December 2019 – RIC

Christmas at the White House  – Washington, DC
December 5, 6 or 7, 2019

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 Visiting the White House in Washington, D.C. is a time-honored and treasured holiday tradition.  The custom of placing a decorated tree in the White House began in 1889 on Christmas morning during the Presidency of Benjamin Harrison. What began as a family gathering has become a national tradition.  Stroll through America’s most prestigious and honored house and experience firsthand, the beautiful trees and decorations of this holiday season.   After a morning at the White House and White House Visitor Center, lunch will be included at a popular area restaurant as well as an additional attraction in the afternoon.  Details will be announced once the date is finalized.  PLEASE NOTE:  For the best chance of seeing the White House, we recommend signing up immediately. $75 of tour cost is non-refundable if canceled after names have been submitted to the White House at the end of August. Once names are submitted there are no substitutions, additions or changes. Please, No Phone Calls. SignaTours will notify you immediately upon notification by the White House in late November. Again, Do Not Call for Dates. The White House makes all decisions on appointments. SignaTours has no say in the decision-making process. The White House Tour is a “Guaranteed Departure” and will run as planned. In the unlikely event, your tour is denied entry into the White House, an optional tour will be planned in its place, most likely a Tour of the United States Capitol.  

$160


Patriotism and Holiday Cheer!
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Saturday – December 7, 2019

Since 1922, The U.S. Army Band’s “Pershing’s Own” has maintained a tradition of excellence as one of the premier musical organizations of The United States Army.   From the battlefields of World War II to the historic events in our Nation’s Capital, the band has performed with honor and grace.   Today’s holiday concert highlights the U.S. Army Band’s “Pershing’s Own” and wonderful singers of the Army Chorus. Held at the beautiful DAR Constitution Hall in downtown DC, it is truly one of the best holiday concerts. Before the matinee performance, enjoy a delicious lunch at Carmine’s and time at the 15th Annual Downtown Holiday Market.  This event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region. Located in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this market features more than 150 regional artisans and crafters – the perfect opportunity to find that special gift!

$135    CH: 8:00am / 7:30pm   HI: 8:30am / 7:00pm


100 Miles of Holiday Lights
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Tuesday – December 10, 2019

Celebrate the Holiday season with the most popular light tours in Virginia! The first afternoon stop is at the Yankee Candle Factory Outlet in Williamsburg to pick out some wonderful treasures. Then it’s off to the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center for Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection. See two floors of displays that showcase classic animated dolls and figurines.  Find Victorian skaters and carolers, enchanted forests, and Santa’s workshop, candy store, and a bakery.  Fascinating!   Next, travel to Virginia Beach for an early dinner at Rockafeller’s Restaurantfollowed by a drive along the boardwalk for a Holiday Lights Display on the Beach.   En route home, experience Newport News Celebration in Lights, Virginia’s first drive-through holiday lights event with over a half million individual lights. Upon returning to Richmond, see the city’s most famous holiday lights display at downtown’s James Center.

$130     CH: 12:00pm / 11:00pm   HI: 12:30pm / 10:30pm


German Christmas Village
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Thursday – December 12, 2019

Don’t miss out on this fun holiday tour to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to experience a German-style Christmas market and lunch.  Christmas Village in Baltimore features over 30 international vendors selling international holiday gifts, authentic German food and drinks, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. The outdoor area with its wooden vending booths, its 21′ high Christmas tree, and thousands of twinkling lights brings the original German Christmas charm to Baltimore. A German lunch is included in the heated tent area, followed by plenty of time to visit the market and the Inner Harbor area.  Included on the way home is a stop at Meadow Events Park at Virginia Fairgrounds to see the Illuminate Lights Show, Central Virginia’s largest drive-through Christmas Light show!

$135 CH: 8:00am / 8:00pm   HI: 8:30am / 7:30pm


Virginia Christmas Spectacular
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Saturday – December 14, 2019

Come and experience the splendor of Christmas as the Thomas Road Baptist Church Ministry in Lynchburg, Virginia, presents their annual Virginia Christmas Spectacular.  Enjoy favorite Christmas songs and the wonderful message about the true meaning of Christmas. Now in its 49th year, this show has become central Virginia’s most popular holiday show. Prior to the show, there is a special opportunity Purchase a P. Buckley Moss print in her Waynesboro gallery and then travel a short distance to her home, “The Barn,” to meet her and get the print signed!  P. Buckley Moss’ works have been acclaimed for their simplistic and yet symbolic styles reflecting her strong beliefs in Christianity. (If you already own a framed print – bring it and she will sign the glass with a special pen.) Travel south toward Lynchburg for a delicious family-style lunch at the Spring House Restaurant before the matinee show begins.

$150   CH: 8:00am / 7:00pm   HI: 8:30am / 7:30pm


OVERNIGHTS


A Smoky Mountain Christmas
A Fantasy of Lights Tour
December 5- 8, 2019

Join us as Gatlinburg, TN launches into the holiday season with its  “44th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade.”  Accommodations for this tour are at the Greystone Lodge, just a short walk from the Parkway where the 1.5 mile long parade travels.  Your own folding chair accompanies you to the parade where you can seek out a good spot to view the parade which is in the running for “Best Holiday Parade” by USA TODAY.  A morning of touring thru the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, an 8-mile loop features artisans at work whittling, painting, sewing, weaving, carving, is planned.  Candles, baskets, quilts, brooms, pottery, jewelry, dolls, ceramics, scrimshaw and so much more await your visit.  After a busy morning, return to Gatlinburg and visit the dozens upon dozens of shops near your Downtown hotel.  Enjoy an early dinner (cost is on your own) so you can find the perfect spot to view the parade.  The popular parade is only the beginning . . . a trip to Pigeon Forge includes The Incredible Christmas Place, the largest Christmas shopping village in the South.  Next is time on The Island, home to more than sixty retail and specialty shops and Paula Deen’s Restaurant and gift shop.  The afternoon will be spent at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas venue.  Rides, attractions, award-winning shows, over 5,000,000 lights, and a delicious Holiday Dinner are yours to enjoy.  Your day concludes with a multi-million dollar Christmas production at the Smoky Mountain Opry.  Angels, elves, reindeer, Jolly ‘Ol St. Nick and an incredible Nativity scene round out your day.  The saying in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge during the holidays . . . “If it doesn’t move, it has lights on it!”  Come and see for yourself

Annual Holiday Extravaganza
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December 17 – 20, 2019

“Christmas in New York” is the tour everyone waits for all year!  Travel on a luxurious motorcoach to New York City and check into your beautiful room at the Novotel in the heart of Times Square and within walking distance to many attractions.  We picked two incredible shows for you this year . . .  “Tootsie,” one of Broadway’s new hit sensations, and “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations,” Their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies created the backdrop for their 42 Top Ten Hits, 14 of which made it to number one! Take time on your own to explore the many sights of New York all decked out in its Christmas finery.  Be sure to visit nearby Rockefeller Center, to revel in its beautiful decorations, light shows, and their famous Christmas Tree Display!

Three Optional tours are available for your enjoyment: The world renown high-kicking Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular!  ” Making its debut in December of 1933, this beloved “Holiday Family Show” has become an annual tradition for theatergoers near and far for more than 85 years! Our Broadway Up Close & Movie Tour will give you an up close and personal view of Broadway and its history, followed by a tour of places where famous television shows were shot. The third choice is  “Discover Manhattan Tour” One of the most popular parts of New York City is the area between Central Park and
Battery Park. Within those borders are some of the world’s most famous places . . . The Empire State Building, Chinatown, Grand Central Terminal, the 9/11 Memorial, BrooklynBridge, South Street Seaport, WashingtonSquare Arch, Little Italy, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square.
The atmosphere of New York at Christmas is always something very special, with extra free time built into the tour, do something different during your stay, whether it’s a carriage ride in Central Park, a shopping spree in Macy’s or maybe a relaxing visit to one of the many museums. After four fabulous days, board the motorcoach for home.  Don’t forget our traditional stop at our favorite New Jersey Diner! Check our Website or Call for a Detailed Flyer!   $1275

Deposits Made by July 31st Will Be Entered Into a Drawing
For a Free Carriage Ride for Two in Central Park!!!

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131st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade
2019 – 2020

Join us on our annual California Rose Parade Tour! Accommodations this year are at the luxurious Hotel Irvine. Following arrival and check-in, meet your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. In the morning, enjoy Breakfast, before departure for a Rose Parade Float Decorating Tour to see the finishing touches put on the Parade Floats. Afterward, travel to Beverly Hills for Lunch at the famous Lawry’s Prime Rib Restaurant and a visit to Santa Monica Beach. This evening is at your leisure with free shuttle service to the Irvine Spectrum. Breakfast once again begins your next day and is followed by your choice of one of the following tours… Warner Brothers Studios Tour and Hollywood City Tour or Catalina Island or Ronald Regan Presidential Library. This evening’s “New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration Party” is complete with dining and a live band, a “Monte Carlo” style casino with dancing, party favors, casino fun and a champagne toast to ring in a Happy New Year! New Year’s Day greets you with Breakfast, followed by departure to Pasadena for the Tournament of Roses Parade! Your Reserved Premium Grandstand Seats along with a Souvenir Program and Blanket, provide comfort and a perfect viewing location for the Parade. Afterwards, return to the hotel for a special Southern California Backyard BBQ! The afternoon is at your leisure and is followed by a special movie night “under the stars.” Breakfast is followed by departure for the “Showcase of Floats!” The “Showcase” is your chance to see the Rose Parade Floats up close and personal. Spend the afternoon at Downtown Disney to shop and enjoy lunch on your own. Don’t want to shop… travel back to the hotel and relax by the pool! Your last evening includes a Farewell Dinner Cruise in Newport Beach. One last Breakfast is followed by departure for home. Happy New Year!

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