7. Delray Beach, Florida
Fly to: Palm Beach International Airport
This beach in Florida can offer you the best of both worlds – a sunny, beach-side escape with plenty of holiday-related activities to occupy those wishing to still celebrate Christmas in all of the traditional ways. Be sure to visit the town’s 100-foot-tall Christmas tree displayed proudly in the center of the town. After which you can take a stroll around the downtown area for amazing holiday shopping and beach-themed restaurants.
Tip: If traveling as a couple, stay at Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas which will surely turn up the heat in your relationship – even in the dead of winter.
8. Sierra Madre, California
Fly to: Bob Hope Airport
This city, located outside of Pasadena, provides the idyllic backdrop for a truly traditional Christmas experience. Take a walk along Baldwin Avenue which features 100-year-old Craftsman homes and antique shops decked out in bows and lights.
Tip: Sierra Madre provides an outstanding number of recreational trails to choose from all of which showcase the stunning landscapes surrounding the city.
9. Las Vegas, Nevada
Fly to: McCarren International Airport
Las Vegas may not be the first place your mind goes to when imagining the idyllic Christmas experience. Though the city has always provided a colorful and jolly display of holiday cheer. The most impressive display of this cheer might be encapsulated in the impressive display of lights and holiday music at The Bellagio Fountains. Bonus: it’s free to the public. After a trip to the fountains, make the short trek to The Bellagio Conservatory, where the South Garden is decorated every year with thousands of lights, poinsettias and a Christmas tree over 40 feet tall.
Tip: The Treasure Island hotel in downtown Las Vegas features an array of entertainment including live shows, shopping, bars, and restaurants.
10. Santa Claus, Indiana
Fly to: Louisville International Airport
This destination has you covered with year-round Christmas-themed entertainment like the Santa Claus Museum & Village and the Santa Claus Christmas Store, teeming with thousands of unique holiday finds. The first three weekends in the month is best to visit – when the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration puts on a fabulous display of lights, holiday-related activities and plenty of milk and cookies.
Tip: Located on West Christmas Boulevard, Santa’s Lodge is a great place to rest after a long day of sight-seeing.
11. Alexandria, Virginia
Fly to: Ronald Reagan National Airport
Alexandria is just minutes away from the heart of Washington, D.C. It has become a top destination for Christmas aficionados all across the country. A stroll along King Street, with its canopy of twinkling lights and historical buildings, boasts an impressive ambiance, along with a number of unique restaurants and shops. After this landlocked venture, head over to the water and see the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights which is followed by The District’s Holiday Boat Parade, in which thousands of lights are employed to create a truly festive collection of lights against the water.
Tip: Taste some of the most authentic Cajun and Creole food in the south at RT’s Restaurant in downtown Alexandria.