Sure, being home for the holidays can be a treat – but heading out to explore festive destinations during the season has its appeal, too. While locales in the old country, such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, often top lists for the most magical celebrations, we decided to look a bit closer to home, focusing on the USA. It turns out that America has its own, generous share of quaint and cozy holiday towns – we’ve collected a few of our favorites here for you:
Boston, Massachusetts: If you’re looking for old-world charm, Boston’s your city. Narrow, brick building-lined streets with traditional lampposts are draped in evergreen boughs and lights. If the weather cooperates, you’ll be treated to snow. And who can forget the Boston Pops and their famous performances of “Sleigh Ride” and a host of other holiday tunes?
Durango, Colorado: Horse-pulled sleigh rides, hitting the slopes, and sipping rum toddies in a saloon – Durango offers an authentic Old West Christmas experience in a more low-key atmosphere than some of the states’ ritzier ski towns. For the adventurous, there’s also exploring the (possibly) snow-dusted cliff dwellings of nearby Mesa Verde National Park.
Key West, Florida: If it’s a respite from the cold that you’re after, Key West delivers balmy temperatures combined with historical charm, including Harry Truman’s Little White House – decked out for the holidays just as the Trumans decorated it in the 1940s and 1950s. A lighted boat parade, the Conch Train tour of lights, and lobster trap Christmas tree on the waterfront add to the unique atmosphere of this season in the Keys.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: This Southwestern outpost exudes a charm all its own year-round, but the holidays are particularly magical. Historic Santa Fe Plaza is festooned in lights, and glowing luminarias line many a path or adobe wall – small paper bags filled with sand and candles that are lit by hand each evening.
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia: Quaint describes this destination at any time, but the holidays are particularly cozy. Dance, make a toast, and join the Christmas party at Raleigh Tavern. Stroll the streets with an in-character guide for insight into colonial holidays. Or simply enjoy the decorations, including period-perfect displays of evergreen and fruit.
San Antonio, Texas: A towering tree in front of The Alamo, the European-style Riverwalk glittering with lights, a river parade, seasonal tamale making, and more – San Antonio serves up the holidays with a big side of Texas hospitality.
Whether you’re roaming afar or staying close to home this season, inject a bit of magic into your holidays by seeking out special opportunities that will put you and your family in the holiday spirit!
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