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7 Great Last Minute Holiday Events to Experience on a Budget


   7 Great Last Minute Holiday Events to Experience on a Budget 

It’s holiday time and cities are sparkling with Christmas trees and holiday lights. This year, last minute travelers can don Santa costumes in a 5K run to support good causes, experience NYE in Times Square or create new memories with family and friends at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas in Orlando, all on a budget. Red Roof® is helping travelers experience the season across the country with the Nicest Price® deal which rewards RediCard® members who book 2 or more days in advance with up to 15% off the best available rate. Hit the holiday road and get in the spirit with last minute trips to:

  1. Kirkland, Washington: 12K’s of Christmas Holiday Run

Join the festive 12K at Heritage Park that benefits foster children. It’s a family and dog-friendly event. There’s also a 1K Kid’s Dash for those 10 and under. (December 21, 2016)

  1. Orlando, FL: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Join Mickey and friends at the Magic Kingdom Park for a special winter celebration bursting with exclusive live entertainment, fireworks and an oh-so-jolly holiday parade. (Now through December 22, 2016)

  1. Minneapolis, MN: Holidazzle

Enjoy the Holidazzle fireworks displays, a holiday-themed movie night, outdoor skating and the Interactive Illuminated Art Installations all at Holidazzle in Downtown Minneapolis (Now through December 23, 2016)

  1. Chicago, IL: Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic

Discover Chicagoland’s largest and longest running lights festival that features the new polar lights, a 41-foot talking tree, carolers, ice cravers and much more. (December 26-31, 2016)

  1. Nashville, TN: Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight    

Ring in the New Year in Music City. Enjoy a free live concert, fireworks display and unique view of the Nashville skyline at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. (December 31, 2016)

  1. New York City, NY: The New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop

Celebrate the arrival of 2017 with the iconic annual Times Square Ball Drop. Count down the final 60 seconds to the New Year with millions of revelers (December 31, 2016)

  1. Philadelphia, PA: SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Ring in the New Year with two fireworks shows on the Delaware River Waterfront at 6 p.m. and midnight. (December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017)

Visit this December for Red Roof’s recommendations on the best ways to celebrate the holidays, with a different activity or event featured each day. For more information or reservations, call 800.RED.ROOF (800.733.7663) or visit


Sarah Kessler
Red Roof Inn