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Christmas Comes To Life In Branson

One of the best Christmas Destinations this year is at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. This is truly a place where Christmas comes to life for the entire family.

Looking for Broadway Quality Productions? Check out your favorite Christmas Stories with It’s a Wonderful Life and Charles Dickens Christmas Carol done live on stage.

How about a Christmas Parade to bring life to the child in each of us? The New Holly JollyTM Christmas Light Parade featuring Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer & Friends can delight.

Want to see dazzling lights? There are 1,000 decorated Christmas Trees, featuring a 5-Story Special Effects Christmas Tree.

The sights, the sounds and the joy of Christmas come alive in Branson. There are over 30 show stages in Branson that also feature Christmas events and some of the nicest accommodations and restaurants you will find anywhere.

Come celebrate a special Branson with us and contact us on how we can get you there.

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Atlantic City Lights Up For Christmas

The DO AC Tree & Light Fest features 25 brilliantly illuminated and lavishly decorated themed trees in Tanger Outlets The Walk at Michigan and Arctic Avenues.

Tree themes include Atlantic City icons, a tree for each casino, Monopoly, Miss America, Happy New Year, trees for neighboring cities – Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York – and the much-anticipated peek-a-boo tree. Behind closed doors, this tree is a nod to the adult entertainment and nightlife options found only in AC and can only be viewed by visitors age 21 and over.

Holiday Decor 2013

Atlantic City will also feature other illuminated trees at the following locations:

  • One giant, 30-foot, outdoor tree at the base of the Atlantic City Expressway
  • Four artist decorated, customized trees at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College at Fairmount and Mississippi Avenues
  • 200 lighted decorations, 2,800 feet of lighted garland and 1,000 glittering lights along Atlantic Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, at Bartram Avenue and the Boardwalk and Center City Park at Atlantic and North Carolina Avenues as part of the CRDA citywide, outdoor holiday décor
  • The Deck The Hall Festival of Trees at Boardwalk Hall from December 4 – January 2 featuring unique, custom-decorated holiday trees sponsored by local organizations and businesses to support the Community Food Bank of New Jersey Southern Branch

All the holiday trees and displays in the casinos, hotels, attractions and businesses throughout Atlantic City


Nov 24, 2014 – Jan 2, 2015

Mon – Sat | 12:00 pm – 7 pm

Sun | 11:00 am – 6 pm


Free and Open to the General Public

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7 Reasons to Visit Edison & Ford Winter Estates

If you are even the slightest bit nerdy about inventions, mechanics, botany, antiques or architecture, then you’ll be fascinated by Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Before I made the trip to the Ft. Myers residence with visiting family, I had no idea that Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were friends, let alone Florida neighbors. Here are seven reasons why you should carve out 4 hours of your day for the homes, gardens, laboratory and museum when you’re in The City of Palms.

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Tips for Travel-Lovers Planning Their Honeymoons

I was never one of those girls who had their entire weddings planned out by the age of 10. I was more concerned with studying, working, traveling, volunteering – you know, all the important things – until it happened. I fell in love. (Warning: You may meet your prince charming at a fall festival chili cook-off under a circus tent in the backyard of a church. At least that’s where I met mine.)

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Chase Fall Colors to These 7 Destinations

By now I’m used to wearing shorts to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the great Floridian compromise: seasons are swapped for sunshine. My friends and I have fake fall parties. We wear our only sweater, crank down the air conditioning and burn candles that supposedly smell like autumn. It’s fun, but nothing compares to sipping apple cider on a brisk day surrounded by trees the color of school buses, stop signs and oranges.

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Explore the Shores of the Great Lakes

East Coast cities, Florida and California receive all the hype, leaving the Great Lakes repeatedly underrated. Did you know that these five massive lakes combined are nearly as large as the United Kingdom? In other terms, as a whole, it’s the world’s largest body of fresh water. Yes, it’s really cold water, even for swimming in August, but why don’t we call it refreshing?

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Travel Is _____

Travel is almost always a voyage of discovery, but it means different things to different people. Consider your experiences. Did travel transform the way you look at the world? Did it allow you to meet the love of your life? Or did it rescue your life from the throes of monotony? Below you’ll find a number of meanings. Pin your favorite or comment with a new description at the end of this post.

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Ways to React When Traveling Doesn’t Go Your Way

If you’ve traveled a lot, then you know that things do not, will not, always go as planned. That’s part of the adventure that’s so fun to embrace. Yet the choice of how to react is up to you.

Here are classic reactions from some of our favorite TV and movie characters. Choose wisely on your next vacation!

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A Guide for Feasting on Your Next Carnival Cruise

My second Carnival cruise was even better than my first. The Western Caribbean lived up to its reputation and my Fun Ship cruise was, well, fun. Part of the fun is eating, especially when it’s complimentary and unlimited. Here are some tips to navigating the Carnival gastronomy that you might not realize without a few cruises under your belt.

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