Texas may not be the first destination that comes to mind for a winter holiday for family travelers, but this year, Houston may to surprise you. City Lights Downtown Holiday Magic turns downtown Houston into a winter wonderland where locals and visitors alike can enjoy the magic of the season around every corner.
The festival, which began in November and runs through Jan. 2, brings eight different themed villages like Santa’s Village, Winter Wanderland, Mistletoe Square and Deck the Trees. Each village offers something different. The Texas Winter Lights village, found at the Marriott Marquis Houston, lights up the night every night 5–10 p.m. with an interactive holiday light exhibit, along with signature cocktails, a winter-themed dining menu and a heated “river” that visitors can float along while enjoying the light show above them.
Sugar Plum Plaza gives visitors the chance to experience an interactive display of massive, custom-built Christmas ornaments while they listen to holiday music at the Fish Plaza outside of Wortham Theater. The Holiday Ice Village, located at Discovery Green, is home to an outdoor ice-skating rink, along with outdoor showings of holiday movies on Thursday nights and Flea by Night, a special holiday flea market, every Saturday night.
The different villages, spread out across the downtown area, are not only a great way to enjoy an evening in this fun city, but they also let you get to know the city’s distinctive vibe by exploring different areas and locations. While there are certain activities that require a ticket, such as the ice-skating rink with a $17 entrance fee, the festival is free to everyone and ensures every member of the family not only has fun but also finds something they love about the holidays.
LEGOLAND New York Resort is about to make it easier for family travelers to move throughout the park this summer. The Minifigure Skyflyer, opening this summer and a first for LEGOLAND Resorts, offers an interactive new way to travel between themed lands.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
The family travel experience just got elevated at Cedar Lakes Estates, turning the traditional kids club on its head with a Home Alone-inspired twist. Located in Port Jervis in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley, Cedar Lakes Estates sits on the grounds of a 1930s-era summer camp, offering families and kids an ultimate winter wonderland getaway.
Bulgaria has managed to slip under the radar for many family travelers, but, for those in the know, it is a fascinating country full of culture, history and natural beauty. For families, it is an ideal destination where you can find an affordable vacation with plenty of activity and adventure to make memories that last a lifetime. As you plan your next trip, be sure to keep these great reasons to visit Sofia, the country’s charming capital, in mind.
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Prepare for your family’s spring break this year with some advice from TravelInsurance.com. There are a number of reasons why travel insurance is an important consideration for spring break travelers and co-founder Stan Sanberg has some advice about making the important purchase for spring break this year.