We know the holidays just aren’t going to be the same this year around the Main Line and in Center City. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time while staying home. In fact, with a little creativity, 2020 may be your most memorable holiday season yet! If you’re looking for ideas for a fun holiday staycation, then we’ve got you covered. We hope you and your loved ones have a healthy and happy holiday season!
Travel without going anywhere
If you’ve got the itch to travel, then this idea will help scratch that itch without actually leaving your home. Pick a location where you’d like to travel and have a virtual adventure. Prepare a holiday meal of traditional dishes from that destination. Watch a movie or documentary or read a book that takes place there. And if they speak another language in that location, learn a few phrases such as “this is delicious” or “bring me more cake, please”.
Have an indoor campout and movie marathon
One of the best things about a staycation is being able to stay in your pajamas all day. First, get your entire family a set of matching pajamas. Then plan a whole-day movie marathon of your favorite holiday films. In the evening set up “camp” under the Christmas tree and make indoor s’mores. Finally, fall asleep under the glow of the twinkle lights and dream about what Santa may be bringing to you.
Take a drive
Enjoying holiday lights displays is one of the great pleasures of the season. Do some online research about fun light displays in your area and make a plan to hit them all. Head out of town to take a scenic drive down some country roads – especially right after a snowfall. Taking a drive is a great way to stay safe while still getting a break from your house.
Let someone else do the cooking
Part of the fun of a vacation is getting a break from your daily chores – especially the cooking. So instead of preparing a large holiday meal by yourself this year, why not outsource that job? Restaurants have been hit hard by the pandemic, and ordering a catered takeout meal for your family can be a great way to support them during these challenging times. Order from one of your favorites or try something new – this is a great time to experiment!
If visiting Santa at Macy’s in New York City has always been on your bucket list, then this is the year to do it! And we don’t mean flying to New York. Macy’s has created an amazing virtual Santaland for kids and their parents to enjoy this year. Take a tour of the 13,000 square foot holiday village, play games, and finish with a selfie with Santa. The experience is customized for each child and up to three kids can participate at the same time. The best part – it’s all free! Get that wish list ready so that you can tell Santa exactly what you want this year.