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10 of America’s Best Christmas Displays

November and December are my favorite months to travel, as there is a festive spirit in the air and everyone is bubbling over with joy and excitement. The positive energy is infectious and addicting.  Several years ago, just before the Christmas holiday, I was in London, England visiting family. I love London, its shops and attractions, and of course everyone’s British accent. Covent Gardens was hustling and bustling with happy shoppers and carolers; the shops were decorated to the hilt, and everyone was happy. It was as if I had stepped into a holiday movie.

Colors, lights, festive music, giant Christmas trees these are just a few of the many things that add festivity and positive vibes to one’s surroundings. Luckily, we don’t have to go as far as London to experience the magic of the holidays. America does a great job in revving up the holiday season with fun and energetic displays. But who does it best? Which locations have the best Christmas displays? Click through to find out!

  • Rockefeller Center, New York City 1 of 10
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    A trip to Rockefeller Center is the ultimate holiday experience. The giant Christmas tree is a beautiful sight to behold and you can't forget about The Rink, one of the city's most popular winter attractions. Located in the center of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, this is an area in New York City that brings loads of holiday cheer!

    Photo credit: Francisco Diez/Flickr

  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 2 of 10
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    In 1741, a little town in Pennsylvania was named "Bethlehem" and has since been dubbed the "Christmas City," receiving over 1 million visitors during the Christmas season. You can enjoy the authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt or open-air Christmas market in the downtown shopping area, partake in the many holiday events, or take a Historic Candlelight Walking Tour. Regardless of when you go, Bethlehem is a Christmas display in and of itself. 

    Photo credit: Lehigh Valley, PA

  • Magnificent Mile Light Festival, Illinois 3 of 10
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    Having visiting Chicago during the holidays, I can attest to the beauty that is the Magnificent Mile Light Festival.  This festival kicks off the holidays with a bang! Chicago's Magnificent Mile runs 13 blocks down North Michigan Avenue. The shops, restaurants, and stores are decked out in their finest, and the tree-lighting parade is a fun-filled, bright, and energetic one with none other than Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

    Photo credit: Natasha J Photography/Flickr

  • Walt Disney World, Florida 4 of 10
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    Speaking of Mickey Mouse, no one does Christmas like Disney! Walt Disney World Resort has some of the best Christmas displays you'll ever see, and events and celebrations to match. Watch Cinderella's castle transform into a snowy and icy masterpiece and you'll find yourself in awe of the incredible light displays!

    Photo credit: Disney

  • Macy’s Window Display, New York City 5 of 10
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    Macy's and Christmas go hand-in-hand. Remember Miracle on 34th Street? Enough said. This department store features some of New York City's best holiday window displays and each and every year they do something a little different. 

    Photo credit:  allisonmeier/Flickr

  • The Biltmore House, North Carolina 6 of 10
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    George Vanderbilt's estate, the Biltmore House, opened its doors for the first time in 1895 on Christmas Eve. Since that day, every Christmas has been a grand affair! This incredible estate houses an elaborately decorated, 35-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree in the Banquet Hall and is known as the Southeast's "most elegant and awe-inspiring holiday travel destination." 

    Photo credit: anoldent/Flickr

  • Christmas Tree Lane, California 7 of 10
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    The Christmas Tree Lane in Fresno, California celebrates its 91st anniversary this year and now welcomes over 100,000 people each year. From December 3rd through the 25th, millions of lights are turned on from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night. The decor and festivity span a total of 2 miles. 

    Photo credit:  anitakhart/Flickr

  • The National Christmas Tree, Washington D.C. 8 of 10
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    The National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington D.C. is a yearly event that rings in the holiday. Every year, ornaments made by Americans across the country are hung on the tree, one for every territory, state, and the District of Columbia. The lighting ceremony begins on December 6th, but you are still welcome to visit afterwards to view this exquisite sight. 

    Photo credit: Tim Evans/Flickr

  • The River Walk, Texas 9 of 10
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    The famous River Walk in San Antonio, Texas is lit up like a … well, like a Christmas tree! This beautiful attraction dazzles with hundreds of light displays and is truly a sight to behold!

    Photo credit: Corey Leopold/Flickr

  • Mall of America, Minnesota 10 of 10
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    The Christmas displays at the Mall of America are HUGE and for good reason, as the mall stands at 4.2 million square-feet (good luck getting through the entire building!). They house two massive 44-foot tall silver trees, 450 lb. ornaments hanging from the ceiling, and of course, Santa Claus is present. Just be sure to book your appointment with Santa beforehand, as he tends to be quite popular. 

    Photo credit: Jim Moore/Flickr

Find more of Nadia’s writing on her site Child Mode. You can also find her on Disney Baby and Hip Baby. Love social media? So does she! Follow her daily on InstagramTwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest.

 

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