Whether you’re a last-minute Christmas shopping person or you like to decorate your Christmas tree at the end of October, there’s one thing we all agree with: Christmas is a time that we all want to take holiday. With that in mind, today we present to you the 10 best Christmas
destinations in the US.
10. New York, NY
You want to be a part of it, New York! Yes, we’ll admit that New York is not only a Christmas destination, it’s an all-year-round destination, but on Christmas, it becomes especially magical for all of the starry-eyed visitors that want to experience it.
You can ice skate in Central Park and feel like you’re part of a romantic comedy, you can watch the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, you can see the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree from up close, and of course, shop until you drop (or do window shopping if you’re low on money) at the 5th Avenue, with the amazing window displays.
The Empire State Building is lit green and red throughout the month of December, just to give
you that extra oomph that you need to understand that yes, it is Christmas, and yes, you are in New York!
9. McAdenville, NC
Known as the Christmas Town USA, this amazing Charlotte suburb has managed to put on one of the most impressive shows for Christmas for more than six decades.
They might have only 700 residents, but they all come together to make 265 evergreen trees glow with half a million dazzling green, white, and red lights and have more than 160 houses elaborately decked out in multiple colors. It’s actually been ranked one of the top 20 Christmas displays in the whole world, not only in the US, so you can imagine how impressive spending Christmas there would be.
The only thing that the locals ask of you, is to try to go around on foot because the town is so small that the traffic jams can be huge if all the visitors use their cars.
8. San Antonio, TX
If you visit the San Antonio River Walk any time of the year, you will enjoy a fabulous stroll through the city center while enjoying the views of the river.
But on Christmas, you will get to enjoy something entirely different: from a quiet place to walk, the San Antonio River Walks turn to an amazing display that features over a thousand lights.
On November 23rd, the Ford Holiday River Parade is held, which is filled with lights, costumed float riders, Christmas music, and all kinds of merry events that people can enjoy and get that Christmas vibe!
7. Branson, MO
Wait, what? Branson? Holidays in Branson?
Is that a thing? Apparently, not only it is, but it is THE place to go.
Let’s just start with something called… The Polar Express. Getting warmed up? Well, you should be, because what’s a better way to spend Christmas than riding on the train and watching the snowy Ozark Mountains?
Every passenger has hot chocolate and cookies and gets the opportunity to hear Santa reading passages of the book during the train ride. Is it magic? Nope, just Branson.
6. Durango, CO
If we tell you that a small mining town in Colorado is one of the best Christmas destinations, you’re probably going to think we’re joking. We’re absolutely not! Durango might be a small mining town, but it has grabbed the meaning of Christmas by the… Uhm… neck.
It has an Old-Fashioned Christmas bazaar that’s going to allow you to do shopping like in the good old days and have some old-school fun!
You can finish your perfect Christmas night out by going for a tour in the Animas Rivers and
the surrounding mountainside on are you ready to hear it? On an old steam engine train.
If you love some tradition, then Durango it’s definitely the place to go for your Christmas holidays!
5. New Orleans, LA
New Orleans doesn’t only have the world-famous Mardi Gras celebrations, it also has amazing festivities planned out the whole of December, to celebrate Christmas with impeccable style! Just imagine how fun it would be to watch -or participate- in the annual marathon called ‘The Running of the Santas’, where everyone is dressed like St. Nikolas and everyone runs while having the time of their lives! After that, you can choose to go to cathedral concerts and the famous Miracle on Fulton Street light show.
We’re talking about giant gingerbread houses, displays with festive food, drink stands, and one of the most majestic winter wonderlands you’ve ever seen. Oh, yes, it is worth it, no question about that.
4. Orlando, FL Orlando
knows how to have fun that we already know, since it is the happiest place on Earth after all! But during Christmas, it transforms into an absolute joy for the whole family to have the best kind of fun and celebrations.
There is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, there is a winter wonderland laser show at Hollywood Studios and so many themed shows throughout the four parks.
Of course, the star of the show is Cinderella’s castle, which is lit up for the holidays and looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They even have shows filled with artificial snow!
3. Woodstock, VT
Christmas is not only about postcard-perfect towns, snow-covered bridges, and pine wafting through the air, but it definitely helps to get in the spirit of Christmas and find its true meaning if you are actually in one of these towns – and there’s no better than Woodstock in Vermont to do that.
First of all, let’s start with the fact that they have something called Woodstock Wassail Weekend. What’s that? Something that will make you want to go and book your tickets right now.
It’s a pre-holiday festival with 19th-century Norse culture traditions. Oh yes, it is as cool as it sounds. You get a parade with 50 horses and riders, wagons and sleigh rides, carolers serenading, and the lightning of the tree and yule log. You also get a huge feast that is hosted at the Billings Farm and Museum.
2. Leavenworth, WA
If someone names a town ‘The Ultimate Holiday Town USA’ then you know already that it’s probably going to go big on Christmas.
When you visit Leavenworth, you will find yourself suddenly in a Bavarian village instead of Washington, and you can enjoy the coziness and charm of the European lookalike town in all of its little cafes and restaurants, while you enjoy the view of the snow-capped mountains. Every December, they have the Christmas Lighting Festival, which includes an array of sparkling lights and good old fashion
caroling. You even get a visit from St. Nikolas every Friday! What else can you ask for?
1. North Pole, AK
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that at the top of our list is the North Pole in Alaska. It’s a place where it’s known to have year-round Christmas decorations and street names like Mistletoe Lane. Do you want to know what happens during December? Oh, we can’t even start to describe! Imagine thousands of people gathered and enjoying firework shows,
Christmas caroling, and walking the streets with the candy cane striped streetlights… Seems like a dream? Well, then they have succeeded in their goal – it is the absolute Christmas destination!
If you’re not sold yet, then just know that every 15th of December, they have a Santa Claus meet-and-greet, as well as the crowning of the Christmas King and Queen. The cherry on
top of the cake? It’s not even expensive!
There you have it for today, these were the top 10 Christmas destinations in the US. Now, it’s time to hear it from you: Which one did you like the most and want to visit and why? Let us know in the comments .