Go "Christmas Crazy" with a German-style market, a gingerbread house competition and the brightest light displays, plus the coolest ice sculptures and the most extreme Santas on Earth.
Chicago hosts the largest Christmas Market in the US, bringing in well over 1 million visitors annually. There you will find enough goodies to fill 100 Christmas stockings.
A popular item at the market is ornaments. You'll find them in every color and shape.
There are even ornaments for the pig lover in you. Oink, oink!
In addition to ornaments, your taste buds will be happy with goodies like warm, spiced nuts.
And authentic gingerbread is sure to satisfy that holiday hunger.
From Chicago we move to Kissimmee, FL, and visit the Gaylord Palms. Their courtyard is all done up for the holidays, showcasing decorations such as this beautiful Christmas tree.
The Gaylord Palms' ICE! features ice sculptures and slides. The sculptures include everything from a nativity scene to this year's theme, Dreamworks' Shrek.
In Asheville, NC, the Grove Park Inn hosts its National Gingerbread House Competition. Contestants from across the country bring their sugar-and-spice creations.
Judges study one of the gingerbread creations at the competition as they try to narrow the field and select a grand prize winner.
The Galt House’s annual KaLightoscope display features larger-than-life lighted holiday sculptures. The life-size gingerbread house kicks things off.
Watch out for Frosty! He is doing a little sleigh riding at the Galt House in Louisville, KY.
Santa wants in on the action, too. He grabs his snowboard and hits the slopes.
Neighbors of Baltimore's 34th Street get together each year to put on an amazing light display.
Inflatable characters, musical trains, and blinking angels and reindeer adorn the homes. The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1.
Grab your surfboard and hat to participate in the Second Annual Surfing Santa Competition. The Ritz-Carlton goes all out with surf-themed Christmas decorations, including a giant tree with sea-related ornaments.