Get Ready for Christmas

Discover amazing places to visit for Christmas shopping, events, and light displays.

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. Many years ago – with my siblings and I fully grown adults – we started a new Christmas tradition that has been one of my favorites ever since.

That year, the five of us traveled to Myrtle Beach – our family vacation getaway since I was one year old – rented a fabulous oceanfront suite, and spent three days exploring all the Christmas light displays, events, and doing some local shopping. We did this for several consecutive years before life finally got in the way of us getting together before Christmas Eve.

Years later, I was explaining this tradition to the tourism folks in Knoxville, Tennessee. They invited me to spend a week in the city to discover Christmas in Knoxville. During that week, I visited all the Christmas light displays, browsed local shopping and dining, attended a few Christmas events, and even had my photo taken with Santa.

Since then, every year I try to visit a new destination for a week in December to see what Christmas is like. Sometimes, the discovery is a bust. Other times, I find something truly amazing. I’m still looking for that Hallmark Channel Christmas destination, though.

On this page, you will find travel guides to Christmas destinations, Holiday Gift Guides I curate every year, and lots of articles about my favorite holiday of the year. Will this be the year you start your own tradition?

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Christmas Holiday Season

Travel Guides

Discover some wonderful places to visit before Christmas for local shopping, beautiful light displays, and exciting events!

Shopping for Travelers

Holiday Gift Guides

Trying to find the perfect gift for the traveler, road tripper, or photographer? Check out these holiday gift guides for everything ranging from stocking stuffers to the ultimate gift.