Travel Tips with Pam: America’s Top Holiday Destinations! 

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By Pamela Donar,

Pamel Donbar

There are so many towns in the United States that consider the holiday season the most magical time of the year.  They put forth the effort to make their city a memorable destination for both residents and visitors of all ages. Here is my list of towns to consider visiting this holiday season.

Durango, CO – If you’ve considered taking a ride on a steam train, then head to Durango. Their historic train has been in operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882 but during the winter it turns into the Polar Express. This ride allows you to view thousands of lights along with Santa and his elves at the North Pole all from the comfort of the train.  They even serve hot chocolate as you enjoy a reading of The Polar Express by your conductor.

Polar Express

Leavenworth, WA – Nicknamed the Village of Lights, this small town of 2000 residents ushers in the holidays with 21 miles of lights.  They have Christmas markets, carolers, sledding, and of course Mr and Mrs Claus.  The town’s backdrop is cascading mountains which remind you of the Swiss Alps.


Natchitoches, LA – If you prefer a warmer winter wonderland, this quaint town four hours north of New Orleans is worth a visit. They proudly host over 300,000 lights, a kids Christmas festival, and a fireworks show over the river.  All events take place at the National Landmark Historic District along the banks of the Cane River Lake.

Annapolis, MD – Only 30 minutes outside Washington DC, this capital city hosts spectacular holiday events.  At Sandy Point State park they showcase more than 60 lighted displays including a colonial village and the North Pole. A not to miss event is the Eastport Yacht Club’s Parade of Lights where boat owners show off their lighted masterpieces in Annapolis Harbor.

Santa Claus, Indiana – Also known as America’s Christmas Hometown, this holiday celebration started in the 1920s. In this magical town children can visit the Santa Claus Museum & Village and write a letter to Santa. When done, they ring a bell to let Santa know their letter is ready. They host two solid miles of lights to marvel at and people enjoy coming here for family friendly food and festivities.

Santa Claus Indiana

New York, NY – The town so nice, they named it twice is extra special during the holidays.  There are so many festive areas to visit such as the Bryant Park holiday market and ice skating rink, however the most epic thing to do is stroll down Central Park on Fifth Avenue to Macy’s Herald Square to view the world renown holiday window displays. The city is adorned with wreaths and bright lights everywhere. You’ll also be able to see the massive Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

Inspired to book your next vacation?  Call New Millennium Travel at 908-245-5770 or email and ask for Pam to book a free travel consultation.

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