Day 5 is here! Trendom’s 12 Days of Christmas is here to guide you with tips and tricks to get you through the holiday season. Over the week and a half til Christmas, we’ll bring you the best holiday drinks, must-have stocking stuffers and tips on where to get those last minute gifts that always pop up on your to do list. Today we have 8 Must-See Attractions!
Not sure where to go for this year’s Christmas Vacation? Trendom’s got you covered! I’ve put together a list of 8 places you must visit at some point in your life during the holiday season.
Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree
New York City, New York,
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is arguably the most famous tree in the world. It is anywhere from 69 to 100 feet tall, and has 45,00 LED lights. It has been lit every year since 1933, from late November/early December through the beginning of January, and draws in crowds of thousands of people from around the world. It also offers ice skating beneath the twinkling lights.
It’s the perfect place to practice your ice skating moves to impress Harry Styles…
This market dates back to the mid-16th century. It is one of the biggest in the world, and hosts 2 millions visitors each year. It opens the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent, and is open through Christmas Eve. You can try their world famous sausage and gingerbread, meet the Christkind (She is the symbol of the Market, and is chosen through a biannual vote by the citizens of Nuremberg. She gives presents to the Children’s Hospital and makes appearances throughout the world), and shop for presents from all over the world.
Star of Bethlehem
Palmer Lake, Colorado
This 457-foot star is the largest illuminated outdoor star in the world. The town wanted to build something to show courage, determination, and optimism during the height of the Great Depression. It has been lit every year since 1935, beginning on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving and remaining so through the beginning of January. It also illuminated on Memorial Day, 9/11, Veteran’s Day, and in red white and blue on the Fourth of July. The Star Lighting ceremony includes a Chili Supper, hayrides, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa.
It can be seen from the north end of Colorado Springs, and was designated as a Colorado Historic site by History Colorado in February 2013.
Tallin Christmas Market
This Christmas market traditionally opens during the last week of November and stays open through the first week of January. It is held in the old Town Hall Square. One of the oldest decorated trees in the world is at the heart of the market, and is surrounded by vendors that sell hot wine, souvenirs, and handcrafted gifts.
Lawrence, Kansas Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade
This parade has been going on for the past 23 years. It always includes horse-drawn carriages, pulled by almost every breed of draft horses, including the Clydesdale and Percheron. It draws upwards of 10,000 people and as many as 85 entries. Huddle up under blankets, sip some warm cocoa, and watch the beautiful horses trot by.
Ogden Christmas Village
This tradition began in 1962 and has since been named one of the nation’s top holiday events. There’s plenty to do the whole month long. It opens with a light parade, with Santa flipping the magic switch to light up the whole village. There’s Santa’s Castle, where you can take pictures with him, Santa’s Store, train rides, and live performances by local school groups and organizations.
Santa Claus Village
Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
Rovaniemi sits right by the Arctic Circle (It’s marked by a painted white line across the village), and is the official home of Santa Claus. You can send a letter to Santa right from his post office, visit his office (he might even be there!), and buy paraphernalia related to him and his home. It was named the second best Travel Adventure in Finland.
Now in it’s 15th year, the Winter Wonderfest has more than 24 rides, an ice skating rink, a train ride, and gingerbread house decorating. They also have a variety of live music and performances. General Admission tickets are only $9, and if you want to access to all the rides, it’s $23. It is open from Dec. 5th to Jan. 10 this season, so there’s still plenty of time to visit.