Celebrate the Holidays Across the U.S.

West Coast, East Coast & Other Places in Between. Celebrate the Holidays Across the U.S.

Celebrate the Holidays Across the U.S.
Rockefeller Center in Winter, New York City

GotoBus.com can help take you many places, and during the holiday season there is more demand for quick-and-easy travel options than ever. In addition to just taking you to Mom’s house for your holiday, though, we can zip you to a number of holiday celebrations all across the country! Below are some of our favorite festivities in some of the biggest cities as well as handy links for quick trip booking.

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Fun February Events

Traveling

February is the last hurrah of winter, and most people are starting to get a little stir-crazy. But never fear! February still offers many activities, outdoor and otherwise, for the enterprising traveller. As always, we here at GotoBus are here to distill the events in major US cities down to their essence for your benefit. Below, check out our picks for top big-market events and activities in the shortest month of the year:

New York City

  • NYC Restaurant Week is a bit of a misnomer- this culinary celebration actually occurs over a few weeks from February 17 through March 7. Check out the official site or Facebook page for full details and a list of the nearly-300 participating restaurants. You can get a 3-course lunch for $25 or a 3-course dinner for $38 at participating eateries. Saturdays are not included in this price, and Sundays are optional. Don’t forget that beverages, tips, and taxes are not included.
  • The ever-popular Rink at Bryant Park’s Winter Village has free skating until March 2! Whether you’re an old pro or have never donned skates before, this is a perfect family (or date!) activity. The rink is open Sunday through Thursday, 8:00am to10:00pm; plus Friday and Saturday, 8:00am to12:00am.
  • The New York City Police Museum is featuring a special exhibit showcasing testimonials and artifacts having to do with the NYPD response on 9/11. With a suggested donation for admission of $5, this is a unique chance to celebrate the heroism and appreciate the commitment of those who protected us on that fateful day.

Boston

  • The Boston Wine Expo on February 15 and 16 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center is the perfect event for those over the age of 21. There will be over 185 wineries from around the world, 2 celebrity chef stages, and local Boston restaurants and food vendors with booths. Admission ($75 if you purchase on the 14th or before) includes a Boston Wine Expo souvenir glass, a complete guide with all the wine vendors and facts about the expo, access to the wine samples, complimentary food, and the chance to view live cooking demonstrations.
  • What better a way to celebrate President’s Day than to head to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to honor Boston’s very own former president? In addition to having a large amount of Kennedy family memorabilia archived there, they also have the world’s largest archive dedicated to of Ernest Hemingway.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts down by Northeastern University hosts the Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures during February winter break. Check this link for the latest on planned activities. They run from 10:00am to 4:00pm on weekdays (except Wednesday, which will run until 8:00pm). There is FREE admission for kids all week, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Washington D.C.

  • Celebrate George Washington’s 282nd birthday at Mount Vernon. The wreath-laying ceremony will take place at 10:00am. There will also be special music and military performances on the Bowling Green.
  • The Juilliard School has some upcoming stage performances: On February 18, students will play Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 1 and Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1. On the 19th, there is an organ showcase. Attend these performances free at the Kennedy Center or view them online.
  • Attend a play this month! “Richard III” will be at the Folder Elizabethan Theatre through March 9th. With tickets starting at only $30, this is the perfect activity for those looking to broaden their artistic horizons.

California

  • The Concert for Heroes, a benefit for The Seal NSW Family Foundation, is taking place at Belly Up Solana Beach in San Diego on February 18. Doors open at 7:00pm, and you can buy tickets for $15 in advance or $17 at the door. The show is 21+. For a complete list of those performing, please visit the event site.
  • Love flowers? Love music? The Pacific Orchid Exposition in San Francisco, which runs from February 20 to February 23, is the place for you. This year’s theme is “Orchids and All That Jazz,” combining orchids with the classical feel of traditional jazz music. General admission tickets start at just $13.
  • Running through March 16, Cirque du Soleil’s Totem is a must-see in Santa Monica! Described as “a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind,” tickets and showtimes vary, so be sure to check out their site for the latest information.

Nationwide

  • Across the country, there is FREE admission to all National Parks from February 15 through 17 for Presidents’ Day Weekend! Get out and explore the amazing historical sites our country has to offer.
  • Still not satisfied? Never fear: there are so many things to do wherever you may be. We recommend signing up for Meetup as a way to connect with nearby folks with similar interests who also want to get out and do things.
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It’s Wintertime in the City!

Balloons

Thanksgiving and the rest of the winter holiday season are on our doorstep, and for those who revel in winter festivities, there is no destination like New York City! So for those headed to the Northeast in the coming months, we’ve compiled a list of awesome and fun things to do and see with family and friends. Remember to book your bus to New York as far in advance as possible, as seats sell out quickly, and shows are booked early!

Here are our picks for the best of NYC’s famous winter attractions:

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: November 28, 9:00am

Now in its 87th year, this spectacular parade is viewed by nearly 50 million people at home and in the streets annually. A staple of the holiday season, its famous balloons have served as plot devices on both Seinfeld and Friends. New balloon additions this year include Finn and Jake from Adventure Time as well as a special 75th-Anniversary Wizard of Oz balloon that is more than three stories high and has 90 handlers. This year’s floats include the new Dreidel balloon-vehicle as well as a Cirque du Soleil performance float and the classic “Big Apple” collection of New York landmarks. The NYPD Marching Band, among others, will be providing music. As always, the parade will end with Santa riding down the road and ushering in the Christmas season. If you want to go see the parade in person, you will need to get into the city well before the 9:00am start time to secure a spot on the sidewalk.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular: November 8 – December 30

If you grew up anywhere near New York City, you’ve probably seen this world-famous show multiple times. It began in 1933 and has since become a staple of the NYC holiday season. It features more than 140 performers and includes live animals, but its most well-known act is the Rockettes dance troupe and their renown kickline. The perfect treat for wide-eyed children, this show tells the story of Santa’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve. Tickets for November performances are as low as $39 a head, but the closer the show date is to December 25 itself, the more expensive tickets get, so starting your holiday a little early could be both a fun and cost-effective way to spend a weekend in the city.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

It’s been featured everywhere from Futurama to Serendipity and is at the heart of one of New York’s most famous landmarks. The ice-skating rink at Rockefeller Center is a favorite spot for tourists and locals alike and offers a one-of-a-kind winter experience. Admission to the rink is $15 for children under the age of 11 and seniors and $27 for adults plus $12 per person if renting skates (though guests are more than welcome to bring their own). Special rates are available by reservation for groups of 15 or more. This is a favorite winter-date activity as well!

The 2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting: December 4, 7:00pm

This star-studded event completes the ambiance of holiday fervor that settles over New York City during December. The lighting of the tree has been a yearly event since 1933 and is broadcast nationwide. The tree is selected very carefully, and in the past has come from as far away as Ottawa (although usually it is from somewhere in the American Northeast). The tree averages just over 70 feet, and is covered in more than five miles of lights. The star at the top is nine-and-a-half feet in diameter and weighs in at just over a quarter-ton. Like most events in New York, those who wish to attend should arrive well before the official start time if they hope to get a good seat for the ceremony itself.

So bundle up and enjoy the cheer! The most wonderful time of the year is on the doorstep, and New York is ready to celebrate.

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New Las Vegas Shows at V Theater!

GotoBus has just added new shows from V Theater at Planet Hollywood! Check them out…

Fab Four Live $44: Voted “Best Beatles show across the universe!” Come see Paul, John, George and Ringo perform their greatest hits such as I Want to Hold Your Hand, Hard Days Night, Twist and Shout, Sergeant Pepper and Hey Jude. Fab Four Live recreates the music and excitement of a real Beatles concert as these talented musicians perform many of their greatest hits live on stage.

The Mentalist – Live $34: McCambridge performs comedy, magic and mindreading live on stage for astounded audiences. Access Hollywood called it “Amazing!” Nominated “Best Magician in Las Vegas” and voted “World’s Best Entertainer” in his field, Gerry thrills audiences with incredible mentalism skills, and his ability to get inside the minds of others has garnered worldwide attention. You won’t believe it until you see him LIVE.

Sin City Comedy Show $25: Beautiful girls and famous comedians take the stage when this hilarious show combines sexy burlesque with world-class stand-up comedy in a choreographed production of music & fun. Hot ladies of the Sin City Dollz perform seductive dance numbers and two headliner comics keep audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter.

Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding $79: The world’s #1 dinner comedy show! “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a HIT!” says People magazine. You participate in the fun as this wedding ceremony turns into a party after the reception gets hijacked by a pregnant bridesmaid, stripper girlfriend, and a drunk priest! And it doesn’t end there! You will also indulge in a full Italian dinner.

Hitzville – The Show $49: Hitzville – The Show is the best authentic Motown show ever to hit Las Vegas. See the performance that earned standing ovations from legendary producer Berry Gordy and the “King of Pop” himself, Michael Jackson. Dance in your seat to the hits of Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Temptations, Tina Turner, The Four Tops and Motown diva Diana Ross & The Supremes as they rock the stage.

American Storm $39:If you think the summers in Las Vegas are hot wait until you see this sexy male revue! The men of American Storm reveal their sexy side catering to the fantasies of the audience. Seven hard-bodied performers live out every woman’s fantasy from a lonely cowboy to the proud men in uniform. Most of the cast were winners of VH1’s StripSearch reality show, and have been featured on a variety of programs including EXTRA!

Comedy Pet Theater $34: As seen on the Tonight Show, Letterman, and Animal Planet, Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater is a blend of unique comedy, world-championship juggling, and the extraordinary talents of performing pets. His amazing cast of dogs and cats has been rescued from animal shelters and transformed into Vegas stars!

Marc Savard’s Mesmerized – Comedy Hypnosis and Chaos $34: “Holy Hit” says E! Entertainment – Mesmerized is an energetic mix of comedy, hypnosis and chaos. You can see the show or BE the show! Come to watch hilarious audience volunteers live onstage as the number one hypnotist in the world, Marc Savard, whips the crowd into a frenzy. Mesmerized is the wildest and funniest show on the Strip.

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What Happens in Vegas…Stays in Vegas!

While GotoBus is well known for our low cost inter-city bus lines and touring options, some people may not be aware that we also offer tickets to top shows. Currently, we have seven shows playing in Las Vegas and everyone knows that a trip to Sin City is not complete without seeing a show or two!

Jubilee Show at Bally’s
Bally’s Hotel , Bally’s Las Vegas
Donn Arden’s Jubilee! has entertained Las Vegas for more than 20 years! Why the longevity? Perhaps it’s the eye-catching, toe-tapping musical numbers staged on million-dollar sets. Or perhaps it’s the costumes designed by Bob Mackie, shining brighter than any multi-color sign on The Strip.

V The Ultimate Variety Show
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
Unique specialty performers from around the world come together in “V”, the fast-paced showcase of record breaking, jaw dropping, uproarious, turn-of-the-tables performances and comedy where the specialty acts rule the show! Every show includes magic, special effects, death-defying stunts, wild comedy, visual artists, physical insanity and much more!

Steve Wyrick Show
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
Steve Wyrick pulls out all the stops for this one-of-a-kind, mega-illusion magic experience. Wyrick performs some of the most imaginative and mind-blowing illusions anywhere. His signature, larger-than-life illusions will headline the show, but it will be Wyrick’s personal touches that will make his show unforgettable, allowing audience members to be as close as they can handle for a magic experience like no other.

Ice Show
Riviera Las Vegas
It is ice. It is air. And it is everything unlike anything in between. 42 of Russia’s most disciplined & athletic performers converge on one frozen stage to bring you an unprecedented epic production based on works by the founder of Moscow Ice Circus, Sergey Ryshkoff and adapted by the team of Emmy award winning Debra Brown.

Le Rêve Show
Wynn Las Vegas
Le Rêve presented exclusively at Wynn Las Vegas, offers breathtaking performances in an intimate aqua theater in-the-round. The show features aerial acrobatics, provocative choreography and artistic athleticism. The cast of 85 captures the imagination with their outrageous antics and daring feats of strength and agility.

KÀ Show
MGM Grand Hotel Las Vegas
KÀ by Cirque du Soleil is an unprecedented theatrical event. A masterpiece in storytelling, KÀ uses acrobatic performances, the thrills and action of martial arts techniques from all over the world, plus innovations in puppetry and multimedia to tell the epic tale of twins on a perilous journey to fulfill their shared destiny.

“O” Show
Bellagio Las Vegas
“O” pays homage to the magic of the theatre from the simplest street performance to the most lavish of operas – where anything is possible and where the drama of life plays itself out before your very eyes. The Las Vegas show O followed in the footsteps of Mystere, proving that the popularity of the Cirque De Soleil company was no fluke.

The Cirque De Soleil “O” Show is definitely at the top of my wish list. See reviews of the show here. Tickets to all shows can be purchased at http://www.gotobus.com/shows/.

What shows do you want to see?
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