Holiday travel deals for Canadians in December

Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa Cabo San Lucas (Facebook)

With the holiday season upon us it’s time to start planning your winter break. Whether you are going home to visit family, taking your dream vacation with or without the kids, or planning a cozy staycation in your own hometown, this list provides several ideas of how you can spend your holidays, both near and far.

The Deal: Grand Solmar Land’s End – Mexico

Savings: Savings vary per deal and there are many to choose from that will give you significant discounts on your stay.

The Details: Grand Solmar Land’s End currently offers several packages to save you money when you book accommodations. Deals include a Three Night Golf Package, Dining Credit Package, Whale Watching Experience, Early Booking Bonus, and several more. Their three-night Spa Credit Special includes a $100USD credit for a soothing and relaxing treatment at the seaside spa steps away from the ocean in a cozy cabana.

Reasons To Go: Grand Solmar is a breathtaking paradise located in Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. This luxurious resort is situated right on the beach where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez and it’s a true Mexican paradise. There are endless infinity pools, swim-up bars, private cabanas, and delicious restaurants to taste the flavours of Baja and Los Cabos cuisine with the sounds of the waves in the background.

Holiday Idea: Shop for Christmas or Hanukkah treasures for everyone on your list with souvenirs purchased at the Cabo Market. Several markets are located in the Marina where you can buy Mexican mementoes from locals such as jewelry, clothing, authentic crafts and tiny stocking stuffers of all kinds. The marina is only a 10-minute walk from Grand Solmar in a beautiful part of town.

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The Deal: Whistler Blackcomb – British Columbia

Savings: Savings range from up to 25 per cent off four nights and 30 per cent off six night lodging packages with the Stay Longer, Save More” package.

The Details: Deals are based on two adults sharing a studio or similar from January 8 to April 22, 2018. The four-nights lodging/three-day lift ticket option must be booked three days in advance and taxes and fees are extra, restrictions may apply, check their website for more details. The six-night accommodations include a five-day lift ticket per person.

Reasons To Go: If you love skiing the reasons to travel here are obvious. A visit to Whistler Blackcomb allows you to experience the two largest side-by-side mountains in North America. They proudly boast over 8,171 acres of terrain, 200 runs, a mile of vertical and an average snowfall of 38 feet. There are winter adventures and attractions for the whole family in the pedestrian village and you are guaranteed lots of outdoor snowy fun.

Holiday Idea: The village sparkles over the holidays with festive activities, many of which are free. Happy carolers sing in the streets and there are Christmas lights galore around every corner making an evening stroll very festive. There is a Santa Skate on December 17 at Whistler Olympic Park.

Cars are parked at an Avis rental car office on August 8, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Deal: Avis Car Rental – Canada

Savings: Save $25 off the base rate of a $175 car rental in Canada.

The Details: Use coupon code MUWA148 to activate this deal. The dollars off applies to the base time and mileage charges only on a minimum base time of $175. Other deals include $10 off your rental when you spend $100, or $15 off your rental when you spend $125. Simply pick the deal based on where you are going and how long you want to rent the car. You must make an advance reservation and your car rental must begin by December 31, 2017. For more details check out their website.

Reasons To Go: Winter road trips can be tons of fun and if you don’t have a car this is the perfect excuse to pack up the kids or plan a girlfriends’ getaway either out of the city or into a city if you live in the suburbs.

Holiday Idea: Drive to Toronto and go skating at Nathan Phillips Square and then walk over to the Eaton Centre and take a selfie with the spectacular 100 foot sparkling Christmas tree.

An old Routemaster double-decker bus (R), which had been decommissioned from regular service, carries commuters from Victoria Station whilst the London Underground runs a limited service due to industrial action on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The Deal: London Sightseeing Pass – London, England

Savings: The London Pass is available for purchase for one, two, three, six or 10 days so your savings will vary depending on the package you go with and how many attractions you visit.

The Details: The London Pass is a sightseeing city card that is very popular among visitors as you get to see multiple attractions for one price and ultimately save money.

Reasons To Go: The London Pass allows entry to over 80 attractions, tours, and museums. Included in the package are the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the hop on/hop off bus tour, fast-track entry, and even a free 160 page guidebook with maps and tips to navigate this exciting city.

Holiday Idea: Head over to Hyde Park for their daily winter wonderland attractions. There are rides, games, and theatre-style venues including Cinderella on ice for all the fairy tale fans in your family. Or check out Santa Land, meet the famous elves, or ride the Santa Express.

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The Deal: Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown – Atlanta

Savings: Save up to 20 per cent with the advance purchase rate

The Details: Valid through December 31, 2017, this deal requires your booking dates be from seven days in advance of stay. All reservations must be prepaid and they are non-refundable. Make sure promotional code ADP appears in the promotional box when booking online. See website for more details.

Reasons To Go: Georgia’s capital city is a fun family destination and extra special during the holidays. In Atlanta you will be able to find Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza celebrations.

Holiday Event: On December 9 and 10 the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be performing Christmas carols and hymns at the Woodruff Arts Center. In Callaway Gardens there is a Fantasy in Lights show, known as the South’s Christmas tradition. It’s a spectacular holiday light and sound show that is fun for all ages.

Happy holidays, and safe travels!

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