5 Holiday Getaways Near Dayton – Dayton Parent Magazine


Are you looking for a quick family getaway this Holiday Season? Here are 5 destinations close to home that are perfect for spending time with your family and celebrating the Holiday Season. All travel times are calculated from the Dayton International Airport.

Christmas at French Lick Resort

Location: French Lick, Indiana
Travel Time3hr 46min (216.2mi)

Holiday Dates: November 20 – January 10

French Lick Springs Hotel is the place for the wee ones to visit if they want to bend Santa’s ear. Stories with the Mrs., cookie decorating and holiday movies run throughout the 50 Days of Lights. Jolly St. Nick is also on board for photo ops and hot chocolate on cozy Sunday mornings.

A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort 

Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Travel Time5hr 18min (336.4mi)

Holiday Dates: November 20 – January 2
There’s no better place to be this holiday season than Nashville’s iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort with 2 million twinkling lights, acres of larger-than-life decorations, live shows and exciting attractions.

Santa Claus Christmas Celebration

Location: Santa Claus, Indiana
Travel Time: 3hr 48min (236.7mi)

Holiday Dates: Dec 5-7, 11-13, 18-20
The Santa Claus Christmas Celebration adds Christmas cheer to the first three weekends in December. Visit Santa at the Santa Claus Christmas Store or write him a letter at the Santa Claus Museum & Village. Follow the shining story of Rudolph as told through the Santa Claus Land of Lights: Family Christmas Light Adventure. Don’t forget a cup of gourmet frozen hot chocolate at Santa’s Candy Castle! Check out their 2015 Holiday Calendar of Events. 

Christmas at the Galt House Hotel

Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Travel Time: 2hr 37min (163.8mi)

Holiday Dates: November 19 – December 27
2015  brings a complete transformation of Christmas at the Galt House Hotel that will delight all the senses! Take an enchanted stoll down the Winter WonderLane! Whimsical trees and sparkling lights will dance above as you wind down the Winter WonderLane to a fairy-tale gazebo, where you’ll find a magical mistletoe. Start your day with Breakfast with Santa. You’ll be treated to a breakfast of Christmas tree-shaped pancakes and other goodies and get your turn to tell Santa exactly what you want for Christmas. Explore the  Christmas village where kids will have an opportunity to mail their letters to Santa at the new post office and take part in many other activities.

Christmas in Brown County

Location: Nashville, Indiana
Travel Time: 1hr 26min (84.6mi)

This year, make the holidays extra special for the entire family, by planning a trip to unique and magical Brown County for the official kick-off weekend for the holidays. Christmas in Brown County features a variety of old-fashioned delights. The quaint Village of Nashville twinkles with holiday lights. Festive songs fill the air from carolers decked out in Victorian costumes. Artisan galleries, craft studios, shops, and boutiques beckon shoppers. Old fashioned candies and homemade treats fill the air. Board the Little Nashville Express Train for a fun and free ride, and discover picturesque photo opportunities throughout town. Don’t forget to visit Santa and his elves at the Brown County Visitors Center Patio!

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