The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time for visiting friends and family, dining on delicious seasonal treats, and attending plenty of celebratory festivals. Whether you’re headed for a sunny escape or adventuring into a winter wonderland, spending the holidays in an RV will create memories the whole family can treasure for a lifetime.
Wondering where to spend the holiday on wheels? Here are some of America’s greatest places to celebrate.
New Orleans, Louisiana
For a Cajun-style holiday season, head to New Orleans anytime during their monthlong Papa Noel celebration. During the month of December, Magazine Street transforms into a bustling holiday market. And for a real treat, be sure to attend the Bonfires on the Levee, an old Cajun tradition where giant fires are lit along the banks of the Mississippi River to light the way for Papa Noel (Santa) on December 24.
For a distinctly southern take on the holidays, head to Nashville, Tennessee.
At Opryland, you’ll discover over 2 million twinkling lights paired with acres and acres of amazing holiday decorations. Enjoy family fun with ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman, hop out of the RV and onto a horse-drawn carriage, take in a stunning fountain show, take photos with Santa, and more.
Need to get off the road for a bit? The General Jackson Showboat offers spectacular holiday cruises on the Cumberland River.
At one place in Florida, you can celebrate the holidays all year round. In fact, they even named their merry town Christmas. Sure, you might be near sunny downtown Orlando, but that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on all the winter fun. The Christmas RV Park has regularly planned holiday activities throughout the month.
Las Vegas, Nevada
It might seem counterintuitive to celebrate the wholesome holidays in Sin City, but Las Vegas has plenty of winter fun for the whole family. Immerse yourself in rich nostalgia at special holiday displays in Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, or visit the mouthwatering presentations at the Ethel M Chocolates factory’s annual cactus lighting. The kids can meet Santa, and parents can experience the best chocolate they’ve ever tasted.
You’d be hard-pressed to ever find a better town to celebrate the holidays in Pennsylvania than Bethlehem, where they’ve embraced the season in a way few places do. The downtown Christkindlmarkt has time and again been featured as one of the top holiday markets in the entire world. With events like the marshmallow PEEPSFEST, historic tours, and giant gingerbread house exhibits, there’s something fun for the whole family.
Spending the holidays in the Pacific Northwest? You won’t want to miss out on a visit to the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, widely considered America’s ultimate holiday destination. During the first three weeks of December, the entire town comes alive with lights. Visitors can catch sleigh rides; meet holiday characters; dine on roasted chestnuts; and take in hundreds of unique shopping opportunities, seasonal theater, and live concerts. As if that weren’t enough, Leavenworth is just minutes away from world-class skiing at Stevens Pass.
Here’s hoping that your holidays are full of cheer, no matter where your wheels take you.