A glittering Christmas tree larger than you ever imagined. A charming home-style Main Street with costumed performers. Pure white snow perfect for an adventure.
These winter wonderland highlights are courtesy of some of the most picturesque holiday destinations across America. We're sharing our top four with you.
1. Rockefeller Center, New York, New York: Since 1933 this destination has become synonymous with the season. The epic ice skating rink, larger than life Christmas tree and more. This year will mark the 76th annual tree lighting ceremony Dec. 3.
2. Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida: Some of us prefer to head South for the winter. No one knows how to pump up the holiday magic for families like Disney. Epcot hosts holidays around the world. Who can forget Mickey's very merry Christmas parade. It's all of the splendor and spectacle Disney can bring in a family-style celebration for kids of all ages.
3. Vail, Colorado - True adventurers head to Vail to hit the slopes of the largest single-mountains ski area in North America. Besides some of the world's best skiing and snowboarding, Vail offers Western charm, holiday lights and fun shopping locales. **Tip** Use a collapsible luggage cart to tote around your family's bags and ski gear.
4. Washington, D.C. - Our nation's capital offers some of the best holiday festivities. Zoolights at the National Zoo is a display of thousands of sparkling lights and animated animal figures, ice sculptures, story-tellers and choral concerts. The National Christmas Tree rivals that at Rockefeller Center with its thousands of lights and ornaments.