People wearing red costumes and dancing (© Mary Altaffer/AP Images)

Winter holidays in the U.S. [photo gallery]

Dancing and singing, Americans celebrate winter holidays with joyful tunes. This photo gallery shows moments of jubilation across the United States.
Miniature crèche scene with animals (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Holiday treasures at Washington’s National Cathedral

Discover a seasonal treat at Washington's National Cathedral, which offers an annual exhibition of nativity scenes from around the world.
Christmas trees and an illuminated ceiling in the grand foyer of the White House (© Carolyn Kaster/AP Images)

Holiday magic illuminates the White House

First lady Melania Trump has transformed the White House into a winter wonderland with holiday decorations that celebrate the spirit of the season.
Doorway with trees and flags leading to a Christmas tree ((© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Decking the White House halls

The White House's holiday decorations conjure up a winter fantasy each year. See how the magic happens with trees, ornaments and more.
Group of costumed people standing in snow around fire (© Erika Larsen/National Geographic Creative)

German influence helped shape America

German immigrants to the United States have shaped American culture and economy in a variety of ways, perhaps most visibly at this time of year.
2017 National Christmas Tree lighting in front of the White House (© AP Images)

Merry Christmas from the White House [video]

Every year there is a ceremony in Washington to light the National Christmas Tree. Watch President Trump's Christmas message.
Cartoon image of Santa riding in sleigh with reindeer in front of moon (Shutterstock)

Where’s Santa right now? The answer is just a click or...

Kids interested in knowing where Santa is on Christmas Eve can call NORAD or visit websites to get the latest Santa tracking info.
Time-lapse photo of sun traversing the sky (© AP Images)

Across America, winter celebrations

Americans love a party, and winter offers several holidays for family and friends to meet and celebrate religious and cultural events.

Delivering gifts where Santa can’t

Every December since 1952, the U.S. military has airdropped gifts of clothing, rice, fishing equipment, toys and other goods to remote parts of the Pacific.