Great winter trips in the West

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The West's best holiday traditions

We asked our readers for their favorite local holiday celebrations big and small. Here are the best of the best, from festive light displays to classic performances

Christmas Eve at the Hotel Del Coronado
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Christmas Eve at the Hotel Del Coronado

Coronado (near San Diego), CA; hoteldel.com

"The Hotel del Coronado decorates from cellar to dome with magnificent trees, garlands, and traditional decorations. Many families have the tradition of coming to see the beautiful decorations. But the hotel also has a special dinner in the ballroom hosted by the Lambs Players dressed in period costume. The actors welcome you as you enter as if you are entering their home and after a delicious dinner they put on a play about their "family" and the holidays. Before or after the dinner you can go ice skating at a rink on the beach. Really a special way to celebrate the holidays!" - Faith M., San Diego, CA

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