Over 4.4 Million New Englanders Expected to Travel for Holidays
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Overall, AAA projects that 103 million Americans will travel this holiday season, the most ever on record.
“This year more Americans than ever will travel to celebrate the holidays and enjoy time with friends and family. Rising incomes, relatively low gas prices, and a generally favorable economic outlook should make for a successful holiday travel season,” said Lloyd P. Albert, AAA Northeast senior vice president of Public and Government Affairs.
Means of Travel
According to AAA, 93.6 million people will take a holiday road trip 50 miles or more from home. Air travel is expected to increase by 2.5 percent, with over six million Americans flying to their destinations.
AAA estimates that U.S. drivers have saved over $27 billion on gas so far this year.
AAA has identified the following destinations as the most popular for travel:
New York City
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Give to Those in Need
From giving trees at churches to Why Me Inc. as well as many other great organizations, there are plenty of families in the community that could use your help to put a present or two under the tree for a child who might not otherwise get one.
10th Anniversary Production of A Christmas Carol at Hanover Theatre
Get to Hanover Theatre to see the 10th Anniversary production of A Christmas Carol on opening night.
Jeremy Lawrence plays Scrooge for the sixth year in a row, having guest starred on TVs The Blacklist and Shades of Blue, as well as worked with directors Brian De Palma, Rob Howard and Stephen Daldry. Lawrence is also known for his portrayal of playwright Tennessee Williams.
The show starts at 7 p.m.
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common.
At the North Pole Village families will find Santa, Mrs. Claus Bake Shop, a magical talking Christmas tree, and an expanded train display featuring some trains from the movie Joy.
The event goes from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Imagine John Lennon Christmas Festival at That's Entertainment
Multiple bands and solo performers singing Lennon, Beatles and Christmas Carol's.
Any bands, singers, musicians, artists, elves or Santa's helpers that would like to participate are welcome.
Festival times are as follows:
1:00 AM-6:00 AM, 2:00 AM-7:00 AM, 3:00 AM-8:00 AM, 4:00 AM-9:00 AM, 1:00 PM-6:00 PM
The Muppet Christmas Carol at the Worcester Common Oval Ice Skating Rink
Layer up in your most comfortable winter attire and pack some seasonal snacks for this outdoor film screening on City Hall Plaza.
Admission for skating is just $10 and includes skate rentals. Receive a $5.00 discount if you bring your own skates. Kids 6 and under skate free. Admission for the movie is free.
Give Money to Salvation Army
Throw some money in the Salvation Army kettle. Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings. The person who stands outside ringing the bell is often there for long hours.
Even if it's just some change, smile at them and wish them a happy holiday.
PHOTO: j_lai/ Flickr
A Festivus for the Rest of Us
You must watch the Festivus episode of Seinfeld, it is one of the most famous episodes of the entire series.
Laughter is the best medicine, after all.
When you finish the episode, be sure to celebrate Festivus on December 23.
PHOTO: Matt Keef/Flickr
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