Best Tree Lightings Across America

White House Christmas Tree

This week’s Thanksgiving festivities are just the start of the holiday season. In fact, for the first time since 1918 Hanukkah and Thanksgiving even fall on the same day! Some might call it “Thanksgivukkah.” There are also lots of tree lightings and community celebrations planned across the country.

For those of you looking for some last minute holiday ideas and family vacations, we’ve got just the thing! Here are our top five tree lighting celebrations:

1. Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Annual Christmas Tree
This is one of our favorites because there’s nowhere like New York City at Christmas! Head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art every Friday in December for a special tree lighting at 7 p.m.
Route: Acela Express and Northeast Regional just to name a few of the many

2. National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Ever wonder how the President decorates the White House for the holidays? Join the festivities at the nation’s capitol on Dec. 6 to witness entertainers, military bands and, of course, the President for this official ceremony!
Route: Northeast Regional, Carolinian, Crescent

3. Old Globe’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
The eighth annual Old Globe Christmas Tree Lighting will kick off the holiday season in conjunction with San Diego’s favorite holiday musical, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This tree lighting is at the center of the Globe Plaza and includes live performances and even snow. Yes, snow.
Route: Pacific Surfliner

4. Chicago Tree Lighting
The 100-year-old Tree Lighting Ceremony in Chicago is perfect for all ages in the heart of Chicago’s downtown Loop. The holiday season officially commences when the switch is flipped and the lights begin to sparkle. As a bonus, there’s live performances, holiday music and more!
Route: MichiganHiawatha and Lincoln Services

5. Zilker Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
An Austin, Texas, family favorite each year, the Zilker Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony features a huge 120-foot wide Zilker tree standing more than 150-feet tall and decorated with more than 3,300 Christmas lights and a giant star that is over ten feet wide. It’s definitely worth the trip since the fun includes eating too much candy and kettle corn, and even singing carols. Fa-la-la-la-laaaaa!
Route: Texas Eagle

What holiday festivities will you travel to this season? Let us know in the comments below!

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