Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Although more known for being a getaway in the summer, Myrtle Beach is abundant in holiday bliss. From the Festival of Trees at the Ripley's Aquarium, the shows at the theaters, The Tree lighting ceremony at Broadway At The Beach to The Night of A Thousand Candles at the Brookgreen Gardens Plantation. Myrtle Beach may not look like a holiday postcard scene, but no doubt the Christmas spirit is there.
Biltmore Estate, North Carolina
This turn of the century mansion owned by the Vanderbilts turns into a Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas stop every November and December. There's fine dining, shops, a winery, the inn, carriage rides, and a house tour that'll really make you feel like you are celebrating Christmas at the turn of the 20th Century.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Great Smoky Mountains,Tennessee/North Carolina
The Smoky Mountains, like Myrtle Beach, are also abundant in holiday spirit, but the Mountains make it look more festive. Miles of light displays, shopping, parades, and even Dolly Parton's Theme Park is open for Christmas magic. Plus there is a Christmas themed Hotel in Pigeon Forge, just a few miles away!
(NASCAR tracks: Bristol,Tennessee and Charlotte,North Carolina)
Oglebay Festival of Lights (Wheeling,West Virginia)
More information can be found here on that: https://www.oglebay-resort.com/festival.html
If you're ever sown south during the holiday season, be sure to try to visit one of these or any of the other Southern holiday destinations around!