Holiday Destinations

Holiday Destinations 2021

It’s that time of year to plan a getaway and spend quality time with family and friends.

For inspiration, check out our list of the best spots for holiday fun, photo opportunities and lasting memories.


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St. Louis, MO

Make your own s’mores at Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Wild Lights at Saint Louis Zoo will dazzle with brand-new displays including Meet Me in St. Louie, Toy Town and Twinkling Tunnel. Many of the animals will be out so be sure to visit Penguin & Puffin Coast and the Insectarium. 

Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden lets visitors interact with the twinkling outdoor displays featuring more than 1 million lights while enjoying s’mores, festive drinks and great photo opportunities.

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San Antonio, TX

Enjoy holiday fun at SeaWorld San Antonio’s Christmas Celebration.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is a holiday wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, holiday decorations, and delectable treats & eats. This year’s event includes brand-new shows plus all the old favorites—stroll the Christmas market and visit Santa, Rudolph and a cast of holiday characters.

The San Antonio River Walk Holiday Lights shine bright with over 100,000 lights adorning the towering bald cypress trees lining the river. A San Antonio tradition since 1975, the Holiday Lights are free to enjoy and stretch to the Pearl District one mile north.

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Denver, CO

Denver’s Union Station is lit up every night of the holiday season.

Union Station’s Merry and Bright Lights is a spectacular light show projected directly on the exterior of Union Station. Grab a warm coat and head to Union Station and stay for Miracle at Union Station, a whimsical pop-up cocktail bar.

Luminova Holidays at Elitch Gardens will dazzle with over 3 million lights, a 200-foot candy cane tunnel, train rides, a light-up hopscotch, strolling entertainers and more. The park-turned-holiday wonderland is a first ever event and sure to turn into a holiday tradition.

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Nashville, TN

Celebrate the season with the Martina McBride exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame.

“Christmas at the Ryman” with Amy Grant and Vince Gill is the ultimate holiday tradition with Christmas favorites, “Let it Snow," “O Holy Night” and “Tennessee Christmas.” Don’t miss two of Music City’s most cherished performers in this 12-concert run for the holidays.

Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibition: Martina McBride: The Power of Her Voice – Get into the holiday spirit with Martina’s White Christmas album and then explore this exhibit and learn about the her life’s journey and enduring career.

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Phoenix, AZ

Each night, it takes an hour and a half to light the luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden.

Desert Botanical Garden’s Las Noches De Las Luminarias includes live music, entertainment and thousands of dazzling hand-lit luminarias. For 44 years, the Garden's trails have sparkled during this holiday tradition, reminders of what the season is truly about.

Phoenix Zoo’s Zoolights is one of the biggest light displays in the Southwest with millions of twinkling lights, dazzling animal sculptures and Wildlife Lantern Safari, featuring polar bears, peacocks and more, all aglow. New, this year, is Cruise Zoolights, a drive-thru experience.

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Cleveland, OH

Winterfest in Downtown Cleveland is packed with family activities.

Winterfest in Downtown Cleveland is the official kickoff of the holiday season with festivities planned through January 17, 2022. Plan holiday fun-filled days with music, dining, shopping, ice skating and family activities.

Charles Dickens Christmas Carol at Mimi Ohio Theater is a holiday tradition in the ornate, historic theater in Playhouse Square. Special effects evoke the magic of this classic ghost story.

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