Whether you're traveling to another city, or enjoying a "staycation", you can find many Holiday events for families in December, and late November. Below are many ideas, by region, starting in the Northeast US.
Holiday Events: Northeast US and Mid-Atlantic
New York, New York
As you'd expect, this city knows how to celebrate. Find lots of fun for the Holiday Season in New York City: special shows, decorated windows at famous department stores, The Nutcracker, ice-skating at Rockefeller Center, and lots more.
North Pole, NY
Twelve miles from Lake Placid in the Adirondacks is North Pole, NY, where Santa-related fun goes on year-round, but goes into overdrive at Christmas time.
No Place like New England for the Holiday Season
About.com's guide for New England Travel highlights many fun events in her area, including one million lights in Hartford, Connecticut.
Bethlehem CT: "The Christmas Town"
People flock to this town-- about 100 miles from NYC-- to mark their Christmas mail with the Bethlehem postmark, and with special rubber-stamps known as "cachets". Christmas Festival is in early Dec.
Santa's Village, White Mountains, New Hampshire
This amusement part for little kids is in full swing in summer months, with its Christmas theme; it reopens during the Holiday Season with rides and Santa's Express Train.
Boston Holiday Season Festivities
Tree-lighting ceremonies, best shopping, skating on Frog Pond, Christmas Revels, and lots more.
Holiday Season at Hershey PA
HersheyPark opens up as Christmas Candylane; Hershey Sweet Lights is a two-mile drive through woods filled with a million lights on 600 animated displays; "Chocolate Town, a holiday season "Dinner Musical" is presented at Hershey Lodge; Dutch Winter Wonderland a 30-minute drive away.
Top Holiday Events in Washington DC
About.com's Guide for DC shares her top picks, including Christmas lights and a visit to the National Christmas Tree. She also covers Kwanzaa Events in Washington DC.
Holiday Season: Orlando Celebrations
Orlando Florida -- the world's most popular family vacation spot -- turns up the dazzle during the holiday season. Visitors to the major theme park can enjoy incredible displays and performances, included with regular ticket admission.
Orlando Christmas Overview
ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort; Grinchmas and daily Macy's Parade at Universal Orlando; holiday concerts, and more.
Over 1500 Christmas trees, snow on Main Street... In the Magic Kingdom, Mickey has a Very Merry Christmas Party and Very Merry Parade; Epcot has Holidays Around The World, and the Candlelight Processional narration of the Christmas story, with choir and 50-piece orchestra; Disney's Hollywood Studios has the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. And that's not all!
Macy's Holiday Parade takes place nightly; the Grinch is in residence at Seuss Landing, and has a live "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" musical; special concerts include the Mannheim Steamroller group.
Holiday Season Events - California
Free Christmas and Holiday Events in the San Francisco Bay Area
Parades, holiday tree lightings, Chanukah and Kwanzaa Celebrations, and more.
Christmas in Los Angeles Events
Special events in the theme parks include Disneyland Christmas Fantasy, Hollywood Christmas Parade, concerts, Boat Parades; and Universal Studios Hollywood has Grinchmas. (Check for updates.)
LEGOLAND California: this family theme park tree-lighting's a bit unusual: the tree's made out of 245,000 green DUPLO® bricks. Look for special festivities and fireworks.*
More Holiday Season Events in California:
Harbor Christmas Parades, Holiday Lights Train, Carols in the Caves, carols in a cave, a Santa who arrives by surfboard... this is Christmas, California-style.
Holiday Season Events - More Locations
Virginia-including Colonial Williamsburg: 100 Miles of Lights, Kwanzaa in Richmond...
Holiday festivals and Christmas lights, holiday parades, travel packages throughout the Southeast US.
Branson Missouri: Ozark Mountain Christmas
Christmas shows, tree-lighting, Adoration Parade, Festival of Lights: Branson is a big-time destination at Christmas, and a family destination with theme parks, Scenic Railway, dinner shows and Family Fun Centers.
Cleveland Holiday Season Events
"Winterfest" lighting displays, WinterShow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Black Nativity, and more.
Theme Parks- Multiple Locations
About.com's Guide for Theme Parks covers holiday season festivities at theme parks in many states. These days, many summer-only theme parks re-open for a mini- holiday season.
London Christmas Events
From carolers under lamplights to figgy pudding: much of the way we picture Christmas comes from Victorian England. So visit in person, and enjoy outdoor skating, legendary toy stores, Medieval Christmas at the Tower of London, New Year's Day parade, and more.
More Christmas in Europe
Christmas markets in Germany, Christmas events in Paris, local customs and torchlight parades in Italy, and more..