Christmas Crazy

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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Giant Onion Drop, St. George’s, Bermuda

Giant Onion Drop, St. George’s, Bermuda

Each year in St. George’s, Bermuda, a giant paper mache Bermuda onion festooned in holiday lights is dropped in front of the town hall. 960 1280

Dennis Martins  

Guitar Drop, Memphis, Tenn.

Guitar Drop, Memphis, Tenn.

The Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street rings in the New Year in Memphis with its annual guitar drop. The ten-foot Gibson guitar is dropped more than 100 feet as part of a televised event that includes live music performances for a crowd of more than 50,000 revelers. 960 1280

Hard Rock Memphis  

Giant Potato Drop, Boise, Idaho

Giant Potato Drop, Boise, Idaho

For this year’s annual potato drop in Boise, an Idaho-based design firm is fabricating a brand new 17-foot long, high-tech internally lit “Glow-tato.” Reps from Idaho’s New Year’s Commission insist it will be more realistic and more durable than previous years’ potatoes. To see the animated build process visit: www.GlowTato.com. 960 1280

Idaho New Years Commission  

Orange Drop, Miami, Fla.

Orange Drop, Miami, Fla.

It may look like a ball from a distance, but in Miami, revelers ring in the New Year with the dropping of The Big Orange.  960 1280

Joe Raedle  

Giant Acorn Drop, Raleigh, N.C.

Giant Acorn Drop, Raleigh, N.C.

Each December 31 a giant copper acorn, the official monument commemorating the bicentennial of “the City of Oaks,” is transported from Raleigh’s Moore Square to the roof of the Civic Center where it’s dropped to celebrate the New Year.  960 1280

Mark Haynes  

Peach Drop, Atlanta, Ga.

Peach Drop, Atlanta, Ga.

At the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Southeast, Atlantans drop a giant peach at midnight.  960 1280

Paras Griffin  

Electric Moon Pie Drop, Mobile, Ala.

Electric Moon Pie Drop, Mobile, Ala.

Moon Pie Over Mobile is the annual New Year’s celebration in Mobile, Ala. Festivities include  the cutting of the world’s largest moon pie and the dropping of a 600-pound, electric, fully-lit moon pie at midnight.  960 1280

Mike Tabb  

Pickle Drop, Mount Olive, N.C.

Pickle Drop, Mount Olive, N.C.

Described by the sponsor as “dill-lightful,” the Mount Olive Pickle Company hosts an annual New Year’s Eve fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Festivities include live music and the 7 p.m. drop of a giant, fully-lit pickle at the corner of Cucumber & Vine. 960 1280

Mt. Olive Pickle Company  

Cow Drop, Marietta, Ga

Cow Drop, Marietta, Ga

Marietta’s New Year’s Eve festivities include ice sculpting, "cosmic golf" and the dropping of the Georgia-born franchise Chick-fil-A Cow. 960 1280

Lindsey Wiles  

Clam Drop, Yarmouth, Maine

Clam Drop, Yarmouth, Maine

Every December 31, Yarmouth's First Universalist Church lowers a giant clam named Steamer 25 feet from the bell tower. 960 1280

Portland Press Herald  

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For the Luxury Lover: Luxe City Guides

For the Luxury Lover: Luxe City Guides

You know good things come in small packages -- they just usually come with a hefty price tag. Not this box set, where you get 5 guides filled with insider tips for the discerning traveler in your life. 960 1280

LUXE City Guides  

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera

$500 for a point-and-shoot? This Samsung is worth the splurge thanks to its 16-meapixel sensor, 21x optical zoom, 8 GB of built-in storage and 4.8-inch LCD display. But what makes it the best of the best, is the ability to share photos on social media over wireless connectivity and its on-board photo editing, voice-command and GPS functionality. 960 1280

Samsung  

Travel Wrap

Travel Wrap

Wrap. Scarf. Plane Blanket. This staple from White + Warren will provide superior comfort on your next trip. And, of course, it's cashmere. 960 1280

Saks.com  

Private Jet Gift Card

Private Jet Gift Card

For those who don't do coach, you can purchase 10 hours for $34,950 from Magellan Jets. All Magellan's flights offer gourmet catering and 24-hour concierge services to boot. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

For the Jet-Setter: Etsy Luggage Tag

For the Jet-Setter: Etsy Luggage Tag

A classic leather luggage tag personalized with your email address from BirchCreekLeather on Etsy -- who could resist? 960 1280
Pilot and Captain Shirts

Pilot and Captain Shirts

Take pride in where you've been, where you're from or where you're going with these cheeky T-shirts from Piloandacaption.com. 960 1280

Pilotandcaptain.com  

Travelon Luggage Scale

Travelon Luggage Scale

This $20 stocking stuffer could you save you from an added baggage fee or worse from having to leave something behind on your next trip. Love the digital reader and slick design. 960 1280

  

Just for Fun: London 4D Puzzle

Just for Fun: London 4D Puzzle

A postcard is nice way to remember a city, but puzzle-lovers can recreate it from the ground up with 4D Cityscapes of London, NYC, Berlin and more. 960 1280

Fab  

Travel Scrabble

Travel Scrabble

This handsome, vintage-inspired set proves games aren't always more fun on smartphone apps. 960 1280

Restoration Hardware  

Where I've Been Scratch Map

Where I've Been Scratch Map

What's a more fun way to keep track of your travel destinations than by scratching them off one-by-one like a lottery ticket? 960 1280

fredflare.com  

JAMBOX Wireless Speaker

JAMBOX Wireless Speaker

See for yourself why it's self-proclaimed "the smallest, best sounding wireless speaker and speakerphone on the planet." 960 1280

  

For the Foodie: Aeropress Espresso Maker

For the Foodie: Aeropress Espresso Maker

Since it doesn't need to be charged or plugged in, you can have an amazing espresso anywhere. 960 1280

Aerobie, Inc.  

Food & Wine Festival Cruises

Food & Wine Festival Cruises

Foodies can set sail with some of the world's greatest chefs and wine experts aboard the popular Crystal Cruises. Experience side-by-side tastings, signature menus, cooking technique demonstrations and more. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Mobile Foodie Survival Kit

Mobile Foodie Survival Kit

What self-respecting foodie travels without his/her own organic herbs and spices? Flight 001 provides the 13 essentials from basin to cayenne. 960 1280

Flight 001  

Italian Cooking Course

Italian Cooking Course

The ultimate escape for a foodie? A cooking lessons at Anna task Lasca's cooking school in the heart of Sicily, Case Vecchie. 960 1280

Anna Tasca Lasca  

Alabama

Alabama

Bellingrath Gardens Christmas in Lights in Mobile, AL. 960 1280
Alaska

Alaska

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage, AK. 960 1280
Arizona

Arizona

Mesa Arizona Temple Christmas Lights in Mesa, AZ. 960 1280
Arkansas

Arkansas

The state capital building in Little Rock, AR, at Christmas time. 960 1280

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California

California

Enjoy the 100-foot-tall Christmas tree at the Grove in Los Angeles. 960 1280

Piriya Photography/Getty Images  

Colorado

Colorado

Colorado is full of beautiful buildings but perhaps none shines brighter than the Denver City County Building on Christmas. 960 1280

By Thirteen Of Clubs from Minneapolis (Denver Civic CenterUploaded by xnatedawgx) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Connecticut

Connecticut

Constitution Plaza is decked out for the holidays in Hartford, CT. 960 1280
District of Columbia

District of Columbia

Attend the U.S. Capital Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Washington, DC. 960 1280

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  

Delaware

Delaware

A curvy lit path leads to a cottage on a wooded lot in Ardentown, DE. 960 1280

Lisa J Goodman/Getty Images  

Florida

Florida

Mark and Kathy Hyatt celebrate the holidays with an outrageous display of holiday lights decorating their home in Fort Lauderdale, FL, known as the Hyatt House. 960 1280
Georgia

Georgia

The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Georgia puts on quite a show for the holiday season. 960 1280
Hawaii

Hawaii

The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy sits piered during the annual Pearl Harbor Festival of Lights in Hawaii. 960 1280

By U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Joshua Flanagan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons  

Idaho

Idaho

Take in the holiday display outside the Idaho State Capital Building in Boise. 960 1280
Illinois

Illinois

Christmas lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL. 960 1280
Indiana

Indiana

Drive through PeteyVille in Hammond for one of the best displays in all of Indiana. 960 1280
Iowa

Iowa

Leading up to the big tree in front of the Iowa State Capital Building, the Des Moines streets are lined with various Christmas decorations. 960 1280

Suwandi Chandra Photography/Getty Images  

Kansas

Kansas

Dubbed "The Christmas City of the High Plains," WaKeeney, Kansas been celebrating Christmas in a big way since 1950. On the Saturday following Thanksgiving each year, Santa Claus flips a switch lighting up a wonderland of over three miles of electrical wiring, 2,000 perimeter lights, a 35-foot pine Christmas tree and 1,400 pounds of fresh greenery. Photo courtesy of WaKeeney Travel & Tourism 960 1280

Harland Schuster  

Kentucky

Kentucky

Jefferson Square lights in Louisville, KY. 960 1280
Louisiana

Louisiana

Stop by the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans for some of the best holiday lights in Louisiana. 960 1280
Maine

Maine

Check out the holiday displays at one of the many lighthouses in Maine, including the Nubble Lighthouse in York (pictured above). 960 1280
Maryland

Maryland

Baltimore, MD, recreates its very own 'Miracle on 34th Street' as neighbors decorate their homes in the quirky Hampden neighborhood. 960 1280

By Flickr user: sneakerdog http://www.flickr.com/people/sneakerdog/ [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Take in the holiday cheer at the Quincy Market in Boston. 960 1280
Michigan

Michigan

Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, MI. 960 1280
Minnesota

Minnesota

There’s no better place in Minnesota to celebrate the holidays than at Bentleyville "Tour of Lights." 960 1280
Mississippi

Mississippi

City Hall is lit up for the holidays in Meridian, MS. 960 1280

By Nathan Culpepper [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Missouri

Missouri

Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, always puts on a spectacular show, especially during the holiday season. 960 1280
Montana

Montana

The Anaconda ‘Christmas Stroll’ in Montana. 960 1280
Nebraska

Nebraska

The county courthouse in Kearney, NE. 960 1280

By Ammodramus (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Nevada

Nevada

A 7-story Christmas tree sits on display in front of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. 960 1280

Ethan Miller/Getty Images  

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Stop by Enfield’s La Salette Shrine in New Hampshire to celebrate the holidays. 960 1280
New Jersey

New Jersey

Take in the festivities at the Holiday Light Show at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ. 960 1280
New Mexico

New Mexico

Enjoy the luminarios and holiday lights at Historic Plaza in Santa Fe, NM.
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Bill Heinsohn/Getty Images  

New York

New York

The bedazzled Rockefeller Christmas Tree in New York City is draped with 5 miles of LED lights and topped with a sparkling Swarovski crystal star. 960 1280
North Carolina

North Carolina

Take in the holidays at one of the most famous estates in the country, the Biltmore Manor in Asheville, NC. 960 1280
North Dakota

North Dakota

Kick off the holiday season at the Downtown Fargo-Moorhead Holiday Parade in North Dakota. 960 1280
Ohio

Ohio

Enjoy the holiday spirit at Clifton Mill in Ohio. 960 1280

By No machine-readable author provided. Moofpocket assumed (based on copyright claims). [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons  

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Take a stroll down the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, OK, to enjoy the many holiday decorations. 960 1280

By Kool Cats Photography over 2 Million Views (flickr.com) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Oregon

Oregon

There is no better place in Oregon to see holiday lights than Peacock Lane in Portland. 960 1280
Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Koziar’s Christmas Village near Bernville, PA, embodies the holiday spirit. 960 1280
Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Spend Christmas at the Breakers in Newport, RI. 960 1280
South Carolina

South Carolina

Christmas time at Homeland Gardens in Aiken, SC. 960 1280
South Dakota

South Dakota

Several light-laced trees at Christmas at the Capital in Pierre, SD. 960 1280
Tennessee

Tennessee

Revisit classic Christmas scenes while exploring the Enchanted Garden of Lights in Chattanooga, TN. 960 1280
Texas

Texas

Christmas along the San Antonio riverwalk in Texas. 960 1280

Carol Wood/Getty Images  

Utah

Utah

Temple Square Christmas Lights Celebration in Salt Lake City, UT. 960 1280
Vermont

Vermont

The Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, VT. 960 1280
Virginia

Virginia

Part of the Tacky House Tour in Richmond, VA. 960 1280
Washington

Washington

Enjoy the lights at the world-famous Pike Place open-air market in Seattle. 960 1280
West Virginia

West Virginia

Drive by one of the many holiday-themed covered bridges in West Virginia. 960 1280

Leonard Maiorani/Getty Images  

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Cathedral Square Park in downtown Milwaukee, WI. 960 1280
Wyoming

Wyoming

Holiday lights decorate the antler arches on the Town Square of Jackson, WY. 960 1280

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