Christmas day is that special time of the year to spend with loved ones and as the saying goes, “there is no place like home for the holidays.” But if you are redefining your holiday from this “cliche,” and are looking to travel during this wonderful holiday then you are probably going to enjoy yourself a little bit more than the rest of us. While the rest of the world is celebrating Christmas, there is no other country that does Christmas season like the United States. All over the country gets involved with the festivities with highly decorative streets, houses, Christmas trees, parades, shows, hand carved ice sculptures and of course a visit from Santa. This holiday season if you are looking for a merry good time, these 5 best places to celebrate Christmas in the good old USA.
The Big Apple is a winter wonderland at Christmas time. Making it a favorite time of year for many travelers to visit this festive city. New York City brings in the holiday with many traditional holiday celebration. There is the lighting of the giant tree at Rockefeller Center, which is a special ceremony followed with musical performances from some of the most famous people in the music industry. Also, Rockefeller Center transforms into a skating rink so that locals and visitors alike can enjoying the displays of Christmas lights and decorations. You can also ice skate at Bryant Park, however, not only can you ice skate, it transforms into a little village of shopping boutiques to find that special person the perfect gift. Another famous holiday tradition in NYC is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which the Rockettes take over Radio City Music Hall during this season. See Sixth Avenue come alive with gigantic lights and balls decorations and major department stores turned their displayed windows into a holiday theme.
This Windy City most certainly feels like Christmas with it’s cold weather conditions. Just like New York City, Chicago also has a giant Christmas tree at Daley Plaza with a ceremony to kick off the holiday season. The Magnificent Mile sparkles through this time of year with street after street decorated and lit up. Millennium Park also goes through a winter wonderland transition, with a skating rink and Christmas caroling at Cloud Gate. Chicago also celebrates its German heritage at the Chriskindlmarkt. This market is filled with German traditions such as holiday crafts and German food and drinks. Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest turns into a holiday themed amusement park and an indoor skating rink for the everyone to enjoy.
What’s not to love about this place. Most of the state enjoys mild temperatures during this time of year making it an ideal for anyone who wants to trade white snow for white sand beaches. In addition to great beaches, travelers from all over the world visit Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World which is all decked out with parades, shows, characters dressed in their Christmas best and snow. If you are looking for more flavor for the day, than Miami is the place to be. The holiday has more of a Latin vibe. With the weather temperatures feeling like a warm spring day, it’s impossible for it to feel like Christmas unless you enter Santa’s Enchanted Forest. This is one of the World Largest Theme Park and carnival, with international cuisines from Cuba, Italy and much more.
It’s not a state but a common wealth of the United States, which makes this Caribbean Island a great place to escape the cold weather up North. Besides the fact you are getting away from the bitter cold, Puerto Rico has traditions, flavors and customs to the holiday, making it a special occasion unlike the rest of the US. One thing Puerto Rico is known for the holidays is their traditional food such as rice and pigeon peas, pasteles (patties), pernil (roasted pork) and coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog) just to name a few. Christmas Eve trumps Christmas day for most of Puerto Rico. That’s day people celebrate the day opening gifts, fest and party the night away. And if you are there after the New Year make sure you stay for 3 Kings Day.
Colorado has the perfect setting for a Christmas celebration. This winter wonderland heaven is known for it’s busy slopes. This is the number one place for skiing in the United States. Colorado is known for its lavishing ski resorts towns such as Aspen and Breckenridge. You can also head up to Denver’s Larimer Street to see the light displays.
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