There’s not a single all-American way of celebrating Christmas. Each US city has a different way of enjoying the holidays. However, a few of them are much more festive than others. Here’s a list of some US cities with the most Christmas spirit.
Cities With The Most Christmas Spirit You Might Want To Visit
New York City is almost always at the top list of the most Christmassy cities. After all, the Big Apple’s cityscape can never be too bright. Every year before Thanksgiving, The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit up by the city mayor to officially celebrate the holidays. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade follows the day after.
Shoppers can also get their holiday bargains from the Union Square Holiday Market. For those who prefer more physically-demanding (but still enjoyable) activities, you can go sledding in Central Park in Manhattan.
Countless movies are also produced to take place in New York City during its famously-adored White Christmas. Films like Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, When Harry Met Sally, The Night Before, and many more are set in NYC; this goes to show that New York City is (and will always be) associated with Christmas.
A Chicago winter is right up Santa and his reindeer’s alley. That’s why Chicagoans do not fall short on ice skating rinks; Maggie Daley Park and Millenium Park can cater to your skating needs. If that wasn’t enough, Navy Pier’s Festival Hall is also transformed into an ice skating rink in case you’re not used to the Chicago climate.
Lincoln Park has a “ZooLights” event that you can walk around with you and your kids. Chicago also has the Christkindlmarket festival you can check out and enjoy.
It may not snow in LA, but the city is never short of Christmas celebrations. Disneyland becomes even more festive during the holidays— they redecorate the park for the season and call it the Disneyland Christmas Fantasy. For a more economical theme park option, Knott’s Berry Farm also has amusement rides, holiday shows, unique foods, and so on.
If you don’t believe Santa can endure the sunny Los Angeles weather, you can ask him yourself at The Grove.
If your city is named after the birthplace of the birthday celebrant and is nicknamed the Christmas City, then you know Yuletide there is taken very seriously. You can explore the Weihnachtsmarkt for handmade crafts from humble but skilled woodworkers.
While you’re in Bethlehem, you might as well learn more about the city’s history by viewing the Holiday Putz Trail to see the beautiful replicas of the Nativity through animals, buildings, and picturesque decorations.
Bostonians (dare I say) celebrate Christmas quite differently. The chilly city and its residents are used to the weather patterns handed to them— it’s as though they’re immune to the season’s freezing temperatures. Therefore, we can’t blame them for having a good sense of humor, despite the cold.
Boston has an annual “SantaCon” where the city dwellers gather and show off their best Santa Claus attire and they parade throughout the city wearing it. An “Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl” is also set to take place. If you’re from the city or visiting it, please let us know what you Bostonians gather there for— is it a competition about ugly sweaters, or not?
Festivity In Its Ultimate Form
We can all thank our country for being a melting pot of cultures and for the different ways Christmas is celebrated. Your hometown may not be listed as being one of the cities with the most Christmas spirit in blogs or in print, and the traditions may be different per individual — family, surroundings, cultures, and hometowns — but the spirit of Christmas lives on as a country.
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