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How Do Different States Celebrate Christmas?

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Christmas in the United States is one of the most beloved times of the year, thanks to all the time spent with family, sharing gifts, and unique traditions. Across the country, many traditions can be observed in virtually every household, such as decorating a Christmas tree, hanging exterior lights and decorations on their home, and baking cookies for Santa. However, many fun and original traditions exist in various regions of the United States that you may have never even considered trying! Learn more about these regional traditions below as we take a Christmas road trip across the US and its regional traditions.

The Gulf Coast: Bonfires on the Bayou

Southern states on the Gulf Coast, such as Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, have a long-standing tradition of hosting huge bonfires with friends and family in order to give Santa Claus a beacon of light, ensuring he makes all the right stops and gets deserving children their gifts for Christmas morning!

The Hawaiian Islands: Christmas Luaus

When thinking of Christmas, most of us think of snow and wintertime temperatures. But for Hawaiians they have numerous traditions suited for their warm, island lifestyle. One of the most beloved Christmas traditions in Hawaii is hosting Luaus, featuring local cuisine and drinks such as pineapple and pork.  

The North East: Visit New York City

New York City is known for its magic feeling during Christmastime, so it is no surprise that many residents of surrounding states make the trip into the city to experience all it has to offer, including visiting the Rockefeller Christmas tree and skating at the Rockefeller rink, attending the Nutcracker, or the famous Radio City Music Hall.

The Southwest: Boat Parades

States across the American Southwest, like Arizona and New Mexico, may not be known for having white Christmases, but they have made up for this with their famous Christmas boat parades! Areas such as Lake Powell and Lake Havasu have become synonymous with brilliant celebrations of Christmas by parading boats featuring gorgeous light displays and even Santa!

California: Holiday Road Los Angeles

Are you looking for a new family tradition to try right here in Los Angeles this Christmas? Visit Holiday Road! Holiday Road is LA’s top all-ages Christmas event, featuring extravagant light displays, delicious food trucks, themed cocktails, and visits from Santa! Book your Holiday Road Los Angeles tickets today and join us in starting your family’s new favorite Los Angeles Christmas tradition!

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