The LG Travel News Roundup: Holiday Edition

Weekly Travel News — By on December 24, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Candace Rardon
LG Intern, Travel News

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

Spend the night with Rudolph in a Berlin museum
For a mere thousand euros a night (about $1,300), the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin gives you the chance to cozy up to its latest exhibition: “Soma,” featuring a menagerie of 12 reindeer and 24 golden canaries. In addition to sleeping on a raised platform in between the reindeer’s pen, guests will be given a private night tour with a guard and breakfast in the morning. Although the exhibit seems hooked to Christmas, it is actually designed to discuss themes of spiritual Hinduism and an ancient hallucinogen purportedly shared by Hindus and Siberian nomads. Source: USA Today

Explore a forest of Christmas trees in NYC this winter
Like Santa in Central Park and the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is another sign that Christmas has arrived in the Big Apple. And yet the 74-foot-tall Norway spruce isn’t the only tree to see in New York City this holiday season. Whether it’s the origami-covered tree in the American Museum in Natural History, the “Peace Tree” at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, or the Met’s tree depicting the Nativity scene, there is plenty to keep you moving across the city. Using the different trees as a chance to see other nearby sights can also be a great way to structure your next holiday visit. Source: Yahoo

Not even Mr. and Mrs. Claus can opt-out of airport security checks this year
The recent controversy over enhanced pat-downs and full-body scanners has left many travelers wary of airport security checkpoints, but the TSA is hoping to lighten the mood this Christmas with its “TSA Your Holiday” website. Called “X-Ray X-Mas!” the site shows cartoon images of Rudolph, Frosty, Mr. Scrooge, and even the Claus’s themselves as they pass through the scanners, revealing all to the public eye. Scrooge is shown to be hiding fist-fulls of cash, Frosty disappears to nothing but branches and a carrot nose, and Mrs. Claus is transformed into a short-skirted, saucy blonde…watch out, Santa!
Source: Gadling

Siblings ranked most dreaded holiday guests
Although the mother-in-law gets plenty of pop culture flack, survey says the truly dreaded guest over the holidays is that nagging brother or sister. According to a survey conducted by Homeaway.com, the vacation rental site, at least 50 percent of people say their relatives overstay their welcome during the holidays, and more than a quarter of people fear the onset of sibling rivalry. Its suggestion, naturally: Rent a vacation home instead of bunking in the fam’s humble abode. Source: HomeAway.com

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