Tis the season to be jolly! Christmas is the most popular holiday of the fall and winter seasons with many different traditions kept in families all over the world. In the United States, family celebrations vary from large and vary elaborate to small, simple gatherings. Vacations are often a part of the family celebrations and take place in many different locations. Sometimes, however, families like to deviate from the tradition with different and unusual destinations. Holiday vacations to unusual places are now becoming more common.
One unusual place for a vacation at Christmas is North Pole, Alaska. Located on the same latitude as Oslo, Norway, the city lies 350 miles north of Anchorage and 125 miles inside the Arctic Circle. Its most famous attraction is the Santa Claus House where children can sit on Santa’s lap. Winter festivals are held from the end of November each year until the first of January. Ice sculptures, ice mazes, ice slides and more are part of the festivals. Restaurants range from McDonald’s to Thai Restaurants. More information on food and lodging can be found at welcometoalaska.com. There are two more web sites with more information on the festivals and attractions. The web site addresses are: northpolechamber.us.
Christmas City in Bethlehem, PA is another location with many unique activities at Christmas. “Founded by Moravians on Christmas Eve 1741, Bethlehem is known for its warm, friendly celebrations of the holiday season including the world-renowned holiday marketplace, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem.”(christmascity.org) Event and activity tickets vary in costs with information listed on the above web link. Peeps, the marshmallow and sugar candy, are manufactured in the area. The area is filled with activities and events during November and December. Plenty of lodging and food are available; the web site is very informative and helpful.
There are many different cities in the United States with Christmas names. You can find a list of the names and states at the following web site: accuracyproject.org. Many of the cities have attractions and activities connected with their holiday names. North Pole, Essex County, New York is a good place to start. Located 12 miles from Lake Placid and 45 miles from the Canadian border, skiing is a popular sport in the area. “Designed by artist Arto Monaco, Santa’s Workshop is one of the oldest theme parks in the United States. (accuracyproject.orgl)
Break tradition this year; try something unique and different.