No need to break the bank this Christmas vacation
Between stocking stuffers and Christmas dinners, the holiday season can take a toll on any family’s savings account. Looking for the best places to indulge in a little holiday-inspired budget travel? Browse these trip ideas before you trek over the river and through the woods.
Known for providing some of the best vacations with kids, this Floridian city is an extra-special treat during the holidays. Head to Walt Disney World for the Magic Kingdom’s Very Merry Christmas Party and March of the Wooden Soldiers, make your way to Epcot for the celebrated Holidays Around the World event, or trek to Universal Studios for its nightly parades and Grinch-themed land.
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North Pole, New York
Sneaking a peek at Santa should be on the agenda for any holiday vacation, and New York’s North Pole offers the real deal. Just a short drive from Lake Placid, this charming town is home to the seasonal Santa’s Workshop: an alpine village that features rides, shops, animals and all manner of Christmas excitement. When it comes to cheap holidays, this is the place to be.
The holiday season goes into full effect on Thanksgiving, and no place does it better than Chicago. Take your little ones to the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and then spend the weekend browsing a wonderland of toys and ornaments at the seasonal Christmas markets. Don’t forget to stop by ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo; this park-wide light display is seriously spectacular.
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Parents and kids alike adore Hershey’s chocolate-themed wonderland throughout the year, but the holiday season gives the town an even sweeter atmosphere. Hersheypark’s Christmas Candylane is a marvel of lights, rides and characters. Also, children will get a kick out of meeting Santa’s reindeer. Want the ultimate experience? Line up for the steam-powered Twilight Express to catch a glimpse of a forest-inspired light display.