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Need inspiration for what to do with family + friends this holiday season?

Here are some great options in our destination cities all around the USA to get you in the holiday spirit!


Atlanta, GA

GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS

WHAT:  Lights! Music! And Plants! The 30-acre facility is sure to delight you in their 8th year of this immersive holiday experience. Millions of lights line these natural wonders to highlight the beauty + grace of nature. Ticket prices are wide-ranging, depending on whether the visitor comes early in the week or on weekends during peak times. For more information or to purchase tickets, head to their website!

WHERE: 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309

WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - January 6, 2019, from 5PM - 11PM

CANDLELIGHT NIGHTS

WHAT: Stroll the Atlanta History Center’s beautifully decorated gardens + grounds by candlelight and be transported into the warm glow of the holiday season. Visit three historic houses to experience how Southerners celebrated Christmas during the pioneer days, the Civil War era, + the 1930s!   

WHERE: 130 W Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

WHEN: Friday, December 14, 2018 + Friday, December 21, 2018, from 5:30PM - 9:30PM

“SKATE THE SKY” ON PONCE CITY MARKET

WHAT: Climb to the roof terrace of famous Ponce City Market for ice skating. Ten stories above Ponce de Leon Avenue + overlooking the Atlanta BeltLine and Old Fourth Ward, the Rooftop Terrace features a 3,500 sq. ft. ice skating rink!  

WHERE: 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2018 - January 12, 2019,

Monday - Wednesday: 3PM - 10PM, Thursday - Friday: 3PM - 11PM, Saturday: 11AM - 11PM, and Sunday: 12PM - 9PM

CHRISTKINDL MARKET AT ATLANTA STATION

WHAT: Experience the city’s largest German Christmas Market. Enjoy German foods, beverages, +  handcrafted products for an authentic European holiday tradition. This enchanting market is suitable for adults + children alike, guaranteed to spread Christmas cheer.  

WHERE: 245 18th St, Atlanta, GA 30363

WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - Sunday, December 23, 2018, Wednesday - Saturday: 11AM - 9PM, Sunday: 12PM - 7PM

SANTA’S FANTASTICAL

WHAT: Discover immersive worlds that bring alive the spirit of the season through live performances, sensory experiences, + insta-worthy memories! Pro-tip: the experience takes 2 hours so make sure you get tickets online and are prepared beforehand!

WHERE: 1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy. Suite 300, Atlanta, GA  30338

WHEN: Friday, November 16, 2018 - December 11, 2018, Tuesday - Sunday, December 12 - 24, 2018, Open daily

Need more ATL inspo? Look no further!

Chicago, IL

ICE SKATING IN MILLENNIUM PARK

WHAT: Experience a classic tradition with a unique view of the downtown skyline! There are two options for skating in the park, the traditional rink, or the Skating Ribbon - a winding path that allows visitors to lap a path longer than a traditional rink! Both ice skating options have free admission + are open to the public for skating. Lessons Friday - Sunday one hour before the rink opens. Skate rental available!

WHERE: E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

WHEN: Friday, November 16, 2018 - Sunday, March 10, 2019: Monday - Thursday: 12PM - 8PM, Friday: 12PM - 10PM, Saturday - Sunday : 10AM - 9PM

ZOOLIGHTS

WHAT: Explore the famous Lincoln Park Zoo to witness twinkling lights, ice sculptures, + cold weather animals! Listen to Christmas carolers while enjoying a hot beverage at this beloved zoo.

WHERE: 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2018 - Sunday, January 6, 2019: 4:30AM - 9PM

CHRISKINDLMARKET

WHAT: Inspired by the seasonal tradition in Nuremburg, Germany, this open-air market is the best way to experience the holidays! Enjoy handcrafted German items, hot spiced wine, food, + much more!

WHERE: 50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

WHEN: Friday, November 16, 2018 - Monday, December 24, 2018: 11AM - 9PM

Denver, CO

DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK

WHAT: Downtown Denver invites you to join for skating at the Skyline Rink! Ice skating is free! You may bring your own skates or rent a pair for just $6-$8.

WHERE: 16th + Arapahoe, Denver, CO 80202

WHEN: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - Sunday, February 3, 2019, Monday - Thursday: 11AM - 7PM, Friday - Saturday: 10AM - 10PM, Sunday: 10AM - 6PM

BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT

WHAT: This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms the Denver Botanical Gardens into a twinkling winter wonderland. A do-not-miss holiday wonder with an interactive Lumenscape, a field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights. Tickets available online and in person.

WHERE: 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206

WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019, 5PM-9PM

ZOO LIGHTS

WHAT: Guests of this popular holiday tradition will experience a light safari with 60 brilliantly-illuminated acres of lights, featuring more than 150 animated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they're least expected.

WHERE: 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO 80205

WHEN: Friday, November 30, 2018 - Sunday, January 6, 2019, 5:30PM - 8:30PM

New Orleans, LA

CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS

WHAT: City Park’s famous oaks are swathed in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout 25 acres of the Park. Tickets available online or in person.

WHERE: 5 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

WHEN: Friday, November 30, 2018 - Tuesday, January 1, 2019, Friday - Saturday: 5PM - 11PM, Sunday - Thursday: 6PM - 10PM

HOLIDAY TEA AT WINDSOR COURT HOTEL

WHAT: Windsor Court’s lavish high tea gets decked out for the holidays each year, with tiny sandwiches, scones, desserts, tea, + cocktails. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (504) 596-4773.

WHERE: 300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130

WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2018 - December. 21, 2018, Friday - Saturday: 2PM, Saturday - Sunday: 11PM + 2PM

NOLA CHRISTMASFEST

WHAT: NOLA ChristmasFest is home to New Orleans’ only Indoor Ice Skating Rink! Practice your skating skills on this wonderful wintery 52 x 140 ft. rink of real ice. Skates will be available on site as well.

WHERE: 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130

WHEN: Thursday December 20, 2018 - Monday, December 31, 2018, Open Daily, 11AM - 9PM

REVEILLON DINNER

WHAT: Like Mardi Gras, reveillon dinners are a Catholic tradition that combine New Orleanians’ spiritual + physical appetites with Creole dining customs. Typically served after midnight mass + a day of fasting during the 19th century, they are now offered at many restaurants around town including Arnaud’s, Antoine’s, + Tujaque’s.

WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - Monday, December 31, 2018

WHERE: Many restaurants around the city

Philadelphia, PA

MACY’S IN CENTER CITY

WHAT: You might be thinking, really? A department store? But we say absolutely yes! The Christmas Light Show + Wanamaker Organ Concert at Macy’s has been a Philadelphia classic since 1956. Come to the famous Center City store — housed in the historic Wanamaker Building — to watch more than 100,000 bright, energy-efficient LED lights combine to create fantastic holiday images! After catching the show, head to the 3rd floor for the Dickens Christmas Village!

WHERE: 1300 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2018 - Monday, December 31, 2018, Showtimes: 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM, 6PM, 8PM

WINTER AT DILWORTH PARK

WHAT: Take in sweeping views of historic City Hall while ice skating, sipping hot chocolate, + experiencing a light show projected onto the building. In addition, enjoy the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market featuring local artists, designers, + crafters on the South end of the park!

WHERE: 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2018 - Sunday, February 24, 2019: Times vary by activity, check online for more info!

FRANKLIN SQUARE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

WHAT: A staple holiday event in Philadelphia’s Historic District. Enjoy thousands of twinkling lights that make up the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin!

WHERE: 6th + Race Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - Monday, December 31, 2018: Nightly, 4:30PM - 8PM

VIKINGS: BEYOND THE LEGEND

WHAT: Take a break from the holiday festivities + enjoy this viking exhibition at the Franklin Institute. 600 artifacts have traveled from the National Museum of Denmark to North America for the first time + shed light on the daily lives + society of Vikings!

WHERE: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - Wednesday, March 13, 2019: Daily: 9:30AM - 5PM

PHILLY POPS CHRISTMAS SHOW

WHAT: The largest standalone pops orchestra in the US presents their Christmas show featuring your favorite holiday classics. Enjoy Broadway performers + award winning choirs accompanying the orchestra for a world-class show!

WHERE: 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - Saturday, December 22, 2018: Showtimes vary, check online for more info!

Phoenix, AZ

CHRISTMAS AT THE PRINCESS

WHAT: Witness the resort transform into an enchanting winter wonderland during this annual festival. Visits with Santa, lights shows, + a 6,000 sq. ft. ice rink are all surrounded by the beauty of the Scottsdale desert and starry night sky!

WHERE: 7575 East Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

WHEN: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - Monday, December 31, 2018, hours vary between events, see website for more info!

BUTTERFLY WONDERLAND

WHAT: Guests enjoy 7-foot living angels with expansive wings that add an ethereal aura to the Conservatory, while musical groups including Scottsdale Strings, Nouveau Papillon, harpist Adrienne Bridgewater, and others fill the air with the serene sounds of the season. Regular admission applies.

WHERE: 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2018 - Friday, December 28, 9AM-5PM

LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS

WHAT: The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix lines the paths of its extraordinary desert garden with thousands of luminarias combining the evening desert glow with live entertainment, + local foods, + wine! Each night, more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags will be featured, along with thousands of white twinkle lights and the pulse of Electric Desert. At almost every turn, be greeted by the sights and sounds of nine entertainment ensembles and engaging experiences.

WHERE: 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

WHEN: Dec.1-23 + 26-31: 5:30PM-9:30PM

Pittsburgh, PA

DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY MARKET

WHAT: Inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts, this Holiday Market  brings a cherished European tradition to the city with an international flair. Experience a magical holiday shopping experience right in downtown PGH!

WHERE: Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh, PA 15222

WHEN: Nov. 16-Dec 23: Mon-Thurs: 11AM-8PM, Fri: 11AM-9:30PM, Sat: 10AM-9:30PM, Sun: 11AM-6PM

PITTSBURGH ICE RINK AT PPG PLACE

WHAT: After you have wrapped up the holiday market, head a block over to check out a spectacular outdoor ice skating rink, right in the heart of Downtown! This skating rink boasts a massive tree + is displayed in the courtyard of one of the most iconic buildings in Pittsburgh! Enjoy holiday tunes as you skate around the “crown jewel of the Pittsburgh skyline”!

WHERE: 3rd Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

WHEN: Friday, November 16, 2018 - Sunday, March 3, 2019, hours vary, check online for more info!

WINTER FLOWER SHOW + LIGHT GARDEN

WHAT: This dazzling displays features holiday scenes such as an extravagant winter feast, Santa's workshop + a sparkling New Year's Eve celebration at the historic Phipps Conservatory + Botanical Garden!

WHERE: 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2018 - January 6, 2019, 5PM - 11PM

KENNYWOOD 2018 HOLIDAY LIGHTS

WHAT: See the classic amusement park transformed with close to 2 million dazzling lights! Enjoy songs of the holiday performed by local choirs + view a spectacular light show choreographed to favorite holiday melodies.

WHERE: 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin, PA 15122

WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2018 - Sunday, December 23, 2018 + December 26 - 30: 5PM-9PM

MIRACLE ON LIBERTY

WHAT: A “pop-up” bar with specialty Christmas cocktails, extensive holiday decorations, and more Christmas cheer than your Instagram feed can possibly handle! This is the third year that Miracle has shed its garland on the Steel city - this year even inviting impostors to help deal with the merry crowds.

WHERE: 705 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Next to The Warren

WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2018 - Monday, December 31, 2018, Open Daily, 4PM - 2AM

Washington, D.C.

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE

WHAT: Celebrating 96 years, The National Christmas Tree + Pathway of Peace is illuminated daily at 4:30PM until midnight. Each night in December musical groups from the Washington, DC area entertain visitors. The nightly events are open to the public!

WHERE: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500

WHEN: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - Tuesday, January 1, 2019: 4:30PM - 12AM

GAYLORD’S NATIONAL RESORT

WHAT: Step inside a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 blocks of ice weighing 1.5 million pounds, hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. This holiday season, the popular holiday attraction returns with a Charlie Brown Christmas theme!

WHERE: 201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD

WHEN: Thursday, November 16, 2018 - Tuesday, January 1, 2019, event times vary, check website for more info!

DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY MARKET

WHAT: Celebrating its fourteenth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region! Stop buy to pick up unique + festive gifts in the heart of Downtown DC, from more than 150 regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses!

WHERE: Centered at 8th + F Streets, NW

WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2018 - Sunday, December 23, 2018, Open daily, 12PM - 8PM

ZOOLIGHTS

WHAT: Indulge your wild side with an after-hours visit to the National Zoo during ZooLights, which illuminates the zoo with more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LEDs, animated light installations, live music and more. Bid good cheer to various animals on display!

WHERE: 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008

WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 (closed Dec. 24, 25 + 31), 5PM - 9PM

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