1. San Juan, Puerto Rico. This Caribbean city made number one for two reasons: it’s a warm tropical getaway for Christmas, and the Puerto Rican view of the Christmas season is "not so much a spirit, as a marathon." The revelry starts in November, and can last well into mid January.
Spending Christmas here you’ll enjoy some wonderful island traditions:
The traditional Christmas dessert is tembleque, which is a kind of custard with coconut, cornstarch, vanilla, and cinnamon. Instead of eggnog, you’ll have coquito, or coconut nog.
After dinner, many Puerto Ricans attend a midnight mass known as the Misa de Gallo. You might just catch a live reenactment of the nativity scene.
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City Park's celebration In the Oaks is said to be one of the best holiday lighting displays in the country. This walking path, amusement park, synthetic ice rink, and train route has become the gem of New Orleans' Christmas celebrations.
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3. New York City. Of course the Big Apple had to make the cut – its Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and the Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes Christmas Show, are two of the most iconic Christmas events in the country.
But get out of Manhattan and head to Brooklyn and you’ll run into a New York City Christmas treasure – the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour (see top photo).
The residents of this Italian-American neighborhood unabashedly practice one-upsmanship every Christmas season. Where homes can go for $1 million or more many of these residents now hire professional decorators to use the latest in LED technology. Professional displays can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $10,000 or more, depending on how elaborate they are.
Regardless of how the displays are created, the result is pure Christmas delight, prompting comments such as "You can probably see that house from space!" and "That house looks like a dessert!" from wide-eyed visitors that come from all over the world.
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Photo Credit (Puerto Rico):.tumblr.com
Photo Credit (Jackson Square): southernliving.com
Photo Credit (Dyker Heights): examiner.com