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Christmas Festivities in the USA and Canada

Clive Wedderburn December 22, 2015

North America is one of the best places to celebrate the festive season – and regardless of whether you prefer a firm dusting of snow with your turkey dinner, we have some great holiday suggestions. Here are five top places to cheer Santa’s arrival in the United States and Canada. 


Nestling on the shores of Great Lake Michigan, Chicago is the perfect place to enjoy Christmas: thousands of lights are strung up on the Magnificent Mile, and there’ll be enough Glühwein to cause a tidal wave of cheer at the Christkindmarket, the German festive market selling traditional wooden toys and trinkets. Skating will be found on Navy Pier during their annual Winterfest but don’t forget to get a bird’s eye view from the 103rd floor of Willis Tower at the aptly named Skydeck. Just. Don’t Look. Down. 

Key West

It’s not all about the white stuff when it comes to Christmas. We realise that many of you are put off by freezing temperatures and icy wastes. Therefore Key West makes the list for its balmy Caribbean climate, to-die-for beaches and locals who know how to have a good time. Key West rolls out everything that’s festive and accessible about the USA and wraps it up in a sunny destination. The obvious benefit to any holiday in Key West is the proximity to Miami for a multi centre, city-beach break of epic winter-sun proportions.


Time to head to French Canadian cultural capital of the north: Quebec is, like the rest of Canada, so well equipped for the approaching chill, but it also offers opportunity for outdoorsy types to try skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing or the chance to bounce around on a snowmobile. Then return with a ruddy nose to your hotel for a hearty glass of Vin Chaud overlooking one of the most beautiful cities of North America. Visit the beautiful Basilica and Notre Dame de Quebec and stay at the Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac.

New York

New York kills two (turkey) birds with one stone: embracing the Christmas spirit while indulging in a spot of sight-seeing in one of the world’s greatest cities. The steaming sidewalks, mounted cops wrapped in greatcoats doling sardonic cheer in Central Park, Yellow Cab drivers with no sense of direction; all these things are all ingrained on our memories since we were children by a multitude of  Hollywood movies, and yet the truth is so much better than fiction. The window displays at Macy’s, Tiffany and Bloomingdales may tempt your wallet to bag another bargain on Fifth Avenue. Ba-da-bing!


Vermont in the heart of New England is as Christmassy as mom’s apple strudel, with rolling pastures, bucolic forest land blanketed in snow and the scent of last season’s pine needles crackling by the log fire. This is where the film White Christmas was set when Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye turned up to help a pal and his struggling ski resort. Head to Woodstock though, often referred to as the prettiest small town on the East Coast. The event is called the Wassail Weekend, a traditional festival and costumed parade from the 19th Century of Scandinavian origins.

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