Two great cities to enjoy Christmas in the USA

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If you’ve ever been lucky enough to spend Christmas in the USA, you’ll no doubt understand why it’s one of the best times of year to visit the country. Across the different states, where culture and temperature vary so vastly in December, everywhere has its own traditions over the festive period – but one thing they all agree on is Christmas is a big deal. If you’re planning to travel over to the states, but aren’t sure where to stay, take a look at our two picks of the best cities to enjoy Christmas in.


You will definitely want to wrap up warm, but if you’re looking for a cold Christmas, Chicago is a great place to head and a city where you’re also likely to experience a white Christmas! The city has a whole host of festive entertainment for locals and visitors to enjoy including the city’s traditional Christkindlemarkt – a German-themed Christmas market offering German food and drink, toys and handmade crafts. The city’s famous Christmas tree is lit up each year in Daley Plaza and rivals the famous tree in New York. The million lights lining the Magnificent Mile is another Christmas treat you can’t miss.

New York City

The big apple has to be one of the most incredible places in the world to spend Christmas. The city attracts thousands of visitors each year in the run-up to the holidays and with so much to see and do, it never fails to get everyone in the festive spirit. The giant Christmas tree sits each year at the Rockefeller Centre and has a concert and celebrations geared around the lights being switched on. There’s also the Radio City spectacular which brings tourists from all around the world to see the festive Broadway-inspired show. With films such as Elf, Home Alone 2 and Miracle on 34th Street putting the city on the festive map, a Christmas spent in NYC is one you’ll never forget.

If you’re travelling to the United States, you need to ensure you complete an ESTA visa application, which you will need to take with you when you travel. If it’s your first time applying for your ESTA visa, why not take a look at our What is an Esta Visa page.