Considered one of the most vibrant and exciting festivals of the year, Timkat celebrates the Epiphany in Christianity in Gondar, Ethiopia. On Jan. 19, 2018, visitors and locals take to the historic churches, relics and monuments to show respect. Watch the ceremonial procession in authentic garb and take to the streets in an incredibly unique traditional celebration and family experience.
Plan a quick trip to the southern provinces of Holland for a family-friendly Carnival celebration. From Feb. 11–13, 2018, participants enjoy singing, dancing and general merrymaking. Hop from pub to pub for a drink and enjoy the local flare, costumes and parades. The event begins with the region’s mayor handing over the key to the city to the Prince of Carnival where guests cheer, “Alaaf,” and carry on celebrating over the next few days.
Celebrate independence like a true Estonian in the city of Tallin, Feb. 24, 2018. Estonia’s capital city, Tallin boasts idyllic views of the Baltic Sea, incredible Gothic architecture and 13th-century buildings. Take to the cobblestone streets of Old Town and enjoy a coffee before the Defense Forces parade begins at noon. The Penguin Parade begins later in the day when the President and important guests gather to celebrate the nation’s independence in formal attire. Enjoy the city’s small town charm and rich history between bustling activities and stops in local shops and cafes — perfect for families of all ages.
The epic celebration of Carnival in Nice, France, in February comes just once a year and should not be missed. With the theme already announced, Kind of Space, the 2018 celebration extends Feb. 17–March 3, 2018, where guests dress in vibrant costumes, party and partake in local festivities. Watch the incredible parade and more than 1,000 live musicians, performers and dancers fill out the French Riviera.
Set your sights on Óbidos, Portugal, in mid-March for the ultimate celebration of all things sweet at the annual International Chocolate Festival. March 10–April 2, 2018, the medieval town is transformed into a chocolate-lover’s paradise. Stroll through the streets sampling incredible homemade candies, expertly designed cakes and dessert showcases. Guests are welcome to attend culinary classes and baking and design tutorials by professional pastry artists. Cheer on the Chocolatier of the Year announced during the International Competition of Chocolate Recipes and pose next to chocolate sculptures and pastry-based artwork. Be sure to check in on the festival site and Facebook page as official dates and ticket sales have yet to be announced.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of those destinations helping define the family-friendly vacation. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the city is lovingly nicknamed Rocket City thanks to its history of always reaching for the stars. This is where you’ll find Space Camp, where kids and families can take part in various programs at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
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.
Let family travels take you to one of these stunning aquariums around the United States. Recently, Aquarium Store Depot analyzed TripAdvisor reviews containing words such as beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque for 175 public aquariums across America. Each aquarium ranked based on the percentage of reviews to determine the most eye-catching aquariums.