Local Guides to Holiday & Christmas Events Near You

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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  

Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Guide to Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Christmas at Disneyland Resort

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Best Holiday and Christmas Events In Palm Springs, CA

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Christmas Events in Arizona- Your Guide to the Holidays

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Best Christmas Events in San Diego For the Whole Family

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Top Ten Holiday Events to Enjoy with Kids in Southern California

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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

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Splash Into the Holidays at Great Wolf Lodge Resorts – Halloween and Christmas Fun!

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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

Family Friendly Santa Rosa Holiday Events

A world of celebration awaits your family this holiday in Santa Rosa, California. Travel from Mexico to Italy through different cultural festivities, listen to the sounds of Germany and Ireland,...
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Holiday Events in San Francisco to Enjoy with Kids

San Francisco's got it all for the holidays: ice skating, candy decorations, Victorian era villages, Nutcracker teas, and even light peeping aboard a trolley car! Check out our favorite holiday...
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Top Holiday & Christmas Events in Northern California with Kids

In the spirit of holiday sharing here are Trekaroo’s top picks for holiday activities in Northern California that are perfect for creating special days that make for wonderful memories.
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Spend the Holidays in El Dorado County, California

Enjoy a California Gold Rush Getaway with your family this winter and holiday season in El Dorado County as you explore explore Folsom, Placerville, Coloma, & Camino.
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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


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During the holiday season, Vancouver, Whistler, and Victoria, British Columbia all come alive with festive sights, sounds, and smells. Here are some great picks if your family wants to get...
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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

Christmas Events In Pittsburgh: Your Guide to the Holidays

Picture this: families all bundled up drinking hot chocolate and whirling around an outdoor ice skating rink lit up by a 65-foot Christmas tree. The clippity-clop of horse hooves pulling...
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Boston Christmas and Holiday Events for Families

Christmas in New England 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....
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Christmas Celebrations for the family in and around Philadelphia

The holiday season is a great time to reconnect with your family and take time to enjoy the festivities with your kids. In Philly, there are so many family-friendly activities...
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Family Holiday Activities in Montreal, Quebec

Find family friendly holiday activities in Montreal for your Christmas vacation.
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Kid-friendly Activities for the Toronto Christmas Season

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Holiday and Christmas Events in New York City with Kids

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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


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Top Holiday Events to Enjoy with Kids in South Florida

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Holiday Events in Middle America


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.

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Top Ten Holiday Events to enjoy with kids in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City becomes a magical winter scene surrounded by the stunning snow-capped Wasatch Mountains each holiday season. The scene is idyllic, with a pile of holiday cheer on top!
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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.

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

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Kid-Friendly Holiday Events in the Twin Cities

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Grapevine, Texas is a small town that knows how to celebrate! With over 1,400 Christmas events over a 40 day period, it's no wonder that Grapevine has been awarded this...
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Chicago goes all out spreading the holiday cheer! Whether you need to pay a visit to Santa, enjoy a peaceful ride or fun-filled walk through a lights display, or catch...
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Island and Tropical Holiday Destinations

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

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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.

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About the author

LiLing Pang is Co-founder and CEO of Trekaroo . She is a mom to two boys and a girl and recently traveled 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 and a half year old.

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