Best Places for Christmas in USA 2020
This is the most wonderful time of the year for a Christmas celebration in America, that is! The holidays are a great time to visit some of the cheeriest towns in the US, from small city gatherings to world-famous activities. These activities include a fun and special way to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, from light displays and firework shows, to month-long holiday markets and snowy train trips. So, put on a Santa hat and grab a hot peppermint cocoa — the top Christmas festivities in the US are here.
1. New York
New York landmarks, all lit up in lights, look majestic. There’s no question, New York City knows how to celebrate Christmas. They are bringing holiday celebrations to an entirely new stage! The traditions in the Big Apple are as timeless as they can be, from ice skating in Central Park to seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Locals and visitors alike flock to see the popular Christmas Tree of Rockefeller, the window displays of 5th Avenue, the Union Square Holiday Market and the Empire State building at the middle of it. The famous landmark marks the center of the snowy Christmas celebrations, illuminated in red and green during the entire month of December.
2. McAdenville in North Carolina
The small town of McAdenville in North Carolina is known for its holiday decorations and is ranked among the top 20 Christmas displays in the world. During the month of December, over 160 homes get together to light up the streets with their extravagant holiday cheer. Complete with 38 lighted spruce trees, enjoy a walk around the lake, or take a stroll around town where you can find 265 evergreen trees covered in more than half a million red, green and white lights. When visiting McAdenville, travelling on foot is encouraged, as the massive influx of tourists frequently creates traffic jams in the small town.
You’re in for an amazing surprise if you haven’t visited Branson during the holidays. This small town has developed a treasured tradition with its holiday schedule of activities. Enjoy live performances, fun light displays and The Polar Express, best of all! What better way to enter the snowy Ozark Mountains than to take a train ride? Hot chocolate and cookies are given out to each passenger, just like the original novel, and Santa will be there reading parts of the book during the train ride.
4. Orlando, Florida
During the holidays, the happiest place on earth gets even happier. From Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in Disney’s Magic Kingdom to the all-new Hollywood Studios winter wonderland laser show, it’s a must-do for every family to spend Christmas season at Disney. Enjoy special theme shows, holiday cheer in all 4 parks and, best of all, the castle of Cinderella lit up magnificently for the holidays! To witness a spectacular display packed with ‘snow’, fireworks and special holiday effects, remain until the park closes.
5. San Antonio
The quaint, city-center walkway lining the San Antonio River is familiar to anyone who’s been on the San Antonio River Walk. This quiet stroll turns into a dazzling show of over 1,000 lights during the holidays, though. The River Walk is a public park and is open 24 hours a day any day of the year, except when the Ford Holiday River Parade is held on November 23. Fires, costumed float riders and Christmas music filled this famous night parade. It is only available with a specially-bought parade ticket after 4 pm.
6.Las Vegas in Nevada
All Las Vegas does is huge, and the holiday season is no exception. Drive your car through a Christmas light racetrack (millions of them), visit The LINQ Promenade’s winter wonderland, and, of course, celebrate on The Strip! At the Venetian and the famous Bellagio Fountains, be sure to check out the 20-metre Christmas tree. With performances from 3 pm Monday to Friday, noon on Saturdays and holidays, and 11 am on Sundays, they feature free special performances of popular holiday tunes.
7. Durango in Mexico
For anyone from the adventure seeker to the holiday traditionalist, the small mining town of Durango, Colorado comes alive during the holiday season with activities all month long. For old-school food and entertainment, start with the Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar, then head downtown for some classic Christmas shopping. Complete the night by visiting the Animas Rives and the surrounding mountainside on the old steam engine train in the area.
8. Bethlehem-Best Christmas Market
Looking for the country’s best Christmas markets. They’ve got Bethlehem for you. This small town, located in eastern Pennsylvania, is packed with imagination, world-class festivals, a rich history and, of course, some of the world’s finest Christmas celebrations. Christkindlmarkt is ranked by many as the top Christmas market in the world, featuring fine art and exclusive holiday gifts by 100 artists, live Christmas music, and much more. Do your Christmas shopping here and discover presents unlike any other-they will love your friends and family.
9. North Pole
North Pole is a small Alaskan town near Fairbanks, famous for its Christmas decorations throughout the year, including candy cane striped street lights. Thousands of people converge in the cheery city during the month of December to engage in their holiday displays, including breathtaking fireworks shows and happy Christmas carolling. The North Pole holds a Santa Claus meeting-and-greet on the 15th of every December, along with the crowning of the Christmas King and Queen. The North Pole is a fun, special and inexpensive place to celebrate the holidays in the US, with street names such as Mistletoe Lane and Kris Kringle Road.
10. New Orleans
A Christmas to remember, get yourself down to New Orleans. While this vibrant city is world-famous for its Mardi Gras celebrations, it sure knows how to celebrate in December as well. An annual marathon where everybody is dressed up as St. Nicholas himself, the Rolling of the Santas kicks off the month-long celebration. This is accompanied by cathedral concerts and light shows, like Fulton Street’s Miracle. This pedestrian corridor, featuring giant gingerbread house displays and festive food and drink stalls, is transformed into a winter wonderland throughout December.