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Best Christmas Destinations USA

17 Best Christmas Destinations USA

Christmastime is here! If you’re looking for joy and cheer, stop looking, ‘cause we’ve found it for you—Here are some of the best Christmas destinations in America!

Christmas is coming up fast, and even the baddest babes have a little jingle in their step. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We can’t help but celebrate!

For many baddies out there, Christmas is a time to head home and enjoy some home-cooked meals. But for some of us, we like to spend Christmas in style.

How, you ask? Well, by celebrating it in a place that goes ALL OUT on Christmas. Spending Christmas away from home can be hard, but it’s better when you’re surrounded by the Christmas spirit!

So, why not make a trip of it? Visit one of the best Christmas towns America has to offer. You’ll make lifelong memories that’ll add that extra spice to your eggnog we KNOW you’re looking for. 

Here are the best Christmas destinations in the USA!

Best Christmas Destinations USA

17 Best Christmas Destinations USA

North Pole, Alaska

Three words: Santa. Clause. House. 

If that wasn’t enough to convince you, maybe the holiday season just isn’t for you.

But for those of us who just got out-of-your-mind excited for family-friendly fun, get pumped—there’s more. Take your time visiting the Santa Clause House, where you can meet reindeer, get coffee, and take pictures with the world’s largest Santa statue. 

Then, head on over to the Christmas in Ice exhibit, an ice sculpture-making contest that uses over 600 tons of ice! 

McAdenville, North Carolina

Known as “Christmas Town, USA,” McAdenville is a must-see for true Christmas light lovers. Every year, the town transforms into a winter wonderland, full of Christmas lights and decorations. 

The city also offers a holiday 5k and a Yule Log Parade

Branson, Missouri | Best Christmas Destinations USA

Branson, Missouri

Known as America’s Christmas Tree City, Branson has tons to offer in the way of Christmas spirit. Take a trip all over town to see as many Christmas trees as you can—there are over 1,000 at Silver Dollar City!

Want a movie-like memory filled with magic? Take a ride on The Polar Express, the transformed Branson Scenic Railway complete with Santa and other movie characters! Don’t forget your PJs for the most authentic experience.

Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington is known for its stunning Village of Lights, a display of over 500,000 twinkling lights celebrating winter from Thanksgiving through February. They also offer Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolph meet-and-greets every weekend in December. 

Andalusia, Alabama

One of the best small Christmas towns in Andalusia, Alabama, home of Christmas in Candyland. Candyland is a collection of cottages that double as playhouses for kids. From gingerbread houses to Santa’s workshop, this stop is sure to leave the kiddos filled with winter wonder. 

Even better, if you’re looking for a white Christmas in the South, look no further. We know those can be hard to come by, but Candyland makes it easy with a 30-minute Snow Show, complete with authentic-looking snow!

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Christmas City is calling your name, queen! Especially if you looooooove to shop. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania offers a Christkindlmarkt so good it was recognized by Travel + Leisure TWICE. You know it’s gotta be good!

Chicago, Illinois

If shopping and lights are what you’re looking for, pack your bags and head up to Chicago, Illinois. They’ve got a killer Christmas market (Christkindlmarket), ANOTHER killer Christkindlmarket, the Renegade Craft Fair, and the Kwanzaa Market, as well as other holiday markets popping up throughout the city. So if you enjoy shopping till you drop, count on dropping, ‘cause you won’t run out of things to shop!

For something a lil’ more chill(y), check out the Millenium Park ice skating rink or the Maggie Daley Park ice skating ribbon. It’s a one-of-a-kind memory you’ll be glad you laced up those ice skates for. 

Santa Claus, Indiana

With a name like “Santa Claus,” you know this town is going to have a great Christmas! 

Santa Claus, Indiana offers the Santa Claus Land of Lights, a 1.2-mile drive-through Christmas light adventure. Admission is $20 per vehicle and is available between November 24th and December 23rd. 

Newport Beach, California

Prefer boats to cars? Don’t worry, there’s festive fun available for you, too!

Newport Beach offers a Christmas Boat Parade that draws in over 1.5 million people each season. Hundreds of boats are part of the event, and those bougie boat owners go all out with their decor!

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Dying to see Santa on Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day? We know he’s a pretty popular guy… Lucky for you, you can see him in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on both days! 

On Christmas Eve, Santa drops in at the base of the Aerial Tram at 4:30 pm. He’s then available for skiing with the littles at 10 am on Christmas day!

Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria offers many options to boost your holiday spirit. From a boat parade to heated igloos, Alexandria has winter fun C O V E R E D.  

Denver, Colorado | Best Christmas Destinations USA

Denver, Colorado

Need that real snow experience? Denver, CO is likely to get you there! With cooler temps and lots of light exhibits to see, you’ll be having a BRIGHT white Christmas!

Check out Denver’s multiple light shows at the Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms, and the Denver Zoo. Then, take a ride on the Polar Express!

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Looking for something that offers more than just a Christmas celebration? Carmel-by-the-sea’s annual City Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting Celebration is sure to get you in that warm and fuzzy holiday mood!

Nashville, Tennessee

Christmas at Gaylord Opryland is every child’s (and adult’s) dream. They offer unforgettable experiences, such as The Polar Express, ice tubing, breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends, carriage rides, and more!  

Vail, Colorado

What’s a winter holiday without skiing? We know we don’t want a part of it!

So head over to Vail, Colorado, where you can get in all your skiing fun as well as celebrate Christmas with a number of events. Enjoy the Vail Ice Skating Spectacular at the Dobson Arena, or the 10th Mountain Legacy Parade and ski down! They also offer a Kris Kringle Market and an Ugly Sweater Fun Run.

New York City, New York

We let you know we’re ‘“go big or go home” kind of people in our post on the best places to travel during Thanksgiving, and that certainly hasn’t changed for Christmas! New York City is THE place to be for Christmas. Between ice skating in front of the GIANT tree at Rockefeller Plaza and The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular show, you’re sure to have an iconic and unforgettable Christmas holiday.

Washington, D.C.

Of course, this wouldn’t be Miss American Made if we didn’t include the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. It is a sight to see, along with the gorgeous lights at the Smithsonian Zoo

Where are you jet-setting off to this holiday season?

Better pack your bags! You’ve got places to be!

Speaking of bags, you’re probably in need of some American-made luggage brands to keep your stuff safe while you travel. If you want quality luggage, this is where to look!

Traveling not for you? We get it. Sometimes it’s better to host! Thankfully, we’ve got holiday hosting tips for baddie hostesses to keep your vibes vibin’. 

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