Between cooking, shopping and planning, the holidays can often be busy and overwhelming. Road Scholar offers an approach to the holiday experience that can rejuvenate the spirit of the season with learning adventures in extraordinary locations. Our holiday programs are known for being especially warm and welcoming, making them an excellent fit for all participants, especially those journeying solo. Here’s a sampling of holiday adventures that we’re offering this season:
Fête de Noël: Christmas in Québec City
Revealing the elegance of its French heritage, Québec City celebrates the holidays with an extravaganza of Christmas lights and festivities from art and music to traditional foods and choir performances. Immerse yourself in Québec’s rich history and culture through expert-led walks and intriguing presentations. Revel in the holiday spirit with a traditional Réveillon feast and special Christmas day celebration at the Château Frontenac.
Christmas in the Canadian Rockies by Rail
Enjoy the warmth and camaraderie of an old-fashioned Christmas in the Rockies as you immerse yourself in the winter landscapes, wildlife and history of western Canada. Travel by train through the Rockies and learn about the winter ecosystem and wildlife during hikes with experts.
Participate in one of the world’s most unique celebrations of the New Year — a combination of ancient traditions and modern interpretation. Appreciate the stillness and beauty of the countryside at the waterfall Gulfoss and along the scenic southern coast. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the world’s oldest parliament. Then, join Icelandic families around their celebratory New Year’s Eve bonfires, enjoy a gala dinner and watch the fireworks display.
The different cultures of northern New Mexico mark the holidays in their own fashion: colorful Pueblo Indian dances and feast days, festivities such as Los Pastores (a play involving the whole community) and the display of luminarias and farolitos and more. Experience a mosaic of exciting traditions that mark Christmas and the beginning of winter.
Embrace the holiday season and the warmth of San Diego. Take in the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, the Holiday of Lights in Del Mar and a private carol concert, and ring in Christmas day with brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado. Learn the tale of the city’s founding in the Gaslamp Quarter and at San Diego de Alcala, the first of 21 missions established by Father Junipero Serra.
Climb aboard a snowcoach for a three-day journey into a dazzling, white world of shaggy bison, croaking ravens, steaming rivers, and sulfurous mud pots. Welcome the New Year at Old Faithful as part of your winter voyage into Yellowstone’s glistening, snow-cloaked ambiance. Consider the slumbering volcano breathing beneath Yellowstone’s landscape, a presence that has caused eruptions, earthquakes, geothermal activity, mountain building and landslides through the ages.
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