Have yourself a merry little Christmas in the USA

For most Americans, Christmastime is the most joyous time of the year, where families and friends can gather together and enjoy a holiday of true festivity; while some cities ‘light up,’ embellishing the streets in bright colourful lights and decorations, other towns host superb musical performances, late night shopping and much more. There’s no doubt then that America is a popular place to visit during Christmas. We’ve put together some of the best places to visit in the USA during the festive period.

New York City

Although New York is already a popular destination to visit all-year round, it’s especially spectacular at Christmastime, thanks to it many holiday traditions. Join the special ceremony and musical performances at Rockefeller Center, home to the giant tree, where international travellers and Americans alike gather to celebrate the lighting of the famous tree.

Wonderfully decorated in bright lights and Christmas sparkle, the streets of NYC are simply stunning during the festive period. New York’s famous department stores also exhibit fantastic holiday-themed window displays, in addition to the ultimate shopping experience.

Also home to an extensive range of large department stores and superb shopping, ideal for those in search of a few unique gifts for Christmas (and a few gifts on your own wish list!), it’s no surprise NYC is such a popular destination for Christmas shoppers and those looking to while away their Christmas in ultimate American tradition.


If you’re in search of a White Christmas, or at least a wintery climate, then Chicago is the place for you. Famous for its big city activities, such as the Christkindlmarkt, a German Christmas market packed with plenty of crafts and gifts, amongst a spread of German food and drink. See Chicago ‘light up’ at the Magnificent Mile, where millions of lights illuminate the city.

Chicago is also home to a giant Christmas tree, which stands tall in Daley Plaza.

A place for everyone at Christmas

Consider a Christmas skiing holiday in cool Colorado, where snowy slopes and cosy chalets make for an equally relaxing and adventurous time. Home to the resort towns of Aspen and Vail, Colorado is ideal for families in search of a true skiing adventure.

For those seeking a White Christmas full of white sand and not snow, consider a holiday in Florida, which offers a mild climate all year round. Spend your holidays laying on the beach or visit Disney World if you’re travelling with the kids.

Apply for your ESTA

If you’re planning a trip to the USA then don’t forget to apply for your ESTA, which is essentially an American Visa. Apply online for yours today.

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