Winter is near, which means it's time to look at the holiday calendar and plan how to fit in some merrymaking amid the chaos. Here are three places just as jolly as the North Pole, yet closer.You might also like:
Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Ky.
This hotel, about five hours from Chicago, becomes North Pole's southern satellite office during the holidays with a Peppermint Express kiddie train ride, a Snow Fairy Princess Tea, the Mistletoe Marketplace and the Colors of the Season Holiday Dinner Show. Of course, Santa is on hand to take requests from kids on the nice list.