Local Guides to Holiday & Christmas Events Near You

Every year, Trekaroo helps families asking, “What family-friendly Christmas events and activities are near me?” Whether you are doing some holiday travel to an exciting new destination or staying home, you’ve come to the right place. Every year, our team of fun-loving families curates the best holiday activities for your kids, with updated guides, tips.

Are you’re thinking of visiting a theme park during the holiday season? You’ll find a little extra magic sprinkling down during the holidays. Check out our special section on theme park holiday guides below.  And if you’re traveling during the holidays as a family to see family or to just get out of town, don’t miss our holiday travel tips from other families who have braved the air and the roads during the holidays.

 

Now, let’s explore local holiday activities across North America and the world.

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West Coast Holiday Events

Southern California and the Southwest

In Southern California, during the holidays you might find yourself ice skating on the beach in San Diego, watching holiday boat parades in Los Angeles, or taking in the magic & “snow” at Disneyland. While Southern California may lack cold weather, it makes up for it in wonder, awe, and holiday cheer.

Looking for a Christmas Tree farms in Southern California. Here are some favorites in Southern California | Los Angeles | San Diego | Central California  

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Guide to Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The splendor of Christmas meets the magic of Harry Potter and Universal Studios this winter and the result is nothing short of spectacular! Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry...
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Christmas at Disneyland Resort

When Disney combines the celebratory fun of the winter holidays with fantasies come to life inside their parks, the result is pure magic.
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Best Holiday and Christmas Events In Palm Springs, CA

With the holiday season in full swing, you won’t find much snow, if any, but you will find everything else you need to get you into the holiday spirit in...
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Christmas Events in Arizona- Your Guide to the Holidays

The beautiful weather makes Arizona an ideal winter destination. But how do you get in the Christmas spirit without all the typical Christmas landscapes? We’ve got you covered! Arizona offers...
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Best Christmas Events in San Diego For the Whole Family

It may not ever really feel like winter in San Diego, but despite our near-perfect weather there is still plenty to do to celebrate the holiday season. Visit Santa, ice...
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Top Ten Holiday Events to Enjoy with Kids in Southern California

There may not be snow on the ground, and the shining sun may make it feel like the perfect 75 degrees, but decorations are popping up at every corner and...
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Family-Friendly Holiday and Christmas Events in Tucson

Here are some suggestions for family-friendly holiday fun in Tucson.
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Celebrating the Holidays with Family in Albuquerque, NM

The air is crisp; luminarias and traditional Christmas lights are up all over Albuquerque. Getting in the holiday spirit with kids this December won’t be difficult. Enjoy holiday strolls, theater...
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Splash Into the Holidays at Great Wolf Lodge Resorts – Halloween and Christmas Fun!

What’s in store for the Christmas and winter holidays at Great Wolf Lodge. Snow falling in the lobby? Sleeping in a cozy Wolf Den with a lit up Christmas tree?...
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Holidays and Christmas Events in Phoenix

Explore the Holidays and Christmas in Phoenix, where your family can walk through lights, festivals, and even snow-themed events that evoke the warmth and gladness of the holiday season.
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Northern California

In Northern California, families love cutting down fresh Christmas trees at numerous u-cut Christmas farms near San Francisco and riding with Santa on a train. You can also travel back in time for a Victorian Christmas, or frolic through white-capped mountains full of playful powder. San Francisco and Sacramento’s urban core are full of Holiday and Christmas events.

More Christmas Tree Farms: San FranciscoSacramento | Central Coast | Lake Tahoe

Pacific Northwest

A little rain and a little snow, who knows what the Holiday season might bring in the Pacific Northwest. But what you can be assured to find is lots of holiday cheer.  Here are our favorite family-friendly Christmas & holiday events in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver.

Christmas Trees grow very well in the Pacific Northwest! Find Christmas Tree Farms in Oregon and Washington

 

East Coast Holiday Events

Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic

Christmas in the Northeast conjures up traditional images of twinkling tree lights white with snow, door to door caroling, and wintry streets primed with shoppers looking for the perfect gift. What about ice-skating in New York City? Find your favorite holiday activities in these historic cities.

Looking for a Christmas Tree Farms? Here are our favorite in Connecticut | Delaware  | New Jersey | New York | PhiladelphiaToronto

Florida and the South Holiday Events

Enjoy southern charm and hospitality during the Christmas and holiday season located in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. 

You might also be interested in finding holiday cheer  at Christmas Tree Farms in Florida  | North Carolina

 

Holiday Events in Middle America

Mountain

Stunning snow-capped mountains of America’s mountain region are the backdrop for family fun featuring visits with Santa. You’ll find incredibly detailed light displays, community outreach opportunities, and fantastic holiday music in Utah, Colorado, and even West in Carson City.

Visit a Christmas Tree farm and cut your own: Denver & Colorado Springs | Utah Wasatch Front

Midwest & Texas

From visiting with Santa at the top of the world to down-home traditions and fantastic light displays, Chicago and the Midwest offer plenty for celebrating the season. Don’t miss the Texas-sized holiday fun down south.

Ready to trim a Christmas Tree, cut you own this Christmas at one of these farms: Chicago | MinnesotaDallas & Fort Worth | Central Texas 

Island and Tropical Holiday Destinations

Feeling the tropical lure for the holidays? Check out Christmas on Hawaii | Christmas in Cancun! 

Holiday Events in International Destinations

Get away for the holidays to explore these great international destinations during the Christmas and Winter holiday break.

The Holidays at Theme Parks

Theme parks throughout the country are joining in the on the holiday-themed fun. Disney Parks are famous for their quality holiday offerings. My can’t miss recommendation- watch the fireworks & light show at Sleeping Beauty’s castle before enjoying the snow!

Holiday Travel Tips

Traveling for the holidays is always exciting, but it does present extra challenges to families during this busy travel season. You are more likely to experience packed flights and delays. Trekaro families have been in your shoes and share their tips on how to smooth out the bumps of holiday travel with kids.

About the author

LiLing Pang is Co-founder and CEO of Trekaroo . She is a mom to two boys and a girl (13, 11, and 3) currently traveling through Central America. Together with her husband, Brennan Pang, they hatched the idea of Trekaroo one summer day along the California coast while searching for the best kid-friendly tide pool near La Jolla with their curious 2.5 year old.

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