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The following Day Trips and Multi-Day Tours are presented in cooperation with Group Tours & Travel LLC.  We have been working with Group Tours for more than 20 years.  If you would like a detailed itinerary for any of the multi-day tours listed below, please call our office at (201) 670-2777.

Day Tours

Catacombs by Candlelight Tour of The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, Lunch in Little Italy, Five Points of Manhattan City Hall Park, and a Walk on the Brooklyn Bridge 
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Join us for this most unusual and exciting walking tour of The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Not to be confused with St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown, this historical church in lower Manhattan has been a landmark for more than 200 years, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tour highlights include the rare opportunity to explore the only active catacombs in New York City, and access to sacred sites and hidden areas of the Basilica grounds that are normally closed to visitors. Our entertaining guide will also provide us with a history of the church, as well as the people who once frequented it, and those who rest in its catacombs. Next, we can either ride the bus or enjoy a leisurely stroll down Mulberry Street into the heart of Little Italy, where we then enjoy an included lunch. After time to shop and sightsee, we take a short drive to the nearby City Hall Park. This area is next to a several thousand-year-old Indian trail, which has been used as a pasture, a prison, a parade ground, a public execution site and more. Today, it’s where City Hall is located, and where countless movies and episodes of Law and Order and Blue Bloods have been filmed. After an orientation walk, free time is provided to sightsee and even take a stroll on the nearby pedestrian portion of the Brooklyn Bridge. $180
001-Saturday, March 28, 2020
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 8:15 AM and returns at approximately 5:15 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.  

Lunch and Tour of The Culinary Institute of America & Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
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Prepare for a treat as we head upstate to Hyde Park, New York, where we visit The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), widely recognized as the world’s premier culinary college. In the company of a student guide, we enjoy a tour of this world-renowned learning facility. Next, we savor the culinary experience of a memorable included lunch, that is prepared and served by the students. Lunch is in the Bocuse Restaurant amongst breathtaking classic French architecture. Our lunch offers a unique and exciting, world-class dining experience. This afternoon we visit the Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets which contain over 220 stores that occupy more than 800,000 square feet. It is one of the largest outlet centers in the world. Our stay will include 1 ½ hours to shop, stroll the attractive open-air mall area or enjoy a snack. Please choose one entrée per person at the time of registration: Arctic Char or Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast. $165
002-Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 8:15 AM and returns at approximately 5:15 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

Trolley Tour of Greenwood Cemetery, DUMBO & Red Hook, Brooklyn 
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Climb aboard a fascinating and memorable two-hour narrated trolley tour of Brooklyn’s 478-acre Greenwood Cemetery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark. It’s like a drive through a manicured landscaped park and museum.  Our guide provides us with fascinating stories of many of the cemetery’s most famous and not so famous permanent residents. On these rolling hills is a world-class collection of monuments and mausoleums that include Classical, Egyptian, Gothic, and Romanesque styles. See breathtaking views of Manhattan and stand where George Washington and his troops fought in the Battle of Brooklyn. Among those buried here are famous politicians, generals, artists, authors, and mobsters, such as Currier & Ives, Leonard Bernstein, Horace Greeley, Samuel Morse, Duncan Phyfe and countless others. From here we take a short drive to the original Junior’s Restaurant on Flatbush Avenue where we are treated to an included lunch. This afternoon we take a drive through portions of Red Hook, Brooklyn with a stop at Valentino Park that provides panoramic vistas of the New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline. We also visit the riverfront in Brooklyn known as DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and the newly expanded Brooklyn waterfront and Fulton Landing. Here there is time to stroll along this scenic and historic area and again take in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline.  Please choose one entrée per person at the time of registration:  Broiled Cheeseburger, Broiled Steakburger, Corned Beef, Pastrami, Turkey Brisket or Beef Brisket.   All deli sandwiches are served on Rye Bread.  $160
003-Saturday, April 25, 2020
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 8:00 AM and returns at approximately 5:30 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

Cherry Blossom Time at The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens & The Snug Harbor Cultural Center 
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Our day begins with a visit to The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, consistently rated as one of the finest gardens in the metropolitan area. Spring is in the air and with it comes a rainbow of colors throughout the 52-acres of gardens and open spaces. Now is a special time of year to view these floral delights since the garden’s Cherry Blossoms should be in full bloom. Make sure to explore the more than 200 cherry trees along its Esplanade, the Cherry Walk and Japanese Pond Garden. Other highlights are the bonsai museum and the roses, magnolias, lilacs, wildflowers, orchids, and rhododendrons which should be in or near bloom. After time to stroll through the gardens and browse in the shops, enjoy lunch on your own in the garden’s café. From here we travel to nearby Staten Island to visit one of New York City’s most unexpected and extraordinary destinations: The Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. Set among 83-acres of beautiful parkland, the Cultural Center is home to widely acclaimed botanical gardens and boasts 28 historic buildings. This was once a home for sailors and a place of many significant events. Our guided tour includes a visit to a few of the most important buildings and a visit to the exceptional New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden. This tour requires a little more walking than other tours. $125
004-Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 8:00 AM and returns at approximately 6:15 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

American Institute of Architects’ Yacht Cruise Around Manhattan featuring The Oculus, Eataly, Battery Park City Esplanade & 911 Memorial Park 
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Our day begins with a stop at Brookfield Place, this shopping/event center is centrally located to many interesting points of interest in lower Manhattan. We begin with a walk through the 4-billion-dollar Oculus, the most expensive train stop in the world. It’s like a walk through a Star Trek movie with modern and Spanish
Architecture, over 100 stores, several restaurants and Eataly NYC Downtown. A beautiful promenade along the Hudson River, the 911 Memorial, Hudson Eats (an elegant dining hall) and the Irish Hunger Memorial are all nearby. Free time to lunch on your own and sightsee is provided before proceeding to
our exceptional cruise. This afternoon we enjoy a nearly three-hour-long cruise that fully circumnavigates the island of Manhattan aboard a 1920’s inspired yacht. Hosted and narrated by a member of the American Institute of Architects, our cruise includes complimentary snacks and one
beer, wine or champagne, as well as soda, water, tea or coffee. Additional beverages and a full bar are available for purchase. The Around Manhattan Tour narration provides exceptional insight into the many buildings that we view on our memorable and elegant style cruise. $185
005-Saturday, June 20, 2020
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 9:00 AM and returns at approximately 6:15 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

Whale Watching & Dolphin Adventure Cruise from Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens  
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Join us as we enjoy a four-hour long Whale Watch & Dolphin Adventure Cruise on the 95-foot long American Princess. The American Princess has a large upper deck with a canopy, a large main deck and cabin with cushioned seating. They advertise a 90% rate of a whale and/or dolphin sightings. However, sightings are not guaranteed. Cruises are rain or shine. After departing Rockaway, we pass the Marine Parkway Bridge, where peregrine falcons have been seen diving for prey. While passing the Breezy Point jetty, dolphins may appear off the coast of New York City and have been known to jump near and under the American Princess. Further offshore toward Ambrose Channel, the entrance to New York harbor, we may see the blow of a whale and hear the captain shout, “Thar she blows!” We hope to view humpback whales that are approximately 45 feet in length weighing about 40 tons. Prior to boarding our cruise we visit the scenic Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a 9,000-acre National Refuge, located just to the east of Breezy Point, Rockaway Park and the Mill Basin. Lunch is not included, but you may bring your own lunch, snacks and water aboard. Coolers are not allowed on the tour.  Hot dogs, mac and cheese, snacks and drinks are available for purchase on board.  $145
006-Saturday, July 11, 2020
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 10:00 AM and returns at approximately 6:30 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

The Grounds for Sculpture & Washington Crossing State Park 
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Join us in Washington Crossing Historic Park where we learn about the events that took place in this area.  They truly changed world history. Our visit includes an introductory movie, historic exhibits, the McConkey Ferry Inn, the viewing of an exact replica of Emanuel Leutze’s famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River and more. After an included lunch, we visit the nearby Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. Set upon 42 beautifully landscaped acres are over 300 contemporary sculptures. The quality, variety and amount of sculptures make this park one of the finest sculpture gardens on the East Coast. The grounds also include thousands of rose bushes, 2,000 trees and numerous flowers and plants that have been specifically placed to create a dramatic backdrop to over 150 amazing outdoor works of art. In addition, there are ponds, a river, bridges and two 10,000-square-foot exhibit halls. Free time is provided to explore this world-class collection on your own and at your own pace. $160
007-Friday, May 29, 2020
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 8:00 AM and returns at approximately 6:00 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.  

KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature Special Exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens 
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KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature is 2020’s must-see exhibition at the NYBG.  Everyone will be raving about it for years to come. Join us as we view this NYBG exclusive, highly anticipated, multisensory presentation of the work by the internationally celebrated Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. The exhibit is designed to capture and illuminate the artist’s profound engagement with nature in larger-than-life works of art. Across NYBG’s 250-acre landmark landscape and buildings, Kusama’s lifelong fascination with the natural world will be revealed in depth with multiple installations, including her signature-mirrored environments and organic forms, polka-dotted sculptures of colossal flora, mesmerizing nature-based paintings, biomorphic collages, works on paper, botanical sketches, as well as a spectacular horticultural showcase in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature will also present brand-new works, including a monumental site-specific pumpkin sculpture and her first ever participatory greenhouse installation that will be transformed over the course of the exhibition. We arrive in time to explore the many gardens that are not part of the special exhibit, enjoy a tram ride and time to lunch on your own in one of their restaurants. Our admission includes the KUSAMA PLUS: the full experience with admission to all KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature installations, access to Dots Obsession, Flower Obsession, Mirror Room, works within the Mertz Library building, as well as all other works included in the Garden's outdoor collections and access to select KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature installations on grounds and in the Conservatory. $135
008-Saturday, September 26, 2020
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (by the corner of Linwood Ave. & Northern Parkway) at 10:00 AM and will return at approximately 5:30 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

Multi-Day Tours

The Guest House at Graceland, Graceland & Elvis’s Birthplace 
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This tour features a 3-night stay in the Guesthouse at Graceland as well as a full admission package to Graceland.  We will also visit many other exceptional area attractions. In the famous Sun Studio, we will listen to recordings made on the night when Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis held a jam session that later inspired the Broadway hit musical Million Dollar Quartet. A visit to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music relays the story of where over 160 top 100 pop chart’s songs and a staggering 243 hits in the Top 100 R&B charts were recorded. No visit to Memphis is complete without a visit to The Peabody Hotel to see its world-famous ducks. On Beale Street in Memphis, we enjoy the feel of Bourbon Street, as there are many bars with free live music to enjoy. Other highlights include: nonstop airfare from Newark, Mississippi River Boat Ride, Belz Museum, Elvis Presley’s Birthplace and Childhood Church, Mud Island River Walk, round trip shuttle to Beale Street, three breakfasts, one lunch, $75 meal credit for dinner in the hotel, tour escort and more.
009-March 22-25, 2020
Price per person: $1,675 Twin & $1,995 Single.

Highlights of Northern Delaware
Nemours & Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Scenic Boat Cruise 
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Join us for an overnight excursion to Delaware, although at times on this trip you might think we are in Europe. This tour includes a visit to a mansion that is perhaps the finest example of a modified Louis XVI French chateau in North America. Located on a sprawling country estate is Nemours, the 102-room mansion of Alfred I. duPont. The opulence, grandeur and overwhelming elegance of this estate is astounding. Following an extraordinary estate tour, we are treated to a memorable lunch in one of America’s most elegant dining rooms. The Green Room in the Hotel duPont exemplifies the elegance and grandeur of the Gilded Age. It contains oak paneling, oak-beamed ceilings, gold chandeliers, richly textured draperies, Italian mosaics and original oil paintings. Our itinerary includes the charming community of New Castle, Delaware, a treasure trove of historic private homes and public buildings. Our lunch is in a 345-year-old building that now houses Jessop’s Tavern. There is also time to stroll New Castle’s cobblestone streets and visit The New Castle Court House (1732), where the Declaration of Independence was once read on the steps. In the afternoon we enjoy a scenic river cruise on a portion of the lower Delaware River and The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Highlights include Fort Delaware, Delaware State Park, Pea Patch Island, tour escort and more. In the comfort of our hotel, we enjoy a manager’s reception that includes a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. There is also a restaurant in our hotel if you would also like to enjoy dinner there on your own.  Other highlights include: overnight accommodations in the Embassy Suites in Newark, Delaware, one breakfast, two lunches, tour escort and more.
010-May 21-22, 2020
Tour cost per person is $435 Twin & $515 Single.


The Green Mountains of Vermont in The Summertime
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Let’s head to New England, into the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains, as we are treated to three nights in the Killington Grand Resort Hotel. Our resort has received the Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence Award and has attractive public areas, an outdoor pool, restaurant, lounge, spectacular scenery, walking paths and more. Highlights are many, and our itinerary reads like a short list of some of the most popular places to visit in Vermont. We will take a guided tour of one of the largest operating granite quarries in the world. After lunch on your own in the charming town of Waterbury, we are treated to a tour of the Ben & Jerry’s Factory. On day three, after time to browse in the resort town of Stowe, we enjoy an included lunch in the Trapp Family Lodge, where the family from the Sound of Music made their home in America. Our visit includes a tour of the lodge and time to explore this resort on our own. We also take an aerial tram to the summit of Killington Mountain where we enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding area.  Other highlights include: Billings Farm & Museum, Quechee Gorge, time in Waterbury and Woodstock, three breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners, tour escort and more.  
011-July 7-10, 2020
Tour cost per person is $1,035 Twin & $1,115 Single.

Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Sequoia Trees, Napa Valley, Virginia City & Reno  
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You will be amazed by the spectacular natural beauty of the many places we visit on this amazing summer tour. Our itinerary explores a diverse, historic and beautiful region of eastern California and western Nevada. We visit the land of the 49ers, learn about the California Gold Rush and relive the romance of America’s Western Frontier. In the Mariposa Grove of Sequoia Trees we walk among these beautiful giants. We approach Yosemite National Park from the east and travel west over a mountain ridge that is one of the most scenic roads in North America. Along the way we view snowcapped mountains, breathtaking vistas and truly unique areas that are rarely found anywhere else on earth. Crossing from Nevada into California, we straddle mountaintops and view spectacular landscapes. The resort region around Lake Tahoe was made famous by the television show Bonanza as told through the adventures of the Cartwrights. Our tour of the Napa Valley finds us in the heart of America’s most famous wine growing region. Our two-night stay in the capital city of Sacramento is close to its vibrant Old Town, near dozens of shops and riverfront restaurants. It’s a perfect summer getaway.  Other highlights include: nonstop airfare from Newark, one night in the Embassy Suites in Napa, two nights in the Embassy Suites Old Town Sacramento, three nights in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, two night in the Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station, California State Railroad Museum, Napa Valley Winery, lunch on the Delta King, boat ride on Lake Tahoe, Reno, Carson City and Virginia City, Nevada, Emerald bay, Train & Trolley ride in Virginia City, open air riding tour of the Yosemite Valley, all breakfasts, three lunches, one dinner, tour escort and more.
012-July 13-21, 2020
Price per person: $3,975 Twin & $5,145 Single


Derek Jeter Induction Ceremony at National Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown 
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Derek Jeter is one of the finest baseball players that has ever graced the field. He spent all of his illustrious 20-
year career with the New York Yankees. Our weekend is highlighted with attendance to the exceptional
induction ceremony that will honor this sports icon and many of the other exciting activities and events that take
place in Cooperstown during the National Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend. Enjoy unlimited access to the
National Baseball Hall of Fame during our tour. Even those who have little interest in baseball will enjoy the
museum’s many outstanding exhibits and the festive atmosphere in Cooperstown. Be a part of history, as we
witness one of the most emotional induction ceremonies in years and see one of the largest gatherings of the
National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees ever assembled. During most of our Cooperstown visit, there will be
opportunities to meet many of the inductees as you pay to get autographed memorabilia from them (not
included). Other highlights include: membership to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, Hall of Fame Yearbook, overnight accommodations in the Albany Hilton Hotel, tour escort and more. This tour requires more walking than some other tours.
013-July 25-26, 2020
Price per person is $475 Twin & $575 Single.

Summertime in New England - New Hampshire & Maine 
Lake Winnipesauke, Ogunquit, Maine, Castle in The Clouds & Kennebunkport
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This tour explores the exceptional natural beauty and history of the New England states of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire during the height of their summer season. Our three nights in the charming town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, are within a few minutes’ walk to the center of town, numerous restaurants, stores and its historic waterfront. Portsmouth is New Hampshire’s oldest settlement, and its bond with the sea and colonial history is still evident today. This tour visits several picturesque waterfront communities that we will remember for years to come. We also visit the majesty of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Each mile traveled, by the coast or in the mountains, is more scenic than the one before.   Other highlights include: three nights in the Hampton Inn in Portsmouth, boat ride on Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro, NH, Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial, Rockport, Massachusetts, three breakfasts, two lunches, one dinner, tour escort and more.
014-July 28-31, 2020 
Price per person is $1,215 Twin & $1,595 Single.

Salem at Halloween Time ~ Haunted Happenings 2020
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Salem, Massachusetts, is arguably the ultimate place in the world to experience the fun and excitement of Halloween. There is never a dull moment on this tour when we visit Salem during this exceptional celebration. This weekend, thousands of costumed visitors will descend upon this historic community, geared up for fun and ready to take in the thrill of its festival-type atmosphere. The Haunted Happenings 2020 Salem Festival is an exciting event like no other. It features street closings that create a vibrant open-air pedestrian mall with numerous food and craft vendors and more. In addition to the excitement of Halloween, we have added many historic and fun attractions in Salem. This includes a dramatic short play that was written from the transcripts of the witch trial of Bridget Bishop, convicted of being a witch and then sentenced to death.  Our hotel accommodations are an extra bonus. The hotel has recently undergone an extensive renovation and features many attractive public areas. To cap off our weekend, we are treated to a memorable costume dinner party in the comfort of our hotel on Saturday night. Bring your costume!  Other highlights include: two nights in the Hilton Hotel in Woburn, Massachusetts The House of Seven Gables, The Salem Witch Museum, a trolley tour of the city, Pickering Wharf, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Custom House, free time during the festival, two breakfasts, one lunch, two dinners, tour escort and more.
015-October 30-November 1, 2020
Price per person is $815 Twin & $995 Single.

Mackinac Island ~ Labor Day Jazz Weekend Festival
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The Grand Hotel, recognized as one of the most elegant hotels in America, has been delighting guests since 1887. Join us as we indulge in a memorable tour that includes four nights in the elegant Grand Hotel. The Grand Hotel’s Jazz Fest Labor Day Weekend is an exceptionally special time of year that includes many interesting and exciting events. It features several live musical performances throughout the weekend, two afternoon outdoor barbeque concerts, three evening receptions, evening concerts, ballroom dancing, a Sunday Gospel performance and more! Mackinac Island is a place where time seems to have stood still. Victorian architecture is the standard, and all private motor vehicles are banned. We will spend two nights in Traverse City, a charming waterfront community. We will also visit an exceptional recreated fort that tells the unique history of the Great Lakes and the Mackinac Straits. Once off Mackinac Island we explore portions of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and also enjoy scenic drives.   Other highlights include: roundtrip air from Newark, scenic drive on Old Mission Peninsula & Winery, Colonial Michilimackinac, Michilimackinac State Park, roundtrip ferry ride to Mackinac Island, International Boat Cruise through the Soo Locks, all admissions, all breakfasts, three lunches, four 5-course dinners in the Grand Hotel, tour escort and more.
016-September 3-9, 2020
Price per person is $3,175 Twin and $4,325 Single.

Christmas Time in Nashville & The Opryland Hotel 
Four Outstanding Shows & Much More  
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Each of our tours has its own special magic, and there are many great tours that we provide to our clients, but Nashville is a truly unique experience. On this tour, we will literally see the best this city has to offer at a relaxed pace. Many of the attractions we see are destinations in themselves and our nonstop air allows us four full days of touring. To begin with, our hotel will be extensively decorated for the holiday season with 2.3 million Christmas Lights. It features an incredible nine acres of indoor atriums along with several restaurants and shops. The public areas include waterfalls, over 50,000 plants, elevated walkways and even an indoor boat ride on the river in the Delta Atrium. Topping off our itinerary are four spectacular shows, one of which Trace Adkins will headline. 
017-December 5-9, 2020
Price will be available in January.