10 Places to Spend an Assignment this Christmas
So you’ve decided you want to work this holiday season for some extra money but you are not quite sure where to go.
You could choose the summer-like shores of Hawaii or enjoy the snow-capped mountains in the Rocky Mountains.
It is all based on what you are looking for and each location has something different to offer. Skillgigs is here to help you make the choice with our 10 places we recommend spending on an assignment this holiday season!
1. North Pole, AK
Photo by Frostnip907
If you’ve ever wanted to visit Santa’s house, this is definitely the place to do it. Just south of Fairbanks, AK, you can’t miss this town. Year round the town is lined with Christmas decorations and candy cane street lights. During the holidays, they host an annual North Pole Christmas Ice Contest. Ice sculptors from all around the world come here to sculpt amazing art for everyone who attends. We certainly can’t forget about the Winter Festival filled with activities for all and fireworks to finish the fun off! If you are on assignment and have an RV, Chena Lake Recreation Area is nearby filled with campsites, bike trails and even canoe rentals.
2. Mount Washington Valley, NH
Photo by Jason
If you are in the New Hampshire area and are looking for a scenic white wonderland, Mount Washington Valley is definitely the place to be. 27 towns decorate the base of the mountain itself with plenty of things to do. There are varying cuisines and restaurants to try as well as things to do like sledding, snowmobiling, and even sleigh rides! This is also home to Ski North Conway. The premiere skiing area in the East. With 13 ski resorts and over 200 miles of trails, the skier in you will never get bored. For the non-skiers, there are still things to do in the mountains like mountain coasters, tubing, and zip lines.
3. Alexandria, VA
Photo by Blake Patterson
Have you ever wanted to go back in time for Christmas to the world of Charles Dickins? Alexandria does just that and more! The festivities start off on black friday and continue throughout December as they celebrate small businesses, museums and just all out fun. Ranging from parades and candlelight tours, to festival performances, there is plenty to do. If you are looking to shop or eat, many different boutiques and restaurants are tucked inside 18th century buildings giving an old time feel with some new age flair.
4. New York, NY
Photo by Andreas Komodromos
If you are more technology based with large skyscrapers rather than an 18th century feel, New York will be more your pace. The empire city has its own magic during this time of year. From the massive tree they install and decorate, to the ice skating of a lifetime, there is plenty to do both inside and outside. If indoors is more your style there are countless stores to shop in and you can even sit inside a Broadway musical. New York’s Ballet puts on a fantastic show of the Nutcracker this time of year as well. It is an experience that your assignment can take you!
5. Gettysburg, PA
Photo by Joseph Brent
Beyond the battles of the Civil War and the monuments, this town brings together the history and the holiday season. If you want to experience a cultured Christmas this is the place to go. Although it is a small town, it uses that to its advantage as they come together to celebrate. They offer free carriage rides, Christmas caroling, arts and crafts and even visits with Santa. If you just want to take in the culture rather than participating, the town is filled with boutiques and shops that give you the feel of a cultured Christmas.
6. Cocoa Beach, FL
Photo by Peter Szczesny
So cold isn’t your thing and you are taking an assignment in Florida. Don’t worry because the holiday season strikes here too. If you time it right you might just catch Santas hanging ten at their charity Surfing Santa event. With 72 miles of beaches, a few golf courses, and a community built zoo, the festivities fill the air and rocket launches go off but you can still enjoy the sand and the sun and relax this holiday season.
7. Kauai, HI
Photo by Jeff P
If you really want to escape the cold and you are lucky enough to land a Hawaii gig, Kauai is the place to be for the holidays. Once you’ve explored all of the secret beaches and soaked up the sun at the resorts, the Christmas spirit is in full swing. The holiday kicks off at the beginning of the month and is centered around recycling. Their Festival of Lights is the main attraction when it comes to the recycling theme. Everything that is displayed is made from recycling. So if you want to have the Christmas spirit and help the planet, Kauai is the place to be.
8. Paso Robles, CA
Photo by Clark
If you have an assignment in California but want to escape the big cities in the south, Paso Robles is the destination of choice. Located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is an off-the-beaten-path destination for a lot of people. With their wineries, farms, and easy access to the beach there is plenty to do. You can take a horse ride through a downtown Christmastime wonderland. They also have a showcase of homes decorated for the occasion if Christmas lights are your thing. Just make sure you are there before they close the streets for the many parades, entertainers, music and more!
9. Colorado Springs, CO
Photo by Robert Cloys
Colorado is another popular assignment destination. And what better way to spend the holidays than in the mountains. Home to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), it is known for not only tracking Santa every year, but also for the snow-covered mountain caps and a mountain zoo. From snowboarding to skiing, to Jeep tours and cabin weekends, there is always the magic in the air. The nature of the area brings the holiday season a truly magical feel in a blanket of white.
10. San Diego, CA
Photo by Port of San Diego
If Paso Robles is too rural for your taste, San Diego can give you that city experience while showering you in wonderful holiday weather and magic. If you’ve ever wanted to go ice skating by the sea, this is the place to make that juxtaposition true. If you are lucky enough when you are skating, you might be able to see Santa catching those waves. The biggest attraction during this time of year is the largest balloon parade in the nation, the Holiday Bowl Parade. Similar to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, this one brings together world-class marching bands, floats and drill teams as giant balloons are carried down the streets of San Diego.
Know any other places that are a treat to visit during the holidays? Let us know! There is always next year for a new adventure during this time of year.
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