There really is nothing like spending the holiday season at home with your family, but sometimes we need a change of scenery.
Why not take your Christmas on the road this year to enjoy new traditions and experience a new place?
These seven destinations are the perfect option for having a wonderful Christmas season away from home.
New York City
From the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center to the elaborate Christmas displays in the windows of the city’s department stores, New York City really knows how to celebrate the Christmas season.
In addition to viewing the twinkling lights on the city streets and lovely holiday set-ups throughout the city’s hotel lobbies, you will also have a blast enjoying quintessential New York winter activities, like ice skating in the Winter Village at Bryant Park or watching the model trains pass by miniature New York City landmarks at the Botanical Gardens.
While you may think that a Disneyworld vacation should be relegated to the summer months, December is really the best time to visit Mickey and his friends. In addition to the beautiful weather in Florida during the winter, you can also enjoy tons of Disney-themed Christmas fun at each of Disneyworld’s parks. Start with the beautiful candlelight processional at Epcot, then take in the Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios, and finish by enjoying all the Christmas fun at the Magic Kingdom.
Touring our nation’s capital during the winter months is a wonderful idea. You can view the National Christmas Tree and Pathway of Peace up close and finish your Christmas shopping at the downtown Holiday Market, where more than 150 artisans sell their goods throughout the month of December.
And you’ll get to see the White House all decked out for the Christmas season. What could be better than that?
Head to the mountains this holiday season to enjoy an Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson, Missouri. This month-long Christmas event features tons of amazing seasonal music, beautiful light shows, and lots of parades.
Take a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway’s Polar Express train ride for a trip to the North Pole to meet Santa or look in awe at the giant gingerbread houses at Chateau on the Lake.
For a warm holiday this year, head to Las Vegas to enjoy Christmas. This city filled with lights shines even brighter during the Christmas season when every hotel on the strip decks their lobby in the finest Christmas décor. Check out the dancing fountains at the Bellagio to really get in the Christmas spirit.
After taking in one of the many wonderful holiday shows throughout the city, stop by the Cactus Garden at Ethel M. Chocolate Factory for a beautiful lights display or visit the Winter Wonderland at Mystic Falls.
Enjoy the slopes this Christmas in this Colorado ski town, which starts its holiday celebration in late November with an Electric Parade that lights up the entire city.
If you can tear yourself away from skiing, take in some of the city’s holiday celebrations, like the holiday lantern walk, Winterland, and Christmas Village.
Have a colonial Christmas this year at Williamsburg, Virginia, where you can enjoy caroling by torchlight, historical holiday programs, and colonial drum performances. The area kicks off the holiday season with fireworks and a historic gun salute and continues celebrating Christmas throughout the season with a variety of historical reenactments.
You can also take a break from the historical adventures and enjoy some fun Christmas excitement at nearby Bush Gardens, which opens its Christmas Town each holiday season.
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