Many winter wonderland fantasies come true, When it comes to Christmas in the United States. Majority of Communities across the country embrace the season, from horse-drawn sleigh rides past windows aglow with candles, to meet-and-greets with real reindeer. Christmas cookies and hot chocolate are a must, and city streets sparkle with brightly coloured lights.
Here are five top destinations to step into a postcard-worthy white Christmas of your own-
- Chicago, Illinois - The biggest city in the Midwest. Chicago's upscale shopping avenue the Magnificent Mile is decorated with million-plus holiday twinkle lights. The Navy Pier is also beautifully decorated with the Winter WonderFest that features more than 24 rides and a massive indoor skating ring. Downtown’s Christkindlmarket, which runs from late November through Christmas Eve offers holiday shoppers handicrafts such as nutcrackers and ornaments, as well as traditional treats like potato pancakes, bratwurst and glühwein, a warm, spiced holiday wine that comes with its own souvenir mug.
- Aspen, Colorado - Aspen, Colorado, known as a winter wonderland with 4.5 meters of average annual snowfall. This Rocky Mountain town is located 319 kilometers southwest of Denver. It is famous for sublime skiing and luxurious living, but it’s the charm of Christmas that wins over visitors at this time of year. The annual 12 Days of Aspen celebration features events such as Victorian carolers in the lobby of the Jerome Hotel, free family skating parties, ornament-making and holiday-card-making parties. Kids will love a visit with Santa’s reindeer (yes, real reindeer), as well as free hot chocolate and cookies at the busy Cooper Avenue Mall.
- Door County, Wisconsin - Wisconsin’s rural Door County Peninsula draws visitors in the summer for its famed cherry pies and fish boils, as well as more than 480 kilometers of shoreline. During winter this area is entirely covered with snowier attractions, which is about 250 kilometers north of Milwaukee. Tiny communities from Sturgeon Bay in the south to Sister Bay in the north host events from gingerbread-house-making classes to holiday parades, but food lovers wouldn’t want to miss the progressive holiday dinner weekends, hosted by the White Gull Inn and Thorp House Inn in Fish Creek. After appetizers at Thorp House, guests are transported via horse-drawn carriage down decorated streets to the White Gull Inn for the soup, main course, salad and dessert.
- Taos, New Mexico - Taos, New Mexico, is a high-desert community that’s home to artists’ colonies and outdoor enthusiasts keen to ski at Taos Ski Valley. Spanish traditions are prevalent in Yuletide in Taos, such as the brightly glowing luminarias that grace historic Ledoux Street, with Mexican traditions such Las Posadas. Reenacting Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging, carolers serenade an individual house, asking for shelter, with followers trailing behind holding candles. Native Americans have inhabited Taos Pueblo for more than 1,000 years, and the community plays host on Christmas Eve to vespers led by the archbishop of Santa Fe followed by the torchlight procession of the Virgin Mary.
- Boston, Massachusetts - Boston, Massachusetts, is a site of many notable historic events such as the Boston Tea Party. Colonial history comes to life each year at Christmas, with holiday celebrations taking place at historic venues citywide. Boston has the two largest Christmas trees, one in Boston Common, founded in 1634, and one at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which dates to 1742. The Faneuil Hall will also have a light show featuring more than 350,000 LED lights used to illuminate the skyline that are set to festive songs. Holiday concerts by the one of the country’s most well-known symphonies, the Boston Pops, run at Symphony Hall throughout the month as well.
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