Christmas Vacations on the East Coast

Because the East Coast of the United States stretches from Maine to Florida, you have a tremendous variety of weather, activities, and experiences to choose from when planning Christmas vacations on the East Coast. You can spend Christmas on a tropical beach in southern Florida or on a snow-capped mountain in Connecticut.  Many of these locations have fascinating historic attractions, unparalleled activities and wonderful Christmas-themed events. Here are a few ideal Christmas vacations on the East Coast to get you started on your holiday planning.

Maine Christmas Vacations

Maine provides guests with picturesque winter wonderlands. You’ll get to enjoy snow-capped mountains, rugged coastlines and quaint village scenery near Augusta. In addition to splendid scenery, Augusta boasts many wonderful family attractions. The Children’s Discovery Museum is great for families. Down by the Sea is an interactive touch tank exhibit full of sea cucumbers, crabs and more. You can get into the Christmas spirit by visiting the Annual Holiday Bonanza at Farrington Elementary School in the beginning of December. Artisans will be on hand selling one-of-a-kind crafts and kids can get pictures with Santa Claus, as well.

washington dc christmas vacationWashington, D.C. Christmas Vacations

Visiting Washington, D.C. at Christmas is especially exciting. Many historical locations throughout the D.C. area have huge holiday events. One fascinating yuletide activity is exploring Mount Vernon by candlelight. A costumed re-enactor guides you on a tour of George Washington’s home while it is decked out for Christmas. Ford’s Theater also gets in the holiday mood throughout December with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol . Washington, D.C. attractions are found throughout the city, including the Washington Monument , the White House and the Capitol . You can gain vast amounts of knowledge at the Smithsonian Museums or get whimsical at the National Gallery of Art .

Holiday Vacations in Virginia

In Williamsburg, you can rent a quaint cottage or a historic plantation home; the options are endless. Nearby attractions include Movie Tavern at High Street, Go-Karts Plus Family Entertainment Center and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and 4D Theater . Christmas is the perfect time to visit because Colonial Williamsburg transforms into a storybook holiday town. Candles appear in windows all over Colonial Williamsburg from November until February and you’ll see and hear carolers roaming the streets. Taking a horse-drawn carriage ride on the cobbled streets is like stepping back in time.

Christmas vacations in Richmond are also a treat. Major attractions in the area include the Edgar Allen Poe Museum , the Tudor estate known as Agecroft Hall and the Museum of the Confederacy . For yuletide cheer, you should head to the 25th Annual Court End event in downtown Richmond. Local historic homes open their doors for tours while reenactments, caroling and children’s activities ensue. Byrd Theater’s Christmas tradition is to screen It’s a Wonderful Life before and on the holiday. As an extra treat, a carol sing-along is held at each showing.

Christmas in Florida

For warmer Christmas vacations on the East Coast, Fort Lauderdale offers nearly year-round sunshine. You can engage in warm weather activities, as average temperatures in December hover around 75 degrees. Bonnet House & Museum is a beautiful historic home. You can tour the lush, tropical gardens or marvel at the ornate interiors. Other local attractions include Sawgrass Recreation Park , Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park . You’ll get to see the world’s largest boat parade on December 11th, 2011. Winterfest includes lighted boats, fireworks and a culinary contest.

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