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12 of December’s Biggest Bashes and Best Giveaways

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If you haven’t spotted one of our crew frolicking around town spreading holiday cheer and rocking a sassy holiday sweater or accessory, consider this the electronic equivalent. We’ve got all the best travel deals and biggest events you won’t want to miss this December, delivered right here to your fingertips just in time for the holidays.

Looking for a good excuse to head out of town for Christmas? There’s a really good deal at a new luxury hotel in hotspot Baja California Sur. Thinking of taking up baking this holiday season but not sure where to start? Learn cookie basics from the pros in Brooklyn. Hoping to have your best New Year’s Eve of all time? Head to Rio’s Copacabana Beach for the ultimate fireworks show. All these things and more, that’s what sharing the holiday spirit means to us, my friends.

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Brooklyn: Holiday Cookie Workshop, December 15th learn more

Baking holiday cookies is so much more fun when you actually feel confident in what you’re doing. Let the seasoned pros at Cook Space in Brooklyn guide you through the process of baking and decorating sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies in a beautiful, fun and friendly setting.
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Peru: Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu learn more

Go on a glamping adventure this holiday season with a trip to Machu Picchu via Peru Ecocamp. You’ll hike through the Peruvian Andes and the Salkantay Trek, which National Geographic named one of the world’s 25 best treks. Camp comforts include cozy, fully clad geodesic domes and lots of delicious, natural, local food.
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NYC: Celebrate NYE High Above the City learn more

No place in America is as iconic a place to be as New York City on New Year’s Eve. Rather than stand around in the middle of the Times Square chaos, take an elevator up 65 stories to the Rainbow Room for a black tie bash that includes a four-course dinner, or to Bar SixtyFive for the DJ’d NYE party.
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$539 avg. room rate
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Scottsdale: Christmas Camp at The Phoenician, December 7th-15th, 2018 learn more

Author and screenwriter Karen Schaler is hosting a weeklong holiday renewal experience at the Phoenician in Scottsdale in celebration of the release of her new film and follow-up book, Christmas Camp. The agenda will include a reception and book signing with the author along with mixology, culinary and décor workshops, special Phoenician Spa and Drybar offerings, and gift making for charity. Should be a super fun girls getaway if you can squeeze it in pre-holidays.
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$249 avg. room rate
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Miami: A Winter Offer at Loews Miami Beach learn more

You know where it won’t be snowing this Christmas? Miami. Guaranteed. Head to the city where the heat is on and give yourself the gift of a little R&R away from the winter madness. Loews Miami Beach is currently running a winter offer that includes a daily credit of $125 that can be used toward food and beverages at the resort.
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$475 avg. room rate
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Rio De Janeiro: Spend NYE at Emiliano Rio De Janeiro learn more

Rio de Janeiro is known for its go-all-out New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks, and all the high-energy festivities take place right on Copacabana Beach. Book a 4-night stay at luxury resort Emiliano Rio de Janeiro and you’re in for many a treat, not the least of which is butler service.
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Austin: 'Holidays Away' Package at The LINE Austin learn more

Headed to Austin during the holiday season? The stylish, luxurious downtown ATX hotel The LINE is offering a discount of 20% if you book three or more nights and you’ll get a $25 dining credit that can be used at Arlo Grey, Dean’s One Trick Pony or Alfred’s Coffee.
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$520 avg. room rate
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Santa Monica: Bed & Breakfast at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel learn more

Love, love, love ringing in the holidays at this beachfront resort that’s just steps from Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade. The suites here have that classically cool California style, with tons of sunshine and comfortable, modern décor. Plus, if you book the Bed & Breakfast Deal, you’ll get a daily breakfast credit thrown onto your reservation.
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$239 avg. room rate
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Cincinnati: The 21c Cincinnati Experience learn more

Let the Queen City be your holiday destination with their 5-year anniversary package deal. You’ll get one night in the modern artist haven with the gift of a travel kit, $25 voucher to Metropole, a Rookwood tile, streetcar passes for two and a yellow ceramic penguin that’s sure to remind you of your lovely stay.
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Chicago: 'Happy's,' a Holiday Pop-Up Bar, November 23rd - December 22nd learn more

Open every weekend ‘till Christmas, this over-the-top holiday pop-up bar at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel will be showcasing workshops, live music and more. Don your best cheeky Christmas sweater and head to the bar for a seasonal cocktail before giving karaoke or bingo a go.
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Cabo: “Give the Gift of Travel” with Solaz learn more

For that someone very special in your life, consider gifting a luxury travel experience this holiday season. Located in the heart of Baja California Sur, brand new luxury resort Solaz is offering special grand opening rates for check-ins before December 19th and a couple of other sweet deals if you book before the end of the year.
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East Tennessee: Last Minute Winter Wedding Dates Available learn more

For those getting hitched in the next four months who have yet to choose a venue, listen up. RT Lodge still has dates available in January, February and early March, and they’re making some pretty sweet deals for last minute wedding bookings. There’s a heated Sperry sailcloth tent on site that accommodates up to 300 guests, and there are 58 guest rooms on the property, all at the base of the Smoky Mountains.
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