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Yuletide Festivities in U.S. Capitals

by Katie Skrzek

Oct 31, 2022

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North America

With the holidays right around the corner, use this opportunity to take a family travel getaway to a festive U.S. capital. These cities offer plenty of yuletide cheer for the whole family.



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Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cheyenne hosts an annual holiday event, Old West Holiday. This year’s festivities kick off on Nov. 20. The event features the Cheyenne Christmas parade with more than 100 floats. View elaborate holiday decorations at the Governor’s mansion, Nov. 18–Dec. 24. Book a holiday stay at Little America Hotel & Resort Cheyenne. The property offers guests a New Year’s Eve package complete with a Champagne toast and late check-out.



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Providence, Rhode Island

New this year, Three Nights of Lights is a three-day festival of citywide events incorporating the theme of light. Check out WaterFire, a bonfire arts events, Dec. 1–3. Illuminate PVD lights up City Hall with massive snowflakes projected on the building, as well as five-foot illuminated snowflakes on light poles throughout the city. The annual tree lighting at City Hall takes place Dec. 2.



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Pierre, South Dakota

Christmas at the Capitol features dozens of decorated Christmas trees throughout the building. This year’s theme is Merry Prairie Christmas. South Dakota’s official Christmas tree will be decorated by three of the state’s Shriners Chapters: El Riad (Sioux Falls), Yelduz (Aberdeen) and Naja (Deadwood). Other South Dakota non-profits and organizations decorate the rest of the trees. The light ceremony takes place Nov. 22 and the trees remain on display through Dec. 26.



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Jackson, Mississippi

Belhaven University, located in Jackson, hosts one of the city’s most unique annual holiday traditions: The Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree. Since 1933, the university’s choir wears white robes and reflective accessories and assembles on a tiered structure, designed to resemble a Christmas tree. The choir delights the audience with a performance of classic Christmas carols.


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