Happy Holiday Shopping

Happy Holiday Shopping

Put some magic into your holiday shopping season in Orlando, New Orleans and Boston.

Disney knows how to keep the holidays magical. Disney Springs is a shining example. With over 170 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, you can peruse chic boutiques, sample a worlds-worth of cuisine and shop to the rhythm of live music.

Trying to fill the children’s wish lists? Visit The Lego Store, Once Upon A Toy, the Star Wars Trading Post or a whole host of Disney shops including the largest Disney merchandise store, World of Disney. If the little ones can imagine it, you can find it in Disney Springs.

Does shopping work up your appetite? Disney Springs can satisfy your cravings. Enjoy fine food from gourmet burgers to Asian fusion to small plate delights. Or take a break from the store-hopping and enjoy a cocktail (or two) from a host of inviting establishments.

With Disney, you are never bored. And at Disney Springs, you’ll recapture that childlike excitement for the holidays.

New Orleans
Bank on New Orleans for a new holiday outlook. Whether you want a never-been-seen-before gift — think original art and historic antiques — or the snazziest fashion this side of Paris, you’ll find all manner of shops in the French Quarter worth popping into. Plus, there are a basketful of bakeries happy to provide a treat while you shop.

But it’s when the sun goes down that New Orleans really comes alive.

Prepare yourself for the spectacular with bonfires on the Mississippi River levee, lighting the way for jolly old St. Nick in the sky. Make sure to visit City Park as well and take in centuries-old oak trees adorned with twinkling lights. We make a list and check it twice, and this is one of the most spectacular holiday festivals in the country.

Make sure to cap off the night with a Réveillon dinner, a New Orleans Creole tradition since the mid-1880s. You’ll be treated to a four-course holiday meal replete with southern classics like roasted duck confit with sweet potatoes and Steen cane syrup sauces, or cauliflower and oyster bisque with caviar crème fraiche croute.

If you love shopping, you are going to be head-over heels for Boston. Start with the Quincey Market, constructed in 1824, it’s a National Historic Landmark where you can combine shopping, dining and entertainment galore in the heart of the city. No matter who you’re shopping for, you’ll find it all at Quincey Market.

Looking for a gift and experience off the beaten path? Try Boston’s North End neighborhood, also known as Little Italy. This small area packs a big punch with 80-plus diverse restaurants, bakeries and pastry shops, along with a waterfront skating rink, holiday movies and other events. One of the oldest parts of Boston, historical sites are engrained in the narrow yet vibrant streets. This is one spot that keeps on giving.

For a one-of-a-kind gift, seek out Brattle Book Shop in the heart of downtown, one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian book shops. Or, check out one of the country’s coolest sneaker shops, Bodega, which has a special entrance within an actual street front bodega. You’ll run out of holiday songs before you run out of things to do here.