While there’s no place like home for the holidays, you can get an extra helping of Christmas cheer in these festive towns. Travel experts consider them among the country's most shining examples of holiday spirit. See if any spark your interest for a trip over the river and through the woods. OnStar Advisors and your trust vehicle mobile app1 are ready and waiting to offer help along the way. Let the sleigh rides begin!
You’ll feel like you’ve crawled inside a Currier & Ives Christmas painting as you ride into this quaint Vermont town, with its recreations of 19th century Norse holiday scenes, ever-present snow and the scent of pine trees. Don’t miss the Wassail Weekend, a 30-year tradition of swigging wassail (a hot beverage similar to cider), taking in sleigh rides, spotting locals in period costumes and gift shopping along local streets past sunset. And if the air gets nippy, you can use your vehicle mobile app to warm up your car from any distance.
McAdenville, North Carolina
Santa can see this small textile town (population 651) all the way from the highest point of his journey. Every December, it flips the switch to illuminate more than 450,000 lights, helping it earn the nickname of Christmas Town USA. Walk along the lake as McAdenville’s stunning fountain changes colors, see its life-size Nativity scene and take in holiday surprises that will lift the spirits of even the toughest bah-humbug traveler. To use OnStar AtYourService,2 just push your blue button and an Advisor can share valuable offers and make lodging reservations near this charming hamlet.
If you like to take in mountain air and ski when you celebrate the holidays, Breckenridge gets a glowing report. During the first week of December, the town kicks off the season with the Lighting of Breckenridge. You’ll feel like you stepped into a holiday card with the warm glow of lights set amidst the snow-covered Rocky Mountains. Take a carriage ride, shop to your heart’s content, and wander the Victorian streets of this festive resort town, sure to get you humming a few verses of Jingle Bells.
You could believe Kris Kringle lives in this town with its Old World charm and the Cascade Mountains forming a scenic backdrop. Catch the Christmas Lighting Festival the first three weekends in December, with more than 500,000 lights on display. Hear the handbell choirs and carolers, ride a dogsled, take in some skiing or snowboarding, and enjoy the sugar rush of the town’s annual “Cookie Crawl.” It’s no wonder Leavenworth was crowned “Ultimate Holiday Town USA.” If you're not sure where you parked after a full day, Vehicle Locate1 on your vehicle mobile app can help you find it.
About an hour outside Detroit, you’ll find Michigan’s “Little Bavaria,” home to the world’s largest Christmas store. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is the size of one and a half football fields, decked out with more than 50,000 ornaments, decorations and gifts. If you arrive too early or late in the season, no worries, Bronner’s is open 361 days a year. When you can shop no more, let a horse-drawn carriage lead you through the light displays around town. And let OnStar AtYourService make light work of finding an available offer on a warm meal at a nearby restaurant. Advisors can also make reservations and provide Turn-by-Turn directions3 — over the river and through the woods.
New York, New York
The city that never sleeps is especially spirited during the holiday season, from its towering Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center to the inspired window displays in shops along Fifth Avenue. Performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and other seasonal performances sprinkle holiday dust on the city, while enclosed mini-boutiques in Bryant Park and Union Square add more fa-la-la to holiday shopping. As you shop for those who've been especially "nice" on your list, you can check AtYourService on your vehicle mobile app to see which nearby retailers are extending valuable offers.
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