Alternatives to Christmas

For some, Christmas may be “the most wonderful time of year”, but for others they may not be as excited about the upcoming holidays. While many folks choose to spend Christmas with their families opening presents, not everyone can or wants to. It may seem like everything shuts down on Christmas and there is nothing else to do, but that’s not true – you just have to know where to look. No matter your reason, here are some alternative suggestions on how to celebrate Christmas.


Know what’s open

You may have heard that tradition for those not celebrating Christmas is to go for Chinese food and a movie. While those are two places you can certainly go, those aren’t the only places open for Christmas. Many restaurants and fast food places are finding there is business to be made by opening on Christmas. And some grocery stores may even be open too. Check out Huffington Post’s list. Always be sure to call first, as some locations may be open, but others may not.

Remember that tourist attractions stay open for Christmas too. For those of you in the Central Florida area – there’s lots of tourist stuff open on Christmas day. If you live near a tourist location, it’s worth calling to find out their schedule.

Get out of town

If you’re lucky enough to have some time off of work, why not turn it into a little vacation? While traveling around the holidays can be hectic, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are two very inexpensive days to travel. On top of that hotels often have a hard time filling rooms, so rooms can definitely be had for cheaper prices. Don’t forget to check out our Hotel Savings article for tips on how to find cheaper rooms. Not sure where to go? There are several places to go based on what you want to do. Some places, like New Orleans feature a famous event called Bonfires on the Levee where they light bonfires Christmas Eve all over town. Or if you want to go to a place where nothing ever closes, consider Las Vegas. Even if you’re not a gambler, just wandering the hotels looking at all the amazing decorations could take you all day.

Merry… Hannukah?

Did you know that Hannukah occurs a different time every year? Sometimes it’s closer to Thanksgiving, sometimes it’s in December. This year is unique in that it will actually start on Christmas Eve. If you’re looking for a different kind of celebration, it’s worth checking out Hannukah events in your area. Not only do you get to light candles and spin dreidels, but you can learn about the holiday itself and eat lots of yummy fried food like latkes and jelly donuts. If you’re in the Atlanta area, Chabad will actually have Hannukah celebrations several nights.

No matter how you choose to spend (or not spend) your Christmas, we hope you have a fabulous time.

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