Stunning winter landscapes, world-class ski slopes, festive decorations: are you dreaming of a white Christmas in the USA? We present the top 10 destinations that will fulfill all your wishes!
White Christmas in the USA couldn't be more beautiful! The small town of Leavenworth, tucked away in the mountains of Washington state, proudly calls itself the "most Christmasy town in America."
Every year at Christmastime, a special magic spreads through this small community of 2,000 people, where the architecture is reminiscent of a village in Bavaria. Once the town is illuminated by more than half a million lights and a fresh blanket of snow covers the streets and homes, Leavenworth transforms into a fairy-tale winter wonderland.
The secret to Christmas coziness? A smart marketing decision! In the 1960s, the town decided to attract more tourists and redesigned itself based on the look of a "typical" Bavarian mountain village.
In addition to rustic cottages and lots of lights, Leavenworth's Christmas highlights include a festive event program. Among the most popular traditions are a display of Santa costumes from around the world and a gingerbread house baking and decorating contest.
|Ø snowfall in December:||82 cm|
|Ø temperature in December:||-3 °C|
|Winter attractions:||Leavenworth Ski Hill, Leavenworth Reindeer Farm, Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum|
|Getting there:||After landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, you will arrive at Leavenworth by rental car after a 2-hour drive along Highway 2.|
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Do you wish for an absolute snow guarantee? In the Northernmost state of Alaska, you can be sure of a white Christmas in the USA! And if you want to experience proper Xmas vibes in addition to snow, there's really only one destination for the holidays: North Pole near Fairbanks!
In the city of North Pole, everything revolves around the festive season. During a wintry walk, you'll stroll along streets decorated with countless fairy lights with beautiful names like Santa Claus Lane, Mistletoe Lane, or Criss Cringle Drive.
For a big dose of Christmas spirit, visit Santa Claus House, where you can celebrate Christmas all year round. At Santa's Workshop, you can stock up on Alaskan-made gifts, unique toys, winter clothing, and candy. At the adjacent Antler Academy, you can watch, pet, and feed Santa's reindeers.
At North Pole's annual ice sculpture exhibition, international artists create stunning, ephemeral masterpieces of ice.
|North Pole facts|
|Ø snowfall in December:||23 cm|
|Ø temperature in December:||-15 °C|
|Winter attractions:||Santa's Workshop, Santa Claus House & Antler Academy, Chena Lake Recreation Area|
|Getting there:||The distance from Fairbanks International Airport to the city of North Pole is about 30 km. By cab or rental car, you can reach your destination in 20 to 30 minutes.|
|Book your journey to Alaska here and discover North Pole now!|
Do you enjoy the hustle and bustle of a big city decorated for Christmas? Then Chicago is the place for you! The Windy City becomes visibly more charming when it is festively decorated and a blanket of white snow covers its streets.
The largest concentration of Christmas highlights in Chicago is in and around Millennium Park. An ice rink is installed here every year, where you can skate your laps while enjoying the breathtaking view of the skyline. Another skating rink winds through nearby Maggie Daley Park.
Afterwards, you can warm up with a hot drink at Chicago's famous "Christkindlmarket." If you have a little more time, you should reserve a heated igloo for you and your friends. Inside the clear plastic domes, you'll sit in the warm with a spectacular view of frozen Lake Michigan.
You can take the perfect Christmas photo for your Instagram account among the light installations of the Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden. After dark, follow an illuminated path that transforms the garden into a dazzling wonderland.
|Ø snowfall in December:||15 cm|
|Ø temperature in December:||-1,2 °C|
|Winter attractions:||Ice Rink in Millenium Park, Christkindlmarket, Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden|
|Getting there:||The nearest airport, O'Hare International Airport, is located 25 km outside downtown Chicago. Travel time by metro is about 55 minutes, and by cab or rental car, about 35 minutes.|
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Do you love winter sports? In the winter wonderland of Aspen, Colorado, you can look forward to 4.5 meters of fresh snow per year. The chic resort in the Rocky Mountains not only offers excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding but also enchants its visitors during the holidays with a lot of Christmas coziness.
The Silver Circle Rink in the middle of Aspen invites you to ice skate, while a colorful program of concerts, parties, and art exhibitions will get you in the Christmas spirit. The best way to enjoy the magical winter landscape is to go snowshoeing or on a romantic sleigh ride.
The annual 12 Days of Aspen begins before Christmas and ends on New Year's Eve. The program includes a wide variety of events to sweeten your holidays – from free ice skating parties and workshops to make Christmas ornaments and cards, to Victorian-dressed carolers in the hotel lobby and a huge New Year's Eve fireworks display over Aspen Mountain.
|Ø snowfall in December:||70 cm|
|Ø temperature in December:||-6 °C|
|Winter attractions:||12 Days of Aspen, Fireworks over Aspen Mountain, Silver Circle Rink|
|Getting there:||There are direct flights to the nearest airport, Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, from Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Atlanta, among others. By cab or rental car, it is then a short drive of about 5 km to Aspen.|
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American history meets white Christmas in the USA! Boston was the site of major events such as the Boston Tea Party and is home to numerous historic sites. The unique atmosphere of America's oldest city is especially beautiful when you walk through Boston's snowy cobblestone streets in winter.
Admire Boston's largest Christmas tree on Boston Common, stroll through the festively lit city park, go ice skating on Frog Pond, enjoy a Christmas concert at Symphony Hall, and visit the 100+ vendors at Snowport at the Seaport, Boston's most beautiful Christmas market!
Don't miss the 7-minute "Blink!" light show in front of historic Faneuil Hall, where more than 350,000 LED lights illuminate downtown Boston to the sound of Christmas carols.
|Ø snowfall in December:||23 cm|
|Ø temperature in December:||2 °C|
|Winter attractions:||Frog Pond, Boston Common, Snowport at the Seaport|
|Getting there:||Boston Logan International Airport is a major hub, with flights arriving from all over the USA and the world. The free Silver Line 1 (SL1) buses bring you downtown in 30 minutes, while a rental car takes only 15 minutes.|
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With the start of the Advent season, the tranquil New England town of Woodstock becomes one of the most beautiful American Christmas hotspots. For this, the small community focuses entirely on having a white Christmas in the USA, full of tradition and coziness.
Join a tour of the historic Billings Farm, go ice skating at the Union Arena Ice Rink, or store for Christmas decorations and local specialties in the town's small stores.
Don't miss the festive lighting of the city's Christmas lights and the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival, where you can watch the frosty works of art being created live.
Woodstock traditionally rings in the holiday season on the second Saturday in December with Wassail Weekend. It features carriage and sleigh rides through town, Christmas movie nights and musical events, fire pits, and treats like apple cider donuts, hot chocolate, and Wassail punch.
|Ø snowfall in December:||8 cm|
|Ø temperature in December:||-3,7 °C|
|Winter attractions:||Wassail Weekend, Christmas at the Farm, Union Arena Ice Rink|
|Getting there:||There are several small airports in the vicinity of Woodstock, which you can easily reach by rental car: Lebanon (17 km away), Burlington (100 km away), Manchester (110 km away), Albany (140 km away), and Portland (170 km away).|
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Breckenridge in Colorado is the ideal destination for those who like to be active in sports, but also want to experience the magic of Christmas. In the snowy mountains surrounding charming towns with brightly painted wooden cabins, you can enjoy all kinds of winter sports: from snowboarding to snowshoeing and even snowmobiling! Numerous festivals, galleries, distilleries, and art exhibitions provide enough variety off the slopes.
During the holiday season, Breckenridge shines with opulent decorations and a wide range of events. Head downtown for the first festive lighting of the decorated Christmas tree at the Lighting of Breckenridge, dress your four-legged friend for the festive Holiday Dog Parade, and take part in the Race of the Santas down Main Street.
Hundreds of Santas and elves kick off the holiday season with a 5-mile run along Main Street in the traditional "Race of the Santas." Although there are a few very ambitious Santas, the race is a fun event for most participants, and being there is all that counts.
|Ø snowfall in December:||60 cm|
|Ø temperature in December:||-5 °C|
|Winter attractions:||Lighting of Breckenridge, Race of the Santas, Holiday Dog Parade|
|Getting there:||You can reach your destination Breckenridge with a flight to Denver International Airport, where you can rent a car. Depending on the season and traffic, the drive will take you about 2.5 to 3 hours.|
|Book your journey to Denver here and discover Breckenridge now!|
Don't be fooled by the name! Although Sun Valley may sound like a summer destination, it's a picturesque ski resort in the mountains of Idaho that's a guarantee for your white Christmas in the USA.
Especially if you are a winter sports freak and bring a good portion of courage, Sun Valley will make your heart beat faster. Here, you can engage in spectacular disciplines like heli-skiing, where you'll be transported by helicopter to mountain peaks that are inaccessible to regular skiers.
Fatbiking is a special kind of biking that allows you to make your way through the snow-covered winter landscape on a special bike with thick tires. Of course, you will also find numerous classic ski and snowboard slopes in Sun Valley. When you've had your fill of winter sports, relax by the fireplace in the hotel lobby or in the local spa.
On December 24th, a very special spectacle awaits you in Sun Valley. To ring in Christmas, the Torchlight Parade will see dozens of skiers descend Dollar Mountain with torches while fireworks light up the night sky.
|Sun Valley facts|
|Ø snowfall in December:||81 cm|
|Ø temperature in December:||-6,8 °C|
|Winter attractions:||Dollar Mountain, Sun Valley’s Christmas Eve Ice Show and Torchlight Parade|
|Getting there:||From nearby Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, you can reach Sun Valley after a 20-minute drive in a rental car. From the airport in Boise, it's a 2 to 3-hour drive.|
|Book your journey to Idaho and discover Sun Valley now!|
At picturesque Lake Tahoe, your winter dreams will come true! The beautiful mountain panorama of the Sierra Nevada coupled with an atmospheric program of events will make your white Christmas in the USA an unforgettable experience.
Sled down the surrounding slopes of Lake Tahoe, pirouette on the ice rink at Northstar Village, attend the SnowGlobe Music Festival Christmas concerts, browse the stores of Squaw Valley, and cheer on the festive lighting of the Christmas lights.
Do you want to get to know the best bars in the region? Then sign up for the Reno Santa Crawl. The pre-Christmas pub crawl takes place every year on December 12th. A Santa headgear is mandatory, and if you go the extra mile with your costume, you can even win a prize!
|Lake Tahoe facts|
|Ø snowfall in December:||13 cm|
|Ø temperature in December:||2,3 °C|
|Winter attractions:||SnowGlobe Music Festival, Reno Santa Crawl, Squaw Valley|
|Getting there:||The nearest airport is Reno-Tahoe International Airport. From there, it is a 45-minute drive to Lake Tahoe by rental car.|
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Even if you're not a fan of the Olympics, your white Christmas in Park City will be a complete success. Near the former Olympic venue is North America's largest ski resort, where you can enjoy all kinds of winter sports.
When you're not hitting Park City's ski slopes and sledding hills, you can enjoy cultural highlights and Christmas events. Marvel at the life-size gingerbread house set up for the annual parade through town, attend the tree-lighting ceremony at Canyons Village, and take a tour of historic downtown, where numerous stores, art galleries, and restaurants are waiting for you.
In the second half of December, you can celebrate "SnowFest" in Park City. The 16-day winter festival includes live music, entertainment, and the sale of crafts and Christmas treats.
|Park City facts|
|Ø snowfall in December:||6 cm|
|Ø temperature in December:||-4,1 °C|
|Winter attractions:||SnowFest, Torchlight Parade, Canyons Village|
|Getting there:||The nearest airport is Salt Lake City International Airport. A cab ride or rental car drive to Park City takes about 45 minutes.|
|Book your journey to the Western National Parks and discover Park City now!|
Have you found your perfect destination for a white Christmas in the USA? Awesome! Then all you have to do is learn about the typical Christmas traditions in America. Or would you prefer a Christmas classic? We present the festive hustle and bustle in New York City during Christmas time!
We wish you a merry and white Christmas!
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