Christmas is one of the most important and widely celebrated holidays of the year. Christmas in USA is filled with spectacular lights and unparalleled celebrations. Here are our top destinations that showcase some of the best local flavors of America’s Christmas period.
Chicago, being the biggest city in the Midwest, is big on Christmas celebrations too. The famous Magnificent Mile of the city has one of the most spectacular displays of holiday lights. Millions of twinkling lights adorn 200 trees making Chicago’s most upscale shopping street resemble a dreamy Christmas tale. The Navy Pier is another hotspot for celebrations and is famous for its Winter Wonderfest. The festivities, thoroughly enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, features a massive indoor skating rink and over 24 rides, guaranteeing an unforgettable fun time. Not to miss is downtown’s Christkindlmarket which is another shopper’s hotspot for unique holiday handicrafts, ornaments, nutcrackers, and more. The market which runs from late November through Christmas eve also offers a scrumptious platter of traditional treats such as bratwurst, pancakes, and the very special glühwein, a warm spiced holiday wine served in a customized souvenir mug.
Boston is a city steeped in historic and cultural significance, where these holidays are celebrated with special attention to detail. The city’s roots go back to the Revolutionary War and the Boston Tea Party, which influenced Boston to become one of the most important cities in North America. Each year during Christmas, the USA’s Colonial history is celebrated as the holiday festivities reach spectacular levels across various historic venues. Boston is famous for its two large Christmas trees; one at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which dates to 1742, and the other at Boston Common, founded in 1634. The 7-minute Blink! Light show at Faneuil Hall features over 350,000 LED lights illuminating the Boston skyline in the backdrop of festive songs. A local touch during Christmas and the holidays are concerts by the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall that run all month long.
Kansas City, Missouri
The next destination in this list with a spectacular Christmas with a local flavour is Kansas City, Missouri. The city is an ideal destination all year round, but the holiday season is when it shines the most. Kansas City’s Spanish architectural influence dates back to 1923 when Country Club Plaza was opened with much success. Today, Spanish-style buildings and wide boulevards thronging with people at gourmet restaurants and high-end retail shops are a testament to cultural hybridization over the years. All 15 blocks of the plaza are beautifully lit up with thousands of multi-colored lights from the Thanksgiving weekend and continue till mid-January. To experience local flavors in more depth, take a tour of the lit up plaza on a horse-drawn carriage.
The 372,000-square-meter Mega Cavern in the city of Louisville is created by a massive limestone quarry. This is the largest building in the state, although situated underground. This 27-kilometer-long underground passageway transforms into a drive-throughwith incredible light shows during the winter holiday season each year. The décor features over 2 million multicolored lights and over 850 lit characters, some of which are 7 meters tall. If you have a car of your own, make sure to drive through this 30-minute-long passageway, to come out with one of the most stunning and magnificent Christmas memories of your life.