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Business Casual: 5 Cities To Mix Holiday Cheer Into Your Corporate Trip

Business Travel | Gabe Zaldivar | December 11, 2015

Business Casual: 5 Cities To Mix Holiday Cheer Into Your Corporate Trip

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Just because you have to travel during the busiest time of the year for work doesn’t mean you have to waste what is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the season.

This is the latest edition of Business Casual, which has previously taken a look at the leisurely side of business travel in London, San Diego and other such cities.

This week, however, we thought it prudent to take a brief tour of the world during the splendor that is the holiday season.

Now we understand that it’s particularly hard to be away from family and friends at this time of year. However, there are some ways to infuse a bit of fun between meetings, especially in these cities.

New York City:

New York offers a bevy of holiday sightseeing opportunities, but none are more iconic than the view of the famed tree at Rockefeller Center.

Just a few blocks away you can exert some energy and savor in cheer at the Wollman Rink in Central Park.

As TravelPulse’s Janeen Christoff found, New York is replete with activities.


Ice skating, Christmas lights and holiday ambles throughout a city festooned with cheer: London seems to have it all.   

As you can see above, you can indeed take a moment to test your balance in one of the most scenic bouts of skating in town at the Tower of London.

That’s just the start, because Visit London has a long list of sights and sounds to enjoy, including the many markets that are itching to make you merry.


Now moved from Daley Plaza, Chicagoans enjoy one massive tree at the equally brilliant Millennium Park.

If that isn’t enough to fill your heart Time Out has a resplendent list of plays, concerts and even toy stores to visit during this special time of year.

Los Angeles:


Believe it or not, there is plenty to do in Southern California during the holidays. If you don’t have enough time to visit Disneyland, you can—as hard as it is to believe—ice skate in downtown at Pershing Square.

Or if you want to join the locals for shopping, visit The Grove to see a massive tree and enjoy some of the local fare that the Farmers Market nearby.

San Francisco:

The city comes alive with Nutcracker dance-alongs, pier people watching and myriad opportunities for taking in lights.

San Francisco Travel has a great list, but don’t miss out on window-shopping and Christmas tree admiring at Union Square.

Now that’s just a sampling from various cities that may just demand your business over the coming weeks.

We would love to hear ideas of how you might spend your scant leisure time therein. The important thing is that you jump at the chance to enjoy but a modicum of the mirth taking place all around you.


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