holidays at airports

Holiday happenings at airports near you

Airports around the country are rolling out their holiday decorations and entertainment schedules.

Here’s some of what’s on deck so far:

Pittsburgh International Airport will holds its fourth annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During this event, non-flying members of the public are invited airside/post-security to shop and dine and take advantage of free parking, in-store specials, complimentary refreshments, sampling, giveaways, visits with Santa, live music and entertainment and access to the airport’s arts and cultural installations throughout the day.

You’ll need to show an ID to get into the airside terminal. More details on PIT’s Holiday Open House here.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will kick off its holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony in the Airport’s Domestic Terminal atrium on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Then, there’s a full schedule of live holiday music performances (and gift-wrapping tables) scheduled to run from Dec 12 through to Dec. 24.

In the international terminal, look for the 12 trees decorated by representatives of the Consular Corps office in Atlanta to represent participating nations: Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Guyana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Japan, Lithuania, Nigeria, Sweden, and Turkey.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has a full schedule of music concerts lined up throughout month of December as well.

I’ll update this list as more events come in.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving dinner at the airport? You can do that.

By this day next week many people will be pulling their chairs up to big Thanksgiving dinners.

But some of us may be traveling – or stuck at an airport.

Don’t worry, though. In many airports you’ll still be able to get some turkey. And in many cases, the traditional fixings that go with it.

Here are few ideas from HMSHost outlets:

At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport the Atlanta Chophouse (in the atrium) will be serving a  Thanksgiving menu with the choice of either deep fried Cajun turkey breast or oven roasted apple glazed pork loin, complete with dinner roll and the choices of two sides.

At Charlotte Douglat International Airport, the 1897 Market (in the atrium will be serving up roast turkey with Macaire potato hash, baby squash, gravy and cranberry and Brookwood Farms BBQ (also in the atrium) smoked turkey with sweet potato casserole, cornbread dressing, braised greens, turkey gravy, cranberry, and pecan pie will be on the menu.

Ikes (Terminal 1, in the airport mall) at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, will be serving up its traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which include their sage roasted turkey with sage stuffing, Yukon gold mash potatoes and – a slice of pumpkin pie.

And, for those stuck at Los Angeles International Airport, consider the “The Pilgrim” sandwich at the larder at tavern (in the Tom Bradley International Terminal) which is made with roasted turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

Over Thanksgiving, many airport concessionaires will also be offering free meals or menu items to traveling military personnel. I’m gathering details on those opportunities now.

 

Bonus airport amenities

Not content to rest on the laurels of being named highest in guest satisfaction in this year’s J.D. Power North American Airport Satisfaction Study, Portland International Airport is forging ahead with new amenities for travelers.

This week it’s a cool new play area for kids on Concourse D near Gate D7. that has places for parents to sit, shoe cubbies, sculpted foam play elements (I see a plane, a bunny, a duck, a deer, and is that a pickle??) on a soft safety flooring system.

And if you’re traveling this week, be on the lookout for holiday decorations, music, and visits by Santa Claus and his elves in many U.S. airports.

On Tuesday, December 20, for example, the Austin Jazz Workshop is performing holiday hits from 1-2 p.m at Austin Bergstrom International Airport and on Wednesday, December 21, Santa will stop by Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport from 10 am to Noon for a meet and greet – and photo ops – on the ticketing level in the terminal.