Six Great Destinations to Visit Over the Holidays - Page 2
|Chicago’s Michigan Avenue during the holidays (Courtesy, City of Chicago)|
The happiest place on earth might just be the merriest place on earth, too. Disneyland lights up the holiday season with tons of sparkly decorations all over the park and castle. Of course there are parades with Disney characters, a Santa, and real reindeer, too. The park caps off the evenings with a “Believe…In Holiday Magic” fireworks show, with lots of color and even snow.
Chicago is host to one of the largest traditional German Christmas markets outside of Germany. The city’s first Christkindlesmarkt was held in 1996, and it now resides in Daley Plaza from the end of November through December. A tree-lighting celebration kicks off the season, and visitors can experience German traditions without having to fly to Europe. Walk through the small village under skyscrapers and feast on Bavarian pretzels and bratwurst. Plus, admission is always free.
Of course Austin, Texas, the “Live Music Capital of the World,” would have a Christmas carol sing-along through the streets of downtown. After you harmonize your way through “Jingle Bells,” make your way over to the annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, which has more live music and art that is 100 percent “Made in Austin.” Once the sun goes down, take in 37th Street, which is famous for the thousands of lights that are displayed during the holidays. Clark Griswold has nothing on these people.
South Deerfield, Massachusetts
If you’re one of those people who cannot get enough of Christmas, then head to Yankee Candle’s flagship store in Deerfield, Massachusetts, 15 miles south of the Vermont border. Year-round this store features an old-fashioned German-style Bavarian Village. Mr. and Mrs. Claus are always nearby to say hello to the good boys and girls. Tons of ornaments and decorations can be found, and snow falls from the ceiling to the delight of visitors.