Winter is my least favorite time of year. I really dislike cold weather. And I’m not a fan of short days and increased germs. But I LOVE the Christmas season! So to make up for my not-so-happy wintery feelings…I go ALL out and over-the-top for Christmas!

Not only do we deck our house inside and out (starting in early November!) but we try to incorporate as many holiday traditions into the Christmas season as possible. Of course, some of those traditions involve travel. We enjoy going to new places and experiencing festivals, parades and ceremonies.

Christmas at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.

I’m always on the lookout for new things to add to my holiday bucket list! Here are a few places that we’ve either visited recently or plan to do in the next few years:

  1. Asheville, NC: The Biltmore House boasts 60+ decorated Christmas trees each year including a 35-foot Fraser Fir in the Banquet Hall.
  2. Jackson, WY: A snowy little mountain town that lights up their famous arches to commemorate the holiday.
  3. Branson, MO: Home of the Ozark Mountain Christmas Festival.
  4. Oxford, MS: Celebrates with one of the largest gingerbread house collections in the US.
  5. Durango, CO: Offers one of the best snowy train rides into the mountains in true Polar Express style.
  6. Natchitoches, LA: More than 300,000 Christmas lights and displays line the river each year.
  7. Santa Claus, IN: This town celebrates the holiday spirit year-round, but it’s especially magical at Christmas.
  8. Newport Beach, CA: Holds a boat parade on the water each year to kick off the season.
  9. Beaufort, NC: Also holds a famous boat parade called the Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla.
  10. Nantucket, MA: Hosts an annual Christmas stroll- a weekend filled with shopping and tradition.
  11. Orlando, FL: All the theme parks go ALL out with decorations, parades and extra fun parties.
  12. McAdenville, NC: Also known as Christmas Town USA because it hosts the Nations largest light display.
  13. New York City, NY: Offers almost too much to name- but the Rockettes Christmas Show and ice skating in front of the Rockefeller Center tree are among a few favorite holiday traditions.


Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of suggestions. One of the best parts about the Christmas season is that it’s celebrated so well everywhere! It doesn’t have to be about traveling somewhere far away. Often you can find interesting, unique and special events happening in your own area.

Touring Christmas Town USA

Where are your favorite places to visit during the Christmas season?

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