Chicago, Quebec City, Philly or Boston around Christmas time?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 14, 2012 4:39 PM Last Post By: kenko
Dec 12, 2012 11:53 AM
I'm planning on spending the holiday season back east but I'm not quite sure where I should go. From online research, it seems like Quebec City and Chicago would both be quite nice during the Christmas season.
Has anyone been to either of these places during this time or does anybody have other recommendations?
I'm also considering going to NY for 2-3 days as I have a friend there. What is drawing me to Chicago and Philly is that I have never been there.
Dec 12, 2012 12:23 PM
Dec 12, 2012 12:25 PM
2I love Philly (grew up near it and still have family there), but the only thing "Christmasy" about it is it's proximity to Washington's Crossing, which has never been fully developed as a travel destination. . . . well that and pelting Santa clause with snowballs (tough town).
NY is like the ultimate Christmas town (think of all the old movies), but can be kind of expensive, or, at the very least, leave you feeling like "I couldn't do this right because I didn't have enough money." I'm not opposed to New York for Christmas, I just think you should be realistic about it.
Chicago is kind of a cool town, Boston has more sites but less "atmosphere" than Chicago. I've never been to Quebec.
Well aside from eliminating Philadelphia, I guess that was a worthless post.
Dec 12, 2012 3:49 PM
3I lived in Chicago for 6 years, and can't say there is anything distinctively Christmasy about it. But it is a fun city with lots of nice museums, tiny storefront theaters, and good places to eat. Weather really varies at that time of year--usually there isn't heavy snow at that point, but there are always exceptions.
Dec 12, 2012 6:43 PM
Dec 13, 2012 1:34 PM
6Quebec City is really nice but: The part of the city a visitor would like is small enough that after a day or two it's time to move on. So it doesn't make a lot of sense to go way out of your way to go there unless you're also going to Montreal or are fine with travelling all that way for just a couple days. Also, it can be REALLY cold. I know you expect that in the winter but I'm talking REALLY cold (potentially).
Boston and NY are both nice around Christmas. Both are either heaven or hell for New Years depending on how you feel about crowds.
Dec 14, 2012 10:43 AM
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