When it’s already October or November, people start to plan ahead where to spend their Christmas vacation. You may want to enjoy the outdoors as well and see other beautiful sites and experience other’s culture.
1. St. Petersburg, Russia
“It’s incredibly dreamy this time of year with the snow and the historic buildings,” says Jaclyn Sienna India, president and founder of the luxury travel firm Sienna Charles. She recommends buying tickets to the Russian ballets and catching a performance of the original Nutcracker at the Mariinsky, which is the theater that hosted the famed production’s world premiere in 1892.
2. Lapland, Finland
Is there anything more authentic than spending Christmas in the Article Circle? Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland in Northern Scandinavia, is known as the “Official Hometown of Santa Claus”—and it looks exactly like the Santa Claus’ village you grew up fantasizing about. Kids will encounter elves, play with Rudolf and his reindeer, and decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus; for adults, there’s snowmobile safaris, husky rides, and Northern Light hunting.
3. Tuscany, Italy
Traveling with kids? Look no further than Tuscany, where child-friendly holiday activities and eye-catching nativity scenes are abundant. One standout: Santa Claus’ Village of Montepulciano, which features a Santa Claus castle, a “Toy Factory” exhibit, and a mini pony ranch. Book a room at Il Castelfalfi, a new five-star resort located in a restored medieval village, or check out the equally luxurious Castiglion del Bosco, an 800-year-old Tuscan estate owned by the Ferragamo family. “Last year was the first year that the Ferragamos decided to keep it open for the holiday,” says Sienna India, of the hilltop resort. “It’s perfect for families—there’s exceptional food, and pizza and pasta-making for the kids.” And for adults, “What’s more cozy than enjoying Super Tuscans by the fire?”
Thanksgiving day is a glorious and joyous time of year I look forward to. If you’ve never witnessed a Thanksgiving parade in person, or haven’t done so in a while, you won’t want to miss out on those set to kick off the holiday season in 2017.
If you’re staying in NYC during this food-heavy holiday, chances are your folks are in town and they’re looking for awesome things to do on Thanksgiving weekend. This is the perfect time to take them to festive sights like iconic ice-skating rinks or yuletide holiday markets at NYC parks while the city’s delightfully deserted. On the other hand, if you’re here and want to avoid Christmas in New York entirely, we’ve got your agenda for a cultured couple of days away from all the turkeys. Check out our list of the best Thanksgiving events below.
1. Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation
This pre–Turkey Day ritual, held near the American Museum of Natural History, has become almost as crowded as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but we prefer it to the main event. Why? We like to weave through the crowds, walking past the inflation stations to see SongeBob SquarePants at our own pace. Inflation takes place from 3 to 10pm. Arrive later in the evening, when the gigantic characters have taken shape; the crowds are at their peak, so you can also show off the famed New York sidewalk shuffle. Enter at W 79th St at Columbus Ave.
2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
For the 91st year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will usher in the holiday season with familiar sights like giant balloons, high-kicking Rockettes and Santa’s sleigh, plus celebrity appearances. Begins at W 77th St and Central Park West.
There’s something different, something special about Christmas in the country – a uniqueness which sets it apart from the same holiday in the city. Many of us are already planning how to spend our vacation in the countryside. And here are the ways from this article on you can celebrate Christmas in the countryside.
There’s something especially magical about the understated beauty of December in the countryside. From brown paper packages to simple place settings, here are 35 ways to have yourself a beautifully merry (and blessedly unharried) holiday. ‘Tis a gift to be simple!
1. Light things up.
Add a touch of green year-round by installing forest green lamps on the exterior of your home or barn.
2. Add leaves to the eaves. Outfit a drape of greenery with lights, ornaments, or berries.
3. Hang an all-weather wreath. Why stop at the door? Upgrade a halo of Scotch pine and fir with LED lights and hardy ornaments.
4. Use what you’ve got. Stash plain planters, pots, and pails with birch logs and tiny pine trees bedecked with pinecones.
5. Attend a small-town parade.
Move over, Macy’s! We love the pomp and circumstance of the big-city pageantry but, to us, nothing signals the start of the season—or shows off the heart of a small town—quite like a quaint Christmas parade. The excitement is everywhere, from the moment the homemade floats find their places. Folks happily take a break from the hustle and bustle the season brings. They slow down. They gather. They bid one another well. Year after year, along the never-changing route, Boy Scouts wave and toss out candy while little ones scramble to scoop up a treat or five. The local marching band cheerfully bears the cold, performing for friends and families huddled together. This year, don your mittens and scarves and hit Main Street to welcome the season the small-town America way.
“The weather was just perfect to hit the beach this weekend. Although all children seem to love being on the beach, sometimes you need to have some ideas for keeping them entertained above and beyond swimming and building sandcastles. Get ready for fun in the sun and sand. Once your little kids have exhausted the waves, there are plenty of land-based activities to keep them busy until sunset.”
Do your summer plans say BEACH? If so, you’re going to love this list of fun things to do with kids.
Honestly, it takes a lot to motivate me to go to the beach. Mostly, because I don’t enjoy sunbathing, I seriously turn another shade of brown within 10 minutes of being in the sun. I love my sun-kissed skin color just the way it is. So with that said I try to plan activities that our kids will enjoy doing at the beach which they can enjoy under the umbrella for some shade breaks.
Most of these activities were not planned before I left home so I had to work with the things I found around the beach and where we were staying. Which makes them pretty simple and easy to put together. Also, I usually search the internet after I write a post or in preparing for an article just to see how original my work is and I must say I didn’t find any articles that had these unique activities in their post. Most of them had things like go find seashells, make a sand castle… and those are great but I wanted to share something different.
So enjoy our unique list of beach activities for you and your family.
“Children learn their most impactful lessons at home. The examples parents present have a greater effect on the choices children later make than any other outside force. Planning a family holiday can be a lot like planning dinner. You may think it is quicker and easier if you make all the decisions, but including the kids in the planning process helps avoid sulks, and will buy you some time to indulge in window shopping or a sneaky afternoon nap. While weekends are a time for relaxation and rejuvenation, they also provide the perfect opportunity for lessons in physical fitness. Setting the standard for physical activity early in their lives will benefit your children into adulthood.”
Monday morning I met John at the cafeteria. He was brewing coffee and I was there for a cup of tea. He sighed in between the conversation and said “5 more days”. Seeing my puzzled look, he explained further – “to the weekend”. We all wait for the weekend the whole week. Almost 60 hours of time, but most of the time we don’t really pre-plan to do anything on a weekend.
There are so much to do, there are people around, things around. You need to find time and company of your family and friends. I have prepared 51 family fun ideas, these can be applicable to your friends as well.
If I ask, you may say “something fun”. Well, what exactly? I was searching for it for years. These days my fun is sitting in front of the computer and blogging my way through the weekend. Obviously, SMB hates it.
If you ask me how many we do from below. I’ll seriously have to think if we do any. I prepared this list out of my not-so-creative mind. See, if you find a few interesting
51 Weekend ideas that are certainly entertaining and fun yet inexpensive
Go for a fun bike ride. Make sure you look onto bicycle safety. Odds are your family will enjoy cycling for sure. Buy the best bike ever and enjoy outdoor activities. You will be able to implement good habits, too.
Buy a kite. You can even buy a remote control model (Search “RC airplane” on Google). RC airplanes are a lot of fun. Apart of being trendy, this is an innovative and sophisticated toy. Most families enjoy playing with RC models. Don’t hesitate to ask for specifics and guidelines.
Play Frisbee or catch. What if you don’t own one? You can get a plastic disc, a lid may be. Thus, homemade options are viable. There are no excuses in terms of money. You can play non-stop or until you get tired.
Choose a tour. You can consider touring a fun and historic local establishment, such as a radio station, an old newspaper, etc. You will be amazed on the many benefits that this can bring right away. It is about becoming in touch with local culture, too. Ask around and try to spot the best place.