The best Christmas vacations in the USA are brimming with yuletide joy.
The main draw in Jefferson is the adorable Santa’s Village, which is open weekends through November and up to December 17-18.
This themed amusement park offers pure joy for young and young-at-heart all year, including locating elf statues throughout the park, feeding actual reindeer, and sliding down the Yule Log Flume ride.
Exhilarate in having the park mainly to yourself and enjoy spectacular weather conditions that may create ‘cloud inversions,’ where clouds rest in the canyon below the rim.
If The Sound of Music is part of your holiday ritual, you’ll want to spend Christmas in Stowe, because after Maria, Captain and the children crossed the Alps at the end of the movie, they emigrated here.
With a lake beach for wading and a walkable historic downtown, this affordable town is just 10 miles from a certain ‘merriest place on earth,’ but has its own draw.
The Ice! experience at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is a wonderland of two million pounds of carved ice sculptures and slides. It features a Dr. Seuss ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ display and six lanes of indoor tubing.
The splendor of this national park blanketed in snow cannot be overstated.
From skating under the graceful swoop of Half Dome, to taking a sleigh ride or just turning in a circle in dazed disbelief at the views, Yosemite is worth the trip.
Visit the historic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, which has been decorated for a Victorian Christmas and features the Festival of Trees, which features numerous Christmas trees inside that have been adorned by various civic organizations.
The evergreen trees surrounding a lake in McAdenville, also known as Christmas Town USA, are covered in lights, the 1883 bell tower shines,
The town makes a big deal out of Christmas with its month-long Julefest celebration, which includes a tree lighting, a citywide hunt for "nisse" (gnomes! ), a St. Lucia candlelight procession with floats,
For Christmas in the city, the kind of montage you see in your head, nothing beats New York.
It's beautiful to experience the Rockefeller Center ice rink, the Radio City Rockettes' annual Christmas Spectacular, the amazing gift displays at FAO Schwartz,
the Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet, and the hustle and bustle of shoppers among the light of illuminated skyscrapers.
Although this is not the only US town with the name Santa Claus, we adore what they have to offer.
Children can write letters to Santa in the town's original post office, and elves will respond as has been the custom for more than a century.
After viewing the Christmas City of the North Parade at night under a canopy of glowing holiday lights, enjoy a 30-minute ride on the Christmas City Express Train while sipping hot cocoa.
Ah, the sound of sleighbells... The sound of ‘jingle bells’ as horses pull a sleigh along through the snow arouses all that nostalgia for a Christmas we may have never even experienced!
But you can in Manistee, where Belgian draft horses pull an upright 30-foot Christmas tree through the streets during the Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend.
Each year, Cleveland kicks off festivities with a Winterfest and the tree lighting.
There’s also a Riverfest with a beer garden, igloo village, skating rink and Santa visits.