December 2019 – HR

A “Gardenfest” of Lights!
Richmond, VAGARDENFEST - NOT REALLY
 Monday, December 2, 2019

The holiday season is always a special time of year! Beautiful decorations, festive celebrations and joyous feelings are all part of the holiday festivities!  Richmond doesn’t fall short in its holiday activities and we’ve included their most popular destination, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens!  But first, en route to Richmond, travel scenic Route 5 with a stop at Berkeley Plantation for a tour and holiday treat.  Berkeley is one of Virginia’s most historic homes – site of the first official Thanksgiving.  Upon arriving at Lewis Ginter in the late afternoon, enjoy a guided tour in their classical domed Conservatory, the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic with more than 200 orchids. It will be beautifully decorated for the Holiday season including at 100-foot Christmas tree in the north wing.  Next, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner in the garden’s beautiful Robins Room followed by time on your own to visit their annual Gardenfest of Lights. The show features more than 500,000 lights arranged in botanical themes throughout the Gardens. Please wear comfortable shoes for the Garden and dress warmly! Don’t forget to visit the wonderful Garden Shop.   $150

N/VB: 12:00pm / 10:30pm    H: 12:45pm / 9:45pm      W: 1:30pm / 9:00pm


Start…and Finish Your Holiday Shopping!
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Friday, December 6, 2019

The 44th Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Collection is a one of a kind show and a long time favorite in the Richmond area.  The marketplace has four buildings filled with hundreds of juried exhibitors. The unique offerings include jewelry, festive decorations, fine arts, exquisite crafts, gourmet food, and a host of unique gifts. With over 400 booths there is something for everyone on your list, including you! Prior to entering the Bazaar, fuel up your shopping energy with a delicious lunch at a local favorite family owned restaurant that has been in business for over 30 years. Remember to wear your walking shoes and be prepared to shop ‘til you drop!   $115

N/VB: 8:30am / 7:00pm    H: 9:15am / 6:15pm      W: 10:00am / 5:30pm


“Miracle on 34th Street”
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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Smithfield, VA is a quaint little town with a hidden gem waiting to be discovered! The Smithfield Little Theatre is an intimate venue with incredible onstage talent. This Christmas season, the cast presents “Miracle on 34th Street.” Set in New York City, Fred tries to woo Doris by taking her daughter, Susan, to see Santa Claus at Macy’s.  Feel the magic of the season melt even the most cynical hearts in this long time classic based on the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture. We will start the day with a guided tour of Smithfield including some time to browse their lovely boutique stores. Next enjoy a delicious plated lunch at the Smithfield Station & Marina prior to the matinee show. $128

N/VB: 8:30am / 6:00pm    H: 9:150am / 5:15pm             No Williamsburg Pickup

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A Smoky Mountain Christmas
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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
Pasadena, CA

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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