Where to Go for Christmas in the US – 10 Cities to Catch the Best of Holiday Season
Are you looking for the best city/town in America to spend your Christmas, and struggling? Don’t fret, have a look at our list of ‘10 best places in the USA that promise a fabulous Christmas Fun’.
Christmas is the time of the year which everyone craves, and ‘why not?’, after all, everyone is entitled to have some warm holiday time with kids, family and friends. But, since Christmas brings out the best in all US cities, towns and other popular venues along the coasts- for many of us deciding which place to visit might prove a difficult task!! Hence to make this hard job easy, our team at, USA Cars Rental, has listed ten best places in America which have the variety to make your Xmas time as magical as possible.
Note: To make your visits comfortable and devoid of delays make sure that you have a reliable way of commuting; it comes highly recommended that you should get a car rental booked in the US and stay clear off the time-consuming public transport and the expensive cabs. So, this Christmas, do book a cheap car rental with us and enjoy a magical Xmas time in the USA with family and friends, in utmost comfort.
1. Celebrating Christmas in Los Angeles
Comes December, ‘frolicking starts and the excitement peaks’ (going nuts would be a more suitable thing) as everyone starts counting days to the much-awaited holiday season. Are you looking forward to spending your Christmas break in New York City?
NYC makes for a great choice, indeed! Especially for those who have never experienced a white Christmas before. Streets decorated with ‘colorful Xmas embellishments decorated by cheerful Americans’, carol singing and wooly snow makes NYC look like a Xmas town straight out of a fairytale.
NYC offers a lot of things to do; start your holiday with Rockefeller Plaza and enjoy some ice skating under the enormous Christmas tree. Ice skating at Central Park is also an option; the fact that here you can also enjoy a ride through the snow-clad park in horse carriage ride makes it more appealing. Actually doesn’t matter what place you are visiting in New York City- the Fifth Avenue, the Park Avenue or somewhere else, New York City in its Christmas best will make you catch your breath with its cheer-inducing sounds and awe-infusing sights.
3. Celebrating Christmas in Miami
We all love Christmas. But you prefer celebrating Xmas without snow and cold?
Miami is one of the best US destinations which can give you the Xmas experience you desire. But it is not just about the weather, the fact that Miami offers a great number of events, make Miami more enchanting as the Christmas destination.
Luminous and exciting, Santa’s Enchanted Forest which is the world’s largest Christmas-themed amusement park is one of the many venues you can seek. With more than 100 rides, it is certainly a catch, especially if you are traveling with children. Winterfest Boat Parade, Storytime with Santa at the Deering Estate, Bayfront Park Christmas tree or Miami Ballet performances of Nutcracker- Miami has enough entertainment fodder to fill one’s holiday break-time satisfactorily.
Note: Beaches in Miami are a must, and since most are only accessible via a car, rent a car with us and ensure a convenient traveling experience.
4. Things to Do in San Francisco on the Christmas Day
Visit San Francisco for a splendid Christmas time, minus the snow. A visit to the San Francisco Christmas Market, a defining brunch experience at Palace Hotel, ice-skating in summer garb at Union Square; Reindeer Romp, San Francisco Zoo and Gardens, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy or Union St’s decoration are some of the things that one can do in San Francisco during the holiday season. However, the biggest highlight is the ‘Great Dickens Christmas Fair’ which takes place at San Francisco’s Cow Palace. It brings to life the bygone Victorian era of London where about 700 performers participate in their Victorian garb.
Merry tunes in Mad Sal’s Dockside Alehouse, Christmas shopping venues filled with merry shoppers, loads and loads of tasty food to devour with an air heavy with appealing fragrances, dance parties thrumming with Irish and Scottish dancers- San Francisco, at Xmas, emerges with a satchel of surprises!!
5. Celebrating Christmas in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, one of the most predominant casino hubs of the World, has always been known as the place for the gamblers; change this ideology this Christmas. Many of you will be surprised to know that this city which never sleeps, is actually a much loved- though well-kept secret- Xmas destination which loves a good celebration.
In Las Vegas everything is extreme, just like the weather and the towering casinos that flock this place; same can be said when it comes to celebrating Christmas. However, we must convey that Xmas celebrations in Las Vegas are a bit different; the absence of Christmas trimmings lining the streets will tell you enough! But, most casinos get into the season through their Xmas special food menus, exhilarating Christmas themed shows and carollers that create the celebratory ambiance. Ice rink at the Cosmopolitan, Cowboy Christmas, Holiday Havoc at the Hard Rock and the Nutcracker etc are some of the best events that you will find in Las Vegas this Christmas.
6. Christmas Things to Do in Orlando
If you want to enjoy some real and unparalleled Christmas fun in the USA, visit Orlando as it is the only place in the World where one can savor snow showers- the man-made ones! But it is certainly not the only highlight.
Delight in the flavors of eggnog under a 30 foot long Christmas tree decorated with Lego bricks at Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida, or celebrate Xmas with your favorite cartoon or animated movie characters, whether that be Shrek at ‘Ice at the Gaylord Palms Resort’ or Grinch at ‘Grinchmas at Universal Orlando Resort’. Other Christmas events in Orlando includes Mickey’s Merry Very Christmas Party (7th Nov to 22 Dec 2016), Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida (3rd Dec to 1st Jan 2017), Christmas Dining Day and much, much more!
7. Visiting Honolulu for Christmas, This December
‘Do all the festivities come to a halt as Thanksgiving departs?’ No, at least not in Oahu
So, if you are thinking of spending your Xmas holidays in Honolulu? Go ahead! There are enough Christmas events in Honolulu to make you trip a well-covered one when it comes to festivity! Jingle Rock Run, Three ballets by Hawaii Ballet Theater, plays by Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Honolulu City Lights, Ice skating at Ward Village and Sand Sculptures at Sheraton Waikiki are some of the things that you can do and see in Honolulu, this Christmas.
In Honolulu, besides all the fun, the best part is witnessing the arrival of Santa; it is special because here, Santa ditches the snow sled and chooses to arrive via an outrigger!!
8. Spending Christmas Vacation in Chicago
Chicago is a choice of many irrespective of the season, but at Christmas, it becomes a major crowd puller. Christmas Season in Chicago comes with a multitude of events to fill your time with frolic and fun.
Hence if you want some uninhibited experiences this Xmas, visit Chicago and spend a great time under the Magnificent Mile, while Ice skating at Millennium Park/ Maggie Daley Park, while attending a free concert or participating in Annual Tree-lighting ceremony, or singing carols at “The Bean”. Chicago’s magic is not just about Xmas trees, ice-skating or carols, special holiday performances, events and markets like Christkindlmarket etc also brace the big list of things to do in Chicago this December at Xmas.
If you want to punctuate the frolic events with some adventure, a road trip to Wisconsin Dells & nearby Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin or visiting Galena, Illinois for its pretty drive and the quaint town of Galena would suit you fine. You can rent an economical car with us for a comfortable ride; moreover, a car rental proves highly convenient even if you are commuting within Chicago.
9. Why Visit Washington DC, this December?
If you are looking forward to experiencing the spirit of Christmas in Washington DC with your family and friends, expect a myriad of things waiting to be explored this holiday season. Every year many communities in and around Washington organize tree lighting ceremonies; besides the lively musical performances and other special events, various tours are also arranged which cover decorated historic houses.
National Christmas tree, Christmas Light Display, Candlelight tours at various museums in Virginia and Maryland, Scottish Walk Weekend, Holiday Shows and Concerts are some of the highlights of ‘things-to-do in Washington, this Christmas’.
10. Christmas in Phoenix
Many people think that Phoenix is all about Sunshine and that holiday spirit is never that strong here, but it is not the whole truth! The whole truth is that from Mid-November till December end, Phoenix becomes the place of ultimate festivities such that one can attend a holiday event nearly every day over the duration of 6 weeks. Christmas at the Princess, Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail, Handel Messiah at the Phoenix Symphony, Nutcracker by Ballet Arizona, Zoo-lights, Glendale, City skate Ice Rink and Las Noches de las Luminarias are some of the things that you can enjoy in Phoenix, this December.
What else? Phoenix is also famous for its scenic drives- various intra-city road trips which allow you to visit places like Wrigley Mansion, or beautiful sight-seeing at the Apache Trail; hence, if it suits you, have a look at the neighborhood draped in Xmas spirit in the convenience of a car rental.