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.
Ornaments at Christkindlmarket Chicago
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.
Christmas ball ornaments at Christkindlmarket Chicago
A popular item at the market is ornaments. You'll find them in every color and shape.
Pig ornaments at Christkindlmarket Chicago
There are even ornaments for the pig lover in you. Oink, oink!
Customer buying nuts at Christkindlmarket Chicago
In addition to ornaments, your taste buds will be happy with goodies like warm, spiced nuts.
Gingerbread at Christkindlmarket Chicago
And authentic gingerbread is sure to satisfy that holiday hunger.
Christmas Tree at the Gaylord Palms
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.
Ice Nativity Scene at the Gaylord Palms
The Gaylord Palms' ICE! features ice sculptures and slides. The sculptures include everything from a nativity scene to this year's theme, Dreamworks' Shrek.
Gingerbread house competition at The Grove Park Inn
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 at Grove Park Inn National Gingerbread House Competition
Judges study one of the gingerbread creations at the competition as they try to narrow the field and select a grand prize winner.
Life-size gingerbread house at Christmas at the Galt House: KaLightoscope Christmas
The Galt House’s annual KaLightoscope display features larger-than-life lighted holiday sculptures. The life-size gingerbread house kicks things off.
Snowman sleigh riding at The Galt House
Watch out for Frosty! He is doing a little sleigh riding at the Galt House in Louisville, KY.
Santa Claus at Christmas at the Galt House: KaLightoscope Christmas<
Santa wants in on the action, too. He grabs his snowboard and hits the slopes.
Miracle on 34th street in Baltimore
Neighbors of Baltimore's 34th Street get together each year to put on an amazing light display.
Miracle on 34th street homes in Baltimore
Inflatable characters, musical trains, and blinking angels and reindeer adorn the homes. The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1.
The Christmas tree at the Ritz Carlton in California
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.