The allure of islands over the holidays may sound fabulous initially but once considered, is there anything about tropical islands that encourage the holiday spirit? The holidays are all about time with family, friends, food and fine spirits. A holiday in the sun may keep you warm but will unlikely warm your heart reminding you of the true meaning of the season. There’s always a ski trip or holiday on the country side but neither of those options capture the essence of the most wonderful time of the year much better then the isolated island. Wrapping up the year in a city decorated for a Bethlehem Baby Boy, Three Kings, Festival of Lights, Santa’s anticipated arrival and the ringing in of the New Year seems to be a place to fit the mood. With dozens of options worldwide how do you choose?
Consider one you might not otherwise consider. New York, LA, London and Paris are sure to be expensive and over crowded everywhere at that time of year but not Philadelphia. Think about it… Philadelphia, city of brotherly love, is located far enough south that major snow shouldn’t be an issue, yet cold enough you may catch a couple flakes and have good reason to warm up in one of the little cafes or micro breweries scattered throughout the city. Late mornings and afternoons are opportunities to check out The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Independence Hall or Franklin Institute and Please Touch Museum for the young ones. In the mood for something more traditional to the season?
Visit Macy’s Dicken’s Village to stroll through the cobblestone paths that lead you into the world of Scrooge see A Christmas Carol almost come to life. Afterwards, head upstairs for Macy’s Holiday Light Show. Not enough lights? At the top of the hour, head to the Comcast Building for their Holiday Spectacular, it’s a 15 minute show but well worth the viewing. Walk a block north and 2 blocks east, you’ll find yourself at JFK Plaza, better known as Love Park, once you see Robert Indiana’s