07 Dec Best Places to Celebrate Christmas
Christmas time is all about tradition. Cities and countries have their own seasonal traditions, and families and individuals have their own special traditions they celebrate. People get set in their ways and either look forward to these celebrations every year, or dread them (just because it’s tradition, doesn’t mean it’s fun!). We’re here to tell you to shake up the Christmas traditions you know and love and plan to spend the holiday somewhere new and exciting.
Here are four of the best places to celebrate Christmas that offer their own unique and interesting traditions. Where would you like to travel to?
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston puts their own unique spin on classic holiday traditions. This includes roasting pecans instead of chestnuts, drinking their eggnog spiked with bourbon, and choirs singing spiritual songs at the Drayton Hall plantation. What’s on the Christmas Day dinner menu? She Crab soup! They also celebrate the holiday flower, the poinsettia, on December 12th every year.
Want to see Santa scuba dive? Check out the Scuba Claus is Coming to Town in the Great Ocean Tank throughout the month. You can also see James Island County Park come alive with beautiful lights and illuminations. And what holiday season would be complete without a holiday-themed pub crawl that hits up all the local hotspots?
This classic New England town offers a cozy ambience to celebrate the season. Nothing is prettier than Beacon Hill’s cobblestoned streets covered in snow, or the beautiful skyline on a winter’s night. You can also celebrate the ghosts of all the Christmases past with the Christmas Revels at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.
Boston also offers a fabulous ice skating rink in the Boston Common and street performers over at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Symphony Hall plays host to The Nutcracker and the Holiday Pops. Not to mention just walking up and down the streets decked with lights and carolers.
Key West, Florida
Beyond the warm and sunny weather you may want to retreat to during the month of December, Key West has some unique offerings for the holiday season. The palm trees are decked out with ribbons and lights, historic inns are decorated to the nines, and even the cars get decorated for a Holiday Classic Car Show.
A truly spectacular event is the Annual Lighted Boat Parade. Boat owners work for weeks to deck out their boats in lights and decor and sail through the Key West Bight for all to see. You can also take a ride on the Holly Jolly Trolley Holiday Tour to see the lights across the island—complete with cookies and cider.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
If you really want to say Feliz Navidad, a Christmas in Mexico could be just what you need. This cultural hot spot is the perfect location of festive Christmas celebrations. There are theatrical processions all around the town, posadas reenactments, fireworks, live music, and dining.
Local Christmas delicacies include ponche, a Mexican hot toddy made of fruits and brandy, and rosca de reyes which is a sweet, delicious bread.
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