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Spread Holiday Cheer With Peninsula's "Snowpage"

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The Peninsula Hotels have found an adorable way to spread both holiday cheer and charitable good this season, and you can take part too.

Guests at Peninsula properties worldwide will find SnowPage, a smiley plush snowman, decorating the hotels’ public spaces. For every image of the stuffed animal posted to social media with the hashtag #SnowPage, Peninsula will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps children with life-threatening diseases fulfill their dreams.

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Social Media Christmas Magic at Rock Center

Glittering lights, high-kicking Rockettes, and ice-skating tourists and native New Yorkers—there’s truly nothing like Manhattan for the holidays. With the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade behind us, last night marked a different kind of New York tradition—the 82nd annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting.  

By following #RockCenterXMAS@rockcenternyc, and @nyc (who captured moments with an iPhone6), we’ve collected our favorite moments from the evening.  In case you want to see the tree live, it’ll remain lit and open to the public until January 7, 2015.

 

City Magic: Come walk with me to the #RockCenterXmas tree @RockCenterNYC

A video posted by NewYorkCity (@nyc) onDec 12, 2014 at 11:50pm PST

Dana Point Brightens Holiday Nights in SoCal

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The Southern California community of Dana Point, just a few miles down the road from Laguna Beach, is putting on a massive, radiant display of holiday light sculptures.

Dana Point's Illuminocean features 18 oversized sea-life sculptures as well as moving light tunnels. Altogether the show has over 500,000 LED bulbs to enjoy, and is free for the public—travelers and locals alike—to view through January 4th, 2015.

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#HowIHoliday

The holiday season is upon us! Share how you're celebrating this month by posting photos on Instagram and including the hashtag, #howiholiday. You'll have a chance to be featured by T+L, Food & Wine, and other sister brands.

How we may use your content: tandl.me/mediaterms.

How to Avoid the Worst Thanksgiving Traffic

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Almost 90% of Americans who are traveling this Thanksgiving are doing so by car, says a new study by AAA. So if you’re among the road tripping set this week, you’ll need to strategize in order to avoid some of the year’s worst traffic. With the help of our friends at Google Maps, we’ve analyzed the best and worst times to drive on Wednesday—when most people will hit the road—so that you can be best prepared for a stress-free journey.

Want more holiday travel tips? Check out our holiday survival guide, here.

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The Moment: Rathausplatz, Vienna

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9:19 p.m.: I remember a cauldron filled with molten beeswax, and my mother handing me a piece of string. I was seven or eight. It was Christmas, at a holiday market in Zurich. I dipped the string into the wax and pulled it out a few dozen times, and there was something amazing, even magical, about how the string turned into a candle, and about the smell of the wax, and the wintry crowds and the lights and the sounds. Today, 30-odd years later, the Mitteleuropa-style Christmas market is thriving, in Zurich, Prague, and Munich, in Frankfurt and Vienna—celebrations of the season and places where families can still make memories of their own.

Luke Barr is the former features director of Travel + Leisure.

Photo by Monika Hoefler


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5 Last-Minute Spooky Getaways for Halloween

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This Halloween, plan a last-minute getaway to one of America’s spookiest destinations. From haunted hotels to former crime scenes, T+L’s Jacqui Gifford shares the year’s top destinations with creepy appeal on the TODAY Show.


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How to Survive Holiday Travel

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I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about how to navigate crowded, delay-prone airports this season with your sanity (and schedule) intact. Here, my best tips.

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July 4th Travel Tips

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The 4th of July Travel Forecast

People are feeling good. Job numbers are up today; consumer confidence is rebounding. That means more people spending on travel. AAA Travel projects that 41 million Americans travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend. That's a 1.9 percent increase from last year. The majority are hitting the road, with more 34.8 million driving. But if you’re flying, the goods news is that you probably paid five percent less for your ticket than last year, according to AAA.

Some advice for drivers: A lot of people start heading out right about now so expect heavier traffic from about 6pm tonight through tomorrow.

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