Easter falls on Sunday, 1 April this year. Here are some suggestions for where to pass the holiday, from the magic of Disney to the winds of Chicago.
For some people, Easter is a time to celebrate beliefs while for others it is the perfect time to celebrate the wonderful spring season with blooming flowers, chocolate eggs and fluffy bunnies! Whatever it may be, you’ll find a reason to celebrate in one of these five cities that we recommend visiting for Easter.
1. New Orleans
‘Let the good times roll’ in New Orleans this Easter! Join the Big Easy’s exciting Easter celebration where the events kick off with a Parade in the historic French Quarter. The Parade departs from Antoine’s, the city’s oldest French-Creole fine-dining restaurant, at 9:45 am followed by an 11.00am mass at St. Louis Cathedral. Other festivities include an epic Easter Egg hunt at City Park where kids can have fun searching for tons of colorful eggs, including ‘gold’ ones that have special surprises inside! End your fun-filled morning with brunch in the French quarter. Trinity serves brunch from 11.00am to 3.00pm.
2. New York
You can always depend on New York to take holiday festivities to another level. Each spring, New York turns into a giant Easter-themed playground with so many events to choose from, you’ll have to extend your stay! Attend the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Easter Sunday where you can see hundreds of hilariously creative Easter-themed hat designs…be sure to arrive early and position yourself at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the best view. Who said Easter egg hunts were just for kids? Gather your best team and join the Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt for adults! Put on your detective hats and solve clues and challenges with your team. Each member of the winning team gets a NYC Gift Package! More info about this event here.
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3. Washington D.C.
Washington’s National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place from 20 March to 16 April. More than 3,000 cherry trees will be in bloom, creating a stunning backdrop for for spring visits to the Capital. You can also participate in the 140th White House Easter Egg Roll where children will race to push their eggs across the lawn with a spoon! Alongside this fun National tradition, there will be an Easter egg hunt for kids and a visit from the Easter bunny, the President and the First Lady.
Enjoy the best of spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden where you can stroll through 385 acres of majestic flower gardens. From the tranquility of the Bonzai Collection to the lovely immersive experience of the Sensory Garden, relax and breathe in deeply whilst surrounded by the fresh spring air. On Easter Sunday, the Chicago Botanic Garden will hold a delicious and festive Easter Egg Brunch, get your tickets and more information here. Check out The French Market Chicago, where there are tons of great local artisanal vendors, holiday events and happy hour specials.
There is no better way to celebrate such a magical time of year than at the most magical place of them all: Disney World. Take your little ones to the Magic Kingdom where they will be able to meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, who are joined by dancing flowers and hippos as well as other fun springtime characters during the Easter Procession. Finally, take part in the Epcot Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt, a Disney-themed Easter egg hunt (with a map) that is fun for the whole family!