Tips for a Great Christmas Away from Home

Just because you won’t be home for the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t have an enjoyable and memorable Christmas.

Keep yourself occupied with a few of the things that make the season bright. We’ve rounded up a couple tips for how to have the best Christmas when you’re away.

1. Connect with family.

Voice or Video.

With unlimited technology at our fingertips, staying in touch has never been so simple. Schedule in time when you know family or friends will be gathering to join them virtually – either by phone, or perhaps via video on FaceTime or Skype. It’s the perfect opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and to enjoy a little quality time with them over the holidays.

Reunite with friends & family.

Christmas is the perfect time to reunite with past friends or distance family members. If there is someone you know living close by, send them an email or give them a call to wish them well over the holidays. Any connection – even a distant one – can help make you feel more at home if you’re traveling over Christmas.

2. Prepare a nice meal.

Enjoy a little indulgence over the holidays with a delicious, festive meal. (After all, you’re only a Google search away from finding plenty of hotel or restaurant holiday meals nearby). But if you’re looking to prepare something yourself, we have just the thing.

Try these recipes for a no-fuss, delicious festive meal, featuring turkey legs with roasted root vegetables, sour cream mashed potatoes with chives, and lemony green beans with fried onions. Sub out the pumpkin pie for something a little more traditional at Christmas, like a fruitcake, pecan pie, or some squares.

3. Give.

Giving is part of what makes the holiday season so special. Doing something nice for those around you is what it’s all about – it gets you in the festive spirit and will make you feel good on Christmas day. So no matter where you are – if you’re in a hostel, an extended stay property, hotel, or elsewhere – find a way to make giving part of your Christmas tradition.

Try organizing a secret santa with other travelers, leaving a few small gifts for others you’ve met along the way, or giving back to the community you’re visiting by volunteering at a food bank, church service, and so on.

4. Wait until Christmas day.

If you receive gifts or cards from loved ones, you may be tempted to open them right away. Resist the urge! Save anything given to you to open on Christmas morning, giving you something to look forward to and making the day extra special.

5. Embrace local festivities.

There’s no better way to celebrate the season than by getting out to the local celebrations in the community you’re visiting, whether it be a parade, nativity scene, caroling group, or christmas lights drive.

6. Watch a Christmas movie.

Snuggle up to enjoy a holiday flick! Whip up some delicious hot chocolate and settle in to enjoy  one of your favorite Christmas movies of all time. Looking to change things up? Explore Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the 25 Best Christmas Movies.

From all of us at InTown Suites, we wish you a safe and Merry Christmas!

Why December is a Great Month to Visit Charleston, SC

With the holiday season now upon us, you may find yourself looking for new traditions, or new ways to celebrate that are different from your current rituals. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy new experiences with family and friends, or to embark on an exciting solo adventure. 

This December, why not try something new and uncover what the lovely city of Charleston has to offer? We know you’ll love the cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and the quaint pre-Civil War-era houses. And while the city still has comfortable temperatures and agreeable weather, December is the perfect time to visit.

Get in the holiday spirit in Charleston with…

The incredible Holiday Festival of Lights.

Year after year, the Holiday Festival of Lights proves to be an unforgettable event where thousands of families gather to kick-off the holiday season. From mid November until the beginning of January, millions of multicolored lights illuminate the sky as visitors make their way through over 3 miles of hundreds of magical light displays of all varieties.

The Festival offers plenty of fun for the whole family, including:

  • A driving tour full of breathtaking and exciting holiday light displays
  • A holiday train that provides an up-close look at all the magnificent lights
  • Displays of handmade gingerbread houses
  • Giant greeting cards made by local students
  • A beautiful, Victorian-style carousel
  • Plenty of treats, activities, shopping, and more

Well-known throughout the country and around the world, the Holiday Festival of Lights has been recognized as “One of the Top 10 Holiday Celebrations” – and with an accolade like that, you know it’s a worth a visit!

The Unforgettable Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.

A true Christmas classic, if the Nutcracker has never been part of your holiday tradition, you should give this beloved ritual a try. But make sure you pick a top notch performance, like the Moscow Ballet’s version, boasting 40 world-class Russian dancers, playful 10ft tall puppets, and over 200 breathtaking costumes.

Set to take the stage at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on December 24th, this is just one more reason to visit Charleston in December.

The Perfect Way to Ring in a New Year at the Annual Yorktown Countdown.

At the 4th annual countdown, ring in the new year with Charleston’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration at the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier in Mount Pleasant, SC.

A fantastic venue, you’ll watch the ball drop as you enjoy great music, special appearances, and premium spirits – all with breathtaking views from the Yorktown. And if you’re looking for transportation, enjoy affordable shuttles taking you from downtown Charleston to Mt Pleasant. 

Hitting the road this holiday season? Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties on the road; your home away from home during your next great adventure. 

Choose from four extended stay accommodations in Charleston and North Charleston. And if you’re looking for more things to do nearby, peruse the Guide tabs on each property page.