A Guide to a Festive Weekend Break in the US

If you are looking for a fun winter getaway before Christmas arrives, why not indulge in a fun weekend break to lift the spirits and bring some festive cheer? There are so many magical places across the country that will allow you to enjoy some Christmas spirit, and many might even be a short flight away from where you live.

This guide will take you through some great ideas of where you go and offer some great advice on how to have the best weekend away.

Plan Before Hand

This year will obviously be different when it comes to health and safety protocols wherever you go, which must be followed, but that being said, there is still so much fun to be had, and families can have a magical time just like always wherever they go. The best way to ensure this fun is possible is to plan ahead. You will want to do the following:

Choose your Destination

With so many wonderful destinations across the US, it can be hard to narrow down your option. However, what is Christmas without a Christmas tree, and where better to see the biggest of them all than New York? The Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York is not only an iconic display of Christmas cheer and the pride and joy of New York City, but it is also displayed outside in a wonderfully large space meaning everyone can enjoy the tree safely socially distanced.

This annual tradition sees a 50ft tree lit up in a magical ceremony from mid-November to December, with plenty of colorful decorations and lots more festive fun too! If you live in the Big Apple, though, and want to get away, then there are so many other places that offer the ultimate festive weekend.

Places like Leavenworth in Washington and Asheville in North Carolina offer you the ultimate Christmas paradise. Or why not consider heading to the North Pole in Alaska or Santa Claus in Indiana? The places are just as magical as the names sound. Decide on where to go early on and start on the next phase.

Make the necessary arrangements

With your destination in mind, start booking your tickets. If you can be more flexible with your flight times, you may be able to get a much better deal. Also, think about other important aspects. For example, you will also want to book JFK airport parking for a hassle-free journey if you will be flying from New York. This will minimize any stress and make the weekend break much smoother.

What to do on your weekend break?

You will want to think about what you can do while you are away to get into the Christmas spirit, and these ideas might just help.

Visit Christmas market stalls

Make sure you keep an eye out for the Christmas market stalls on your visit. Cities across the states will offer a collection of beautiful Christmas market stalls and delicious food stands to visit. Some even offer an ice-skating rink!

Enjoy the Holiday Window Displays

Whether we are allowed to go inside certain shops or not doesn’t need to kill the spirit of Christmas. Big cities are well known for their inspired and transcendent window displays when it comes to the holidays, and we can all cross our fingers and hope that this year will not disappoint us when it comes to this sacred tradition.

If you truly want to get into the Christmas Spirit, then make your way to some of the most iconic stores, such as Macy’s, Barney’s, Bloomingdales, to enjoy the stunning Christmas displays.

Christmas Walking Tour

A Christmas walking tour is one of the best ways to take in all the beautiful sights and all the festive displays, food, and markets a destination has to offer. You will be able to see some of the most iconic landmarks and also get out into some of that lovely crisp winter air.

Don’t forget to sip some warming mulled wine as you wander around, and be sure to try some of the festive treats on offer.

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Elijah Lucas

Elijah is a tech enthusiast with a focus on emerging technologies like AI and machine learning. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and has authored several research papers in the field. Elijah is the go-to person for anything complex and techy, and he enjoys breaking down complicated topics for our readers. When he's not writing, he's probably tinkering with his home automation setup.