The perfect holiday escape is right around the corner. New England has popular attractions and cheap getaway locations to escape your day-to day-routines. Keeping with the holiday theme this winter, amusement parks and villages transform into a winter wonderland that Santa likes to visit. Even action lovers can find ski resorts to enjoy the outdoors.

Okemo Mountain Resort
77 Okemo Ridge Road
Ludlow, VT 05149
(802) 228-1600

Okemo Mountain Resort has much to offer for a family outing. Okemo is known for its skiing and snowboarding. Season passes, day passes, lift tickets and rentals are available on site. A kid-friendly attraction is the snow tubing, fire pit and playground areas. In order to participate in the snow tubing, children must be at least 42″ tall. Indoor alternatives to beat the low temperatures are at The Ice House, Okemo’s indoor skate park with skate rentals available. Accommodations are available at the resort and other locations near the mountain.

Santa’s Village
Route 2
Jefferson, NH 03583
(603) 586-4445

Christmas comes alive at Santa’s Village. Nothing beats the smile and joy a visit to see Santa will bring to your children. You can visit Santa’s house, meet his reindeer and sit around for story time. Rides are a favorite attraction on Santa’s Express train, antique cars and the carousel. Movies and 3-D shows are featured at the Polar Theater. Children ages three and younger are free to enter. Save by purchasing a two-day pass.

Edaville USA
5 Pine St.
Carver, MA 02330
(508) 866-8190

Edaville USA is featuring a Christmas Festival of Lights and a Polar Express attraction. Admission to the park will include the traditional amusement park rides and the Festival of Lights fun. Families will love this getaway that’s not too far from home. Visit with Santa, pass through Santa’s Village, ride the rides, sip on hot cocoa and savor the delicious cookies. The holiday event is open weekdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. through January 1, 2014.

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Palmer House Inn
81 Palmer Ave.
Falmouth, MA 02540
(508) 548-1230

Tucked away in a residential location, this Cape Cod bed and breakfast provides a quiet holiday getaway. The Palmer House Inn offers breakfast with afternoon refreshments, private bathrooms, king- and queen-sized beds and wi-fi. Select rooms have a fireplace and whirlpool. Its prime location is close to town and nearby shops. Local Falmouth attractions include museums and the Cape Cod Winery.

Salem, MA

Salem, Massachusetts is home to the historic Salem Witch Trials. This historic town has history, unique attractions and beautiful water views to offer visitors. Stay overnight at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina, Hawthorne Hotel, Morning Glory Bed and Breakfast or the Salem Inn. The most popular attractions are the Salem Witch Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum, House of the Seven Gables and the Salem Wax Museum, among others. Local restaurants and bars around town are unique to the Salem atmosphere. Take a drive to Salem for a holiday getaway that’s not too far from home.

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