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CityPASS Home  »  City Traveler Blog  »  December 2013

December 2013

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New Year's Traditions From Around The World

New Year's Traditions Families all over the world have distinctive New Year’s Day traditions that make this holiday so special. Do you plan on partying with friends, imbibing some drinks and watching fireworks as 2013 gives way to 2014? Or do you plan on staying home, getting cozy and watching the ball drop on television? Regardless of what your plans are, CityPASS is going to take a trip around the world to highlight some New Year’s traditions, along with a few regional New Year’s traditions around the U.S.—so buckle up! read more »

(Northern) California Dreamin' on a Winter's Day

San Francisco and Monterey, California are only 110 miles apart. Hardly much of a drive, a little under two hours is all. But you could keep busy for days in this region with activities galore and places to explore. Winter months are some of the best for venturing up and down this stretch of the California coastline. Here are just a few events and places you might want to check out when you find yourself in San Francisco or in the smaller hamlets of Pacifica, Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. read more »

A Guide to Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade

Mummers Parade Strutting down Broad Street in a flurry of sequined, feathered finery and floats, Philadelphia’s annual New Year’s Day Mummers Parade brings thousands of visitors to the city see this one-of-a-kind spectacle. In addition to entertaining thousands of native Philadelphians and tourists who come to view the event, the Mummers Parade is more than just a tradition in the City of Brotherly Love -- it’s a competition. More than 40 different Mummers clubs scattered throughout Philadelphia showcase elaborate performances to vie for glory and prizes. read more »

Seattle Offers Breathtaking Holiday Fun and a New Year’s Party to Remember

Seattle’s best attractions are whipping up some serious holiday fun this next week, but visitors will want to act fast or they’ll miss out on some of the season’s juiciest events. Every resident and out-of-towner must ride up the Space Needle, especially at this time of year. Seattle CityPASS holders can go up twice in 24 hours to capture the daytime sights and nighttime twinkling lights while whooshing skyward 520 feet to the observation deck. Visitors can chill on the Space Needle’s observation deck with the coolest, hippest Claus in town on December 21-24 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Photos can be taken with St. Nick sitting in his spaceship and wearing his flashy Santa suit. There’s also a station where kids can decorate a holiday cookie. read more »

Philly's Spectacular Holiday Light Shows

When 'holiday' becomes synonymous with 'hectic,' you know it's time to take a breather from the shopping, baking, planning and decorating for a chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. It’s as if the city of Philadelphia tries to outdo itself year after year with over-the-top, glittering decor, and this time, it has definitely succeeded. Travel from the suburbs or take the train downtown – you won't want to miss the city’s breathtaking holiday displays! read more »

Houston Holidays: A Ton of Family Fun

If you spend all of your time decorating, shopping, cooking, cleaning and scribbling cards, you’ll miss the best part of the Holiday Season: Getting out and making memories with your family! Folks in Houston get it. They take advantage of their moderate “winter” temperatures (forecasted to be a balmy 57- to 69-degrees for the rest of December) by venturing outside and having some fun. read more »

CityPASS Ticket Booklets: Five Reasons They’re Better Than Fruitcake

The annual appearance of fruitcake on our nation’s supermarket shelves can mean only one thing: the holidays are upon us. And with that comes the creeping panic over what to give hard-to-buy-for friends and family members. The perfect solution: CityPASS ticket booklets. Not only do they save you up to half off admission to the top attractions in 11 North American destinations, they beat fruitcake hands down in five important ways. read more »

Northern Exposure: Wintertime Activities in Toronto

It’s hard to top Toronto when it comes to wintertime activities. As the temperature cools down, this city of 2.5 million-plus really heats up. Not only are there a myriad of great attractions and over 7,000 places to dine throughout the city (Belgian fries or schnitzel anyone?), but according to Guinness World Records, Toronto is also home to the largest underground shopping complex, PATH, with 29 km (18 miles) of shopping arcades featuring 1,200 shops and services that will keep you busy and toasty warm as you traverse the largest, and what many view as the most metropolitan, city in all of Canada. There are also many spaces and places, many of them along the waterfront during Winterfest, offering all sorts of fun stuff to do. The following is just a few to help you get started on your winter tour of Toronto. read more »

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