If you are like me when it starts to get cold and snowy, you dream of spending time on a warm beach. Have you thought about scheduling your Christmas vacation at the beach? Did you know that many beach communities schedule holiday activities for families, couples and singles? Some are in cold climates and some warm whichever you prefer! Here are three that are often on the top lists of places to visit for the holiday.
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine is known as the nation's oldest city and appears on many lists as one of the best places to see holiday lights. Mid-November through early February you can enjoy the radiance of the "Nights of Lights" as more than 3 million tiny white lights adorn and illuminate the city's historic district. And, if you want to plan a special Christmas day meal many area attractions and restaurants are open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. You will need to pack accordingly. The average high is 70 degrees and the average low is 50.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
If you like cooler weather you might want to spend Christmas in Gulf Shores, Alabama where the high in December is 67 degrees and the low is 47. For beautiful Christmas decoration and lighting you won't want to miss visiting Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Here you can stroll through the 65-acre garden estate that features over 15 scenes, 1000 set pieces and 3 million lights. You can also enjoy a nightly choral performance and tour the 15-room house, (over 10,000 square feet) decorated for the holidays. The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach should also be on your agenda. Here you can enjoy horse and Carriage rides , view the City of Orange Beach tree lighting, take photos with Santa, play miniature golf and of course there's plenty of shopping and dining. This is one place you'll never have a boring moment because Gulf Shores hosts over 40 holiday events.
West Palm Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach refers to the season as "Holiday in Paradise". One of the city's claims to fame is the world's only 35-foot-tall, 700-ton sand tree they call Sandi which is surrounded by additional themed sand sculptures and seasonal activities in Sandi Land. If you love music Clematis by Night is a free outdoor concert series. You can also plan to see the Aloha Islanders Holiday Spectacular on the Waterfront. The authentic Polynesian show features pulsating drums, hula dancers and Samoan fire knife dancers as you are taken through a journey of Polynesia. City Place, the downtown entertainment destination in West Palm Beach, becomes a winter wonderland with ice-skating and nightly snowfalls. You'll be able to enjoy beautiful weather where the highs in December are 77 and the low only 60.
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