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The holiday season lends itself to an “easy come, easy go” spending mentality. It isn’t until the credit card statements arrive in January that the total cost is realized and buyer’s remorse sets in. As is the case with many things, moderation is a good way to approach holiday spending. The best way to make sure you enjoy the season without breaking the bank is with a budget. With a bit of planning, you can have an unforgettable holiday and still have enough left over to take the family on a winter vacation. Check out some of the destinations on this list for some great winter getaways close to Pittsburgh.

Seven Springs
777 Water Wheel Drive
Champion, PA 15622
(814) 352-7777

Seven Springs may not be the first place that springs to mind when planning a cheap holiday getaway, but it is working to change that. The Winter Memories Package starting at $598 (two adults) includes a two-night stay at the Main Lodge, unlimited skiing and snowboard, two breakfasts, one dinner, a pizza delivered to the room, a snow tubing session, mini golf, bowling and more. The best part about the package is that each paying adult can bring two children ages 11 and under for free. To find out more about the Winter Memories Package click here.

Wisp Four Seasons Resort
296 Marsh Hill Road
McHenry, MD 21541
(301) 387-4000

Located just over the state line near Deep Creek Maryland, the Wisp Resort is a great spot for hotel and skiing/snowboarding specials. For as little as $64 per person, the Wisp Winter Adventure Package offers one of the best values around for winter sports excitement. Included in the price is a one-night stay at the Resort, ice skating lessons and rental, a snow tubing session and a ride on the mountain coaster. The Midweek Madness Package includes a lift ticket for skiing and snowboarding and a night’s accommodations at the resort and costs just $72 per person.

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Hidden Valley
1 Craighead Road
Hidden Valley, PA 15502
(814) 443-8000

Recently purchased by the same owners group that operates Seven Springs, Hidden Valley is making a resurgence in the Laurel Valley Ski and Snowboard scene. Mid-week packages include breakfast, unlimited skiing/snowboard and a night’s stay at the resort all for less than $100. The plan begins January 12 and continues through the end of February. Often less crowded than its sister resort Seven Springs, Hidden Valley is the perfect place for families to get away at a great price without the hassles of large crowds.

Hershey Park Christmas Candy Lane
100 W. Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
(800) 437-7439

Hershey Park, home to the world famous Hershey chocolate factory, is arguably at its best over the holiday season. With 30 rides, Santa’s reindeer and more than a million lights casting a warm holiday glow on everyone and everything, it’s the perfect place to celebrate the season. Enjoy all of your favorite carols and sing along at the “Rockin’ Music Box Christmas” show or stroll through the candy factory tour and see firsthand how some of your favorite holiday chocolates get their start. Click here for reservations, availability and pricing for Christmas at Hershey Holiday Escape.

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