These winners bring loads of holiday cheer
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and halls across America are decked in holiday finery. Whether you're toe-tapping to holiday tunes on Spotify or pining for summer, the holidays are upon us.
To celebrate the season, 10Best set out to find the most holly, jolly holiday experiences in North America – parades, theme park events, skating rinks, department stores, zoo lights and places to ring in 2018. We asked our readers to vote for their favorites, and the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:
Throughout North America, the winter season offers the opportunity for travelers to swap flip-flops for ice skates and glide across the frozen water. The historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, snakes its way through the Canadian capital. In winter, the canal transforms into the world's largest skating rink, winding for almost 5 miles through Ottawa. Skaters enjoy rest areas, fire pits, picnic tables and vendors selling sweets, snacks and steaming hot chocolate.
Full list of winners: Best Ice Skating Rinks
Each winter, zoos across the U.S. get into the holiday spirit. The 2017 installment of Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo features more than 1 million holiday lights and some 200 illuminated animal images, as well as bumper cars, an ice slide, photo ops with Santa and an 85-foot Norway spruce tree decorated with 35,000 LED bulbs. Mom and dad can even grab a spiked beverage from the Beer Garden.
Full list of winners: Best Zoo Lights
The Mummers Parade, one of the longest running traditions in the nation, has roots dating back to the 1800s as a celebration of the New Year in Philly. The colorful procession along Broad Street features performances by comics, string bands and fancy brigades in their spectacular costumes.
Full list of winners: Best Holiday Parades
According to our shopping expert Taryn Scher, Neiman Marcus is "where any girl should go to dream about the life she wants." Ruta Fox adds that the luxury department store headquartered in Dallas with 41 locations around the USA represents "fashion at its most sophisticated."
Full list of winners: Best Department Stores
Branson's Silver Dollar City gets decked in 6.5 million colorful, twinkling lights during its annual holiday celebration, An Old Time Christmas. Festivities center around a 5-story-tall special effects Christmas tree, with 1,000 other decorated trees around the park, two Broadway-style holiday productions and an illuminated parade featuring Rudolph and his reindeer friends.
Full list of winners: Best Theme Park Holiday Events
Music City's NYE bash at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is free and open to the public, with headlining acts like Keith Urban, Maren Morris and Cheap Trick performing as crowds await the dropping of the giant music note and fireworks to ring in the new year.
Full list of winners: Best Places to Ring in the New Year
Thank for voting, and remember to visit 10Best.com daily to rock the vote in other Readers' Choice categories. Happy holidays!