The holidays are upon us, and that means everyone is gearing up for this special time of year. A visit to one of these eight fun places will certainly put you in the holiday mood.
Christmas Town USA
McAdenville, North Carolina is better known as Christmas Town USA during the holiday season. Over 600,000 people visit the town’s 375 trees and 450,000 lights. Even the town’s fountain gets into the festivities, with jets of water being propelled 75 feet in the air and changing colors every 10 seconds. Tip: Get there early as the town gives out free hot chocolate and kettle corn for the first 1,000 visitors every night.
New York City
Really, nothing beats New York City at the holidays. From the beautiful tree at Rockefeller Center to the store windows on 5th Ave, it seems like the whole city gets decked out to celebrate. While in Rockefeller Center, lace up your skates and hit the ice rink for a magical experience. From there, catch the world-famous Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Dress warmly though, as New York can be chilly during the holidays.
Also known as the Ozark Mountain Christmas, Branson Missouri goes all out for the holiday season. Downtown Main Street is transformed into a holiday wonderland with evergreen garland and lights on every tree. The festival at Silver Dollar City is also worth visiting with over 1,000 decorated trees, and fun roller coasters. It’s not all about the holidays in Branson though---make sure to catch a music show, with some of the best live performances in the country.
Not only Elvis Presley fans will enjoy Graceland at the holidays. Elvis’s former estate is decorated for the season with lights, a life-size nativity scene, and Santa. During this time, Christmas artifacts from the family are put on display. You can also check out the holiday lights at the Memphis Zoo or visit Santa’s Wonderland.
This is a one-day event, but Lebanon, Ohio knows how to celebrate the holidays with their annual holiday parade. On the first Saturday in December, horse-drawn carriages, carolers, and vendors selling baked goods flood the streets to celebrate. The candlelight parade at 7pm is simply magical. You can get your holiday shopping started too at one of the 80 antique stores in town.
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
The Old World Christmas Market can be found in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. This event is held at the Osthoff Resort for about 10 days. Visitors can do some holiday shopping or take part in the numerous activities planned throughout the festival, like a visit with Father Christmas.
Lights, lights, and more lights. Every year, the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside kicks off the holidays with their Festival of Lights. USA Today dubbed it the “Best Public Holiday Lights Display in the Nation” and it attracts more than 500,000 visitors every year. It also includes over 200 animated figures, Santa Claus, decorated Christmas trees, and horse-drawn carriage rides. The “Switch-On” ceremony features a full-blown fireworks display.
Las Vegas, Nevada
In true Vegas-fashion, even the holidays are completely over the top. Activities are organized throughout the weeks preceding the holidays. Check out the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan, where the fourth-floor outdoor pool transforms to an ice skating rink during the holiday season with the help of an ice-making machine. From there, head over to Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden where 300 species of cacti are decked out with over 500,000 lights. Santa pays visits on weekend evenings with local choirs singing carols in the background.
A trip to one of these eight holiday attractions will get your holiday season started right. We have all the clothes you need for one of these fun holiday trips.