Christmas & Holiday Vacation Deals: Disney Orlando, Mexico, Williamsburg, NYC and More Family Travel Packages

It seems like only yesterday I was complaining about the heat and humidity, but cold weather and the holiday season are fast approaching.  There are deals to be had in diverse locations, like South Carolina, Williamsburg, Orlando, NYC and Portsmouth, NH.  If you are thinking internationally, there is a low-priced airfare special to Mexico City, non-stop from New York City.  If a romantic vacation without kids is in your future, consider the Aruba Marriott Resort's “Cupid on Call” program.

Thanksgiving Family Vacation Package, Near Charleston, SC
Wild Dunes is a family resort, located on Isle of Palms, just outside of Charleston. This holiday package is valid for stays from November 27-30.  The cost is $239 nightly, based on quad occupancy. The rate includes a two-bedroom condo, a Thanksgiving festival and loads of holiday-themed activities for families.  Make sure you all the fun things to do with kids in Charleston before you go, though it may be hard to drag the kids away from all the hotel’s activities. Use promo code THANKS when booking at

Outlet Shopping in Kittery, Maine
If you have a shop-till-you-drop teen or tween, Kittery is a great town to visit in colder weather.  This coastal Southern Maine village is scenic, but it also has an awesome (and un-crowded) shopping outlet scene.  Portsmouth, NH is just across the bridge and this pedestrian-friendly, small city is a terrific base for area explorations.  The Sheraton Portsmouth has a “Shop and Stay” package with rates starting at $224 nightly.  It includes a room, $25 Visa gift card, $25 food and beverage credit, tote bag loaded with coupons for the Kittery Outlets as well as discounts to local attractions.  The package is available until December 31.

Omni Hotels at 20% off
Omni Hotels are offering an “Elves and Eggnog” special at all there locations.  You receive 20% off a two-night stay, free eggnog cocktails, breakfast, festive holiday turndown with seasonal treats and complimentary late checkout.  Omni properties are family-friendly and located in places such as Boston, San Antonio and Nashville.  Available from November 15-December 31.

Williamsburg, VA with the Grandparents
Kingsmill invites family vacationers to enjoy a relaxing escape with its “Golden Getaway” package, with 30 percent off weekday stays for guests over 60 through December 31.  This large resort provides a memorable setting for a vacation with kids, parents and grandparents. Kingsmill has 425 guestrooms and suites, three 18-hole championship golf courses, five on-site restaurants, a fitness center and spa, indoor/outdoor pools and a full service marina, along with a variety of family-friendly activities. Suites with kitchens, washer/dryers, spacious living areas and multiple bedroom units are available.  Tons of activities and a complimentary shuttle that will bring you to Williamsburg attractions are included in the rate.

Orlando Deal at Embassy Suites
Pre-holiday is usually a fairly tame time to visit Orlando’s theme parks.  Embassy Suites has several properties in the area, all with excellent rates.  The Lake Buena Vista Embassy Suites is only a mile from Disney World and they even have a free shuttle service if you want to visit Mickey without a car.  Rates start at $89 nightly, a true value for a large two-room suite with free breakfast and cocktail reception each day.  The hotel has a playground, tennis and basketball courts and a pool. Use code KGS when booking for stays until December 31 and you will receive a $20 grocery coupon from Kellogg’s when you fill out the rebate offer.

Hotel Week NYC, 2014
Start planning your January vacation or staycation to the Big Apple.  Rates will be a fraction of the regular cost from January 3-12, when 30 hotels are offering rooms for $100, $200 and $300 per night.  Properties include the family friendly Affinia Manhattan for $100, The Roger New York for $200 and The James New York for $300.  Mention Hotel Week when booking at the individual hotel websites or call the property directly.  Taxes are not included.

Tropical Getaway without the Kids at the Aruba Marriott Resort
If dropping the kids off for some quality time with relatives in in the cards for you, the Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate with your partner. The “Parent’s De-Stress” package includes a deluxe room, breakfast for two, a romantic sunset sail, a private cabana and many more perks, starting at $253 per night.  This discount is valid until December 31 using the promo code Z87 when booking.  If you need a touch of assistance in the romance department, Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts are there to help with the “Cupid on Call” program.  The staff will help you with fresh flowers, book couples spa treatments or suggest a spot for a romantic walk.

Discounted Airfare to Mexico City from JFK
Aeromexico is offering a $399 round-trip fare aboard the Dreamliner, the airline industry's most current and equipped aircraft. The special, limited-time fare must be purchased by November 22 for round-trip travel now through March 31, 2014.  To book, go to Holiday blackout dates apply.


Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza
Prospect Park (at Grand Army Plaza) - 8:00 AM Pick
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Elfreth’s Alley Museum - 1:00 PM Pick
Car Hop Cinema and Dining at Coach Meeting House
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