7 Magical Christmas Adventures


 

From magical light displays to beautiful illuminated lakes, across the nation cities celebrate the season with unique style.  Grab your favorite pair of Foris Finn sunnies and pack your bags for an unforgettable Christmas experience. 

  1. Koziar's Christmas Village - Burnsville, Pennsylvania - Koziar’s Christmas Village began in 1948 and has since grown to be known as the greatest Christmas display in America.   The display from the Kozier family boasts over 750,000 lights and some of the most creative Christmas displays you will see all season.   Explore this winter wonderland and its cast of Christmas favorites.  There is something for everyone who loves Christmas, even a Santa who resides in the village on Santa Claus Lane.
  2. Winter Wonderland - Gatlinburg, Tennessee - Soak in the Gatlinburg Christmas lights at the Winterfest Celebration.  Each winter the Smoky Mountains are adorned with ornately decorated Christmas trees and award-winning lights.  Over 80,000 people pack the sidewalks and balconies of the parade route and tour the beautiful lights and see the elaborate decor.
  3. Polar Express Train Ride - Durango, Colorado - All Aboard the Polar Express!   T the Polar Express recreates the magic of the award-winning book written by Chris Van Allsburg.  Sip hot cocoa and snack on cookies as the story is read during the trip.  Your journey will take you to the North Pole which will be ablaze with Christmas lights and filled with assorted Christmas characters.  Santa even stops by for a festive round of Christmas carols and may even have a gift for you, just like in the story.
  4. Natchitoches Christmas Festival - Natchitoches, Louisiana - This enchanting Louisiana town is home to one of the largest Christmas celebrations in the country.  The Festival of Lights begins the weekend before Thanksgiving and runs through the New Year.  The small-town transforms into a fairyland for the holidays and the streets are aglow with more than 300,000 lights along the Cane River Lake.  Over 200,000 visitors converge for the festivities and enjoy carnival rides, trolley tours, live entertainment, and even a parade.
  5. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland - Frankenmuth, Michigan - This Bavarian-themed town truly evokes the spirit of Christmas.  Located 90 miles outside of Detroit, Frankenmuth is home to the world’s largest Christmas Store, Bronner’s.   Founded in 1945 the Bronner’s store is open 361 days a year and has grown to the size of 5 football fields!  Inside you can shop over 50,000 gifts including Christmas trees and décor, nativity scenes, and unique collectibles.   Due to the size of the location, each visitor is gifted a map of the store and greeted to the sounds of Christmas carols as they shop. 
  6. Christmas Town USA - McAdenville, North Carolina - Take a stroll down Main Street and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Christmas. The McAdenville Christmas Lights date back to 1956 when only nine trees were decorated.  Since then the number has grown to include over 500 live trees that range in height from six feet to over 90 feet.   Although the lights are a main attraction that is only a portion of the show.  A life-sized nativity scene and 9-foot-tall Santa display are located midway through the tour in this little town of only 600 residents.
  7. Fiesta de las Luminarias - San Antonio, Texas - Bring in your holiday caroling with friends from a boat during the Fiesta de las Luminarias.   Thousands of luminarias line the River Walk to create an impressive light show.   Shop the Hecho a Mano market to find unique last-minute gifts and Latin American holiday decorations.  Be sure to take in the lights and down some eggnog during this holiday extravaganza.