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AAA Holiday Travel Headache Hotspots

INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association (AAA), reports that based on historical and recent travel trends, they expect drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion before the holiday week – on Wednesday, December 20 and Thursday, December 21 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. For example, drivers in New York City could see travel times peak at three times a normal trip between 3:30 and 5:30pm.

“With record-level travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays in major metros,” says Dr. Graham Cookson, chief economist & head of research at INRIX. “Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak times altogether or consider alternative routes.”

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Record-Breaking 107 Million Americans to Celebrate Holidays Away From Home

‘Tis the season to traditionally spend with family and friends and this year Americans are traveling in record numbers. AAA forecasts 107.3 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation during the year-end holiday period from Saturday, December 23 through Monday, January 1. This will be the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year. 2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel. Since 2005, total year-end holiday travel volume has grown by 21.6 million, an increase of more than 25 percent.

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A December Vacation in Washington, DC Checks Every Box on a Holiday Wish List

Destination DC (DDC), the official marketing organization for Washington, DC is primed to help travelers plan unforgettable December holidays in the nation’s capital. Washington.org is packed with seasonal inspiration on a holiday landing page including hotel packages and deals, festive menus, ice skating rinks, Christmas markets, can’t-miss events and more.

“Whether your ideal December getaway includes a family photo with the National Christmas tree and A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre or a morning at the MLK Memorial, an afternoon of ice skating at the National Gallery of Art’s rink and a Michelin-star dinner, we’ll help you plan an unforgettable holiday in Washington, DC,” said Elliott L. Ferguson II, president and CEO of DDC.

Special Events Include:

 

ICE SKATING RINKS

  • Twirl around the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden’s rink thru March 11, 2018. Warm up inside the Pavilion Café and visit Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry in the West Building thru Jan. 21, 2018. FREE
  • New: The Potomac-side rink at The Wharf in SW DC joins the party of neighborhood rinks in Georgetown and Capitol Riverfront.
  • New: Glide on “iceless” rinks at the Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown and the Watergate Hotel.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND TOURS

  • ZooLights animates the National Zoo with more than 500,000 LED lights, snowless tubing and concerts between 5-9pm until Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24, 25, 31). FREE
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon offers character-guided candlelit tours, 18th century dancing and fireside caroling, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 17.
  • Holiday in the Park illuminates Six Flags America with lights, rides and s’mores Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 22-23, 26- Jan. 1.
  • Tour America’s roadside attractions in miniature at Seasons Greenings: National Parks and Historic Parks at the U.S. Botanic Gardens thru Jan. 2. FREE
  • The National Christmas tree in President’s Park on the Ellipse is attended by 56 decorated trees, Santa’s Workshop and musical performances thru Dec. 31. FREE
  • The National Menorah will be lit on the Ellipse throughout Hanukah. On Dec. 12 at 4pm, the American Friends of Lubavitch celebrates with dreidels and hot donuts. FREE

SHOPPING

  • Find only-in-DC gifts at Made in DC, a new store in Dupont Circle and Steadfast Supply in Capitol Riverfront. Pop-up Christmas markets: Downtown Holiday Market in Penn Quarter and Union Market’s Brief Assembly run thru Dec. 23.
  • CityCenterDC, the Penn Quarter’s luxury shopping and restaurant destination, dresses up with a giant reindeer, a sky-high tree for the season. Between Dec. 1-3, a 12-foot-high igloo adds to the Instagram fun.
  • Georgetown Glow, an outdoor exhibition of light-art installations dots the historic shopping district between 5-10pm, Dec. 8, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018. FREE

PERFORMANCES AND ATTRACTIONS

  • New: Digital gallery Artechouse welcomes The Imaginary World of the Nutcracker, Dec. 7, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018.
  • The Kennedy Center hosts seasonal shows including Merry Tubachristmas! (Dec. 11, FREE), Second City’s Twist Your Dickens (Dec. 5-31) and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 14-17).
  • The Washington Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker (thru Dec. 24) swaps George Washington for the Nutcracker Prince at Warner Theatre.
  • A richly dressed A Christmas Carol (thru Dec. 31) takes over Ford’s Theatre.
  • New: Christmas Illuminated is one of many exhibits at the Museum of the Bible.

DINING AND NIGHTLIFE

  • Toasts the season at Drink Company’s Miracle on Seventh Street, a trio of over-the-top pop-up bars thru Dec. 31.
  • Find lavish holiday teas in the Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC and Tea Cellar at the Park Hyatt Washington DC. The St. Regis Washington D.C. celebrates 12 days of Champagne (Dec. 12-24).
  • Among the city’s New Year’s Eve delights, Michelin-starred chef José Andrés offers tasting menus at China Chilcano, Jaleo and Oyamel.

About Destination DC: Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of 1,000 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. washington.org.


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On The Road for Christmas? Here Where to Eat Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2017

Not all of us will be home for Christmas, or comfortably seated with friends and family for a Christmas feast… some of us will be on the road.

Travelers looking for a holiday meal can find it quite difficult. You’re tired and hungry so you jump of an exit only to find that every restaurant is closed.

An increasing number of chain restaurants are choosing to remain open during the holidays, or at least opening for limited hours to meet customer demand.

Here’s out list of chain restaurants open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2017.

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Walk in a Myrtle Beach Wonderland This Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and anyone can make the season even brighter by planning a holiday vacation in Myrtle Beach! The Grand Strand offers the perfect mix of southern hospitality and holiday cheer. There is an endless array of holiday-themed live entertainment options, abundant shopping experiences and fun-filled attractions for all ages–not to mention 60 miles of beautiful beaches and plenty of winter sunshine. Whether travelers are looking to escape the snow or simply find new holiday traditions, Myrtle Beach has something for everyone. There’s no better way to bring the family together for the holidays than to enjoy the spirit of the season in the Myrtle Beach area.

Here are just a few of spectacular holiday happenings throughout the Grand Strand:

  • From free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, to balloon art, face painting and sweet treats, the Christmas season kicks into full swing with the 14th Annual Christmas Towne on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
  • Decking the halls with traditions of the season, Ripley’s Aquarium once again spreads holiday cheer with its annual Festival of Trees. Featuring nearly 125 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, including one tree for each of the fifty states, such as an 18 feet tall South Carolina tree that features sea shells, magnolias, and golf balls, plus Clemson and USC representation, this cheerful display is sure to put the jolly back into your year!

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  • With more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights, Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens is a Grand Strand tradition not to be missed! With warm cider in hand, stroll the lighted paths as you listen to the sounds of hand bells ringing and carolers singing. The 85-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 100,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. every night. November 30, December 1-2, 7-9, and 14-17, 2017.
  • The Kaminski House Museum in historic Georgetown, SC is the site for A Very Fashionable Christmas! Nov. 10 – Dec. 29. Enjoy the museum in holiday décor ranging from traditional Christmas decorations to seasonal glitz and glamour!
  • The Great Christmas Light Show has returned to the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex November 24 – December 31, 2017! The 1.5-mile drive-through light show features roughly two million lights in more than 400 custom made displays, including some as tall as 70 feet. After driving through the show, guests can enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate in Santa’s Village, where they can meet Santa, ride the Santa Express Train, experience the Go Ape lighted tree top adventure, and even ice skate.
  • The tradition lives on as the Calvin Gilmore Theater where the magic of the season comes alive in The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, a dazzling, jolly and sentimental musical celebration of America’s best loved holiday. Dubbed “Father Christmas” by McClatchy papers, Calvin Gilmore produces and directs the show with his usual award-winning flair for production.
  • An incredible combination of talent, scenery and special effects make up Alabama Theatre’s award-winning production, The South’s Grandest Christmas Show. A combination of traditional Christmas classics and contemporary holiday favorites, this spectacular holiday musical experience is a Grand Strand family tradition that keeps visitors and locals returning year after year. This year’s show also features comedian Ricky Mokel, who always puts a new twist on the Christmas season.

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  • A pirate’s “Yo-Ho” meets the season’s “Ho-Ho-Ho!” Combining a classic Christmas tale with a bountiful feast, the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show puts a swashbuckling spin on a Christmas Carol, November 9 – December 31. The mystical Christmas spirit takes Captain Scrooge through time and space to find the true meaning of Christmas, including a dream where giant toys come to life, performing amazing acrobatics high above the indoor lagoon.
  • Those seeking something a little off-the-wall during the holidays should check out the Motown Christmas Tribute & Crazy Country Christmas shows at the GTS Theatre. This is an intimate cabaret-style theatre, with very talented performers and a lot of audience interaction. These shows are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

And there’s much, much more! From tree lightings to Santa sightings, there is no shortage of holiday cheer in the Myrtle Beach area! Visit visitmyrtlebeach.com for a complete listing of events throughout the season!


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Holiday Shopping Guide – Most Popular Outlet Malls Along I-95

Experts say that we’re headed for a record-breaking holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation projects a growth rate between 3.4 to 4 percent in holiday purchasing over last year, with the average shopper spending just over $967.

For many travelers, shopping has become an important part of a vacation or road trip. More and more travel itineraries include time set aside for shopping. A growing number even plan shopping-only vacations.

Here’s our list of the most popular outlet shopping locations along I-95, from Maine to Florida…


Kittery Outlets – Kittery, Maine

Tanger Outlets - Kittery, Maine | I-95 Exit Guide

Kittery Outlets is actually several outlet properties clustered along a mile long strip of US Route 1 in Kittery, Maine, just across the Maine-New Hampshire border. Kittery Premium Outlets, Tanger Outlets, Kittery Place and the Outlet Mall of Kittery are just a sampling of properties. more…

Edaville Family Theme Park Hosts Famous Annual Christmas Festival of Lights

Edaville Family Theme Park, just south of Boston, has evolved into a newly branded major amusement park where there is even more fun to be had and treasured memories to be made this winter season! Edaville has announced what their famous “Christmas Festival of Lights” event for the 2017 season will entail! As New England’s most memorable holiday tradition, Edaville takes you into an enchanting wonderland where you can experience millions of lights, unlimited Christmas train rides, unlimited use of all 90 plus rides and attractions, AND the chance to make priceless memories with your family and loved ones!

Opening November 17th to January 1st (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas), Edaville has something fun for everyone during this Christmas Festival of Lights spectacular!

Edaville’s Thomas Land brings the famous Island of Sodor to life while being decked out in gorgeous white lights. This Thomas Land is the only one in the United States, and has eleven themed rides that feature favorite characters like Cranky the Crane, Harold the Helicopter, Winston and so much more! This part of the park also hosts an amazing live show in front of the famous Tidmouths Shed with Sir Topham Hatt himself! Kids can interact and engage with Topham Hatt, Percy, Gordon, and James during this fun holiday show!

Take as many rides as you’d like on the Christmas Festival of Lights train ride that started this renowned theme park back in the late 1940’s. Soak in the stunning views of the millions of lights and mini Christmas sceneries Edaville has created while circling around the out bounds of the theme park on this 20-minute train ride excursion. Feel the history as you sit in the restored locomotive that graciously guides you on this magical holiday journey!

Go back in time while shopping in Edaville’s stunning Dickens Village for old-fashioned candy, hand crafted ornaments, children’s toys, handmade chocolate, Children’s Books, decorative soaps, and so much more!

In addition to the Christmas Festival of Lights, guests who want a VIP experience can make a reservation on the Edaville Express: Where’s Santa? Train! Join Mrs. Claus, Santa Claus & all their elves on the Edaville Express, where park goers embark on a 45-minute interactive train ride adventure to find either Mrs. Claus or Santa! Which character is missing this year? You won’t know until you reach the boarding station!

About Edaville Family Theme Park

Serving over one million people in New England and beyond since 1947, Edaville Family Theme Park is a highly-recognized amusement destination in Carver, Massachusetts. Built by the late Ellis D. Atwood, Edaville transformed from a 220-acre working cranberry plantation, to an unexpected tourist attraction. Due to the magnetism and demand for recreational train rides on the arresting land Edaville resides on, the lands purpose was changed forever. 70 years later, Edaville Family Theme Park has evolved into the eminent 3 parks in 1! For the price of one admission ticket you can ride through Cran-Central with over 20 restored amusement rides, roar throughout Dino Land with 21 animatronic dinosaurs (seasonal), and explore with Thomas & Friends through the magical Island of Sodor!


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I-95 Construction Suspended for Holidays in Florida

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that it will suspend most I-95 construction work from Monday, December 26, 2016 thru Tuesday, January 3, 2017. However, some construction and maintenance activities will be ongoing.

Contractors will be working daytime hours from Tuesday, December27 thru Friday, December 30 outside of travel lanes on the I-95 project to reconstruct the interchange leading to and from I-4 and US 92. No lane closures are anticipated.


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Massachusetts Suspending I-95 Construction for Holiday Season

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be shutting down scheduled roadway construction effective at Noon on Friday, December 23 through Tuesday morning, December 27, and at Noon on Friday, December 30 through Tuesday morning, January 3.

Free coffee will be served at 18 MassDOT Service Plazas on Saturday, December 24, from 10:00 p.m., to 5:00 a.m., and on Saturday, December 31, from 10:00 p.m., to 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 1.


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North Carolina Suspends I-95 Construction for Christmas Holiday

To help make your holiday travels a little smoother, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will suspend most  I-95 construction and on major routes from 6:00 a.m. Friday, December 23, until midnight on Monday, December 26.

In addition, there are dozens of local roads in the eastern part of the state that remain closed because of damage from Hurricane Matthew. When applicable, those roads have signed detours in place.

Help keep you and your loved ones safe by driving the posted speed limit and not driving distracted. One text or call could wreck it all. Always buckle-up and make sure your passengers do too. Click It or Ticket. Every seat. Every time. It’s the law.


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