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5 Can’t-Miss Holiday Destinations
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There's no place like home for the holidays, but just in case you find yourself away from your humble abode this Christmas, it's always good to have an attraction or two lined up that good old Saint Nick would be proud of.
Unfortunately, not every city boasts a winter wonderland, so you've got to pick and choose your spots wisely.
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That's not to say there aren't plenty of Christmas-centric tourist attractions, though. Whether your looking for lights, decorations, presents or Santa Claus himself, there's something for every lover of Christmas in the list below.
Make sure you put these locations on your Christmas bucket list.
Santa Claus, Indiana
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Seriously, there's a town named Santa Claus in Indiana, and seriously, they do it up right for Christmas.
Just check out the town website, it's basically 100 percent dedicated to "The Jolly One" and Christmas time.
There's Santa Claus gift stores, a Santa Claus museum, a holiday drive-in movie theatre and even Santa's Candy Castle.
Of course, there's some fun and games for adults as well, so don't think that a trip to Santa Claus is a kid-only event. Whether it's wineries, the Lincoln Amphitheater or even a trip to Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home, there's plenty to do in Santa Claus.
Who knows, you may even run into Saint Nick as well. The chances of that are probably pretty high.
Rockefeller Center, New York
The Rockefeller Center tree is an iconic symbol of Christmas and a must-visit if you find yourself in New York during the holidays. Rockefeller Center in general is a Christmas hub, though, so if trees aren't your thing, there's plenty more that could end up catching your fancy.
You can ice skate in what is likely the most famous outdoor ice arena in the world, and speaking of famous, there's always a potential ticket to see the Rockettes perform in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
That tree, though, it's something to see -- plus it has a ton of history behind it.
It's been a staple of New York and American culture for over 70 years, and according to the website, over a half million people walk by it every day. If you can count yourself as one of those people this Christmas season, consider yourself more than a stat.
Consider yourself lucky.
A Christmas Story House
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When Christmas movies are the topic of discussion, everybody seems to have their own personal favorite.
Some prefer them classic. "It’s A Wonderful Life" is one of the all-time greats and the same can be said for "Miracle On 34th Street."
Others prefer a bit of lighthearted comedy with their eggnog. Titles such as "The Santa Clause," "Elf," "Bad Santa," "Home Alone" and "Christmas Vacation" come to mind.
In the 1983 classic "A Christmas Story," holiday movie lovers get a bit of everything.
It's a nostalgic movie that's seemingly played non-stop in late November and December (and all day Christmas Day), featuring a young boy named Ralphie and one very special lamp. Holiday lovers around the world have an affinity towards A Christmas Story, and that's what makes a trip to Cleveland, Ohio so worth it this Christmas.
You can actually go visit Ralphie's house. It's the same classic house from the movie, restored to its original glory. It's main purpose in life now is to act as a museum honoring the Christmas classic.
In it you'll find props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as "hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos," according to the website.
Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland
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Residents of the great state of Michigan certainly know and love Bronner’s, but it has the potential to be a national treasure as far as Christmas is concerned.
Simply put, as Bronner’s itself states, it's a Christmas wonderland.
Located in beautiful Frankenmuth, Michigan -- an old-style Bavarian town located just an hour and change outside of Detroit – Bronner’s is billed as the largest Christmas store in the world, and it lives up to the hype.
You could spend hours in Bronner’s, looking at decorations, ordering custom ornaments and even finding all the accessories you would need to become your own Santa.
If you're ever in Eastern Michigan, Frankenmuth is a must-visit location. And if you love Christmas, you just can't miss Bronner’s.
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Santa's Magical Kingdom
Tucked away on a hillside in Eureka, Missouri, which is just about 45 minutes West of St. Louis, is Jellystone Park — a camping resort affiliated with the Six Flags right down the road.
The park is, of course, based on Yogi Bear and his band of friends, and while renting one of the cabins in the summer time is certainly fun — Jellystone really comes alive during the Christmas season.
Starting in November and running through the first part of January, Jellystone transforms into Santa's Magical Kingdom, which truly is magical. The camp grounds are staged and lit up with thousands upon thousands of themed Christmas decorations and lights.
As you drive through, popular light displays include Elfland, The Tunnel of Dancing Lights and a miniature version of the St. Louis Arch. Your kids can drop off letters to Santa at "the North Pole,” but that's assuming you can get them to look away from the lights long enough to do so.
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