Give yourself the gift of glamping this winter and take a trip to a location that offers plenty of holiday festivities as well as winter fun. Consider these glamping spots:
Leavenworth, Washington: This charming town in Washington State ranked as one of the top 25 Festive Christmas Towns in America, according to House Beautiful magazine. First thing on the holiday to-do list is make a reservation for one of the charming tiny houses at Leavenworth Tiny House Village and get set to make merry. One unique holiday experience would be a visit to the Nutcracker Museum that displays 7000 nutcrackers from over 50 countries. And of course, a visit to the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm puts you up close and personal with distant kin of Dancer, Prancer, and the whole team that guides Santa’s sleigh. To enjoy all the fluffy white stuff (Leavenworth averages 89 inches of snow in winter), consider snowshoeing, snow tubing, snowmobiling, sledding, and skiing. Check out Leavenworth.org for more info on outdoor sports. Downtown Leavenworth does not disappoint with its twinkling lights and perfect setting for browsing the shops and wine tasting, among the snow-capped mountain backdrop.
St. Augustine, Florida: According to travelawaits.com, St. Augustine, Florida, is a great place to spend the holidays. The reasons include plenty of twinkling lights (more than 3 million!), festive decorations and all kinds of special events. Starting with the Nights of Lights, which runs through January 31, 2023, and offers great selfie opportunities so you can be the centerpiece of the all the dazzle. Two of the best spots for the shots include the Bridge of Lions and the Plaza de la Constitucion. Rent a cabin or cottage at Bulow and enjoy the Florida sun in winter, holiday shopping in St. Augustine or the nearby St. Augustine Premium Outlets, and the Lighthouse Illuminations exhibit at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, which runs through January 14.
Santa Barbara, California: ZooLights, the Santa Barbara Zoo’s holiday lights display features more than 50,000 LED bulbs lighting up a spectacular animal adventure, holiday-style. Illuminated lanterns showcase the animals and nature scenes representing wild places from around the world. The 36th Annual Parade of Lights at The Harbor takes place on December 11 and several holiday pop-up markets will be open throughout the month where you can find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Makers & Wares Market in downtown Santa Barbara and Yes Store at the La Arcada Shopping Center are just two of these great markets to browse. Check out the glamping accommodations at Rancho Oso and get set for some great glamping to kickoff the holiday season.
Dallas, Texas: If everything is bigger in Texas, then it stands to reason that holiday events are crazy big, too. Book a glamping cabin at Bay Landing and check out how the Big D does the holidays. Enchant Christmas Dallas seems like one-stop shopping for holiday fun. In addition to the interactive light maze adventure, there is also ice-skating, a holiday marketplace, live entertainment, and the Tipsy Tree Lounge with all kinds of holiday spirits (the drinking kind, that is)! What’s a holiday celebration without food? If you’re a foodie, you’ll enjoy the Downtown Lights Holiday Foodie Tour, a curated food tour through downtown Dallas. You can eat, drink, and enjoy the “Merry Everything” holiday lights and displays.
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