This year, spread festive cheer far and wide by traveling with FlixBus. Our routes cover the finest seasonal destinations in the country, from magical amusement parks like Disneyland to entertainment hubs and places to stock up on Christmas gifts.
What is there to do during the Christmas holidays? Well, apart from filling up on turkey and trimming the tree, Christmas is a time for dazzling light shows, magical stage productions, festive markets, skating arm in arm on outdoor rinks, and traveling with FlixBus to plenty of great destinations.
Wherever you choose, we make getting there simple, with plenty of affordable fares and convenient departures from cities all over the USA. Check out our picks for the top 5 Christmas destinations, and start planning a seasonal spectacular.
LA offers much more than just winter sunshine for festive visitors. One spectacle not to be missed is the LA Zoo lights. Every year, the city zoo is decorated in grand style to create a "Winter Wonderland" effect. It's a mesmerizing experience, complete with animated elephants, dazzlingly colorful illuminated tunnels, and even the chance to camp overnight in a magical setting.
Then there's Christmas, Disney-style. A Disneyland Christmas visit is a captivating experience, with outdoor skating, special rides like the Jingle Jamboree, and the chance to share some yuletide joy with Minnie, Micky and friends. Give your family a Disneyland Christmas they'll never forget.
San Francisco is another Californian city which makes you appreciate why Christmas is the best holiday. Fans of literature will adore the city's Dickens Fair, which transports you back to Dickensian times with iconic scenes from A Christmas Carol at the Cow Palace Exhibition Halls. You can follow that up with a performance of the Nutcracker at the San Francisco Opera House for a real night of culture.
Union Square is also a festive delight, with its beautiful illuminations and the city Christmas tree (not to mention Christmas markets and the attractions of Downtown's liveliest dining district). Skate under lights at the Civic Center Winter Park, or those with a sweet tooth can take in the Fairmont's famous Gingerbread House, made from over 10,000 genuine gingerbread bricks. Everywhere you look there's seasonal fun in Frisco.
Southern California ups the festivities level to fever pitch as Christmas approaches, and San Diego is right at the heart of the action. The crowning glory has to be December Nights San Diego, which take place in Balboa Park. Totally free, these evening events are packed with dance, music, art, markets, and gourmet food - as well as plenty of festive atmosphere.
But there's more to San Diego's holiday spirit than December Nights. Take in festive concerts at Copley Hall, attend pop-up markets in Little Italy, or head to Seaport Village where the waterfront hosts a Christmas-themed amusement park. Celebrate a SoCal Christmas with Surfin' Santa, or summon up some courage to try the 100 foot reindeer ice slide.
Arizona might not have the most festive climate, but Phoenix certainly goes to town where celebrations are concerned, and it's a great place to be during the holiday period. The Phoenix Zoo lights give LA a run for its money, combining the 200 foot long Polar Slide with spellbinding illuminations, resulting in the perfect family attraction.
Elsewhere, the fun continues. The c hosts another gorgeous light show and the city center offers the CitySkate ice rink, while neighborhoods like Peoria or Mesa host their own Christmas festivals. Expect pop-up food trucks, appearances from Santa Claus, and plenty of opportunities to pick up artisan craft products.
Phoenix isn't the only desert city that becomes a Winter Wonderland every December. In fact, Las Vegas probably goes further than any other city in conjuring up a festive atmosphere. For anyone who loves Christmas lights Las Vegas is simply unmissable. From Cowabunga Bay's Christmas Town, to the Magical Forest in Opportunity Village, there's an endless array of light shows to experience in Sin City.
In the middle of all the glitz and glitter, there are also plenty of unforgettable experiences to savor. Watch classical and carol concerts by the Bellagio Fountains, strap on some ice skates at the Cosmopolitan, or pay Santa a visit at Mandalay Bay. Or just spend your break living the Vegas lifestyle - it's up to you.
Christmas means being with the ones you love, and making the holiday period as special as possible - whether you stay at home or choose a vacation destination.
Yep, Christmas Day is a Federal holiday, along with New Year's Day.
If your Christmas tree isn't picture perfect, don't worry. They can be lop-sided, droopy, and shed needles, but so can you after too many Christmas tipples. But it's not about perfection. It's about decorating them with heart and gathering round the tree to celebrate being together, right?