It’s December and the Holiday season has officially begun! Neighbors are stringing up lights on their houses, decorated trees are popping up in windows, and the shopping frenzy is in full force. One of the best things about the Holidays is the amount of events and activities you and your friends and family can participate in together. Whether your Christmas is snow-filled and chilly or a balmy 70 degrees, all around the country there are awesome and unique things to do that will get you into the Holiday spirit. We’ve listed below some super cool places you should visit if you get the chance!
1. Winter at Graceland in Memphis, TN—Take a tour of Graceland for the holidays, featuring decorations Elvis himself enjoyed for Christmas at his beloved Memphis home, including Presley family Christmas gifts and artifacts.
2. Celebrate the Holidays at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia— Experience Colonial traditions of Christmases past, with the warm glow of candlelight, seasonal music, festive decorations and holiday celebrations.
3. Christkindlmarket in Chicago, IL—Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545, the Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago.
4. Annual Tree Lighting and Festivities in Kalazmazoo, MI—See live reindeer at Santa's Workshop, watch talented artists create ice sculptures, or listen to a reading by Kalamazoo City Commissioners of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'!
5. Santa's Village in Huntsville, AL—This holiday attraction was created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. Visit the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home!
6. Disney World Holidays in Orlando, FL—The Resort glitters with breathtaking light displays, jubilant caroling, holiday storytelling, nightly snow flurries and more.
7. Ice Skating in Rockefeller Center in NYC—The world-famous ice rink at Rockefeller Center has been a quintessential NYC experience for generations, set against the unique urban backdrop of Rockefeller Center's sparkling lights and holiday tree. Bring your friends, family and loved ones to make magical memories on ice that you will cherish for years to come.
8. Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker" at the Opera House— A dazzling holiday tradition for the entire family! Critics called the production "the most magical version of The Nutcracker"—see it again or for the first time and be swept away in a winter wonderland.
9. Holiday Festival of Lights in Charleston, SC-- Featuring over 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a cherished holiday tradition for many families throughout Charleston and beyond. See sculptures made from over fifty tons of sand, handmade gingerbread houses, giant greeting cards created by local students, and a Victorian carousel.
10. Skiing in Aspen, Colorado— During the Christmas holiday, Aspen's four resorts host a range of special events on top of their already exciting entertainment scene. The 12 Days of Aspen include events like a White Wonderland Christmas Party, Holiday Torchlight Parade, s'mores-making parties and free ice skating.