Top 5 Destinations for Christmas 2016

5. The Smoky Mountains

Feel the cool, crisp air as you travel through the colorful Smoky Mountains on your way to some of America's favorite Christmas attractions such as the classic Biltmore Estate and Dolly Parton's brand new DreamMore Resort. 

What to See: Ober Gatlinburg Aeriel Tram, the Biltmore Estate, Country Tonite Show, Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas, Winterfest Lights, the Patty Waszak Show, EnterTrainment Junction, Boggstown Inn & Cabaret

Where to Stay: Dolly Parton's DreamMore Resort


4. San Antonio

Warm weather, a world-renowned riverwalk, and rich history, San Antonio makes for a delightful change-of-pace as you retreat from the busyness of the Christmas season. 

What to See: Riverwalk Holiday Lights, The Alamo, San Jose Mission, Market Square, LBJ Ranch, San Antonio River Cruise

Where to Stay: Holiday Inn Riverwalk

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3. Branson

Whether you are watching Branson legends Johnny Mathis or Shoji Tabuchi perform live at their Christmas show specials or enjoying the Lennon Sisters and the Osmond Brothers pay tribute to Andy Williams at the Andy Williams Legacy Christmas Show, it is easy to feel the Christmas cheer in Branson.

What to See: Scenic Ozark Mountains, Showboat Branson Belle, "" at Sight & Sound Theatre, Hilton Branson Landing Promenade, Legacy of Andy Williams Christmas Show, Johnny Mathis Show, Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show

Where to Stay: Hilton Branson Landing


2. New York City

Full of energy, lights, wonderful shopping options, and, most importantly, Christmas cheer, traveling to the "Big Apple" in early December is a perfect way to start your holiday season.  

What to See: Radio City Music Hall Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise, 9/11 Museum & Memorial, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Greenwhich Village & Soho, Wall Street, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge

Where to Stay: Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers


1. Nashville Country Christmas

Visit the capital of country music for a wonderful holiday getaway. Be sure to stay at the massive Opryland hotel. Each year Opryland creates a glittering holiday extravaganza sparkling with the brilliance of millions of lights. Nine acres of indoor gardens are lavishly decorated with amazing holiday displays--you need to see it to believe it! 

What to See: The Grand Ole Opry Show at the Ryman, Gatlin Brothers Show, General Jackson Showboat, Fantasy in Ice, Broadway in Nashville Show, Country Music Hall of Fame, Treasures of the Holidays Craft Show & Hall of Trees

Where to Stay: The Gaylord Opryland Hotel