Christmas is a great time for a getaway and several destinations come to mind when looking for an extraordinary experience combined with affordability.
A trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico at Christmas offers the excitement of a trip to old Mexico. The awesome Spanish architecture and the melodious chiming of old church bells set the scene for a truly memorable holiday.
Santa Fe is 400 years old this year, celebrating the event from September 2009 to September 2010. The marvelous museums, galleries and historic sites are filled with the excitement of the celebration and are delighted to share the experience with you.
The food, music, dancing, sight seeing and shopping keep visitors busy throughout the year but Christmas is even more spectacular, filled with colorful holiday lights and decorations, luminous candles and traditional Spanish Christmas activities and music.
Christmas Eve in Santa Fe begins at nightfall and starts at the base of Canyon Road. This traditional walk through the “City Different” is illuminated by small paper bags filled with sand and a candle which is lighted by hand each night. The Farolito Walk is an extraordinary experience that is filled with a reverent quality in spite of the crowds; and it is free.
In the heart of Santa Fe, the owners of the Santa Fe Sage Inn had a vision to provide comfortable and affordable lodging. They hoped to attract guests who wanted to spend their money visiting the museums, art galleries and restaurants while enjoying accommodations that were in step with the cities ambiance. They succeeded; their business has grown over 300 percent each year since they opened in 2004. And this year they were recognized as a recipient of the 2009 Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Business Award.
The Santa Fe Sage Inn has several packages available now. Check out the “Dine for Free” package; only $139 for two night’s accommodations, a Healthy Start Breakfast and a $40 dinning gift card. www.visitsantafe.com
Nashville, Tennessee offers an exciting travel experience anytime of the year but the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the world famous Rockettes, “12 Days of Christmas” with tickets starting at $35 is a bargain this year.
After a multi-million dollar renovation the 196 room Hotel Preston provides luxurious 4 Star accommodations from $87. With amenities like LCD TVs and extraordinary art work throughout the hotel your stay is sure to be a memorable one. www.hotelpreston.com and www.visitmusiccity.com
Christmas Cruise Deals are available at the last minute for those wanting a relaxing trip to Mexico or the Caribbean. Norwegian Caribbean Lines recently offered a 7 day cruise for $249 and a 4 night cruise for only $119. www.ncl.com
The airlines also have great deals for someone looking for a last minute vacation deal. Check out www.americanairlines.com
Christmas Deals are available through visitor centers web sites across the US. Check out the visitor center in the locale of your choice for exciting opportunities.
The very best Christmas Vacation Deals are available if you are somewhat flexible as to destination and can spend a bit of time online…… Merry Christmas!