Where to Find Santa

Frenchman's Reef Santa

From sledding in snowy Montana to stand-up paddle boarding in sunny St. Thomas, Santa is the ultimate world traveler. Check out where to find Santa in the  next 2 weeks:

ST. THOMAS, USVI

On his way through the Caribbean, Santa indulges in a little adventure during his holiday travels! Here he does the impossible and masters the art of stand-up paddle boarding, without falling in, at Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort in St. Thomas. Families and friends can join in on the fun with the resort’s “Family Island Adventure” package, offering an active travel escape this holiday season.

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WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND

Santa is making an appearance at Ocean House this season as part of the resort’s annual 12 Days of Christmas programming. On December 20, kids are encouraged to partake in the Children’s Christmas Party with Santa and celebrate with an afternoon of holiday-inspired arts and crafts, stories and lunch. Have your photo taken with Santa too!

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PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS

Celebrate the holidays on the white-sand beaches of Atlantis, Paradise Island. The family-vacation mecca known for the largest open-air marine habitat in the world and 141-square foot Aquaventure Water Park is the perfect destination for winter fun in the sun. Santa Claus can be found riding his dolphin led sleigh throughout the resort – from the Mayan Temple and Dolphin Cay to the largest Bahamian casino and CRUSH Teen Club. Guests are welcomed to join in a traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony of a spectacular 40-foot tree and kids (ages 7-12) are invited to bake cookies with Mrs. Claus in the Atlantis Kids Adventures club.

Families can choose from a variety of accommodations from the Beach Towers, Coral Towers, and Royal Towers to The Cove and The Reef. With quick, direct flights from over thirty cities, Atlantis offers a cornucopia of activities for the whole family.

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GREENOUGH, MONTANTA

Known for bringing families together for an old-fashioned storybook Christmas with sprawling acres of Montana winter wonderland to enjoy, The Resort at Paws Up‘s spacious luxury homes with fireplaces crackling, snow falling and the jingle of sleigh bells are the perfect ingredients to be “home” for the holidays. Each cozy home or wilderness estate includes a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, holiday movies and a personal Santa Claus that comes by to drop off presents for the kids. With over a hundred miles of lightly traveled wilderness trails, guests can experience everything from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling excursions, tubing, private indoor equestrian lessons, horse-drawn sleigh rides through frosted forests, ice-skating, dog-sledding and more. Kids can also enjoy a Christmas Eve party, a ginger bread house building contest and cookie decorating. The resort offers a great Christmas package, which includes accommodations, activities, and a Christmas dinner feast, Montana style! http://www.pawsup.com/rates/holiday-packages.php

Largest Macaron Christmas Tree in the World

Who wants to go to Paris? Now is a better time than ever!  InterContinental Paris – Le Grand has partnered with one of the world’s most renowned names in pastries to create the largest macaron Christmas tree in the world for a holiday season experience like never before. In collaboration with Ladurée, InterContinental Paris – Le Grand is hosting a record-breaking creation made up of 8,000 brightly-colored macarons piled nearly 14 feet high. 27 other Ladurée macaron trees of various sizes will echo the joyous strains throughout the hotel through January 6, 2014. OMG, right?

 

The spectacular creation takes its cue from the Paris Carnival which, after crossing the capital, concludes at the Place de l’Opéra. The tree is particularly reminiscent of carnival time with its bold Harlequin’s colors of green, yellow, black, blue and red with a touch of silver, along with a stately Elizabethan ruffle collar. The smaller, monochrome trees deck the hotel in tones of rose, lavender, orange and melon. Ladurée’s team of 50 spent two weeks on the creation plus one night of set-up at the hotel. This Christmas tree display marks 150 years of shared history between the hotel and Ladurée as both began in 1862. AMAZING!

With floodlit views of the Opera House, this superbly renovated InterContinental Paris – Le Grand is at the heart of Parisian society. The hotel defines historical grandeur, with elegantly appointed boutique-style suites overlooking the city’s stunning landmarks. Located in the ninth arrondissement, close to the Louvre Museum, shopping, theatre and banking districts, the hotel is ideally situated to enjoy all that the City of Light has to offer. Paris is on my bucket list, and I have never been to France. Is this completely fabulous??

 

Where to go for Christmas Vacation

It’s December 11th. I know. Almost Christmas…BUT, people are still asking me where to go for Christmas vacation. I can’t believe it!  I have a wonderful idea. How about Aspen? I have recently stumbled upon this: The St. Regis Aspen Resort is celebrating the season with commemorative feasts, family-friendly fun, and a new menu of seasonal Family Traditions experiences.

Check out these Holiday Events:

The week of Thanksgiving, The St. Regis Aspen unveiled a gingerbread replica of the hotel. This stunning piece, made 100 lbs. of gingerbread dough, and 50 lbs. of flour, over the course of 250 hours, is on display in the lobby during the festive season. Super cool!

Christmas Day brunch is offered at Trecento Quindici Decano, featuring chef attended carving and culinary stations. Children enjoy a special appearance by Santa from 12pm-5pm.

 

Holiday Activities Include: 

December 15, 2013—March 31, 2014: S’mores cookouts in the courtyard, available nightly from 7pm to 8pm exclusively for children; adults can enjoy s’mores from 9pm to 12am in Shadow Mountain Lounge.

 December 20: Carriage ride with Santa Claus will depart from The St. Regis from 2:40-5pm.

December 21: Holiday ornament decorating 3pm to 5pm in the Aspen Room.

December 22: Holiday stocking decorating from 3pm to 5pm in the Aspen Room.

December 23: Gingerbread House decorating with The St. Regis Pastry Chef in the Aspen Room from 3pm-5pm.

December 24: A special reading of the classic “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Santa Claus, followed by holiday photographs with Santa in the library from 3pm to 5pm.

December 26: Gingerbread cookie decorating in the Aspen Room from 4pm to 6pm.

December 27: Join Elk Mountain Rescue Dogs and Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers and learn how these talented individuals are saving lives through backcountry rescue in the library from 5:30-7:30.

Reservations are highly recommended for all activities 970.429.7373

Family Traditions:

The St. Regis Aspen’s new winter Family Traditions program features a variety of interactive holiday activities to engage children and parents alike, and three seasonal family-friendly “experience” packages, comprised of captivating outdoor adventures in the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado wilderness. Activities include:

Snowmobile Tour: Enjoy an exhilarating two-hour snowmobile adventure led by expert guides to the base of the renowned Maroon Bells, some of North America’s most photographed mountains. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or cider at the picturesque Maroon Lake, and then explore miles of groomed trails. 

Dog Sled Tour: Embark on an exciting two-hour dog sled ride through the scenic Aspen Snowmass Wilderness, featuring sleds pulled by 13 Alaskan snow dogs and guided by an expert musher.

Hot Air Balloon Tour: Soar high above Aspen at sunrise in a colorful hot air balloon, experiencing breathtaking views of the captivating Roaring Fork Valley, with a champagne toast and pastries enjoyed in the clouds. Available through the end of the winter season, The St. Regis Aspen’s Family Tradition Experiences are completely customizable and can be booked through The St. Regis Aspen Concierge with advance notice of 24 hours.

To learn more about family traditions and all holiday activities and festivities at The St. Regis Aspen, please call 970.920.3300 or visit The St. Regis Aspen Resort. I am headed there in January. How about you?