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Old 10-13-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I'm not sure for small towns, but when it comes to Christmas in BIG CITIES...

(IN MY OPINION)
Chicago wins hands down! Even over New York City. Nobody does Christmas like Chicago

1. Chicago
2. New York City
3. Honolulu
4. Boston
5. Washington DC
Honolulu?
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:44 PM
 
Location: The big blue yonder...
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Honolulu?

YUP!!!

Honolulu is BEAUTIFUL during Christmas time!!! Hawai'i does GREAT with Christmas. I'm willing to bet it's one of the top destinations for Christmas
"Mele Kalikimaka" IS the thing to say...


It's not always about cold days, snow falls and fresh pine smells.
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: The City
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A better type of flash mob


Opera Company of Philadelphia "Hallelujah!" Random Act of Culture - YouTube
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Chicago (from pittsburgh)
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great shot the water tower almost looks like a steeple (sand Honcock behind)

But also very much small towns and how they decorate - Rockwellian almost
i think the clock adds a rockwellian touch
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:00 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Pittsburgh has the ice rink at PPG Place. It's larger than the famous ice rink at Rockefeller Center. (Eat it, New York!)







Every November, Pittsburgh has "Light-Up Night," which kicks off the holiday season the Friday before Thanksgiving. For Light-Up Night, most of the lights in most of the buildings in downtown Pittsburgh are turned on, which makes the city even brighter, and makes it reflect off the rivers even more.

There's also a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at Point State Park, followed by a fireworks display that can be seen from all the prominent viewpoints around downtown. Some bridges are even closed to vehicle traffic for the occasion, to allow pedestrians to gather and watch.

That night is the first night that the ice rink at PPG Place is open for business. It stays open throughout the winter all the way to mid-March, and has a giant Christmas tree in the middle until about a week into January.

The lighting of the Christmas tree, plus the fireworks, the lights in the skyscrapers downtown, and the prevalence of elaborate light displays in and around the city -- the Hartwood Celebration of Lights at Hartwood Acres is a prominent example -- has led the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to recognize the holiday season as "sparkle season."

Christmas in Pittsburgh is a fun time.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:41 AM
 
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IMHO, nothing beats Santa Fe with all the lit farolitos on rooftops & lining courtyards everywhere at Christmas!
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:17 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Yeah, Santa Fe (and northern NM in general) deserves recognition in this category. They definitely do their own thing and it can be quite striking with the contrast of adobe architecture, snow, and farolitos and luminarias.
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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Yeah, Santa Fe (and northern NM in general) deserves recognition in this category. They definitely do their own thing and it can be quite striking with the contrast of adobe architecture, snow, and farolitos and luminarias.
I too call them luminarias. To me, farolitos are the old fashioned fires. But in Santa Fe they tend to call the bags/sand/candles farolitos. Whatever the local term, they sure are beautiful!
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Lake View, Chicago
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I am going to say NYC and Chicago. I haven't been to New York, but I have seen videos and pictures of it during Christmas time and I know it's awesome. Chicago is so nice during Christmas. It probably beats NYC. Both cities have an ice rink and a huge Christmas tree. Chicago puts lights on all of the trees downtown and Macy's takes down all if their American flags (I think they have like 20) and makes the flagpoles into trumpet decorations. Macy's also carries on the Marshall Fields tradition of putting Christmas scenes in all of their windows. People walk by and look at each window.

I have many memories of going down to the Loop just before Christmas and having a nice dinner and looking at the lights, trees, and window decorations. Nothing compares to Christmas in the Windy City. The Midwest in general really loves Christmas. In the small suburban town I live, every house puts some sort of lights up, and most go all out with it. Then the snow comes. There's absolutely nothing like it. I can't wait!
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: North America
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I am going to say NYC and Chicago. I haven't been to New York, but I have seen videos and pictures of it during Christmas time and I know it's awesome. Chicago is so nice during Christmas. It probably beats NYC. Both cities have an ice rink and a huge Christmas tree. Chicago puts lights on all of the trees downtown and Macy's takes down all if their American flags (I think they have like 20) and makes the flagpoles into trumpet decorations. Macy's also carries on the Marshall Fields tradition of putting Christmas scenes in all of their windows. People walk by and look at each window.

I have many memories of going down to the Loop just before Christmas and having a nice dinner and looking at the lights, trees, and window decorations. Nothing compares to Christmas in the Windy City. The Midwest in general really loves Christmas. In the small suburban town I live, every house puts some sort of lights up, and most go all out with it. Then the snow comes. There's absolutely nothing like it. I can't wait!
NYC is world famous for its Christmas decorations, and well known on some movies like "Home Alone 2" etc. People from all over the world love to visit NYC during Christmas time. I have a facebook photoalbum of Christmas in NYC... great one!

There are Christmas lights at every suburban homes across the U.S., not only in Illinois or the Midwest.
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