In the midst of the last minute rush to buy presents, clean the house for incoming guests, and fine tune the Christmas dinner menu, you may be fraught with the urge to flee. Just to escape from hosting your own Christmas and instead let someone else do all the work.
Yes, it may be just a fantasy and this late in the game may be impossible to book but if you dream of being pampered, entertained or enchanted by total strangers for Christmas instead of getting another Egg Nog for Uncle Dave, here are 5 great Christmas escapes – there is always next year!
The Grand Christmas: Mohonk Mountain House 1 of 5This old school hotel in New York has lots of festive winter activities like ice-skating in an open-air Pavilion (with Victorian skating chairs even), snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding. Inside the hotel there are a dozen Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, loads of caroling, and hot apple cider at afternoon tea. Plus guests can have their room specially decorated, including stockings filled with treats on the fireplace mantle. Yup, it's all done for you.
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The Dude Ranch Christmas: Vista Verde Guest Ranch 2 of 5This dude ranch near Steamboat Springs creates a rustic celebration for the holidays. Each family gets their own tree to decorate in the grand lodge, you get to go on horse drawn sleigh (with lots and lots of sleigh bells), oodles of caroling and a great big Christmas Day Feast.
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The Sweet Christmas: Hersey PA 3 of 5If you are looking for a sweet Christmas, the Hershey experience will be delicious. Features include the, "Hershey Sweet Lights" which is a two-mile drive through display of colorful Christmas lights. Hersheypark reopens branded with their "Christmas Candylane" branding. The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge also do a Breakfast With Santa Package.
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THe Wilderness Christmas: Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite 4 of 5Yosemite National park is gorgeous at any time of year, but it holds a certain amount of magic during the winter. One of the gems of Yosemite is the Ahwahnee Hotel, it's a national landmark and for good reason, it's gorgeous. And during the holidays it is transformed into 17th century English manor with their famous Bracebridge Dinner. The hotel has been performing the Bracebridge Dinner since 1927. "The event consists of a four-hour pageant of classic carols in an elegant and artistic fashion. You will enjoy Renaissance rituals, Middle Age music and sumptuous food. Over 100 players recreate the roles of the Squire and his family, their servants, the Lord of Misrule, minstrels and other performers. Decked with magnificent wreaths, an elaborate Squire's table, large banners and traditional Yuletide decorations, the Ahwahnee Dining Room transforms into the Great Hall and is the stage for the festivities."
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A Mickey Christmas: Disneyland 5 of 5The talented folks at Disney know how to put on a show, and Christmas is yet another time for them to show off their magic…it ain't called the happiest place on earth for nothing. The Disneyland Park in California celebrates with a special Christmas parade, snow falling on main street, icicles on the castle and holiday themed versions of some of their most popular rides like It's a Small World and the awesome transition of The Haunted Mansion to an ode to Nightmare Before Christmas. The park is of course open on Christmas Day and staying at one of their hotels is a special treat. There are special Christmas dinners served at their 4-star Napa Rose restaurant at the Grand California and at the Disneyland Hotel.
And Disneyworld? They really go all out including their Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, grand parade, and festive decorations and lights everywhere!
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