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Traveling With Family Brightens The Holiday Season

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A trip to the home of Thomas Edison in Florida or Busch Gardens in Virginia may be a great way to light up the holidays with the family this season. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following Travel With Val report.

We have Thomas Edison to thank in part for the illumination vacations this time of year. His company, General Electric, became the first to offer Christmas lights for home use in 1903.

Throughout the holiday, travelers can visit the estate of the inventor in Ft. Myers, Florida, on the beautiful southwest coast of the sunshine state. Visit for details.

Perhaps the brightest tribute to Edison takes place at Busch Gardens’ Williamsburg location, where a 70-person team worked 1,000 hours to bring “Christmas Town” to life.

The beautiful grounds of the woodsy theme park are adorned with six million energy saving Christmas lights. Twenty-five miles of cables provide juice for the amazing display that includes 800 twinkling snowflakes and stars and more than 1,500 fresh cut and decorated Christmas trees. Visit for details.

Another theme park — Sesame Place in Pennsylvania — returns with “A Very Furry Christmas!” festivities, including the “Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade,” a colorful procession of characters from Sesame Street getting into the holiday spirit. Visit www.sesameplace.comfor details.

One of America’s oldest resorts, The Greenbrier in West Virginia, is piled high with gifts practically floor to ceiling for its third annual "Create a Dream Tree for Kids" holiday gift drive. Guests can both donate and pitch in to help wrap. Visit for details.

One of the Northeast’s top winter festivals is the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll, taking place from December 6 to 8. Of course, with the Sochi winter games on the horizon, Lake Placid, a former two-time Olympic host, has all the outdoor recreation your family will need to keep those cheeks rosy for Santa Claus. Visit for information.

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