Great shopping cities Stateside

by Sylvia Pownall
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It may sound premature but savvy shoppers are already turning their thoughts to a trip Stateside to stock up for the festive season.

Christmas shopping can be a chore – so why not look on the bright side by snapping up some great US deals and exploring one of its most famous cities?

Nothing beats New York at Christmas. Shopping on Fifth Avenue, taking in the extra festive lights of Times Square, ice-skating at Rockefeller Center.

Add in the amazing post-Thanksgiving bargains and it’s a no-brainer! This is the perfect choice for a girls’ weekend away – shop til you drop by day, take in a Broadway show by night and be dazzled by the incredible NYC nightlife!

A perfect pre-Christmas treat.

By contrast Boston is a city that is beautiful year-round but seeing it under snow really is something special.

Out in the crisp air, wrapped up warm in a down jacket as you meander your way through the streets, the city just feels like Christmas.

With many shopping outlets to choose from that transform into festive hives where you’ll not only make your purchases but also enjoy the extensive decor, displays and possibly even a touch of snow along the way.

Serious shopping
If you’re looking for some serious shopping then look no further than Chicago’s Magnificent Mile – which you can rest assured is aptly named.

With a wealth of both international and national brands on offer you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you want something more authentic then be sure to check out the markets further downtown where you’ll pick up some truly special handmade gifts.

If you want to add a bit of culture to your trip, or if you’re a bit of a politics buff, then combine your shopping break with a trip to the centre of political power, history and activity in America – Washington DC.

Washington DC’s unforgettable skyline is marked by some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including the White House, Capitol Hill and the National Mall.

Looking for a gift that will remind you of your time in the nation’s capital? Look no further than the White House Historical Association for their annual Christmas ornament.

American Holidays is offering four nights in New York from €609 per person sharing (based on four adults). Price includes three-star Beacon Hotel, return flights, taxes and charges. Ref No: 1582238.

Alternatively, spend four nights at the three-star Midtown Hotel in Boston from €690 per person sharing. Based on two adults, including return flights, taxes and charges. Ref No: 1576863

If you prefer the windy city then four nights at the three-star Felix Hotel, based on two adults sharing, is from €699pp including return flights, taxes and charges. Ref No: 51228823

Four nights at the three-star Fairfax in Washington is available from €671 per person, ref no: 2007647893

To book call American Holidays on 01 673 3804 or drop into their office at 18- 19 Duke Street – just off Grafton Street – where the expert staff will help you plan your holiday of a lifetime. For more information visit

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