5 great Christmas destinations

Join hands and slide across the famous Frog Pond in Boston Commons.
Join hands and slide across the famous Frog Pond in Boston Commons. AP

The holiday season offers opportunities for festive family fun. Here are five places to enjoy the lights and the laughter:

1 Marriott Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, Tenn.: Celebrate the holidays country-style in the shadow of the Grand Ole Opry. While exploring the expansive property, take advantage of the indoor winter wonderland featuring the Frostbite Factory, where massive hand-carved ice sculptures and ice slides entertain guests. Enjoy the Radio City Christmas Spectacular performed by the world-famous Rockettes. Later check out a six-lane tubing hill, visit with seasonally inspired “Shrek,” characters or create your own gingerbread masterpiece.


2 Row NYC: Stay in the heart of Manhattan and finish your family’s holiday shopping in style with this contemporary hotel’s shopping spree package at Bloomingdale’s. You’ll receive a 15 percent discount on all your purchases, the option to consult with a personal shopper, package delivery and a one-way car service. Complete your shopping list and celebrate with complimentary mugs of hot chocolate at Magnolia Bakery.


3 Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, Ariz.: The annual Christmas at the Princess festival delights guests and locals with holiday splendor through Jan. 4. See a four-story musical tree, a desert ice skating rink and rinkside fire pits, carolers, a Nativity garden set to music and a new carousel.

Take a dreamy ride on the Princess Express Train to see 2 million Lagoon Lights, 14-foot poinsettias, a pirate ship, rocking horse, a menorah, toy soldiers, Santa fishing and a candy-cane forest containing 150 sparkling trees. Ask about the Magical Memories package.

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4 Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston: Skate and celebrate the season with the Hoppin’ Holidays package in the heart of this historic city. Join hands and slide across the famous Frog Pond in Boston Commons. Stop by Faneuil Hall Marketplace, for the Blink light and sound spectacular, where more than 350,000 lights twinkle, synchronized to holiday music. Choose from a menu of Boston Pops holiday concerts at Symphony Hall, including shorter matinees designed for a younger audience. Back in your room, bathrobes and slippers await the children.


5 Hyatt Regency San Francisco: Your family will have access to the city’s largest waterfront outdoor rink-turned-winter playground during your holiday in the city by the bay. Join Santa for breakfast and visit the snow village before spending the day finishing your holiday shopping in Union Square, the Embarcadero Center or the nearby Farmers Market. Return to enjoy spectacular views and snow falling in the 17-story atrium.