Holidays on Trekaroo: Explore Local Christmas & Holiday Attractions in Your Neighborhood

Looking for family-friendly Christmas and holiday activities near you? Heading out on holiday to an exciting new destination? You’ve come to the right place. We cover the best holiday activities for your kids every year, with updated guides, tips, and recommendations on the fun near you, or near where you are traveling to this winter holiday. Let’s explore local holiday activities across North America and the world.

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WEST COAST Southern California & the Southwest | Northern California | Pacific Northwest
EAST COAST the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic | The South
MIDDLE AMERICA Mountain States | Midwest & Texas
UNIQUE DESTINATIONS: Island & Tropical Christmas Locales | Theme Parks at Christmas | International Getaways

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West Coast

 Southern California & Southwest

From ice skating on the beach in San Diego, watching holiday boat parades in Los Angeles, to taking in the magic & “snow” at Disneyland, Southern California may lack cold weather, but they make up for it in wonder, awe, and holiday cheer.

Explore Southern California Christmas and Holiday Activities | San Diego Holiday | Palm Springs HolidayDisneyland | Theme Parks | Christmas at Universal Studios (Hogwarts!) | Where to Enjoy Holiday Lights in Los Angeles | Christmas Activities in and around Los Angeles

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Hop over to Arizona & New Mexico for more great holiday destinations. Christmas & Holidays in Tucson | Phoenix | Albuquerque  | Holiday Events in Flagstaff, AZ |

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Photos by: Disneyland Resort; Shutterstock/Bill Florence; Flickr/mnchilemom

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Northern California

In Northern California, families can cut down fresh Christmas trees at numerous farms, ride with Santa on a train, frolic through white capped mountains full of playful powder, or stay urban in San Francisco and Sacramento’s urban core full of activities.

Explore Northern California Holiday ActivitiesSan Francisco Holiday San Jose’s Holiday | Santa Rosa Holidays | Holiday events in the Silicon Valley & San Jose | Holiday Ice Rinks in San Francisco |  Where to See Holiday Lights in San Francisco

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Photos by: Shutterstock/St. Nick; Shutterstock/Pavel L Photo and Video; Shutterstock/gorillaimages

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Pacific Northwest

The rain may not have stopped, but the Pacific Northwest just got a whole lot merrier! Check out great family-friendly Christmas & holiday events.

Explore Seattle’s Holiday Activities | Enjoy Portland’s Best Light Displays | Best Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Vancouver | Five Great Holiday Events in Portland | Where to see Christmas Lights in and around Seattle

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Photo by: Shutterstock/davegkugler; Shutterstock/Victoria Ditkovsky; Shutterstock/Jennifer Zhou

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East Coast

The Northeast & 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. Find your favorite holiday activities in these fabulous locales.

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The South

Take full advantage of southern charm and hospitality during the Christmas and holiday season in these great places.

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Middle America


The stunning snow-capped mountains are the backdrop for family fun featuring visits with Santa, incredibly detailed light displays, community outreach, and fantastic holiday music in Utah, Colorado, and even West in Carson City.

Explore Denver Holiday Activities | Salt Lake City  | Carson City | Places to Ice Skate in Utah | Best Holiday Light Displays in Utah | Fun Holiday Events in SLC

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Nationwide Holiday Tips & Tricks

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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.

Explore Chicago’s Holiday Activities | Check out Christmas activities in Milwaukee | Explore Christmas in Columbus | Twin Cities Holidays | Texas’ Holiday Resort Activities | Enjoy Holiday fun in Houston  | Where to see Christmas Lights in San Antonio, Texas | Where to See Christmas Lights in Kansas City | Where to See Christmas Lights in Columbus | Holiday & Christmas Fun in Grapevine Texas | Christmas Activities for Families in Dallas Fort Worth | Christmas & Holidays at Texas State Parks | Celebrating the Holidays in Austin, Texas | Christmas & Winter Holidays in San Antonio |

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Photos by: Bigstock/amadeustx; Barton Creek Resort & Spa; Bigstock/Yaro

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Island & Tropical Christmas Vacations

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

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Photos by: Bigstock/Ellensmile; Bigstock/holbox

Nationwide & International Destinations

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!

Explore Disney Park’s Holiday Activities  | Explore Nationwide Theme Park Holiday Activities | Visit with Shrek for the Holidays

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Photos by: Disneyland Resort; Shutterstock/Supanee Hickman; Bigstock/ninescene


International Destinations 

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

Explore London for Christmas  | Christmas in Cancun! 

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Photos by: Bigstock/IRstone; Bigstock/holbox


About the author

Katie Bodell is Trekaroo’s Blog Editor, a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. She loves the Bible, learning & research, musical theater, indy music, artsy films, languages, and diverse cultural encounters. Her husband is thankful that google can now answer all of her perpetual random questions.

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