According to AAA, winter leisure travel is on the rise with an estimated 103 million Americans taking trips over the holidays during the 2016-2017 winter season — the highest level on record. To serve holiday visitors and leisure guests shaking off the winter blues all season long, Aramark, the award-winning food and hospitality partner for national and state parks and other leading leisure and cultural attractions, offers something for every type of holiday traveler.
Some of the season’s celebratory offerings at Aramark-managed and -operated destinations include:
The traditional “Lighting of the Lake” at the charming Lake Crescent Lodge, kicks off the holidays at Olympic National Park. Revelry includes Sunday with Santa on Dec. 12 includes a visit with jolly Old St. Nick, brunch and live entertainment from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; traditional Christmas Eve Prime Rib Dinner on Dec. 24, 3:00-9:00 p.m.; and Christmas Brunch featuring live entertainment on Dec. 25 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Advanced reservations required.
A sumptuous Old England Christmas feast of centuries past featuring a magical theatre performance, the famed Bracebridge Dinner transforms The Majestic Yosemite Hotel’s dining room in California, into “Squire Bracebridge.” With more than 100 cast members dressed in 18th century finery, this performance cloaked in Christmas pageantry tells the tale of Lord Neville of Bracebridge, his household and guests during the holidays. Dates are December 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 22.
Asilomar Conference Grounds, among other inns on Pacific Grove in California, decks their halls in Victorian-era holidays splendor while guests enjoy entertainment and refreshments during the 37th Annual Christmas at the Inns, Nov. 28-29 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The holidays set sail Zephyr Cove Resort and Tahoe Cruises with the Santa Cruise aboard the MS Dixie II on Dec. 23, featuring professional photos and visits with Santa, holiday music and refreshments. On Dec. 24, the Dinner Cruise features a special holiday meal, and on Dec. 25, guests can enjoy a festive holiday buffet feast in the restaurant, and a special scenic day cruise at noon.
Aramark proudly delivers innovative hospitality, recreational and interpretive programs inside and around America’s top travel destinations and vacation spots, such as Denali National Park & Preserve, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park, Olympic National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Olympic National Forest, Lake Tahoe Basin National Forest, Yosemite National Park, Field Museum, Gettysburg National Military Park, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Zoo and many more.