When you want to enjoy an old-fashioned holiday celebration, some U.S. cities put a lot of time, effort, and money into their events. These are the places to visit when you want to experience that pizzazz this year.
1. Alexandria, VA
This city is famous for its waterskiing Santa. You’ll also see a parade of other Christmas characters on the water. There’s also a Scottish Christmas Walk, choreographed fireworks at Mount Vernon, and many local displays.
2. North Pole, AK
America’s version of the North Pole goes all out to celebrate Christmas each year – and every day throughout the year! You can meet Santa in June, meet some reindeer, and take a picture next to his 42-foot statue.
3. Portsmouth, NH
This picturesque community gives you the perfect winter postcard for the holidays each year. You’ll step back into time with homes dating to the 17th century, with locally owned stores offering many holiday favorites. Get some fresh gingerbread, skate on the local pond, and enjoy a candlelit stroll through the Christmas lights.
4. Dallas, TX
Dallas loves to light things up during the holidays. You’ll find a 17-acre park filled with over two million Christmas lights awaiting your arrival. Even the Arboretum gets involved with a half-million twinkles of their own. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from hundreds of nutcrackers to the ice sculptures at the Gaylord Texan Hotel.
5. Nevada City, CA
This gold rush town is probably the last place you’d consider for a Victorian Christmas. The streets have working gas lamps during the holidays, while carolers fill the streets to sing songs. You can even hear the pop of roasting chestnuts over the fire.
Where are your favorite places to celebrate the holidays?