What better way to get a head start on the holiday season than by wrapping yourself up in yuletide traditions?
Here’s where to escape to now to get into the holiday spirit.
For more than 25 years, Canada’s top chefs, decorators and other lifestyle gurus have descended upon this grand lodge to talk turkey, cocktails and holiday decor during Christmas in November. Set in the snow-capped peaks of Jasper National Park, this yule school offers three three-night packages (Nov. 6 to 9, 9 to 12 and 12 to 15) where Christmas fantasies come to life. Stay in luxury lakeside cabins and you may just spot elk roaming the stately grounds, which are awash in more than 160,000 twinkling lights. Need to unwind from the holiday hoopla? Get grounded with a Peppermint Pedi or a muscle-melting Holiday Stress Relief massage at Reflections Spa.
New York City
Fetching window displays, chestnuts roasting on street corners and a variety of holiday concerts make spirits bright throughout November and December in the Big Apple. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park before gliding across the iconic icy surface at Rockefeller Center. Stockings need to be filled, so swing by Macy’s and swoon over their glitzy decor, just don’t forget to pop your wish list into the Santa mailbox. Also be sure to check out GingerBread Lane, on display at the New York Hall of Science from Nov. 14 to Jan. 9. Made entirely of edible gingerbread and candy, the world’s largest gingerbread village features more than 1,000 sweet structures to drool at.
This legendary seaside resort in New Brunswick pulls out all the stops during Holiday Rescue, Nov. 20 to 22. It’s all ho ho ho and holiday cheer, as gingerbread and warm apple cider greet guests upon arrival. Revellers mingle with culinary star instructors like Line Pelletier and David Garcelon, as they sample wine, peruse the holiday market and create whimsical holiday crafts from foraged finds. Take a sweet treats workshop or learn how to create a French Canadian Boxing Day brunch before tucking into your own holiday feast.
Orlando isn’t exactly a winter wonderland, but you’ll rekindle that Christmas morning euphoria you had as a kid when immersed in Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World Resort, which includes holiday fireworks and a magical snowfall (select dates from now until Dec. 18). The enchantment continues this month at Gaylord Palms in nearby Kissimmee, where more than two million shimmering lights dazzle guests as they eat brunch with Mrs. Claus and hunt down The Elf on the Shelf. For even more magical moments, include a visit to The Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art Nov. 14 to 22.