Great Places to Spend the Holidays!

During the Christmas holiday season millions of Americans take to the nation’s roadways or hop on a plane to visit family and friends. Potential home buyers often take time over the holidays to visit dream destinations looking for the perfect vacation home. Others simply take advantage of the vacation time to visit popular holiday destinations across the United States to help them get into the holiday spirit. If you are able to travel during the holidays and want a destination that will really get you in the holiday spirit, consider one of the following cities:

New York City, NY – The Big Apple celebrates the holidays in a big way. Shop at the world famous FAO Schwarz toy store for last minute gifts while you are there and don’t miss the massive lighted tree outside Rockefeller Center. Home buyers who are considering a move to the Big Apple will be enchanted by the way the holidays transform the city.  

San Francisco, CAknown year-round for its arts, San Francisco truly shines during the holidays with the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker. Not only are residents of San Francisco able to enjoy the lit up streets that surrounding Union Square, they can spend some time on the ice skating rink with family and friends during this time of year. You can also enjoy holiday festivities like Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party where you are transported back to Victorian era. For more things to do during Christmas in San Francisco!

Chicago, ILChicago is worth visiting any time of the year but during the holidays Chicago really comes alive. Shopping is turned into an art form for adults while the children can visit Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science and Industry where they will see decorated trees representing over 50 countries or they can go ice skating in Millennium Park.

New Orleans, LA – in a city known for its own sense of style it should come as no surprise that New Orleans celebrates the holidays a bit differently than the rest of the country. New Orleans spends the entire month of December honoring its French heritage by celebrating Papa Noel with just about every square inch of real estate lit up and festively decorated. To view one of the most gorgeously decorated hallway in New Orleans, you can visit The Roosevelt in New Orleans this Christmas.

Orlando, FL – whether you actually have kids or you are still a big kid yourself Walt Disney World puts on a beautiful show at Christmas time. Cinderella’s castle is lit with thousands of lights, Disney characters dance down the streets in the Christmas Parade, fireworks go off every night, and snow actually falls from the sky in Florida! While you are there, potential home buyers can take the time to look for that perfect vacation home too!

North Pole, AK – yes, there really is a North Pole! For a truly unique experience, spend your holiday at the North Pole. Located southeast of Fairbanks, North Pole is home to the world’s largest fiberglass statue of Santa Claus which sits outside the Santa Claus House gift shop.

Whether you opt for the bright lights of New York City, the child-like wonder of Disney World, or the never-ending party atmosphere of New Orleans, traveling during the holidays only adds to the holiday fun!