As the weather gets colder, the drinks hotter, and the blankets softer, we’re starting to hear happy jingles and feel the magic of the holiday season. So if you’re looking for the best places to go this holiday season, we’ve got you covered!
Of course, nothing says Christmas better than a visit to Santa’s house. Thus, the city of North Pole, AKis essentially the Christmas town. There are events (including Santa Claus!) throughout the year, as well as a special festival in December. However, if a trip to Alaska is too far for you, don’t worry. We also have great alternatives. Keep reading to discover the most popular places in the United States to visit this holiday season.
We’ve ranked 50 Christmas markets and holiday attractions based on their online ratings, as well as their popularity determined by the number of Google searches and social media followers. Here is what we found:
Top 10 Places to Visit This Holiday Season
10. Union Square Holiday Market
- Total points: 69
- When: November 17 to December 24, 2022
- Where: New York, NY
- Website: usqholiday.nyc
Christmas in New York is already on many people’s wish lists, and the Union Square Holiday Market is a must. With over 150 vendors offering food and drink, as well as showcasing their crafts, this festival is the place to find the perfect local gifts for Christmas. A list of events and shows is also available for your visit to this market to ensure you get the most out of Christmas.
9. Christmas Town
ChristmasVille at Rock Hill is a four-day event filled with festivities that you’re sure to enjoy with friends and family. Ice skating, treats, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday decor and family activities await you during this holiday. Stroll through the beautifully decorated aisles and enjoy the atmosphere of a perfect Christmas.
8. Carmel Christmas Market
The Christkindlmarkt in Carmel is a celebration of Christmas traditions and customs inspired by authentic German markets. Apart from food and drink, the event also brings together famous carpenters who showcase their craftsmanship through exhibitions and demonstrations. Here, small wooden cabins surround the main attraction of the market – an outdoor skating rink, which is definitely one of the must-do activities in this market.
7. German Tomball Festival
A three-day festival dedicated to the spirit of Christmas, the Tomball German Fest is a celebration-filled event, featuring three stages with live music; family activities; and an open-air market in the Old Town that features antiques and unique items that might make the perfect Christmas gift you’ve been looking for. Take the free shuttle to see the entire event; revel in live music and performances; enjoy the parade and traditional German cuisine; and discover the contests and events organized especially for the participants.
6. Prelude to Christmas in Kennebunkport
The Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude began as a way of saying thank you to the people of this town. Now it’s a beloved event filled with both Christmas customs and local traditions. In addition to tree lighting ceremonies, the Christmas Prelude features parades; meetings with Father Christmas (who rides on a lobster boat); and the famous Lobster Bake – an event that serves hundreds of people and is also a fundraiser for the city.
5. Christmas Market
The Christkindlmarket is one of the most popular markets in the United States, starting in Chicago and expanding to several other locations as well. It’s a celebration that pays homage to German Christmas markets, bringing together local and international artisans and vendors, as well as an already famous specialty: mulled wine imported from Germany. Explore the open-air market and enjoy family events, as well as cross-cultural activities planned specifically for visitors to Christkindlmarket.
4. Cambria Christmas Market
Inspired by traditional German markets, the Cambria Christmas Market is a celebration that brings all of Christmas together to the public. Here, artisan vendors sell traditional food and drink, including gingerbread, roasted nuts, and mulled wine. Meanwhile, fire pits and live music create an enchanting atmosphere, and the fun train ride is sure to be an attraction for the many visiting children. Speaking of children, what could be more exciting than a visit from Santa Claus, who often makes an appearance here during the celebrations.
3. Christmas Village in Philadelphia
- Total points: 86
- When: November 19 to 24, 2022
- Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Website: philachristmas.com
The Philadelphia Christmas Village is an outdoor Christmas market inspired by traditional German markets. During the celebrations, vendors set up wooden stalls from which they serve Christmas food, sweets and drinks that fill the air with delicious aromas. As tradition dictates, they also sell handcrafted trinkets, holiday gifts, ornaments, and various arts and crafts – perfect gifts for friends who are filled with the Christmas spirit.
2. Natchitoches Christmas Festival
What started as a one day event has grown over the years and is now a six week celebration full of events and shows to enjoy. Notably, the Natchitoches Christmas Festival is a tour de force, bringing audiences a wide range of festive cuisine; fireworks; a parade; a gala ; Santa’s house; a competition for Christmas queens; and thousands of Christmas lights forming unique displays and featuring famous sets built to represent the spirit of Christmas.
1. Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights neighborhood is home to some of the most intricate and intricate Christmas decorations, and residents here have started a business to take tourists on special tours to spread Christmas cheer. Admire the incredible Christmas lights, savor the Christmas spirit, and be sure to taste delicious hot chocolate while strolling through the neighborhood.
Where are you going this vacation time? If you check out our recommendations, be sure to tag us in your photos so we can see all the Christmas fun you’re having!
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This ranking was based on researching winter vacation attractions across the United States.
- Average rating on Google and Facebook – 35%
- Google search volume – 30%
- Number of hashtags on Instagram – 20%
- Number of Facebook followers – 15%
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