Top 10-Holiday Travel Destinations
It’s that time of year again; the holidays are here in full force! Mariah Carey’s voice echoes through every speaker, and people post their travel photos with witty captions inspired by “All I Want For Christmas Is You” lyrics! So have you found yourself suddenly wishing you had made some holiday travel plans? Well, at ParqEx, we believe it’s never too late to get started on a good idea.
Based on BestPlaces Most Popular Cities For The Holidays, a compiled list of 300+ destinations in order of most significant increase in air travel over the past few years, here are your top 10-holiday travel destinations in the United States.
No surprise, the sunshine state is represented well for holiday travel destinations. But a huge shoutout to smaller U.S. cities like Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for making the top 10! Maybe the reigning NBA champions, The Milwaukee Bucks, have something to do with it.
1. Fort Myers, FL
Fort Myers is not only at the top of the list because grandma and grandpa live in the sunshine state. This hot travel destination also makes the top of this list because of its gorgeous holiday festivities. If you’re in Fort Myers, you shouldn’t miss the Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Be a part of the Christmas cheer, all while avoiding the bitter cold up north! And not to worry, you can find parking in Fort Myers, FL on the ParqEx app.
2. Cincinnati, OH
Who doesn’t love the zoo? On top of that, who doesn’t love Christmas lights? The city of Cincinnati combines the two of them and creates the spectacular annual PNC Festival of Lights. Every year The Cincinnati Zoo dresses for the part and puts on a gorgeous holiday display. Want the best seat in the house? Take a ride on the zoo’s North Polar Express train! And not to worry, you can find parking in Cincinnati, OH on the ParqEx app.
3. Miami, FL
Miami during the holidays has way more than just Santa hats mismatched with bathing suits on South Beach. So if you’re looking to add some variation to your beach holiday, visit Santa’s Enchanted Forest. Now, this isn’t your typical Christmas light show. Instead, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is a Christmas-Themed Amusement Park. So yes, do come and enjoy the light show, but stay for a while and enjoy the rides, live performances, games, and all the holiday carnival food! And not to worry, you can find parking in Miami, FL on the ParqEx app.
4. Hartford, CT
Are you celebrating your holidays in Hartford, Connecticut? Then it would certainly be a shame if you were to miss The Holiday Light Fantasia show! A stretch of 2-miles is converted into a winter wonderland with over a million Christmas lights every year. This light show is open from Thanksgiving into the New Year. So you certainly have time to fit this into your busy holiday schedule. And not to worry, you can find parking in Hartford, CT on the ParqEx app.
5. Fort Lauderdale, FL
Are you trying to stay on the water for the holidays? Want to keep on those flip-flops and be a part of a winter wonderland? If you are in Fort Lauderdale, The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade will be the best option for you. Enjoy the lights, the fantastic decorations, the people watching, and some holiday spirit! This two-hour show will undoubtedly get you excited for the holidays to come. And not to worry, you can find parking in Fort Lauderdale, FL on the ParqEx app.
6. Palm Beach, FL
Are you vacationing in Palm Beach and suddenly feel the need to see snow versus sand? Don’t shorten your vacation and go back up north. Instead, enjoy the warm weather and see some fake snow at CityPlace! CityPlace puts on its own little Christmas celebration in West Palm Beach with Tree Lighting and Nightly Snowfalls! Please don’t be hasty and cut your trip short. We promise you many of us up north are jealous of your toes in the sand. And not to worry, you can find parking in Palm Beach, FL on the ParqEx app.
7. Jacksonville, FL
The holiday season is also about giving back! So this season, if you are in Jacksonville, Florida, be sure to check out Deck The Chairs! This free six-week holiday event strives to promote art to the Jacksonville community while encouraging children’s education in arts. See how Deck The Chairs gives back to their community by decorating lifeguard chairs for the world to see. And not to worry, you can find parking in Jacksonville, FL on the ParqEx app.
8. Milwaukee, WI
If you’re celebrating the holidays in Milwaukee, not only do you get the authentic white Christmas in Wisconsin, but you also have holiday events that cater to your needs of staying warm. So get out of the cold this holiday season and enjoy Noel Light Park & Christmas Market. This event will transform an indoor 90,000 square feet event space into a gorgeous display of holiday lights. So go to enjoy the lights, but don’t forget to take time to appreciate the live entertainment, locally-made Christmas gifts, and say ho ho ho to Santa & Mrs. Claus! And not to worry, you can find parking in Milwaukee, WI on the ParqEx app.
9. Greensboro, NC
Greensboro, North Carolina, understands the appeal of Christmas but enjoys putting its own twist on the holidays. The Christmas Festival at McLaurin Farms is not your typical drive-through light show. Instead, enjoy a hayride through the light show. But, the Christmas cheer doesn’t stop there. At McLaurin Farms, you can visit Santa, ride the 40-foot slide, make an ornament, take a train ride, see the farm animals, and get a sugar rush off of candy! And not to worry, you can find parking in Greensboro, NC on the ParqEx app.
10. Palm Springs, CA
We haven’t featured any float holiday events yet. In that case, if you are in Palm Springs, California, for your holidays this year, please do enjoy the Festival of Lights Parade. This parade is built around varying floats and tractors decked out for Christmas. Enjoy the Christmas lights, the marching bands, and even the celebrity appearances of Santa & Mrs. Claus. And not to worry, you can find parking in Palm Springs, CA on the ParqEx app.
ParqEx wishes you the most joyful holiday season! In addition, we hope you enjoyed our top 10-holiday travel destinations!
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