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Does it make you mad when department stores flood their shelves with holiday merchandise the day after Halloween? Not us! We think the sooner the holiday season starts, the better, because from coast to coast, the United States is awash with festive activities – from sparkling boat parades to dazzling Queen parades! We’ve created a new holiday activity calendar for travelers – one for each day in the December before Christmas.
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The Eight Nights of Hanukkah (November 28 – December 5) kicks off early this year, and once again San Francisco celebrates the beloved Jewish holiday with its annual celebration Bill Graham’s Menorah Project, which is the daily lighting of its giant candelabra in Union Square (also shown virtually).
If you thought the Griswolds lights up their house for the holidays, wait until you’ve wandered the streets of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Ozarks lights (November 20-January 1) Featuring over 40,000 downtown lights, plus holiday music and winter sweets for everyone.
If your moves are full of wine, head to the charming Walla Walla of Washington Weekend barrel tasting holiday (3 – 5 December). Think three days of wine, art, food, and music. Reward: Annual Otherwise, the procession of lights Happening the same weekend!
Instead of Merry Christmas, how about a Holly Foley (December 3-5) One in Provincetown, Massachusetts, featuring Holly Foley, Hop and Stroll, Jungle Bell Run and brunch, and a holiday performance from the Boston Gay Choir?
everything is ready! Sunny Tampa, Florida goes all out this season thanks Winter Village in Curtis Hickson Park (November 19-January 2) Where visitors can order a festive drink from the Icicle Craft Kitchen, snowshoe with views of the Tampa Riverwalk, pick up gifts from Winter Village stores, or ride on Curtis Hixon Choo Choo.
Skip the skiing and instead head to Christmas at Gaylord Rockies (November 19 – January 2) in Aurora, Colorado. This resort dazzles with its loft loft, snow tubes, gingerbread nook and its multi-sensory experience. Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf.
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The best place for snowboarding in the country is…of course Honolulu! lace in winter wishes (December 1-24) at the Hawaii Convention Center that gets full holiday arrangements. Check also file Chinatown Winter Walk And The 37th Annual Honolulu City Lights.
The city of North Pole, Alaska (near Fairbanks) is the most famous…Wait…Christmas! Go to santa claus house Where visitors can shop at Santa’s workshop, take a picture with Santa on a sleigh, and visit Antler Academy – where reindeer live.
Talk about the holiday spirit: Christmas country (November 12-January 2) at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort in Nashville offers 3 million festive lights, wagon rides, carol workers, photos with Santa, winter activities in Pinetop Village, and an Oak Ridge Boys holiday show.
can Disney’s Magic Kingdom become more magical? Yes, it can thanks to good festive times (starting November 12) in Orlando park including seasonal décor, limited-time treats, light projections, and a new event featuring character viewing and fireworks. Get your advance tickets here and earn Orbucks travel dollars to boot.
You are brave, right? If so, put on some gay clothes (preferably a red speedo) and take to the streets for Santa Speedo RunOne mile on Metro Atlanta. If you’re braver, you can do the run in Chicago or Boston, where the event originated. brrrrr!
show yourself. There is a year-round vacation store in Michigan that is 1.5 times the size of a football field. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland Frankenmuth’s is the largest of its kind and offers everything from indoor and outdoor decor to nativity scenes, Santa suits, and more.
Heading to Sin City for Christmas vegetarian-cation? If you feel the need for speed, head to twinkling lights (November 12 – January 9) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This amazing drive-through holiday features 3 million lights and 170 lit trees spread over a 2.5-mile track.
While Houston’s animals nap, wander into a 125-foot-high light tunnel, perch on an ice throne, and snap a social distancing photo with Santa Fe zoo lights (November 15 – January 9), an annual tradition at the Houston Zoo.
It’s the season for you! Join hosts Trinity the Tuck and Monét X Change in Tulsa for an amazing sex bend Cloud Queen’s birthday. Not in Oklahoma? (Oh wait, it’s Oklahoma.) No problem; This show tours throughout the holiday season.
Even in sunny SoCal, it’s best to wear a jacket at night, especially while watching festively decorated yachts, boats, and kayaks sail along the harbor for 113y annual Newport Beach Christmas Light Cruise (December 15-19), a beloved tradition in Orange County.
How about a bird’s-eye look for the holidays? After sipping wine and sampling snacks at the Strobal Winery in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, board a helicopter for Twilight Journeys, Helicopter flight over town and Falls Park Winter Wonderland. Reservation required.
There are in many cities, but who would refuse stripe crawling ugly sweater In the Blue Ridge brew capital of Asheville, North Carolina? Admission includes a holiday tee, discounted drink prices, a digital map of the crawl, and a Ugly Sweater After Party.
Head to historic Olvera Street in Los Angeles, and join the city’s vibrant Latino community hostel (December 16-24), a nine-night celebration of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem featuring bilingual chants, structures, and live entertainment.
Need a skull ornament over your tree or teeth shaped earrings for that special someone? head up Blue Jenny Art Bazaar (November 19-December 24) An annual holiday in Austin, Texas, it’s home to all kinds of weird and wonderful goods made by local artisans.
Certainly more naughty than cute, Allways Lounge & Theater is a queer cabaret space tucked away in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. Pack yourself for one night just for All I Want On XXXmas Is You: A Tribute To Mariah Carey (In the clouds of course).
Have you ever dreamed of rushing through the snow through thousands of wild elk? pack on layers for Sleigh ride at Elk National Refuge (December 14-23, and during spring) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, wave to hundreds of grazing elk, plus coyotes, foxes, bison, and more.
Shopping for last minute gifts? look no further than Christkindle Market (November 19-December 24), an annual Chicago tradition inspired by the city’s German immigrants and featuring grilled sausages, spiced wine, festive music, and vendors from Germany selling handmade Christmas decorations.
Wondering if Santa Claus hangs out in Santa Fe? If you are vacationing in New Mexico, head to the famous Spanish capital for its annual getaway Christmas Eve Farolito Walk Where the galleries-lined valley road is lit up by thousands of Farolito Islands – aka glowing lanterns.
It’s the most amazing time of the year… in New York City. Head to Midtown to see the icon Rockefeller Christmas treeStroll through the ornate display windows at Bloomie’s, Macy’s, and Sax, then take the metro to Brooklyn to explore the dazzling Decker Heights Holiday Lights.
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