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Turn this holiday season into a personal holiday that everyone can enjoy. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed this report.

Still looking for a last minute Christmas getaway? Here are some ideas that every member of the family will enjoy.

Santa ditches his sleigh Christmas eve, when he delivers presents to guests at Hawaii’s legendary Halekulani hotel in Waikiki. The jolly fellow arrives via outrigger canoe onto Gray’s Beach at sunset.

If you can’t mobilize for the Hawaiian Islands, you’ll find some of the best availability for the holiday week in the Finger Lakes. Stay two nights at any of the region’s participating hotels or B&B's and get a third night free, as part of the “Christmas on Us” promo. The catch: you have to include a stay on December 25 to qualify.
Perhaps the most magical way for kids to celebrate the season is onboard the Polar Express, boarding at locations all over the northeast including destinations such as Essex, Connecticut and Saratoga Springs, New York.

Based on the popular children’s book, later made into a movie, the Polar Express follows the storyline so closely that kids show up in their pajamas.

Another holiday staple is the reading of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol in the Historic Hudson Valley. There’s still one weekend left to nestle into the cozy confines of the Old Dutch Church in Tarrytown to hear the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.

One of the best kept secrets of the holiday season is to hit the slopes on Christmas and New Year’s Day to beat the crowds & lift lines. When everyone else is tearing through wrapping paper you can be shredding down the mountain with discounts from

Timing your visit to Lake Placid before Christmas and after New Year’s is a way to snag a room at the famous Mirror Lake Inn.

The best deal is to stay and ski three nights and get the fourth night free with lift tickets.

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