Christmas is a perfect time of the year to get in touch with family, friends, and relatives. During this time, Americans are all busy planning trips and making the most of the festive holidays.
We take you to some magnificent places in the United States that will surely give you the warmth of being at home and the joy of exploring something new.
Hang on as we take you to a roller coaster ride with 12 great choices in the U.S to ditch the local scenes and embark on topsy turvy roads to explore the urban wonders, blissful beaches and the Christmas-y spirit.
As the Christmas holiday approaches, it’s time to wrap yourself in jackets and feel the winter wonder. Sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and prepare your bucket list.
Disclaimer: These destinations will surely leave you jingling all the way!
Top Picks for Best U.S Cities to Celebrate Christmas this Year!
- Leavenworth, Washington
This quintessential Bavarian town is situated on the foothills of the Cascade mountains and will make you feel like entering a snow globe. The white mountain village feels like a heavenly abode with its historical museums, reindeer farms, and sleigh rides.
Munch on roasted chestnuts, hot cup apple cider, spiced gingerbread, German chocolate cake, and chilled brews to toast for the festival.
- Bernville, Pennsylvania
The Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville is a family gateway. This family-owned and operated village attracts thousands of visitors from near and far. The vintage-looking old farmhouse and dairy barn is so attractive and welcoming.
This is a three-generation tradition that has more than a million Christmas lights all over the buildings, streets, and surrounding landscape- almost everywhere.
- McAdenville, North Carolina
This tiny town is located 15 miles west of Charlotte and is titled ‘Christmas Town in the USA’ and with good reason. Every winter, the town with around 700 residents becomes alive with a fantastic light display, drawing thousands of visitors annually.
This over-the-top lighting tradition has taken place for 50 years wherein the town is covered with more than 500,00-holiday lights, and extravagantly decorated houses. This light celebration is open for all and offers hot coffee and kettle corn to the first 1000 visitors for free.
- Branson, Missouri
Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in Southwest Missouri, Branson offers boundless family entertainment and outdoor adventure. It is regarded as America’s Christmas Tree City and Live Show Capital of the World. The Ozark Mountain Christmas caters top-level live shows, performances, and the famous polar express train ride.
- Ogden, Utah
Ogden’s Christmas celebrations kick starts with the electric light parade celebration. Since 1962, the Ogden’s Christmas village is known widely for its rich heritage.
The celebrations at this village begin soon after Thanksgiving and continue till January. During the parade, you will experience elaborate floats, spectacular fireworks, live entertainment, and more.
- Nevada, California
The city welcomes you with an amazing aroma of chestnuts roasted in open fields along with local vendors offering hand-crafted candy, dolls, perfumes, pottery, jewelry, etc.
You ought to experience wandering carolers in Victorian attire, carriage rides, live entertainment, and local delights that will surely enlighten your heart.
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming
This downtown feeds your inner adventure traveler with its endless winter activities and brightly flickering houses with wreaths tugged outside the door and exquisite decorations that make it a perfect Christmas destination.
The mountain resort bestows a plethora of holiday-themed family events, including skiing, ice skating, horse-drawn carriage rides, cookie decoration, and more.
- Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
It houses the Old World Christmas market that allows you to indulge in German schnitzel, mulled wine, horse-drawn wagon ride, and a special breakfast with Santa Claus.
Visit the Greenbush’s Wade House Heritage Site or be a part of the Wade House’s An Old World Christmas- a 19-century Christmas celebration with live holiday music, horse-drawn rides, and Victorian Santa Claus.
- Chicago, Illinois
The city and the surrounding suburbs host at least 12-holiday lighting ceremonies such as the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, St. Lucia Festival of Lights, Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park, and more.
The Chi-town has several renowned holiday hotspots like the Museum of Science and Industry and Navy Pier. For the shopaholics, Chicago is home to the world’s largest German market. Now, you know where exactly to go!
- Washington, D.C.
If you are in Washington, then do visit the George Glow DC – a curated exhibition with outdoor public light installations. These state-of-the-art installations are prepared by local and international artists, making D.C.’s oldest neighborhood come to life.
- New York
This amazing city will surely satisfy all your urges. If you are the festive type, then the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree will give you great images for your Instagram posts. For the window shopper, the elaborate window displays of the department stores will lure you to grab ’em all.
Take the Christmas walking tour from the Rockefeller to the Radio City Music to have an amazing view of the ‘Big Apple’ city shining beneath the star-studded night skies.
- North Pole, Alaska
It’s Christmas year-round in the North Pole- just 20 minutes away from Fairbanks. You will find a Santa Claus house with a live reindeer, coffee shop, gift items, candy cane street lamps, and the world’s biggest Santa statue. Not only this, you will find a mayor named Santa who greets you with an endearing smile.
These Christmas towns have dubbed itself as America’s most happening Christmas Hometown. Celebrating your Christmas in a different town gives a great experience and knowledge about its tradition. Anyway, it is always fun to travel during this convivial time of the year. Go explore!
They may sound like something out of one of your childhood dreams, but they are for real. Are you already jingling? Hurry to book your rentals.
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