The best cities to visit in the U.S. during the holidays!

Planning a last minute road trip during the holidays? We’ve created a list of the best cities to visit in the U.S. during the holidays (and what to do in each one)! Plus, we’re giving you the inside scoop on the perfect Pura Vida pieces to pair with each city...

No more delays, let’s get right into it:

First up, we have San Diego, California ☀️

San Diego might not be the first city on your mind when you think of the holidays, but if you want a sunny getaway with a holiday touch, SD is the place to be.

  • Skating by the Sea: Ever been ice skating on the beach?! We didn’t think so! Head to Hotel del Coronado to hang at their famous beachfront ice rink, and grab a bite to eat while you’re there.
  • San Diego Bay Parade of Lights: You’ve seen homes with Christmas lights, but have you seen them on boats? This tradition has been part of SD’s holiday celebrations for years! Over 100K people attend the parade to see 75+ lavishly decorated boats.
  • San Diego Santa Run: Want to be festive and participate in a good cause? This one’s for you! You can join for the 5K, or keep it light with a 1 mile run. Not a runner? Spectators and ugly sweaters are more than welcome!

Here’s what we recommend wearing:


Up next is New York, New York 🗽

Wandering through Christmas markets, ice skating under The Rockefeller Tree, catching the Radio City Rockettes –– what’s not to love about NYC during the holidays?

  • The Radio City Rockettes: If you haven’t seen this classic show yet, take this as a sign. With the performances being updated every year, you never know what you’re going to get!
  • Winter Village at Bryant Park: Watch Bryant Park transform into a magical winter village, featuring 50+ shopping stalls (think: food, ornaments, rugs, teas, you name it!), complete with a giant ice skating rink in the center.
  • Light Show on 5th Ave: The light show at Saks (right next to the Rockefeller Tree) is not one to be missed! Made up of thousands of synchronized LED lights, this show takes place every 10 minutes from 5pm to 11pm every night.

Here’s what we recommend wearing:


Next on our list is Honolulu, Hawaii 🌊

Although it’s not a destination you would think of as a classic holiday getaway, Honolulu might surprise you with all the festive activities it has to offer:

  • Honolulu City Lights: The annual Honolulu City Lights are a long standing tradition in Honolulu, and they’re the perfect way to add a festive ambiance to downtown Honolulu!
  • The Nutcracker: This stunning rendition of The Nutcracker, a holiday classic, features musicians from the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. You’ve never seen it like this before...
  • Fireworks on New Year’s Eve: Ringing in the new year in Honolulu? Do it in style! Don’t miss the massive firework displays taking place all over the island. Here’s what we recommend wearing:


Finally, we have Vail, Colorado ❄️

Are you looking for cozy holiday village vibes? Then this one’s for you! The winter holidays are a magical time of year in Vail, and they offer tons of activities to dive into.

  • The Vail Village Tree Lighting: Mesmerizing for kids and adults alike, the annual tree lighting at the Children’s Fountain in Vail Village is not to be missed.
  • Vail Mountain: Grab your snowboard and take the brand new Sun Down Lift up to the top – this view is perfect for skiers and snowboarders alike.
  • Vail Skating Spectacular: A show unlike any other, the Skating Spectacular is an hour-long, high energy ice show, perfect for all ages. This year features Olympians such as Nathan Chen, as well as other skating professionals!

Here’s what we recommend wearing:


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