Family travelers might want to think twice about Arizona as a destination for holiday travel. Destinations across the state offer unique and traditional holiday experiences. Here are just some to consider:
Your Magical Christmas Journey to the North Pole begins at Verde Canyon Railroad depot in Clarkdale. Here, meet Flurry, the bald eagle, and receive a lesson on “wing-flapping” before entering the miniature village of tiny houses. Children can grab their own pair of eagle wings to wear while soaring through the tiny Christmas town. Onboard the one-hour, round-trip train ride, elves and attendants entertain riders while serving specialty drinks. Once at the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome you to their winter wonderland. While there, see Santa’s Workshop, Mrs. Claus’ Bakery, the Reindeer Flight School and the Ugly Sweater Factory.
Travelers can enjoy millions of beautiful holiday lights on display at Little America Hotel. Guests should also purchase tickets in advance for a journey of a lifetime to the North Pole Experience. Explore the magic of the holiday season at Santa’s workshop and toy factory, Mrs. Claus’ Bakery and Santa’s Sleigh. Enjoy family time with St. Nick himself. Additional activities include a trolley ride through Santa’s magic portal to the North Pole where kids can build toys with Santa’s elves, visit Santa’s top secret sleigh hanger and receive a teddy bear from Santa.
The event draws more than 1 million visitors each year from across the country to experience the Christmas spirit on the temple grounds. As one of the largest-known volunteer-driven Christmas light displays in the country, this event has been a tradition since 1979. Guests can see hundreds of thousands of lights in a variety of colors on citrus, olive and palm trees, as well as the garden areas, flowers and more. Across the street at the Visitors Center, see a display of more than 100 international Nativity scenes representing the birth of Jesus Christ in all sizes and materials.
On select dates in November and December, guests enter the desert wonderland and enjoy a night filled with bright luminarias and twinkling holiday lights. The night also includes musical performances, entertainment and holiday surprises in the Garden’s iconic trails.
Enjoy a month-long celebration with unique events, décor, festive dining, shopping and more. Signature events include a Sing Along Tree Lighting Ceremony, holiday lights, Santa at the Farmer’s Market, Small Business Saturday, wine aromatherapy, piano shows, charcuterie classes, holiday movie night, mercantile market, Scottsdazzle Stroll, Ice It Up Cookie Decorating, holiday trivia, magic shows and more.
Located at the base of Boynton Canyon, Enchantment Resort’s holiday celebrations are ideal for families, couples or groups looking for holiday cheer. Events include Red Rock Ice Skating, a Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa’s Workshop, Storytime with Mrs. Claus, Holiday Epicurean Classes, Winter Solstice Ceremony, Mandala Art and a New Year Manifestation.
LightsUp! A Festival of Illuminations at Tucson Botanical Gardens | Nov. 24–Jan. 7, 2024
This illuminated experience transforms the Gardens into a stunning holiday show featuring six distinct zones with their own unique color palettes. Visitors are led through more than 1 million lights, custom-built oversized installations and displays created by local artists.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through these pies from around the world, and maybe you’ll be inspired to take that next trip for a delicious slice.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Trying to plan a multigen trip? You may anticipate trouble finding a travel destination, activities and more to appeal to every member of your crew. However, a new report from Hilton found there are certain experiences all travelers want right now, regardless of generation.
With the holiday season upon us, resorts all over the world pull out all the stops to bring the joy of the holidays to family travelers of all ages. Here are five more resorts to check out this holiday season:
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.
When searching for unique gifts for family travelers, Etsy is a good place to begin. A marketplace of online shops owned by craftspeople and collectors, Etsy is filled with handcrafted works in all mediums, often one-of-a-kind or custom-made. It’s like an open studio, a place to share the latest creations directly to people who appreciate handcrafted things.