Who says Christmas can only be one day?
Why not extend the festivities, and go all out for the holidays with these elaborate trips to see Santa?
Don’t miss out the most luxurious trips to see Santa before he heads back to the North Pole.
1. Park City, Utah
Park City has the “postcard factor,” according to Dan Howard.
Howard, the director of communications for the Park City Chamber of Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the town is a dream-like winter wonderland.
“Because of the history of the area, you have 47 buildings on Main Street that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places,” Howard said. “When you stand on Main Street, there’s just a different feeling (for those) coming from a big city or any place that’s modern.”
Every holiday season, Park City transforms. Guests can watch Santa Claus come down the Town Lift and greet families. After, watch the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade, a tradition that is 54 years old. The festivities start at 5:30 pm in Park City Base Area.
“(Our) two ski resorts have Torchlight parades during the holidays, which are really beautiful to watch,” Howard said. “Even if you’re not a skier, there’s just so much to do here — you can horse sled, snowmobile, dog sled, snowshoe. A lot of people just like to dress up and sip hot toddies in the lodges and do the après-ski.”
He recommends checking out the Fireside dining, a holiday tradition at Deer Valley Resort. All of the courses are served over the resort’s stone fireplaces. Indulge in Swiss raclette cheese, fire-roasted leg of lamb, fresh baked breads and fondue. Fireside dining is available Dec. 20, 25, 26 and 27, Jan. 1, and Feb. 14, 19 and 20.
For more information, go to visitparkcity.com for more information.
2. Disney Springs
Celebrate the holidays in the most magical place.
Meet Santa and his helpers at their cottage across from Ghiradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop at Disney Springs Marketplace, who will be available for photographs from noon to 10 p.m. every day until Dec. 24. After, be sure to grab a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
Disney Springs also will host a nightly tree lighting ceremony at the Once Upon a Toy fountain play area. Be sure to stop inside all the shops perfect for gift hunting — their windows will be adorned in enchanting displays to get you in the holiday spirit.
From 6 to 11 p.m. until Jan. 8, there will also be custom-decorated trees that capture the Disney spirit, live music, carolers, and toy soldier and snowflake stilt walkers.
Be sure to check out the first ever “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration,” where 300 illuminated drones will light up the sky while an orchestral arrangement will play your favorite holiday tunes. The show will take place nightly at 7 and 8:30 p.m. until Jan. 8.
For more information, visit disneyworld.disney.go.com.
3. Aspen, Colorado
Extend the Christmas cheer with 12 days of festive holiday themed activities.
“12 Days of Aspen” provides plenty of entertainment with free holiday arts and crafts, fly fishing, skating parties, s’mores, caroling, cookie decorating, story hour, a winter film series and multiple visits from Santa. Live reindeer will even accompany Old Saint Nick during his visit.
Melissa Wisenbaker, promo communications for Aspen, said the annual event takes over the town.
“The historic streets and scenic mountains in town provide a beautiful Christmas backdrop,” Wisenbaker said.
Families can even enjoy a carriage ride through Aspen with Santa Claus himself Dec. 22 and 23 for $10 a person. Or watch as Santa as the Fire Department escorts him throughout the town at 6 p.m. Dec. 23.
The night before Christmas, splurge on a lavish meal with a four-course menu that features caviar, roasted duck, delicious sides and a truffle tasting. The meal will be prepared by Executive Chef Matt Zubrod at Element 47 at The Little Nell Hotel. Price: $247 per guest, $47 for children plus a $125 optional wine pairing. Reservations can be made by calling 970-920-6330. Visit thelittlenell.com for more information.
For more information on the holidays in Aspen, visit aspenchamber.org.
4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Warm up during this holiday season by going south.
Keith Pierce, public relations strategist for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, said Myrtle Beach offers holiday entertainment and endless shopping opportunities.
“Sixty miles of beautiful beach is just the beginning,” Pierce said. “This time of year, the Myrtle Beach area offers more holiday cheer than most people would imagine from a beach area. (We offer) the perfect mix of southern hospitality and holiday cheer.”
Myrtle Beach has plenty of holiday happenings, including showing of “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show,” a southern family tradition, which will play until Jan. 2 at the beautiful Alabama Theatre.
Be sure to stop by Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, where more than 5,500 hand-lit candles will glow for the “Nights of a Thousand Candles.” The lights will showcase the beautiful ponds, oak trees and stunning statues. The exhibit runs from 3 to 10 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-20.
There will be plenty of opportunities to meet Santa as well. Families can visit Santa’s Village during the Great Christmas Light Show, which runs until Dec. 30. There will be 1.7 million lights showcased along a 1.5 mile drive throughout the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. After the drive, guests can park their cars and visit Santa’s Village, where there will be hot chocolate and s’mores, a Santa Express Train Ride, ice skating, and a Go Ape Lighted Adventure, which is a 15 minute treetop experience with a zipline zooming past Santa’s Village.
For more information, visit gotomyrtlebeach.com.