American cities take their Christmas celebrations seriously. And every year, each town transforms itself into its own unique display of holiday cheer.
From street posts lined with sparkling white lights and red velvet bows to spectacular Christmas lights and ice sculptures – America is even more beautiful at Christmas.
And while some cities do Christmas, other cities REALLY do Christmas.
We’re talking Christmas lights mazes. Gigantic lit trees. Free Christmas concerts.
So if you’re thinking of taking a vacation this season to some of the places that really do Christmas in America, check out our top picks!
New York City
Yes, NYC is liberal and no friend of conservatives – but that doesn’t mean we can’t still soak in the wonder and awe of their Christmas displays.
From ice-skating in Central Park to staring up at the fully lit Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, your jaw is bound to drop once you see how they do Christmas in NYC.
In fact, New York City takes its love of Christmas seriously, and you’ll find gigantic holiday ornaments scattered all around the city – not to mention plenty of opportunities to do some serious Christmas shopping.
Christmas comes to life in the District as the entire city glows with a never-ending display of Christmas lights and decor– not to mention all the free musical performances.
The National Christmas Tree is lit on display every night until midnight at President’s Park (The White House) and is free to visit.
You might even get the chance to experience live music!
Or, if you’re looking for something unique, you can visit Nationals Park and check out Enchant Christmas, which has been transformed into a winter wonderland boasting the biggest Christmas lights maze in the world.
While in DC, don’t forget to check out George Washington’s Mount Vernon and experience a tour by candlelight!
The combination of beauty and history in DC is bound to give you a Christmas you’ll never forget.
Imagine stepping inside a snow globe.
That’s Christmas in Leavenworth.
The Leavenworth Village of Lights transforms a village into a glowing winter wonderland – with half a million lights (complete with Christmas music).
And not only do you get to walk around under 500,000 Christmas lights, you can go tubing, skiing, snowboarding, and even experience a dogsled ride!
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Okay. Maybe you really don’t like the cold, even at Christmas.
Have no fear!
You can enjoy the beach and still take part in the holiday fun.
Check out The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at the Alabama Theater and witness everything from dancing gingerbread characters and toy soldiers to live music and comedy performances.
People from all over the world come to visit Myrtle Beach at Christmas time just to experience the South at Christmas.
Don’t Neglect Your Hometown
While it’s fun to check out other cities, home is where the heart is.
There’s nothing better than experiencing the magic of Christmas right in your hometown.
Consider driving around your neighborhoods and viewing light displays or check out free Christmas concerts.
You can even make homemade hot chocolate with peppermint to celebrate the holiday cheer.
But no matter where you go, be sure to have a Merry Christmas!
(h/t Proud American Traveler)