The Christmas season is a great time to be a hometown tourist. The first snow, holiday decorations, and community events are perfect for going on an adventure close to home. Make the season more festive by taking time out of your busy schedule to explore your hometown. If you need inspiration on how to be a tourist in your hometown at Christmas, check out the following for ideas.
Check Community Events
When was the last time you spent an afternoon or entire day being a tourist in your hometown or closest major city?
- Start by researching your hometown for upcoming events.
- Look for anything new that interests you. But do not hesitate to check out events that are new. Trying something different is a great way to grow and meet new people.
- Join social media groups that focus on your hometown, nearby cities, or county. The shared information from other group members is a great resource.
Check for Christmas Season Events
The Christmas season brings new events to many communities.
- Christmas tree lighting ceremonies.
- Candlelight services
- Church events
- Live Nativity scenes
- Christmas caroling
- Festival of Trees
- Christmas light decorating contests. (Many community pages will post a map to view the best lights in your town).
- Christmas parades
- Christmas community concerts or plays
- Christmas Fairs
- Go to a Christmas Market
- Christmas craft shows or holiday bazaars
Create a Local Christmas Bucket List
Go ahead and make a bucket list for your hometown or nearby neighborhood. If you are going with family and friends, create the list together. Travel buddies are a great way to enjoy your hometown Christmas experience,
- Check out new restaurants, revisit childhood favorites, go to art galleries, historical sites, or other interesting Christmas events.
- Considering taking a different mode of transportation to get around your hometown. If the weather is good, consider walking.
- Use coupons to save money which is a bonus during the holiday season. Also, many coupons use free items as an incentive for customers to spend a specific amount of money. Small trinkets or Christmas ornaments are a fun part of the shopping experience.
- Take hometown tours.
Document Your Christmas-Themed Travels
Grab your camera or use your phone to document your hometown Christmas experience.
- Go to your local café for a cup of hot cocoa, coffee, or tea. Sit and jot notes in a journal about your day’s adventure.
- Buy postcards and write about adventures on the back.
- Take lots of photos. Even if you pass the place every day while going to work or running errands, stop and snap a photo. Try different angles.
- Create a Christmas scrapbook. Use your photos, postcards, sales receipts, business cards, and notes to make lasting memories of your hometown Christmas adventures.
Enjoy your journey! Merry Christmas!