Halloween has come and gone, and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. Pretty soon radio stations will begin playing 24/7 Christmas carols and twinkling lights will be strung on houses and trees from coast to coast. The holiday season is upon us, and we need your help crowning the best holiday parades, zoo lights, winter wonderlands, warm weather getaways and department stores in North America.
10Best editors, along with a panel of travel experts, have narrowed down the contenders in each category to the best 20, and now we're turning it over to you to vote. Cast your ballot once per day, per category until voting ends on Monday, December 5 at noon ET. The winners – chosen by your vote – will be announced on Friday, December 9.
Best Winter Wonderland
Want to get away from home for the holidays? Dreaming of a white Christmas? These 20 destinations in North America transform into winter wonderlands during the colder months, making them ideal for a snowy holiday escape.
Best Zoo Lights
One of America's most beloved holiday pastimes involves bundling up and heading out to ooh and aah at all the colorful twinkling holiday lights. Zoos across America are getting in on the fun with their own festive seasonal displays. Once the sun sets and the animals go to bed, these 20 U.S. zoos celebrate the season with some of the best light displays around. Which zoo hosts your favorite event?
Best Holiday Parade
Dancing elves, festive floats, boats covered in twinkling lights, Santa in his sleigh – these are some of the many sights you might see as a spectator at one of these 20 holiday parades, nominated as the best in the USA. Which spirited holiday parade is your favorite?
Best Department Store
The holidays are a busy time for just about everyone, and department stores – retailers that carry a wide variety of products – can help save time by offering one-stop-shopping for clothing, shoes, accessories, home goods and other wish list items. We asked a panel of shopping gurus to nominate their favorite department stores in the nation, and now we need your help picking a winner.
Best Warm Weather Getaway
Sometimes the shorter days and weeks on end of cold weather that come along with the holiday season can give us a serious case of the winter blues. We asked a panel of travel experts to pick their favorite sun-kissed North American destinations as nominees for Best Warm Weather Getaway. Where would you most like to go?
Remember to visit 10Best.com daily to vote in these and other Readers' Choice categories, and check back on December 9 to see who takes home top honors.