Christmas and New Year’s is celebrated all over the world, with many major cities offering huge celebrations for residents and those visiting for the holidays. In fact, some cities may even go a little overboard when it comes to planning holiday celebrations. But that is what makes these cities so magical and must-visit destinations when looking for somewhere to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
The Pathway of Peace, the walkway leading up to the National Christmas Tree at the White House is illuminated every day from dusk until 11 p.m. A tradition since 1923, today one tall blue spruce and 56 smaller trees — representing the holiday spirit of the 50 states, five territories, and District of Columbia — are planted in the Ellipse, the grassy area just south of the White House. There is also a National Menorah on the White House grounds during the eight-day Chanukah celebration. Hot latkes are served, the U.S. Navy Band performs, and dreidels spin during the lighting ceremony. While in town, stop by ICE! at the Gaylord National, featuring ten colorful scenes sculpted from two-million pounds of ice
Wheeling, West Virginia
One town that takes the holiday spirit seriously is Wheeling — especially if you are looking to be wow-ed by Christmas lights. Set in the hills above the Woodsdale area of Wheeling is the main attraction, Oglebay’s Winter Festival of Lights. This six-mile drive is decked out in one of the largest Christmas light displays in the country. There’s a twinkling snowflake tunnel, a six-story tall poinsettia wreath, and more. Even Snoopy and the gang make an appearance! Other holiday activities in Wheeling include the “Fantasy in Lights” Christmas parade, and a special, ongoing Christmas party at the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum. If you need some extra cash for Christmas presents, cross your fingers and hope for a Christmas miracle as you play the slots at Wheeling Island.
Los Angeles, California
L.A is an amazing place, providing great entertainment on every year for Christmas party. With its soothing weather the city can make you feel great. The entire Hollywood Christmas parade lights up with the festival spirit. Every street or path of this place decorates with dazzling lights. After the thanks giving day people start to decorate this place. You definitely should visit the Disneyland and enjoy the traditional rides and other activities.
For more than six decades, homeowners on Baltimore’s 34th street have been going all out every year to wow visitors with light displays. One house has trains on the roof and another displays Christmas trees made from hub caps. There’s even a ball drop on New Year’s Eve. (Christmas Street, 11/26 – 1/2)
New York, New York
You cannot help but get in the holiday spirit when you stroll the streets of New York City during the Christmas season. Everything from the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is the perfect enhancement to anyone’s holiday vacation, plus all of the fine dining, shows and shopping you can do while visiting the Big Apple. If you have not experienced Christmas in New York, you need to add it to your wish list this year.