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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.

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Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade (Baltimore)
Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade (Baltimore)

Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade (Baltimore)

The Grinch that stole Christmas makes his appearance at the Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade in a city rich in Christmas traditions, Baltimore. The 2.5-mile-long parade route also features the Baltimore Marching Ravens band, Harley Davidson motorcycles and Santa’s dancing elf girls.  960 1280

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Christmas Boat Parade (Newport Beach)

Christmas Boat Parade (Newport Beach)

Billed as “Newport Beach’s Christmas card to the world,” the 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach, CA, features decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes. The boats travel along the harbor for 5 nights in December to welcome in the holiday season.  960 1280

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A Christmas Fantasy Parade (Disneyland)

A Christmas Fantasy Parade (Disneyland)

Goofy decorates a gingerbread house on a float in Disneyland's "A Christmas Fantasy Parade." The parade in Anaheim, CA, is an annual Disney tradition, traveling down Main Street, U.S.A., with 7 parade units on display.  960 1280

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Children's Christmas Parade (Atlanta)

Children's Christmas Parade (Atlanta)

The Grinch balloon makes his way down Atlanta's streets as part of the Children's Christmas Parade. The parade, now more than 30 years strong, benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Held the first Saturday in December, the parade typically draws crowds in excess of 500,000, making it the largest holiday parade in the Southeast. 960 1280

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Reston Holiday Parade (Virginia)

Reston Holiday Parade (Virginia)

Everyone’s always talking about Santa, but what about the missus? The 23rd annual Reston Holiday Parade sees Mrs. Claus make the rounds in a horse-drawn carriage. This year's parade in northern Virginia has a "Destination: Reston" theme, featuring balloons, costumes and floats all inspired by various modes of transportation -- start walking!  960 1280

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Target Holidazzle (Minneapolis)

Target Holidazzle (Minneapolis)

Held in Andrew Zimmern’s hometown of Minneapolis, the Target Holidazzle parade features a hi-tech show with colorful special-effects. A fixture of downtown Minneapolis’ shopping district, Nicollet Mall, the parade has been an annual tradition since 1992, drawing crowds upwards of 300,000 people. 960 1280

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Sparks Hometowne Christmas (Nevada)

Sparks Hometowne Christmas (Nevada)

Any parade that’s 150 years old had to make our list. Sparks Hometowne Christmas in Sparks, NV, kicks off with a ceremonial tree lighting, carollers and some pretty rocking entertainment -- ever seen dancing horses? And since you’re in the Silver State, it’s just a 6-hour drive to Las Vegas for a Christmas Miracle, Vegas-style. 960 1280

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Holiday Boat Parade (Honolulu)

Holiday Boat Parade (Honolulu)

Christmas season just got a little more magical with the “Festival of Lights” Christmas Boat Parade in happening Honolulu. For nearly 20 years, this annual parade has showcased boats decked out with lights as they glide down the Hawaii Kai Marina waterway. Arrive early to see Hawaii’s own liberty belles. 960 1280

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Winter in Venice, Vegas Style

Winter in Venice, Vegas Style

Enjoy a Venice winter -- in Vegas. The third-annual Winter in Venice celebration will showcase an outdoor skating rink, a 3-D light projection show, 2 Italian-inspired food festivals and a fantasy scene in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens -- think lots of crystal ice ponds, a 20-foot frosted birch … and plenty of wow.    960 1280

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Hollywood Christmas Parade

Hollywood Christmas Parade

An annual tradition for more than 80 years, the Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in iconic Hollywood. The parade stretches 3.5 miles, along famed Hollywood Boulevard; this year’s Grand Marshal is astronaut Buzz Aldrin.    960 1280

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Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (Orlando)

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (Orlando)

Christmas in Orlando kicks off with the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Disney’s entourage of stars, from Mickey and Minnie, to Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck, parade down Main Street, U.S.A. Celebrity appearances in 2013 include Demi Lovato and Mary J. Blige, at the Magic Kingdom Park. 960 1280

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Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade (Baltimore)

Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade (Baltimore)

The Grinch that stole Christmas makes his appearance at the Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade in a city rich in Christmas traditions, Baltimore. The 2.5-mile-long parade route also features the Baltimore Marching Ravens band, Harley Davidson motorcycles and Santa’s dancing elf girls.  960 1280

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Christmas Boat Parade (Newport Beach)

Christmas Boat Parade (Newport Beach)

Billed as “Newport Beach’s Christmas card to the world,” the 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach, CA, features decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes. The boats travel along the harbor for 5 nights in December to welcome in the holiday season.  960 1280

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A Christmas Fantasy Parade (Disneyland)

A Christmas Fantasy Parade (Disneyland)

Goofy decorates a gingerbread house on a float in Disneyland's "A Christmas Fantasy Parade." The parade in Anaheim, CA, is an annual Disney tradition, traveling down Main Street, U.S.A., with 7 parade units on display.  960 1280

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Children's Christmas Parade (Atlanta)

Children's Christmas Parade (Atlanta)

The Grinch balloon makes his way down Atlanta's streets as part of the Children's Christmas Parade. The parade, now more than 30 years strong, benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Held the first Saturday in December, the parade typically draws crowds in excess of 500,000, making it the largest holiday parade in the Southeast. 960 1280

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Reston Holiday Parade (Virginia)

Reston Holiday Parade (Virginia)

Everyone’s always talking about Santa, but what about the missus? The 23rd annual Reston Holiday Parade sees Mrs. Claus make the rounds in a horse-drawn carriage. This year's parade in northern Virginia has a "Destination: Reston" theme, featuring balloons, costumes and floats all inspired by various modes of transportation -- start walking!  960 1280

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Target Holidazzle (Minneapolis)

Target Holidazzle (Minneapolis)

Held in Andrew Zimmern’s hometown of Minneapolis, the Target Holidazzle parade features a hi-tech show with colorful special-effects. A fixture of downtown Minneapolis’ shopping district, Nicollet Mall, the parade has been an annual tradition since 1992, drawing crowds upwards of 300,000 people. 960 1280

Richard Westley Wong  

Sparks Hometowne Christmas (Nevada)

Sparks Hometowne Christmas (Nevada)

Any parade that’s 150 years old had to make our list. Sparks Hometowne Christmas in Sparks, NV, kicks off with a ceremonial tree lighting, carollers and some pretty rocking entertainment -- ever seen dancing horses? And since you’re in the Silver State, it’s just a 6-hour drive to Las Vegas for a Christmas Miracle, Vegas-style. 960 1280

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Holiday Boat Parade (Honolulu)

Holiday Boat Parade (Honolulu)

Christmas season just got a little more magical with the “Festival of Lights” Christmas Boat Parade in happening Honolulu. For nearly 20 years, this annual parade has showcased boats decked out with lights as they glide down the Hawaii Kai Marina waterway. Arrive early to see Hawaii’s own liberty belles. 960 1280

Brad Goda Photography  

Winter in Venice, Vegas Style

Winter in Venice, Vegas Style

Enjoy a Venice winter -- in Vegas. The third-annual Winter in Venice celebration will showcase an outdoor skating rink, a 3-D light projection show, 2 Italian-inspired food festivals and a fantasy scene in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens -- think lots of crystal ice ponds, a 20-foot frosted birch … and plenty of wow.    960 1280

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Hollywood Christmas Parade

Hollywood Christmas Parade

An annual tradition for more than 80 years, the Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in iconic Hollywood. The parade stretches 3.5 miles, along famed Hollywood Boulevard; this year’s Grand Marshal is astronaut Buzz Aldrin.    960 1280

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Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (Orlando)

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (Orlando)

Christmas in Orlando kicks off with the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Disney’s entourage of stars, from Mickey and Minnie, to Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck, parade down Main Street, U.S.A. Celebrity appearances in 2013 include Demi Lovato and Mary J. Blige, at the Magic Kingdom Park. 960 1280

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Beijing

Beijing

An illuminated Christmas tree is seen in front of the National Stadium to celebrate Christmas Eve in Beijing. Christmas is not a public holiday in China, but it is celebrated across the country as Western traditions have become increasingly popular. 960 1280

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Brussels

Brussels

Christmas lights illuminate La Grand-Place in Brussels. Children in Belgium have 2 Christmas visitors. On Dec. 6, St. Nicholas Day, Saint Nicholas (St. Niklaas, if you are Flemish) brings presents. Then, on Christmas Day, Santa Claus delivers additional gifts. 960 1280

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

The Christmas holiday falls during Australia's summer it is popular to go camping during this time. Natives decorate their homes with trees and lights, but also display bunches of "Christmas Bush," a native Australian tree with small green leaves and cream-colored flowers that turn red in summer. In each state capital, there is a "Carols by Candlelight" service where famous performers sing holiday favorites. 960 1280

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Belarus

Belarus

Performers sing Christmas carols, locally known as "kolyadki," in the Belarussian village of Semezhevo, about 100 miles south-west of Minsk. Many Orthodox Belarusians mark the New Year according to the Julian calendar.  960 1280

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Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany

Christmas angels and Santa Claus ride on Segways in Berlin. In Germany, Advent calendars are a big part of the holiday celebration. Several types are used, including 2 made from fir tree branches. One has 24 decorated boxes hanging from it while the other features 4 candles. 960 1280

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Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa, Canada

The Rideau Canal Waterway in Ottawa, Canada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is lit up for the holidays. There are many Christmas traditions in Canada due to the various cultural backgrounds in the country. Some open gifts on Christmas Eve and others wait till Christmas Day. Other types of celebrations include a "Taffy Pull" (a party for singles to meet) and "Sinck Tuck" (dancing and gift exchanges). 960 1280

John Talbot, flickr  

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fireworks explode near a traditional Rio de Janeiro Christmas tree during the official lighting ceremony at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake. In Brazil, Santa Claus is called Papai Noel. Favorite holiday foods include chicken, turkey, ham, rice, pork, and fresh and dried fruits. 960 1280

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Panama

Panama

Panamanian dancers celebrate the Christmas holiday season wearing traditional clothes called polleras in Panama City. Polleras originate from the Azuero Peninsula in central Panama. 960 1280

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Mexico

Mexico

An actor performs on the streets during the "Three Kings Day" festival in Mexico City. "Three Kings Day" is a Christian holiday in Mexico that celebrates the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to the baby Christ. 960 1280

Henry Romero, Reuters  

London

London

Christmas traditions in the UK are much like the US. Christmas trees, holly and mistletoe are used as decorations. One difference: instead of milk and cookies, the children in London often leave mince pies and brandy for Father Christmas. 960 1280

Reuters  

Italy

Italy

The Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, adorned with Christmas lights, is pictured in downtown Milan. One of the biggest ways to celebrate the holiday in Italy is by displaying the Nativity crib scene. Many families display the cribs in their homes and place a baby Jesus in it on the night of Dec. 24. 960 1280

Alessandro Garofalo, Reuters  

Russia

Russia

People dressed as Father Frost, the equivalent of Santa Claus, and Snow Maiden greet passers-by during a New Year's parade in Bishkek, Russia. In Russia, New Year's celebrations are very important (sometimes more than Christmas). Father Frost brings presents to children. The traditional greeting on New Year's is "S Novym Godom." 960 1280

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Bondi Beach, Australia

Bondi Beach, Australia

Australia's world famous Bondi Beach hosts the annual Sunburnt Christmas Festival on Christmas Day. About 4000 partygoers celebrate a summertime Christmas on the beach with DJs, bikini contests and an Aussie BBQ lunch. 960 1280

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Finland

Finland

Rovaniemi, Finland is proud to be the official home of Santa Claus. Visit the Santa Claus Village in Lapland anytime of the year to meet Father Christmas and cross the magical Arctic Circle. After you meet Santa, take a sleigh ride with traditional Sami reindeer and learn more about Lapland’s native people. 960 1280

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Christmas in Reykjavik is a magical time with its winter landscape and unique traditions. Visit the Christmas Village in Hafnarfjordur or Reykjavik's main Christmas Market in Ingolfstorg Square for unique holiday gifts and Yuletide music. And for children, there are not just one, but 13 Santas, or Yule Lads, bearing gifts.  960 1280

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Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg, Germany

One of the most impressive Christmas markets in Europe can be found in Nuremberg, Germany. The sprawling market in the city's Old Quarter has more than 200 vendors that sell seasonal and traditional goods, like mulled wine and handmade ornaments. And a wooden Ferris wheel, carousel and steam train create a winter wonderland for children. 960 1280

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The National Tree

The National Tree

The National Tree lighting is a yearly tradition that started in 1923 with President Calvin Coolidge and takes place after Thanksgiving. Every year free tickets are acquired through a lottery for the seated ceremony or you can visit the tree until the beginning of January at its location opposite the White House lawn. The tree lighting will also be on your local PBS station.  960 1280

Anthony Quintano, Flickr  

Inside the White House

Inside the White House

Each season the White House is decked out in holiday finery for visitors from all over the world to enjoy. In 2014 the decorations paid tribute to the Armed Forces and their families. This is the Blue Room. It is always free to tour the White House though it is advised to book tickets well in advance of your travels. 960 1280

Photo by Anthony Quintano, Flickr  

Our House

Our House

The White House library boasts more than 2,700 books and a round table covered in hand painted globes. On last year’s tree many of the ornaments were handwritten messages composed by children like Vicky Somma of Occoquan, Virginia thanking the troops for their service. 960 1280

Photo by Anthony Quintano, Flickr  

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

Last year's 18-foot balsam fir in the White House Blue Room was adorned with medals, badges and patches gathered from our military serving all over the world. 960 1280

Photo by Angi English, Flickr  

The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier

Located just a car ride west of our nation’s capital is another white house, The Greenbrier resort, which has been frequented by 26 U.S. presidents since it opened in 1778. Located in West Virginia beneath the Allegheny Mountains the resort hosts several tree lighting ceremonies, visits from Santa and numerous rooms filled the holiday trimmings. 960 1280

Photo courtesy the Greenbrier  

Lucky Lady

Lucky Lady

Day visitors are always welcome at the Greenbrier, and there are plenty of sights to see all across the sprawling 10,000-acre resort. During the holidays, Christmas trees, carolers and other distractions lurk around every corner to occupy the kids so mom and dad can sneak off to the casino. 960 1280

Photo courtesy the Greenbrier  

Parlor Games

Parlor Games

Cozy up to the parlor, relax and sip a warm brandy. Rest assured, if the holiday cheer goes to your head, the Greenbrier is sure to find room for you. They’ve got over 700 rooms and suites and a staff of elves ready for turn down service. 960 1280

Photo courtesy the Greenbrier  

The Jefferson

The Jefferson

The historic Jefferson hotel in Richmond opened on Halloween in 1895. The grand dame has played host to the likes of Elvis Presley, who reportedly brought his own television, perhaps so he could shoot it out. They invite you to come on down and hear the tall tales, see the tree and enjoy live music. The decorations will be up until January 3.  960 1280

Photo courtesy The Jefferson Hotel/Hayes & Fisk Photography  

Moving on Up

Moving on Up

We’re looking forward to some quality time with these nutcrackers and a Lady Astor from the Jefferson’s grand mix master. The Lady (grey goose vodka, Cointreau, freshly squeezed lime, white cranberry juice) pairs nicely with her mate, the Jack Rose (Laird's applejack, Jack Rudy grenadine, lemon, Peychaud's bitters). Talk about holidays on ice! 960 1280

Photo courtesy The Jefferson Hotel/Hayes & Fisk Photography  

Hilton Chicago

Hilton Chicago

Located within stumbling distance of the shops of Michigan Avenue the historic Hilton of Chicago was recently given a complete refresh and is ready to host your holiday fun. Stop in to the hotel’s 720 South lounge and ask for a Christmas in a Glass, a gingerbread-flavored sparkling cocktail sure to cheer. The floor-to-ceiling décor features nearly two thousand inches of decorated garland, a 30” Poinsettia kissing ball and 60 ft. wreaths throughout the hotel. 960 1280

Photo courtesy Hilton Chicago   

Hotel Roanoke

Hotel Roanoke

Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Tudor-style Hotel Roanoke was built in 1882 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You’re invited to come and take in the twinkling lights and Christmas decorations; we recommend a stopover in the Pine Room, which was once an officer’s club during WWII. 960 1280

Photo courtesy Hotel Roanoke  

Battle of the Trees

Battle of the Trees

Every holiday season the hotel hosts numerous events such as Fashions for Evergreens, a competition featuring 34 custom designed trees that raises money for the United Way of the Roanoke Valley. Come and pick your favorite. 960 1280

Photo courtesy Hotel Roanoke  

The Inns of Aurora

The Inns of Aurora

About an hour west of Syracuse, the charming Inns of Aurora are comprised of the Aurora Inn (seen here), Rowland House and the E. B. Morgan House. Around 1833 the Aurora Inn started taking in weary merchants hauling produce down the Erie Canal to New York City, while the others were private homes.  960 1280

Photo courtesy the Inns of Aurora  

Toddy for Two

Toddy for Two

When fire destroyed part of nearby Wells College, the inn gave students a place to bivouac. It is in this tradition of hospitality that you are invited to stop in, put up your feet by the fire and enjoy a toddy or four. Personally, we’re itching to try the Cayuga Lake Monster. Don’t ask what’s in it; just drink it. 960 1280

Photo courtesy the Inns of Aurora  

Waldorf Astoria, New York

Waldorf Astoria, New York

You may know that the Waldorf is where room service originated, but did you know that personal concierges will arrange every holiday detail for you like an in-room grand piano for caroling as well as life-sized chocolate figurine if desired? (Yes, someone went there.) Slobs like us will are glad to loiter in the lobby after a visit to Sir Harry’s Bar. 960 1280

Photo courtesy Waldorf Astoria, New York  

The Driskill

The Driskill

Ever since it opened in 1886, Austin’s Driskill is the place to be seen or not seen – depending on whom you’re with. We’re not here to judge, but we do think it’s one of the best places in Texas to take in holiday festivities like the lighting of the big tree or a swig of nog in the infamous bar. 960 1280

Photo by Trey Ratcliff, Flickr  

Texas Xmas

Texas Xmas

Located just a stone’s throw from the state capitol, the Driskill opened five days before Christmas in 1886 making it Austin’s oldest hotel. Legend has it that owner Jesse Driskill, a wealthy cattleman, lost the hotel in a game of poker and died of a stroke in 1890. We think you should get to making your own legend at the storied flop, albeit a 4-star one. 960 1280

Photo courtesy the Driskill  

Spending Christmas Stag

Spending Christmas Stag

The Driskill feels so familiar we wouldn’t mind spending the holidays there alone. If this longhorn hanging above the mantle in the Driskill Bar could talk we’re sure he’d wax poetic about many a filly under the mistletoe. Just steer clear of him should you have one to many spirits. (Steer, get it?) 960 1280

Photo by Jonas Lamis, Flickr  

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

All season long there are free opportunities to have your picture made with Santa, hear live music or take in the holiday lights. 960 1280

Photo by Jack Thielepape, Flickr  

Windsor Court Hotel

Windsor Court Hotel

New Orleans is our go-to for celebrating almost anything though we must confess Christmas hadn’t cast its shadow – until now. Thanks to spots like Windsor Court catering specifically to the traveling celebrant we’re checking things twice. Holiday guests are invited to get toasty with a "Santa’s Little Helper" specialty cocktail (Licor43, Canton Domaine Ginger Liqueur, lime juice, amaretto and cream) while admiring the twinkling lights adorning the 19 1/2 foot tree in the opulent lobby. After weeks with kids and relatives maybe it should be called Mommy’s Little Helper. 960 1280

Photo courtesy Windsor Court Hotel  

The Roosevelt, New Orleans

The Roosevelt, New Orleans

If tales of Sazerac-swilling politicians and hard-partying rock stars are on your short list or you just want to be naughty, get thee to the Roosevelt. Check in for a stretch or just stop by and check out the over-the-top Christmas decorations at this stunning Waldorf Astoria property.  960 1280

Photo by: Infrogmation, Flickr  

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

Our quest for amazing Christmas decorations continues west to one of our all-time favorite resorts: the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Even Santa can’t resist the City of Sin decked out with snowflakes and polar bears and penguins and more twinkling lights than the desert sky. And unlike most things in town, it’s all free to see. 960 1280

Photo courtesy the Bellagio  

Bellagio Has Heart

Bellagio Has Heart

In the 1985 comedy “Lost in America” casino mogul Gary Marshall threw Albert Brooks out of the Desert Inn for suggesting an ad campaign with Santa Claus to demonstrate that the dice joint had a heart. Call us crazy, but we’re digging the Bellagio’s classy tree and its tasteful trimmings. 960 1280

Photo courtesy the Bellagio  

San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall

Buddy the Elf was on to something when he said the name Francisco is fun to say – over and over and over. During the holidays it’s fun to look at, too and City Hall spreads the spirit all of December. Stroll on by. 960 1280

Photo by Shawn Clover, Flickr  

San Francisco Hyatt Regency

San Francisco Hyatt Regency

The John Portman-designed Union Square Hyatt is a free photo op all year, but during the holiday season it manages to shine just a little brighter. Even those high anxiety-inducing glass elevators are illuminated in the colors of the season. 960 1280

Photo by David Yu, Flickr  

Neiman Marcus Rotunda

Neiman Marcus Rotunda

After riding the elevators at the Hyatt a couple of times, hop over to the Neiman Marcus and check out the gargantuan four-story tall Christmas in the middle of the store’s rotunda. Better yet, if you’re parched, grab a libation and walk in circles and drink in all the splendid. ‘Tis the season! 960 1280

Photo by Thomas Hawk, Flickr  

San Francisco Fairmont

San Francisco Fairmont

We didn’t think it was possible to make San Francisco's elegant Fairmont even prettier, but during the holidays this jewel shines even brighter. Take a rest in the lobby and stare at the tree and if you’re so inclined book yourself a spot at the annual Gingerbread Holiday Tea or head down to the Tonga Room for cocktails served in coconut shells. Spend nothing but time or relieve yourself of some folding money. You’re worth it. 960 1280

Photo by Russell Mondy, Flickr  

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge

No one does Christmas quite like the family of Disney resorts and hopping on and off the monorail to check them all out can be more fun that Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. We especially love this massive fir gracing the lobby on the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando. And if your hakuna needs a little matata, adult beverages are ready for you at the Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar or the Victoria Falls Lounge. 960 1280

Photo by: WBeem, Flickr  

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

This Palm Beach-style Disney resort features live jazz, ragtime and even old Disney standards. During Christmas it is decked out with numerous trees weighted down by hundreds of shiny ornaments. Papa will surely take delight in what’s shaking at Mizner's Lounge: Manhattan’s and Sidecars made with top shelf spirits. Thanks, Saint Nick. 960 1280

Photo by: Mark Willard, Flickr  

New York Street Walking

New York Street Walking

It's not what you think. New York City is known for its holiday splendor and the hefty price tag that normally accompanies it. Window watching is free and gets more entertaining every year as the luxury retailers like Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman try and one up each other with unique holiday displays.  960 1280

Photo by Chris Ford, Flickr  

Barneys New York

Barneys New York

Every year we can't wait to see what Barney’s creative director Simon Doonan is cooking up for the store’s Madison Avenue windows.  In 2010 he teamed up with the Food Network and created displays for a "Have a Foodie Christmas" theme. Seen here are several celebrities chefs such as Anthony Bourdain, Bobby FlayEmeril LagasseGuy Fieri and Wolfgang Puck in an epic holiday food fight. 960 1280

Photo by: Wally Gobetz, Flickr  

Henri Bendel

Henri Bendel

Cool New Yorker’s pretend they aren’t eager for the day when designers tear away the brown butcher paper masking store windows to reveal eclectic displays that may not make sense to Joe from Peoria. For example, Henri Bendel’s 2013 happening scene honored celebrity caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. Woody, Holly Golightly, Liz, Whoopi and others were all there. 960 1280

Photo by: gigi_nyc, Flickr  

Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale's

The brown bag store brought Christmas greetings from all over the world to its 59th Street store. The 2013 display featured iconic London locations such as the London Eye and Big Ben.  960 1280

Photo by: gigi_nyc, Flickr  

Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue

A previous holiday display at Saks Fifth Avenue was all about peace, love and understanding. 960 1280

Photo by: Wally Gobetz, Flickr  

Lord & Taylor

Lord & Taylor

Known to service a more conservative clientele, Lord & Taylor’s past Christmas display played a little safer than other retailers. It featured a slice of life of a Victorian family band that toured the countryside in a multi-colored horse drawn carriage. 960 1280

Photo by: Wally Gobetz, Flickr  

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman

We’ve grown to expect over-the-top creations from the creative team at Bergdorf Goodman. Just when we thought promenading down 5th Avenue couldn’t be more fabulous, they roll out this Christmas creation. 960 1280

Photo by: Wally Gobetz, Flickr  

Bright Lights, Big City

Bright Lights, Big City

This Bergdorf Goodman Christmas window is presented without comment. 960 1280

Photo by: Tasayu Tasnaphun, Flickr  

Linda Horn

Linda Horn

Linda Horn recently relocated her antique shop to the Upper East Side at Madison Avenue and 93rd, which happens to be one of our favorite Manhattan secrets. Her shop, this adorable ice fishing window display and Sarabeth’s make it worth the trip. 960 1280

Photo by: Wally Gobetz, Flickr  

Macy's

Macy's

Home of the original Miracle on 34th Street and the real Santa Claus, no Christmas in New York is complete without a stroll past Macy’s. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. 960 1280

Photo by: Wally Gobetz, Flickr  

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

And finally, we’ll always have Paris and the jaw dropping Christmas decorations of the George V. We love you. 960 1280

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris  

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