Celebrity Holiday Plans 2010: Ellen, Gwyneth, John Travolta and Dozens More
By Zach Dionne Posted Dec 17th 2010 06:00PM
The holiday season spells fun, relaxation, togetherness, maybe a gift or two, and hopefully a sunny getaway for those lucky enough -- or celebrity enough. As you get into gear for your own festive plans, check out where a huge batch of Hollywood's finest are spending their holidays!
Gwyneth Paltrow's mother, actress Blythe Danner, told PopEater the family will gather for the holidays and cooking will be central. "We'll all be together with lots of music, singing, playing games and eating food," Danner said. "My daughter is a great cook. She cooked five ducks for my birthday two years ago, so who knows what delicious food she'll have in store for Christmas."
RadarOnline.com learned exclusively that Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi are cruising for a great time -- the couple is opting for a Caribbean cruise with their families. Check out the holiday plans of dozens more stars after the jump!
John Travolta and Kelly Preston, blessed with new baby boy Benjamin, announced they will spend the holidays in Maine with their family.
Maggie Gyllenhaal told PopEater she and husband Peter Sarsgaard's plans: "I'm Jewish, so we already celebrated Hanukkah. For Christmas, we just have time off. We'll be around the whole time and have a real New York Christmas."
Jessica Simpson says she'll split time between Texas and Boston. "Being newly engaged, we'll probably have to split it up between Boston and Texas. We'll just be traveling around. It's going be a traveling kind of holiday season," she told reporters at the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony. Her fiance Eric Johnson is from Boston.
Taylor Swift will likely rock around the Christmas tree when they spend time with her family in Nashville. "I love winter. I love Christmas," she recently told MTV. "When I was a little kid and I was growing up, they'd always have a Santa Claus guy show up and take everybody's wishes or what they wanted for Christmas."
The Brangelina bunch haven't decided where they'll spend the holidays, but it will be abroad. Angelina Jolie said on 'Larry King Live' that the family spends one year at home and one year abroad and this is the year to travel, but they haven't picked a Christmas location yet.
Pint-sized pop prodigy Greyson Chance told PopEater he loves Christmas and will be returning home to Oklahoma. "You think it's tacky when people would put up those icicle things? Come to Oklahoma -- tacky is like redefined. They're totally like what's the movie, 'National Lampoon's'? There are so many of those Chevy Chase houses in Oklahoma, especially in Edmond," he said. "We put up lights too, but something always goes bad with our lights, so I'm excited to see what it is this year."
Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon won't head to Aspen, Colorado as they've done in the past. Carey, pregnant with twins, told Extra: "I can't go there this year because of the altitude. We're figuring it out. Looking at different options."
Carey recently sang a Christmas duet with her vocal coach mother. See it here:
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Paris Hilton knows how to combine a great time with quality time with a loved one. The hotel heiress is planning to spend Christmas in Maui with boyfriend Cy Watts, then head to Cabo San Lucas for New Year's.
According to his Royal Air Force office, newly engaged Prince William will be on duty during the holidays, spending his days at his base in North Wales. He will also miss out on Queen Elizabeth and the royal family's annual retreat at Sandringham House in Norfolk.
Pamela Anderson will make it a working holiday overseas in Liverpool, Radar learns. The buxom blonde has signed on to appear at the Genie in Aladdin at the Liverpool Empire from Dec. 10 through Jan. 2.
'The View' hostess Sherri Shepherd wants a view of some warm weather, not snow, telling Radar: "I live in NYC but I'm an LA girl at heart. For Christmas I need some sun, so I'm headed out to LA to celebrate Jesus' birth West Coast style. After Jeffrey and I open our gifts, we're going swimming at the beach! To bring in the New Year, my BFF Niecy Nash and I are headed to Cabo San Lucas for some rest, relaxation and good girl talk!"
LL Cool J tells Radar there's no place like home for the holidays. "I look forward to resting and relaxing with my family and enjoying the holidays in NYC!" he says. "What a great place to bring in the New Year. Watching the ball drop is a family tradition."
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian plan to send the holiday season at home, entertaining their families. "Christmas, we're going to be at our home with all of our family coming to us," Rimes says. "[Eddie's] going to introduce me to the kid tradition. I've never had two kids running around Christmas morning. It's exciting! I'm still one of those kids that wakes up at 5:30 in the morning. I will probably be up before them. I usually am anyways. I get coffee ready, I get breakfast ready, and then I'm ready to go. It's fun to have kids around! It's completely different."
Most cast members from MTV's smash hit 'Jersey Shore' are heading home. J-WOWW will head to Long Island; Snooki will also be back in New York. Pauly D will spend time in Long Island and Vinnie will be home in Staten Island.
'Glee' actor Max Adler plans to find holiday happiness in Arizona and then New York. The actor, who plays Dave Karofsky on the hit show, tells Radar: "I'm planning on heading home to Scottsdale to visit my family for Christmas. Then I'm heading to New York City for New Year's, where I plan on checking out the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, ice skating in Central Park and plan on seeing the 'Spider-Man' musical on Broadway."
'Real Housewives of New York' star Sonja Morgan says she'll visit her sister's new home in Virginia: "There'll be 20 family members we'll share the holiday with. We don't see each other all the time but we're very tight. I also decorated the front of my New York City home for Christmas. That was fun! My daughter and I put real candy canes in front so people who walk by can help themselves. We did a classic Christmas tree in front of the house and white flashing lights. Each year on our Christmas ornaments we write each person's name or initials in glitter, so I'm STAM for Sonja Tremont Adams Morgan. We do everyone's initials and we have little stockings for the dogs and put doggie treats inside."
Actor Michael Patrick Thornton, who plays Dr. Gabriel Fife on 'Private Practice' and will next be seen in the Ron Howard film 'The Dilemma,' tells Radar: "I'm looking forward to: Cooking for my parents and Cincinnati in-laws-to-be; the Black Keys concert; putting on Johnny Mathis and opening some great wines; and doing all of these things with [fiancee] Lindsey. Try as he may, Santa ain't got nothin' on the joy she brings."
►NeNe Leakes of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' will split time between Georgia and Miami during Christmas and New Year's.
►NeNe's castmate Kim Zolciak will stay in Atlanta for Christmas.
►Lea Michele from 'Glee' will be in New York with her family and her boyfriend.
►Cheryl Burke from 'Dancing With the Stars' is going to San Francisco to be with family.
►Kelly Osbourne will spend her time outside of London, in her childhood home with her parents and brother.
►Kendra Wilkinson will bundle up and head to Minnesota to be with husband Hank and the baby.
►Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams will be in Tennessee.
►Selena Gomez is heading to Texas to be with her family.
►'Bad Girls Club' star Amber Meade is heading to Barbados with friends. She's a Jehova's Witness and does not celebrate the holidays but still plans to have a blast.
►Reality TV star Tanisha Thomas will be in New York, where she is starting her own PR and booking company. She's organizing a holiday clothing drive for the Salvation Army.
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