20 Best Places to Go for Christmas on the East Coast USA


Kennebunkport hosts holiday-themed events from tree lightings to parades, crafts to caroling, and fireworks to Santa’s arrival.

Kennebunkport, ME

Portsmouth hosts a Vintage Christmas celebration with a Christmas tree lighting, Holiday Parade, and Candlelight Stroll.

Portsmouth, NH

During Wassail Weekend, you can visit decorated historic homes, take horse-drawn carriage rides, have breakfast with Santa, and enjoy the Wassail Parade.

Woodstock, VT

Many of the historic Newport Mansions are decked out for Christmas in Newport, with special events like costumed caroling and garden club competitions.

Newport, RI

Called “Christmas Town USA”, Bethlehem offers European-style Christmas markets at and a Christmas City Historical walking tour.

Bethlehem, PA

From the Christmas Village in JFK Plaza to Winterfest down at the RiverRink and the Holiday Festival at Franklin Square, Philly shines at Christmas.

Philadelphia, PA

During Holly Jolly Jekyll, the Historic District transforms into a holiday wonderland with over half a million lights, 712 firework shells, 15 Santa sightings and more.

Jekyll Island, GA

The country’s oldest city shines brightly with the glow of 3 million tiny white lights during St. Augustine’s “Nights of Lights” celebration.

St. Augustine, FL

Flotilla Week is jam-packed with special activities from a Festival in the Park, the Holiday Flotilla procession of decorated boats, a massive fireworks display, and the annual Airlie Gardens’ Enchanted Airlie.

Wilmington, NC

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