, or spot celebrities in Los Angeles.


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Another destination vacation for a warm winter getaway that feels far away but is still United States soil is Hawaii. The last two weeks of December are said to be the prime time for a Hawaii vacation because while the weather everywhere else is cold and dreary, the weather in Hawaii is gorgeous as always.

Las Vegas

For a warm winter getaway you definitely will never forget, why not consider America’s adult playground. The weather in December and January is just about always warmer than most of the rest of the US, and you could never run out of things to do in Vegas.



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Not only can the Mediterranean be warm during the winter months, but airfare and lodging are typically much cheaper during this part of the year. Take in the sights and be a tourist this winter, and stay warmer doing it.


What could possibly be more picturesque than hiking through Greece? Explore the Greek islands and visit famous archaeological digs, spend long afternoons in roadside cafes, and maybe even be lucky enough to catch some rays on a beach. This is one winter getaway that will not soon be forgotten.


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When the temperatures are dropping all across the United States, things are heating up in the Southern Hemisphere. In fact, the days around Christmas time are often the hottest days of the year in Australia. What could be merrier than a day at the beach? Watch Santa surf and build a sand-snowman this year.


Turn your winter vacation into a tropical paradise vacation by visiting Jamaica. Not only is it warm and beautiful there, but Jamaican vacations are usually affordable too. Spend your holiday lounging in a hammock sipping cocktails.

Most winter holidays are thought of in terms of hot cocoa and ice skating. That’s nice, but sometimes you want to do something a bit different. Instead of snow angels, you want to work on your sun tan or just escape the frigid weather. A warm winter getaway, either at home and abroad, can get you there.

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Holiday Hotel Packages for Families

‘Tis the season for colorful lights, hot cocoa, visits with Santa Claus and, most importantly, time with family. Enjoy one of these special holiday hotel packages and escape to a festive destination for a night or weekend this season.

The Inn at Christmas Place – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

With a name like this, The Inn at Christmas Place can’t disappoint. Plus, it’s offering a Christmas in Dixie Package with two nights’ lodging; two tickets to the Dixie Stampede Dinner Show; two tickets to Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry; and breakfast each morning. Additional tickets can be added for children; package is available through Dec. 23, 2015.

Congress Hall – Cape May, New Jersey

Stately Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey, has a few holiday deals, including a Walking in a Winter Wonderland package. The package includes a train ride on the Congress Hall Express (for four); hot cocoa (also for four); a holiday souvenir; and a $20 voucher for breakfast (kids ages 12 and under eat free). Package is available Nov. 27 to Dec. 31, 2015.

Santa’s Lodge – Santa Claus, Indiana

Step into Santa’s Lodge for breakfast (for four); dinner and milk and cookies with Santa (also for four); holiday arts and crafts; admission to the Land of Lights Tour at Lake Rudolph; and access to the Candy Castle North Pole Network — it’s all part of the one-night package offered (two-night packages are also available). Packages are available on the following dates in 2015: Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19.

Gaylord Opryland Resort – Nashville, Tennessee

Splurge on the Country Christmas Basic Package at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort, which includes two or three nights’ lodging; tickets to ICE!; tickets to “How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The Musical”; tickets to Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Christmas Dinner Show; and a ride on the Delta Riverboat, through the hotel’s lush gardens. Free admission to the resort’s craft show is also part of the fun. Package is available Nov. 20 to Dec. 27, 2015.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center – Washington, D.C.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington D.C. also presents magnificent holiday displays, along with two themed packages. We like the ICE! Is Nice Package, which offers accommodations and unlimited entry to ICE!, a wonderland of carved creations — “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” is the theme in 2015. The package is available Nov. 21, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016.

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center – Grapevine, Texas

The Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine celebrates the holiday season, too, with a Lone Star Christmas and two themed packages. The Lone Star Christmas Experience includes accommodations; tickets to ICE!; tickets to the Elf of the Shelf Scavenger Hunt; tickets to Gingerbread Decorating Corner (one kit per room); tickets to Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing; and a souvenir family photo. The Holiday Getaway ICE! Adventure covers accommodations, tickets to ICE! and a souvenir family photo. Both packages are available Nov. 12, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016.

Big Cedar Lodge – Branson, Mo.

Big Cedar Lodge is a lovely place during the holidays as is, but it also offers a Happy Holidays Package that includes a family scavenger hunt; complimentary breakfast for one morning of your stay; family photo; holiday goodie basket; and a signature holiday ornament.

Hotel Hershey – Hershey, Pennsylvania

It doesn’t get any better than Christmas in Hershey, especially if you stay at the grand Hotel Hershey. The deluxe hotel has a package that includes cookie and milk delivery, plus admission to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, Hershey Sweet Lights, Hershey Gardens, and The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience. Package is available Nov. 13 to Dec. 29, 2015.

The Coeur d’Alene Resort – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Decked out for the holidays, The Coeur d’Alene Resort also offers a Holiday Lights Bed and Breakfast Package. The package includes a $20 credit for breakfast, plus two tickets to Journey to the North Pole Holiday Lights Cruise (purchase additional tickets for a nominal fee; cruises begin Nov. 20, 2015). Packages are available through Dec. 31, 2015.

Marriott Stone Mountain Inn – Atlanta, Georgia

If you’ve never been to Holly Jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, now’s the time to go! Nearby Marriott Stone Mountain Inn has a Christmas Holiday Package with overnight accommodations, breakfast for four and, of course, four Stone Mountain Christmas Adventure Passes. Package is available on select dates through Jan. 3, 2016.

Red Jacket Mountain View Resort – Jackson, New Hampshire

Combine water park and holiday fun at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, which offers a Christmas Present Package. The package includes two nights’ accommodations (Dec. 24 to 26, 2015); admission to Kahuna Laguna, the onsite water park; bonfires; cookie decorating and more.

Ice Skating at Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado – Coronado, California

The historic “Hotel del” in Coronado (just outside of San Diego) transforms into a winter wonderland each year, and features an ice skating rink by the ocean. Take advantage with the Ice Skating & S’mores Package, which includes two skating tickets (additional tickets can be purchased) and a private S’mores roast for your family (up to 5). New for 2015, the package also includes access to DELights in the Garden Patio, with a light show, holiday treats and more. Package is available Nov. 27, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016.

Hawks Cay Resort – Duck Key, Florida

Dash away, dash away for warm holiday fun at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys. The resort’s Christmas Package entitles guests to 15 percent off accommodations (two-night minimum) and 15 percent off marina dockage. Other perks include visits with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, cookie and ornament decorating and so much more. The offer is available through Dec. 25, 2015.

Mayflower Park Hotel – Seattle, Washington

The Mayflower Park Hotel offers a Seattle Holiday Traditions Package, with valet parking and a gift from the hotel. Bonus: The Mayflower is located in the center of the city’s holiday fun — carousel rides and a giant Christmas tree are just steps away. The package is available through Dec. 30, 2015.

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel & RV Park – Williams, Arizona

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel & RV Park has a Polar Express Package, with a ride to the North Pole (where Santa Claus awaits) via The Polar Express, accommodations, and breakfast and dinner buffets.

The Peabody Memphis – Memphis, Tennessee

The Peabody Memphis welcomes families “Home for the Holidays,” with accommodations, a signature ornament and self-parking, plus dazzling lights and holiday decor throughout the hotel. Package is available Nov. 8 to Dec. 30, 2015.

Omni Mount Washington Resort – Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

The Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, has a Stocking Stuffer Package with a 10 percent discount on best available rates, as well as a $10 resort credit, festive treat, late check-out and a token to donate to the charity of your choice. Additionally, the hotel is offering horse-drawn sleigh rides. The package is available Nov. 23 to Dec. 30, 2015.

Kingsmill Resort & Spa – Williamsburg, Virginia

At Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Virginia, a Christmas Town Package offers two night’s lodging in a one-bedroom condo; complimentary breakfast; and complimentary transportation and admission to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town — a winter wonderland with rides, shows, lights and more. It’s available Nov. 26 to Dec. 31, 2015.

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center – Galveston, Texas

Combine your visit to Ice Land with accommodations at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. A Family Package includes tickets to Ice Land and Festival of Lights, along with valet parking. Offer valid Nov. 14, 2015 to Jan. 10, 2016.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel – Jekyll Island, Georgia

Experience the holidays on Jekyll Island in Georgia, with accommodations and a breakfast buffet at the festive Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The Nights Before Christmas Package, available Nov. 13 to 23, 2015, also includes two tickets for the Jekyll Island Ice Skating Village (additional tickets may be purchased for children).

Inn on Biltmore Estate – Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville’s Inn on Biltmore Estate is a wonderful place to celebrate the season, especially since it offers a Candlelight Christmas Evenings Package. The package includes accommodations, breakfast, admission to the Biltmore Estate, audio guides and admission to Christmas Candlelight Evenings at the Biltmore House, valet parking, complimentary estate shuttle service and finally, a keepsake Christmas Book. The package is available Nov. 6, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016.

Chase Park Plaza – St. Louis, Missouri

The Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis has a Home for the Holidays Package that includes accommodations and a $25 credit for dining. The package is available Nov. 1, 2015 to Jan. 9, 2016.

Affinia Manhattan – New York City

You won’t find many holiday packages or discounted rates in New York City right now, but Affinia Manhattan has a promotion called Home Suite Home for the Holidays. The package includes an overnight stay in a deluxe suite, a festive holiday gift box full of goddies, and an opportunity to donate to Edible Schoolyard. Offer is available through Jan. 5, 2016.

Gingerbread House at Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge – Multiple Locations

You didn’t think Great Wolf Lodge ignores the holidays, did you? All locations, including Great Wolf Lodge Poconos, offer Snowland, with daily snow showers, themed activities, and life-size gingerbread houses! Plus, Santa Claus makes special appearances throughout the event. Snowland packages and pricing varies by resort.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza – Boston, Massachusetts

The luxurious Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston has a Twelve Days of Christmas Package with accommodations; Sleigh Ride, an album from the Boston POPS; and late check-out at 4 p.m.

The Broadmoor – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Celebrate the season with a Classic Broadmoor Christmas. The Broadmoor is offering accommodations, dinner show tickets, a 15-percent discount at onsite shops and 25 percent off published suite rates. The package is available on the following dates in 2015: Dec. 12, 18, 19, 20, 24 and 27.

Oregon Garden Resort – Silverton, Oregon

Silverton, Oregon offers Christmas in the Garden, with carolers, lights, food, bonfires and a traditional German Christmas Village! Combine your visit with a stay at the Oregon Garden Resort, which has The Oregon Garden Package. The package includes accommodations, a signature mug, continental breakfast buffet and admission to Christmas in the Garden, with discounts for food. Rates start at $99 per night. The package is available Nov. 27, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016.

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