A white Christmas is one of those things that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime – but Christmas in America is a spectacle in itself. Read more to find out where to experience a White Christmas
A white Christmas is a rare sighting that would need to be seen to be believed and lucky for you, we’ve listed the best destinations in the United States where a White Christmas is likely to happen.
1)New York City, New York
You may be one of the many people that spend this time of the year wondering ‘where will it snow for Christmas?’ We start with what the #1 choice for travellers looking for a festive snowfall. From magical department store windows, to a world-famous ice skating rink, to the Winter Wonderland spectacle at the Rockefeller Centre, there’s nothing quite like December in the Big Apple.
One of New York’s oldest traditions, dating back to 1933, is the unveiling of the Christmas tree, which is located immediately outside the Rockefeller Centre. Usually standing at 70-100 feet tall, draped in colourful lights and topped off with a Swarovski star, the tree, in its various incarnations, has been immortalised in Hollywood movies, including Home Alone.
Californian snow might sound like an oxymoron, but in Tahoe it’s a fact of life. Take note of the stunning vistas that are the Sierra Nevada mountains, but don’t let the clear blue skies at this time of year fool you – it is absolutely freezing. Surely, that’s what everyone seeking a white Christmas wants?
Lake Tahoe was named America’s ‘Best Lake’, courtesy of Outside Magazine and is home to 15 stunning ski resorts, including Northstar, Heavenly and Squaw Valley to name a few! If you’re hoping to bump into Santa, you’ll find him at his workshop in Squaw Valley: there you can take part in his ice sculpting classes, followed by ice skating in Heavenly Village.
If you’re after snow in USA, visit Las Vegas, the last three Decembers have been smothered by it. But if a White Christmas doesn’t happen, you’ve at least got Vegas to enjoy. Sin City is always a magical place to be throughout the year, but for the festive period, Vegas springs into life with a selection of events and celebrations to get you excited for Christmas.
Start with something awe-inspiring – the Bellagio fountain dance – perhaps the most iconic sight in all of Las Vegas. And it’s free too. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a performance by Mariah Carey. The legendary singer performs some of her most iconic hits, including ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ at the Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace.
The Windy City loves the Christmas period – Downtown Chicago is covered in bright lights and hosts a great selection of Christmas popups to get you in the festive spirit. The Christkindlmarket – a tribute to the original German Christmas festival that dates back to the 1500’s – is in full swing and welcomes over a million visitors each year.
Let’s face it, the odds are long for a white Christmas in the UK, so why not dramatically shorten those odds with a trip to our four snow-friendly cities? After all, everyone has to experience a white Christmas as least once.
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