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4 Christmas vacations to make an elf green with envy

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Here we are again. That time of year when elves start moaning about chronic fatigue as Santa puts them on double shifts to meet his deadlines. Well perhaps if they slaved away all year long like everyone else they could take a well deserved Christmas vacation too. So take your pick from our four amazing destinations, beautiful hotels, fun tours and unique activities across the US and Canada and do your bit for elf envy…

You know why Santa’s face looks red at this time of year? He’s been having a chuckle and singalong at the Carolina Opry Christmas Special in Myrtle Beach, that runs throughout  November and December. You can get into the spirit by watching the cast give their renditions of famous carols with a comedic twist in fancy costumes. But there’s a touch of hot, sultry exotica in this Winter wonderland whenyou stay at the Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, where Moroccan and Spanish style colonial architecture blend with modern amenities, like swimming pools and steamy jacuzzis.

There really is nowehere like New York at Christmas when the city beams in festive cheer. To see it properly, you should take a tour of the city lights, shopping displays of Fifth Avenue and check out the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Keep up that traditional Xmas spirit with a stay at the boutique style Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel, frequented by Irish celebrities and the Irish Prime Minister who say it feels just like home.

Santa cannot live on milk and cookies alone. He needs a good breakfast to start his day. You can join him at Baltimore’s B&O Railroad Museum on weekends from 5-20 December. Get into the festive feast with pancakes and scrambled eggs, then have your picture taken with the jolly guest of honour and jump on a train ride. The Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys has beautiful rooms plus a fitness centre and outdoor walking tracks in case you feel like a bit of Christmas pudding yourself.

Nature is the stage at Christmas in the park/Noel dans le Parc in Montreal, Parc Lahaie from 6-21 December. In the chill of the outdoors, warm your heart with song, opera, music and storytelling — stroll around watching the street performers and buy some food from the stalls to eat near the bonfire.  Come in from the cold at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal, gorge on croissants straight from the bakers oven, dip into a steam bath at their Health Spa, and start your party preparation with a manicure and pedicure.

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