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Feeling a bit Grinchy this holiday? Hit the road to somewhere merry and bright. From balmy beaches to snowy wonderlands; small towns to urban wonders, just point yourself to a spot of magical holiday cheer. These quintessential Yuletide destinations just might deck your holiday with Christmas card-worthy memories:
Upscale Newport, Rhode Island dresses its magnificent Gilded Age mansions in 19th century candlelit elegance. Built as summer cottages, the sumptuous architecture and décor amaze. Graze Newport’s 4-star restaurants as well as historic, maritime pubs for great food and drink. From outdoor skating to holiday teas and concerts, this Regatta city becomes a holiday Currier and Ives.
Dreaming of a White Christmas? North Conway, NH delivers. Nestled beneath Mt. Washington, the northeast’s tallest peak, this is both a skiers’ and shoppers’ paradise. Get sentimental at old fashioned penny candy counters. Revel in the town’s holiday parades, tree lightings, and caroling. Skiing, tubing, dog sledding and sleigh rides are all part of the winter energy. But for a really iconic experience, ride the Conway Scenic Railroad to the North Pole, complete with Santa’s Village, reindeer and a skiing Santa.
Have a white ‘sand’ Christmas in Newport Beach, CA. Each year, more than 100 illuminated boats, from yachts to canoes, sail the Newport Harbor on a 5-night, 14-mile parade, the oldest in the nation. Appreciate elegantly decorated estates as you stroll Balboa Island’s boardwalk, celebrate Christmas at the beach and applaud Santa as he kicks off the holiday on a paddleboard!
New York City, NY is home to Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular, New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and Grand Central Station’s laser light show. Shop for that unique gift in the sparkling metropolis’ wondrous Christmas markets like Bryant Park and Union Square. Delight in an amazing Broadway show, ice skate at Rockefeller Plaza or admire the Big Apple’s famed department store holiday windows.
Unexpected, dazzling Las Vegas, NV doesn’t disappoint as a holiday destination. Be enchanted by Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens 28,000 poinsettias. And the 65 foot tall Christmas tree in the Venetian’s Doge’s Palace plaza. Get your holiday magic on in Ethel M. Chocolate Factory’s featuring three acres of cactus and chocolate. Wander through the winter wonderland of the LINQ Promenade’s winter wonderland and, of course, shop ‘til you drop.
Honoring its German roots, Fredericksburg, TX kicks off the holiday season with a bustling Christkindlesmarkt. Savor the light-filled Marktplatz with its hand-carved, 26 foot tall wooden pyramid, as well as its annual Tannenbaum Ball. Texas-size parades, concerts, tree lightings and Holiday Wine Trail fill the calendar. Merry Weihnachten, ya all!
Live the White Christmas dream in Vail, Co. celebrate fresh powder with Snowdaze live concerts and the Holidaze’ tree lighting. Try jet-set warming cocktails. Shop the Kris Kringle market, marvel at the town’s artistic ice sculptures and join in the holiday lantern walk. Don’t miss the dazzling New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and fireworks down Golden Peak.
Celebrate the holiday colonial-style in Williamsburg, VA and carol like its 1778. Yorktown’s fife and drum performances, Grand Illumination’s fireworks and a historic gun-salute display echo holidays past. Enjoy holiday music at Riverwalk Landing. Stroll through Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town where European Christmas traditions come alive as you make merry mayhem.
Begin your Ozark Mountain Christmas on Branson, MO Scenic Railway’s classic Polar Express Train. Grab a hot chocolate and enjoy holiday music, light shows and parades of the Ozark Mountain Christmas festival. The Live Music Show Capital of the World, Branson is home to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, where snow, evergreens, and traditional holly Dolly music rein.
You may not be home for the holidays but you can bring your grand-elves with you for a multigenerational holiday road trip to Orlando, FLfor North Pole celebrations like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disneyworld. And don’t forget the authentic Christmas USA postmark from a little town near Orlando.
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