Travel is lovely any time of the year, but there is something extra special about finding yourself in a cute town that’s all dolled up for the holidays. If you’re thinking about taking your family somewhere special for the holidays, we’re here to help! Read on for four towns and cities in the United States that really get in the spirit of the season!
Located only 20 minutes from Washington, DC, Alexandria transforms into a quaint town from a Hallmark movie during the holidays. The Old Town will quickly make you forget you just came from the big city. You and your family can admire all the shop fronts covered in lights and decorations while you do a little holiday shopping along the King Street Mile. If your family includes kids, check out this guide for ideas of more fun things to do on your trip.
Due to Boston’s roots, its Christmas decorations tend to be very traditional: think old houses on cobbled streets with red-ribboned wreaths and candles in the windows. You and your family can walk around neighborhoods like Beacon Hill while sipping hot chocolate and taking it all in! Public places like Faneuil Hall and the Boston Common also decorate with lots of lights and are stunning to explore at night.
To get away from the city, take an hour’s drive to Sturbridge, Massachusetts where Old Sturbridge Village is holding a Christmas festival. Your family can step back into the 19th century at this living history museum and enjoy activities like sitting by bonfires, taking horse-drawn sleigh rides, or watching demonstrations of traditional wreath-making and stocking knitting.
Germany is known for its beautiful Christmas celebrations and markets, but of course, Americans can’t go to Europe to celebrate this year. Did you know, though, that just an hour and a half north of Detroit is Michigan’s Little Bavaria? Frankenmuth is a great place to celebrate Christmas all year long because it’s home to the world’s largest Christmas store –Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. During the holiday season, you can also visit a German-style Christkindlmarkt, meet Santa at his Reindeer Farm, taste some Glühwein, or enjoy the entries in the House Decorating Contest around town.
New York, New York
Old-school charm and small towns aren’t for everyone, so if you’re looking for a little more excitement for your family Christmas vacation, New York City is your answer. While a lot is looking very different in the city right now due to the Pandemic, New York City is still one of the most decorated places in the US! And the good news is that the Winter Village at Bryant Park is still happening this year. Whether you’re checking out the opulent window displays along 5th Avenue and the massive tree and Rockefeller Center or heading across the bridge to stroll the beautifully decorated neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens and Dyker Heights, you’ll be having a very festive time.
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