December is a great time to travel and enjoy some holiday magic in fun cities across the country. While nearly every town in the country features cozy holiday displays during the month of December, there are only a few worth traveling for. Are you looking for a destination that will bring some holiday magic to your life this year? Millions of lights and endless wonders are waiting for you. Here’s a look at the top three places filled with wonder and merriment that make memorable holiday day stays!

Memphis, Tennessee

No city offers holiday hospitality quite like Memphis! Memphis doesn’t skimp when it comes to lights, music and merriment. There are incredible shows, events and displays going on all throughout the holiday season. One big attraction that brings people here during December is Christmas at Graceland. The driveway at Graceland is decked out in hundreds of blue Christmas lights. In addition, Christmas decorations that were used by Elvis and his family are on display in the yard of the estate. The estate’s interior is also decorated with a glowing from the King’s Christmas tree and artifacts. There are some other fun happenings that you can enjoy in Memphis this holiday season.  Holiday Wonders at the Garden at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, SunTrust Zoo Lights at the Memphis Zoo and the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees at the Pink Palace Museum are sure to delight!

Day use hotel partner, At Home Inn & Suites, helps make the magic happen.

Miami, Florida

Miami is the place to go this December if your idea of ringing in the holidays includes seeing palm trees wrapped in tinsel. Trade lumps of coal for lumps of warm sand! Forget about bundling up for the cold weather and driving around searching for bright Christmas lights. Miami’s famous water taxi takes on a festive feel for the holidays. It brings passengers along a path that provides views of gorgeous coastal mansions covered in colorful lights.

Zoo Miami also sparkles during the holidays. Guests can stroll through the zoo to enjoy carolers, carousel rides and milk and cookies with Santa nightly. The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade brings people to Miami during the holiday season. All of this comes on top of the many tree-lighting events that are taking places at Miami’s shopping squares and malls all season long.

A Miami day stay during the holiday season is the perfect way to enjoy childlike wonder with a touch of elegance. Day use hotel partners like Pullman Miami and Congress Hotel South Beach are chock full of cheer.

Dark christmas spa background with candles, presents and little Santa hat

Palm Springs, California

Heading to the California desert is a great way to mix things up. Palm Springs perfectly combines festive lights and merriment with relaxing spa treatments and world-class dining. What’s going on in Palm Sprigs during the holidays this year? The famous Rink at the River is returning! It brings a touch of the magic that can be found at New York City’s Rockefeller Center to this heavenly desert oasis. Wild Lights at the Living Desert is another unique experience. You will be left in awe exploring a zoo that has been transformed into a glowing winter wonderland. Guests can look forward to seeing a herd of life-sized animal lanterns glowing for all to see.

Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa and the Hilton Palm Springs, are ready to make the most of this daycation.

Getaway this Holiday With HotelsByDay

You don’t have to wait for Santa to give you exactly what you want for the holidays this year! The elves at HotelsByDay have been working overtime to ensure that you can get a room that offers exactly what’s on your wish list. We offer rooms in all of the fun cities that made this year’s list of top spots to visit for the holidays. You don’t have to book a full stay if you only need a place to rest, relax and sip some mint-flavored hot chocolate before hitting the holiday attractions. Leave inflexible hotel reservations on your naughty list and come experience how nice it can be to get exactly what you want with HotelsByDay.

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Scott Dylan graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a B.A. in History, a Minor in Economics, and a firm belief that financial knowledge is a human right. When Scott's not writing about financial matters, he's traveling to new places, cooking strange foods and getting to know good people.