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We’re sorry to do this to you, as we certainly recognize that it’s only the middle of October; however, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and all the associated holiday happenings. That’s especially the case if you’re looking to visit Washington, DC to take in the annual tree lighting—‘cause now’s the time to register for a chance to grab some tickets.
The folks over at the National Park Service are planning to fire up the lights for the first time during the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting over at President's Park. The seasonal shindig will take place this year on Thursday, December 4, beginning at 5pm.
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What is the "official" start of the holiday season? While Christmas craziness is full swing come Thanksgiving, the real "spirit of the season" begins when NYC says it does, namely with the opening of the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. You can thank all the live morning shows broadcast around the Big Apple for that influence.
TodayOctober 13is the rink's opening day for the 2014-2015 winter season, and the landmark celebrated the occasion with an on-ice performance by ice dancing Olympics gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White before allowing the general public to strap on skates.
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During the summer Chicago is a paradise of outdoor festivals, concerts, and events, but that doesn't mean the fun must be restricted to warm days. Chicago works with its weather to promote a range of activities throughout the year, well into turtleneck and mitten weather.
Here's our round-up of the best Chicago events during the fall and winter:
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A new baggage feeyes another onewill hurt holiday season travelers this year, but only if you're flying notoriously fee-happy Spirit Airlines.
If you've booked or will book a flight on the budget airline after August 19. 2014 for travel between December 18, 2014 and January 5, 2015, be prepared to tack on $2 to each paid checked bag fee. They're calling it the "Temporary Holiday Bag Price Change," but we think it only hints at a proper permanent hike to come.
With the new $2 fee, carry-on bags (remember, Spirit charges for both carry-on and checked bags) will cost $37 each if purchased during booking, $47 during online check-in, $52 at the airport before security, and $102 at the gate. The first checked bag is actually a slightly better deal, charged at $32 each if purchased during booking, $42 during online check-in, $47 at the airport before security, and $102 at the gate. Overweight, oversize, extra bags, and their "$9 club" fees all differ, so check out their site for more, but remember to add the extra $2 on to each price.
Why is there only one season earmarked for organization? Spring cleaning is the shaking out of rugs, dusting off of shelves, and restocking the pantry after winter, but we propose a similar approach for fall, focused on travel.
Whether you’ve spent the whole summer hopping continents or just headed out on a few road trips, right now is the ideal time to unzip wallets and air out duffel bags in anticipation of yet more travel.
Prepare now for winter & holiday travel by:
Just as the arrival of spring means spring cleaning, so too does the coming of autumn call for a reorganization. For this season, we recommend lining up your holiday travel plans, reviewing any upcoming itineraries and, most important of all, having a detailed look at your travel documents such as visas and passports.
The US Department of State agrees, and recently even issued a nice reminder about passport validity, including some fun facts:
If your Valentine's Day was a total disappointment, here are three perfect celebrity dates you can live through vicariously.
· X Factor UK judge Nicole Scherzinger spent Friday afternoon on a romantic tour of Rome with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Lewis Hamilton. The couple had an idyllic day feeding each other Gelato, riding around on scooters from Bici & Baci, and touring the Colosseum.
This last weekend, a good majority of Asia was all a-flutter over welcoming the Year of the Horse. While the biggest of the Chinese New Year parties are over, the festivities do continue up to 15 days after the first day of the new year; that's just enough time to get your fair share of prosperity and good luck.
If you live near a major city, chances are good you're pretty close to a Chinatown district. For a little slice of Asia close to home, skip the Panda Express and head to an authentic eatery serving up some new year treats. Buddha's Delight, niangao, bak kwa, noodles and dumplings are all on the menu and many restaurants will offer large banquet meals because the "more the the merrier." No need to bring anything but an empty belly.
If you're one of the lucky ones who have a long weekend coming up, why not take a last minute getaway to St. Croix. The Caribbean island is surprisingly easy to get to (no passport necessary) and has plenty to keep you busy.
The famous Buccaneer Resort is currently offering a Treasures Package for $200 per room, per stay including a choice of spa treatments, greens fees, a sunset sail, tennis, and guided tours. You can check out the fine print or book this deal at thebuccaneer.com.
While most of us getting back to our usual routines, some celebrities are squeezing out a few more days of vacation.
As usual Hawaii was the place to be and over the weekend a few celebrity couples were still soaking in the sun. Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman were spotted strolling through Hanalei, a small town on the north shore of Kauai while Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield took surfing lessons on the north shore of Oahu.
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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just days away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around San Francisco to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
It seems like the best places to ring in the New Year are cities on the water, because after all—that’s a great place to check out the fireworks as the countdown reaches midnight. Over in San Francisco there’s plenty of different ways to celebrate the beginning of 2014, and none of them involve crowding around a ball the drops from the top of building.
For those looking for some music to welcome the New Year there’s always what’s going on over at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. Moby is in town for one night only, and he’s starting things up on December 31 and he’s not stopping until well into January 1. Tickets start at $200 per person for general admission, but that does include a premium hosted bar between 9pm and 2am.
If you’re going with a bunch of friends—or your grandma—you can buy things in sets of four for just $150 per person. There’s views of the Golden Gate Bridge, promises of live art installations, and over 60 bartenders to ensure your cup is filled at all times.
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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around Miami to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
With sunshine, sand, and stunning surroundings Miami is a great place to ring in the New Year. They certainly have something for everyone, as it’s a perfect place to do your thing among the beautiful people at various clubs, hotels, and bars. At the same time they have plenty of traditional stuff to do, as it’s easy to find some fireworks along the water.
For those looking for more of a club scene to welcome 2014 you can pretty much just make your way along the main strip in South Beach, and you’ll see plenty of options. At Nikki Beach Miami they’re celebrating with what they’re calling Glitz and Glam, and it can all be yours for just $100 per person. That includes private fireworks at midnight, a champagne toast, and a chance to overpay for drinks all night long—we kid, we kid. Other nightclub options include an open bar over at SET for $150 per person including three hours of open bar, and W Hotel South Beach is doing stuff at both of their clubs Wet and Wall—with the fun at the latter location going on to 5am.