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Where can you find Christmas romance in the USA? Just about everywhere! From Hawaii to Maine, Alaska to Florida, and everywhere in between, there are countless romantic Christmas destinations in the USA. These places are perfect for a cozy, classic Christmas, and are especially ideal if you’re celebrating with a significant other.
If you’re searching for romantic things to do during the holiday season, a trip is a great idea! We’ve gathered 14 great suggestions on where to spend the holidays as a couple. But these USA Christmas destinations aren’t just for couples, they are wonderful for families and singles too. So grab some hot cocoa and start dreaming of a winter wonderland.
Psst: Don’t miss our complete list of romantic USA getaways.
Steeped in American history and covered in cozy pubs and adorable, winding streets, Boston makes the perfect Christmas getaway for couples looking for a classic Christmas escape while also staying in a fun, vibrant city.
Sure, Boston can be incredibly cold during the winter–but that’s all the more reason to snuggle close to your beloved while strolling past the magnificent Christmas light displays in the Boston Common, where Boston’s largest Christmas tree is set up (among many other lights).
You’ll also love wandering through picturesque neighborhoods like Back Bay, Beacon Hill (don’t forget to stop to snap photos on Acorn Street, especially if it’s snowy!), and the North End.
If you love the theatre, be sure to make time to see The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House or pay a visit to the Boston Pops Orchestra for a performance of Christmas favorites.
Of course, no romantic Christmas trip to Boston would be complete without a little ice skating: in December, you’ll find Frog Pond in Boston Common transformed into a beautiful rink surrounded by twinkling lights.
Be sure to choose a romantic, cozy hotel to warm up in at night: for something historical, the Omni Parker House is a classic choice
-Contributed by Kate Storm of Our Escape Clause
Walt Disney World
Disney at Christmas is such a wonderful time of year for a variety of reasons! The first? It is often cooler and the weather is better! Florida is out of hurricane season and the humidity is often lower! Second, what can be better than the Most Magical Place On Earth decked out for the holidays?
There are a variety of romantic things to do during Christmas at Disney and one of those is to walk around the world at the Epcot World Showcase and try foods from different nations with your sweetheart. You choose and then your love chooses and then you can see which flavors you loved and which you didn’t! All of the foods are Christmas traditions from around the world!
The most romantic hotel at Disney World for your stay is the Grand Floridian! It is right off of the Magic Kingdom and is old-world glamour. If you want to splurge, make sure to dine at Victoria And Alberts!
-Contributed by Victoria Yore of Disney Trippers
We Two Drifters couldn’t help but include our own favorite romantic Christmas destination in this post: Vermont. Yes, the entire state.
Vermont is where Amy is from, but despite her bias, Vermont is indisputably one of the most perfect Christmas destinations in the USA. Where else are you almost guaranteed to have a white Christmas? Where is a classic Christmas to be found? Where are those Currier and Ives scenes that the Christmas songs talk about? Where else but Vermont.
Vermont is ideal for the cozy, Christmas Card type of Christmas, and for couples, this type of scene is particularly romantic. Towns like Stowe, Woodstock, and Manchester are among the best places to spend Christmas in Vermont (and even in the whole of New England).
Cozy up by a fire and grab your sweetheart. This may be your most romantic Christmas yet.
Winter is arguably the best time to visit Leavenworth in Washington state. From frosty landscapes to deserted country lanes, this makes for a wonderfully romantic getaway.
Located just 2.5 hours from Seattle, Leavenworth is a town on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains. It was modeled on a Bavarian village. With German architecture-themed restaurants, pubs, and hotels, you’ll feel like you’re staying in the Alps.
If you choose to stay at Posthotel Spa Resort for adults only, you can take advantage of the romantic European hydrotherapy, massages, facials, spend time in the steam rooms and saunas, the swim-out saltwater pool, with your significant other.
The area is also popular in the winter as the surrounding mountains get plenty of snow perfect for sledding, skiing, snowshoeing.
Leavenworth also plays host to annual Oktoberfest, Mai-Fest, Alefest, Autumn Leaf Festival, and Christmas Lights Festivals – where they have over 1 million twinkling fairy lights and Christmas caroling.
Contributed by Lerato Bambo of My Life From a Bag
New York City
When you think of Christmas in America, perhaps you think of New York City. There’s no other place that is so widely showcased in Christmas films. There’s so much to love about Christmas in the city, from snow in Central Park to the giant tree to holiday performances all around. It’s definitely one of the most romantic spots for couples.
And of course, don’t forget about the shopping!
NYC is a mecca year-round for shoppers, but there’s no better place to do your Christmas shopping than these beautiful streets.
Don’t miss: ice skating at Rockefeller Center, the Radio City Rockettes Christmas show, and Bryant Park’s Winter Village.
Looking for a romantic Christmas getaway with your partner? Look no further. Consider Philadelphia, one of the biggest metropolitan cities in the USA. Filled with Christmas spirit, liveliness, and loads of events, Philadelphia is definitely one of the best places to spend Christmas.
Many of the already romantic spots such as Penn’s Landing, Franklin Square Park, and Dilworth Park are transformed into Winterland hot spots. Temporary ice skating rinks are built, Christmas lights are installed, and many cozy cafes serving hot chocolate and festive beverages are starting to appear. Everywhere you go, you can feel the Christmas spirit.
Take some time to stroll around the Christmas village at JFK Plaza, otherwise known as LOVE Park. There you will find merchants and vendors selling holiday-related items such as gifts, toys, aliments, and much more. Don’t forget to purchase a few souvenirs so you and your partner can remember the romantic Christmas spent in Philadelphia.
At night, make sure you check out The Miracle on South 13th Street Light Show. Organized by the neighbors that live on South 13th Street, every house is decorated using different lights and signs. It is a good place to get a feel of the Christmas spirit from the locals!
-Contributed by Sean Lau from Living Out Lau
Atlanta, GA and the North Georgia Mountains
Key West, Florida
Key West, the town best known for crazy festivals, the ‘Duval crawl’, and wild New Year’s Eve celebrations, also has a softer more romantic side for couples to enjoy.
Christmas is a peaceful time in the Conch Republic. Get onboard the Christmas Light Trolley Tour through Old Town to see the unique and often funky decorations. Schooner Wharf Bar at Key West Bight is a great place to watch the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade.
For weddings, vow renewals, and honeymoons, Key West has a long tradition of being a romantic getaway. Heron House in Old Town is a great place for honeymooners or couples looking for an intimate holiday. Key West over the holidays is all about being on or in the water, and taking a champagne snorkeling cruise at sunset is one of the best things to do in Key West. Even in the winter, the days are sunny and the water is warm.
For the ultimate romantic dinner, get away from the crowd and take the 7-minute shuttle boat ride over to Sunset Key for a quiet view of the sunset. Stay for dinner at Latitudes, but before dinner reserve a couple’s massage at The Spa. No matter if you have dinner on the island or come back to town, make a reservation for a decadent dessert and nightcap at Better Than Sex in Old Town. It’s a fun and sexy way to end a romantic tropical Christmas celebration.
Contributed by Lori Sorrentino of TravlinMad
San Diego, CA
Cleveland, OH is a truly romantic setting for a Christmas escape. During December, Public Square in the city center is completely transformed to include an ice rink, large Christmas tree, and a beautiful lights display. Adding to the ambiance are historical buildings in the background, such as the Terminal Tower and the Old Stone Church, that have been decorated with large wreaths and lights for Christmas cheer.
Other festivities include a ride in a horse-drawn carriage around Public Square or The Silver Bells CLE Tour on Lolly the Trolley. You must also take the five-minute Uber to the Tremont neighborhood to visit the one and only A Christmas Story house. This is indeed the filming location of the movie you know from the 24 hour Christmas Eve marathon each year.
If you head to Tremont, this is the perfect spot to stick around for a romantic dinner. Some of Cleveland’s best restaurants are in the immediate area, including Dante, Fahrenheit, and Parallax. You can’t go wrong with any of those choices!
To stay near the best of Cleveland’s Christmas attractions, the Hyatt Regency is a great option located in the historical Old Arcade. This building is full of ambiance and is always elegantly decorated for the holidays. It’s the perfect setting to return to after a full day of Christmas festivities in the city of Cleveland.
Contributed by Theresa McKinney of Fueled By Wanderlust
Yosemite National Park
There’s nothing more romantic than feeling like you’re in one of the most beautiful places in the world with the person you love the most, and Yosemite National Park is absolutely magical in the Winter and during Christmas time.
Yosemite is well-known as a “must-visit” Summer location, and people flock from all over the world to stare up at its tall granite walls and hike some of the best hiking trails in Yosemite, but many people don’t realize that Yosemite absolutely transforms into a breathtaking snowy wonderland in the Winter. Iconic features, like Half Dome and El Capitan, are dusted in snow and display a beautiful soft side to Yosemite, and unlike the summertime, Winter in Yosemite has a more relaxed and slow-paced vibe. There are fewer crowds and more moments to enjoy the park with the ones you love.
During the wintertime, you and your partner can connect and go on fun adventures like snowshoeing, ice skating, and even skiing at Badger Pass Ski Area, and then cozy up back at your hotel with a cup of hot chocolate and a warm place to relax and cuddle up in the evening. During Christmas time, the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge, and Big Trees Lodge all hold Christmas festivities and big holiday dinners in celebration of the holiday season.
Bring your special someone on a special adventure in Yosemite in the Winter and you will be pleasantly surprised by its charms. You both will leave wishing you had more time to explore this beautiful Winter wonderland.
-Contributed by Allison of She Dreams of Alpine
Estes Park, Colorado
While Estes Park is a well-known summer destination, did you know that Estes Park makes for a romantic U.S. Christmas destination as well?
This small town sits right on the edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park, making it a great little mountain town full of charm and winter activities! After checking into the historic Stanley Hotel, which is decked out to the nines this time of year, couples will find plenty of romantic holiday activities to keep them busy in Estes.
If you are in town the Friday after Thanksgiving, then grab a blanket and a couple of lawn chairs and head down to Estes’ Elkhorn Avenue. The two of you can snuggle up together and watch the ‘Catch the Glow Holiday Parade’. After the parade, how about a romantic dinner at the Twin Owls Steakhouse where you can find intimate seating for just the two of you.
Couples can also enjoy the many concerts and performances that take place around town during the holiday season. If you are feeling more adventurous, why not take your sweetie on a romantic hike through the many trails that you will find in Rocky Mountain National Park. Tour companies and providers around the park also offer sleigh rides this time of year. I don’t know if you can get more romantic than that!
Contributed by Michelle Snell of That Texas Couple
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- 16 Perfect Christmas Gifts for Newlyweds
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Amy Hartle is the co-founder and owner of Two Drifters, where she blogs about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. With a Master’s in English and a BA in Musical Theatre, Amy loves to write quality content as well as to entertain, and she hopes to do a bit of both here on the blog! Amy is happily married to her husband Nathan, and when not working on their sites, Amy & Nathan can be found cuddling, reading, and enjoying delicious lattes.