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One Holiday Season, Countless Traditions
The snazzy Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
Jeffery Zeldman

Trimming the tree. Watching It’s a Wonderful Life. Sipping (spiked) eggnog. Some holiday traditions are universal.

But part of what makes this time of year so special are the local customs.

So we’ve partnered with Cartier to share a list of ten top U.S. cities and their unique takes on celebrating the season, from a candlelight tour of Mount Vernon in Washington, D.C., to roaring bonfires on the streets of New Orleans.

Should you be in New York City this time of year, take part in the city’s timeless tradition of taking a stroll down Fifth Avenue (a cup of cocoa in hand) and wandering into the Cartier 59th Street Boutique--illuminated for the holidays with twinkling lights and an elaborate red ribbon. We call it window-shopping, with a luxurious twist.

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