While some folks can't wait to bust out their sleds and snow boots come winter, plenty of people prefer to ditch the chilly temperatures and flock to a warmer climate. And if you can leave your passport at home - well, that can almost seem like a holiday miracle. From sandy beaches and boat parades to boozy Santa runs and traditional tree lightings, here are eight warm-weather vacations in the U.S. where you can snag a bit of holiday cheer without having to pack a sweater.
1. DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TEXAS
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the holiday celebrations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are no exception. These two cities may be about an hour apart, but since they share a major airport, we're giving you the goods for both. Expect temps around 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, though they can drop down to the 40s at night.
Over in Dallas, you can check out the 12 Days of Christmas outdoor display or illuminate your night with over one million lights at the annual Holiday at the Arboretum. The Neuhoff Family Christmas Village also puts on a European-style Christmas market, plus you can get your festive fill at City Hall Plaza's Deck the Plaza, where you'll find a massive tree lighting, Winter Wonderland experience, and traditional holiday treats like hot cocoa, spiced cider, and cookies. There's also a holiday parade, Christmas concerts, and more.
In Fort Worth, don't miss the decked-out homes sporting holiday decorations for Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place and stop by to peep the light display at the Modern Art Museum. For a pinch of Texas during the holiday season, head to the Stockyards where a cowboy-clad Santa rounds up folks for photo ops.
Our pick for a Dallas hotel: Hotel ZaZa Dallas
2. SOLVANG, CALIF.
The hype over hygge might be waning, but our love for a Danish Christmas stands strong. Luckily, you don't have to travel across the Atlantic to experience an epic Danish Christmas celebration; all you need to do is head to Solvang, a small Danish town about 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara. The entire month of December is dedicated to Yulefest, where you can learn about the town's history, meet the Claus family, sing Christmas carols, see holiday lights, experience a festive tree-lighting ceremony, and enjoy a parade, just to name a few. Plus, the temps will be in the mid-60s.
Our pick for a Solvang hotel: Hamlet Inn
3. NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF.