Many people experience the same Christmas year after year. You wake up Christmas morning, watch the kids open their gifts and eat breakfast together. You spend the rest of the day watching the kids play with their toys as you rush around and try to get dinner ready and on the table before your holiday guests arrive. This year is the perfect year to try something new. Instead of rushing around and trying to make everyone else happy, why not make yourself happy with one of the best places to celebrate Christmas?

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina ranks as one of the best places to celebrate Christmas in the United States and around the world. The Drayton Hall Plantation pulls out all the bells and whistles with plenty of holiday decorations on display and a spiritual group singing hymns and Christmas tunes outside. You can spend hours just driving around town and taking in the various neighborhoods that go all out with decorations. While downtown, make sure that you taste the local eggnog and try the freshly roasted pecans grown in the state that local carts offer for sale.

New York City, New York

New York city at Christmas

There are so many things to see and do around New York City during the holidays that you can spend all month there without seeing everything. Number one on your list of must-see locations is Rockefeller Center. The Christmas tree on display is like nothing you ever saw before, and you can burn off some calories ice skating at the rink that pops up when the temperature drops. Don’t forget about FAO Schwartz either. This landmark toy store has dozens of displays and thousands of decorations that will bring out the kid in you.

Santa Claus, Indiana

The town of Santa Claus, Indiana loves Christmas so much that it named itself after the iconic man in the red suit. You can mail letters to the town’s post office, and the post office will mail back letters to your kids from Santa himself. If you decide to make the trip yourself, you’ll want to swing by Holiday World. This theme park has four separate sections, each one devoted to a different holiday. You can also stop by the massive Santa statue in the center of town and actually meet Santa during scheduled events.

Frankenmuth, Michigan

Few cities in the world do as much during the holidays as Frankenmuth, Michigan does. The city bills itself as one of the few cities in the world where it is always Christmas. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is one of the top attractions in the area. This shop has thousands of different Christmas decorations for sale, and you can buy personalized gifts for every member of your family. You’ll also want to look at the displays downtown and visit Little Bavaria to see even more decorations and nosh on hot chocolate, sugar cookies and other classic holiday treats.

No matter where you go, you can celebrate the holidays away from home this year. Follow Outdoor Traveler on Facebook and Twitter and other frequent travelers to learn more about great holiday getaways. You and the rest of your family will love having the chance to get away and enjoy holiday activities and attractions away from home.

Where is your favorite place to spend the holidays?


Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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