No matter where you’re located, the holidays are a magical time for most. However, there are a few destinations where the holiday season is so alive that you can’t help, but to feel like you’re in your own Hallmark Christmas movie.



New York City is always a great destination during the holiday season. The first stop on your journey: the ice skating rink in Central Park. There you’ll find kids laughing as they try to skate backward, adults holding hands as they slowly make their way around the rink, crisp winter air brushing across your face and Christmas music blaring from the speakers. Oh, and don’t miss out on some hot chocolate as you watch the spectacular scene.

Other things to do:

  • Attend The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.
  • Walk the streets and find holiday decorations in nearly every store window and within every plaza.
  • Watch the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.



With views of snow capped mountains and cobbled streets gleaming with fresh powder, Vail is a snowy wonderland during the holidays. The town is so enthralled by the holiday season that they hold a special event called Vail Holidaze where families can partake in family-friendly activities that boost holiday spirit.

Other things to do:

  • Participate in some of the events held during Vail Snow Daze.
  • Ice skating
  • Spend a few hours tubing down designated areas on surrounding mountains.


With snow powdering the ground throughout December and a town that seems to glow the colder it gets, you’ll find Aspen to be a winter holiday paradise. Each year the town hosts an event called 12 Days of Aspen where kids and adults alike can partake in holiday festivities that are sure to make the holidays memorable.

Other things to do:

  • Go tubing or sledding. You can rent your gear from places in town.
  • Experience the torchlight parade & fireworks on Dec 28th.
  • Attend the Little Nell Tree Lighting Ceremony where free hot chocolate, cookies carolers, Santa and reindeer await.


Park City

Park City is a town eager to celebrate the holiday spirit. Lights are strung through town and snow glistens on the side. Even Santa is so eager to spend the holidays in Park City, that he comes down the town lift and enjoys cocoa, cookies and listening to carolers while taking note of the Christmas wishes from the children. You can also enjoy Park City’s DecemberFest from December 17th – January 1st.

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