This holiday season, don’t fall into the same old same old routine that happens every Christmas. Especially if it’s your first married Christmas! Instead, venture out into the wintery haze. Spend your time off at one of these fantastic festive holiday destinations in the USA. Here are the best places you won’t want to miss during the Christmas season.
15 Festive Holiday Destinations in The US
1. Park City, Utah
If you want a white Christmas, look no further. From the small-town charm to the outdoor rink in Park City Mountain, you’ll find your fair share of mountain air here.
2. Ogunquit, Maine
The Christmas by the Sea festival and quiet calm are just two reasons to visit Maine during the holidays. Here you’ll find peace and lower prices for a quiet holiday.
3. New York City, New York
When you think of NYC, you may think of everything from Elf to Miracle on 34th Street. From the Rockefeller Ice Skating Rink to the Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, there is so much to do during Christmas in New York City. It’s truly one of the most festive holiday destinations in the USA!
4. Rhinebeck, New York
Home to the oldest inn in America, you’ll find this just a few miles from Hyde Park. However, the town is home to one of the oldest festivals that traces back to Rhinebeck’s roots in the 1600s.
5. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
From horse-drawn carriage rides to a Christmas City Stroll, this is the perfect place for anyone needing a little Christmas spirit. Of course, it has to be included on a festive holiday destinations list just for the name alone.
6. Franklin, Tennessee
Step back in time as you head to the Dickens of a Christmas Festival in historic downtown. Bring the characters from A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist to life in this weekend-long celebration.
7. Williamsburg, Virginia
During the height of the holiday season, the views alone could dazzle anyone visiting. However, from the Yankee Candle Village to the month of holiday celebrations in Williamsburg, there is no shortage of things to see and do all season long. Plus, the area is filled with heritage for those who love history.
8. Solvang, California
Head out to wine country and attend Julefest during December. Go on a holiday lights tour or take part in the Santa Sprint. It may be warm, but you’ll still get in the spirit of the Christmas season.
9. Durango, Colorado
Home to the Polar Express, you can travel around the San Juan National Forest and Animas River in a heated coach with your whole family. Gawk at the lovely views as you travel around.
10. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Attend one of the popular Christmas-themed shows or head for a walk on the beach. It may seem out of season, but listen to Christmas tunes and see the lights to feel festive.
11. Darby, Montana
Tucked in the mountains, you’ll find this beautiful Christmas town. Head to Triple Creek Ranch for snowshoeing, horseback riding, and other holiday celebrations.
12. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Blue Cross River Rink Winterfest and the Christmas village in Center City Philadelphia are just two reasons to head up north for the holidays. Don’t miss the Dickens Village and the light show at Macy’s. Plus, LOVE Park and Dilworth Park have outdoor vendors, festive food, and ice skating, too.
13. Mystic, Connecticut
From illuminated boats to seafood on the water, you’ll find lantern-light tours and family fun during the holiday season in Mystic. It may be cold, but that will only add to this one of our festive Christmas places.
14. Woodstock, Vermont
You’ll feel as if you’re back in time during the season at this one of our festive holiday destinations. The Woodstock Inn and Resort decorates during the holidays, and the spirit of the season comes alive during the Wassail Weekend.
15. McAdenville, North Carolina
Locals know this place as Christmas Town. Plus, for the past 63 years, this little suburb of Charlotte has put on an incredible holiday display worth seeing for free!
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If you’re looking for the next place to visit during the holidays this year, try out one of these awesome destinations. With 15 to choose from, you’re sure to find one that is perfect for you and your loved ones.
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