St. Patrick’s Day is that time of year when the world seems to embrace all shades of green, and cities across the globe light up with festivities that echo the heart and soul of Ireland.

It’s not just about wearing green or enjoying a pint; it’s about celebrating a rich cultural heritage that has transcended borders to bring people together in joyous communion.

From the traditional heartlands of Ireland to the bustling metropolises of the United States and beyond, each destination offers its own unique take on this cherished holiday.

Let’s dive into the 10 best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, each with its own story to tell and experience to offer.

Dublin

The grounds of St Patrick’s Park in Dublin. DAVID SOANES PHOTOGRAPHY/GETTY IMAGES

Ah, Dublin. Where else to start but in the very heart of Ireland?

St. Patrick’s Day here is nothing short of magical, a city-wide embrace of everything Irish. The streets become a living tapestry of green, white and orange, buzzing with energy and excitement.

Imagine a weeklong festival where the air is thick with the melodies of traditional Irish music, the streets are alive with parades and performances, and every pub is a doorway to camaraderie and tales of yore.

Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day is not just a celebration; it’s an experience, a chance to live and breathe Irish culture in its most authentic form.

TPG tip: Stay at The Morrison Dublin, Curio Collection by Hilton for around $251 or 60,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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New York City

The St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City. ALEXI ROSENFELD/GETTY IMAGES

New York, New York – the city where St. Patrick’s Day is painted in broad strokes of green across the canvas of its streets.

The parade here is legendary, a grand procession that marches up Fifth Avenue, a vibrant spectacle of music, dance and Irish pride.

But the celebration doesn’t stop at the parade; it spills into the city’s many Irish pubs and neighborhoods, where the spirit of Ireland is alive and well.

Imagine sipping on an Irish stout while listening to a fiddle play, surrounded by new friends and old – that’s St. Patrick’s Day in New York City.

TPG tip: Book a room at Moxy NYC Times Square for around $290 or 58,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

Related: The best hotels in New York City, from luxury stays to points properties

Boston

A band marches during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston. NATHAN KLIMA/BOSTON GLOBE/GETTY IMAGES

Boston holds a special place in the heart of Irish America, and on St. Patrick’s Day, this connection is celebrated with gusto. The city’s parade is a feast for the senses, a kaleidoscope of color and sound that winds its way through the streets of South Boston.

But beyond the parade, Boston’s Irish spirit is palpable in its pubs, restaurants and squares, where the community comes together to celebrate its heritage.

TPG tip: Book a room at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston for around $752 or 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per night.

Related: The 16 best Four Seasons in the World, according to travel experts who have stayed at them.

Chicago

The dyed Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day. VICHIE81/GETTY IMAGES

Chicago takes the green of St. Patrick’s Day to a whole new level, with the annual dyeing of the Chicago River a spectacle in itself.

The city’s parade is a vibrant celebration of Irish culture, but it’s the sense of community and joy that truly defines the day.

Chicago’s many Irish pubs become centers of festivity, offering a warm welcome and a cold pint to all who enter. It’s a day when the Windy City comes alive with the spirit of Ireland, a testament to the enduring bond between the two.

TPG tip: Stay at The Drake for around $156 or 50,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Related: The 17 best Chicago hotels

Savannah, Georgia

The fountain at Forsyth Park dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day. VISIT SAVANNAH/FACEBOOK

In Savannah, St. Patrick’s Day is infused with a Southern twist, blending Irish traditions with Georgian charm.

The city’s parade showcases community and culture, set against the backdrop of historic squares and blooming azaleas. Imagine enjoying a day of music, food and fun under the warm Southern sun, where the hospitality is as plentiful as the Guinness.

TPG tip: Book a room at The Alida, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel for around $313 or 52,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

London

People perform during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in London. LI YING/XINHUA NEWS AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES

London may be a stone’s throw from Ireland, but on St. Patrick’s Day, it feels as though the heart of Ireland beats within its streets.

The parade here is a dazzling display of diversity, reflecting the many faces of the Irish diaspora. At the heart of it all, Trafalgar Square transforms into a festival hub where music dances in the air, and the scents of traditional Irish cooking tempt every passerby.

There’s something for everyone, from toe-tapping tunes to activities that whisk kids away to a world of Irish folklore. And let’s not forget the pubs! They’re the real heroes, buzzing with tales, laughter and the clinking of glasses.

TPG tip: Stay at Hotel 41 for around $532 or 35,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per night.

Sydney

Traditional Irish dancers perform to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Mercantile Hotel Irish pub. BRENDON THORNE/GETTY IMAGES

Down under in Sydney, St. Patrick’s Day shines bright, a vibrant celebration of Irish culture against the backdrop of the Australian sun. The parade? Oh, it’s a feast for the eyes, weaving through the city with a blend of flair and tradition that captures everyone’s imagination.

Then, there’s the festival — a smorgasbord of Irish culture where you can lose yourself in the lilting tunes of folk music or be mesmerized by dancers stepping to ancient rhythms. And it’s not just about watching; there’s a chance to dive in with crafts and activities that get hands moving and minds whirling.

TPG tip: Book a room at the Hyatt Regency Sydney for around $212 or 15,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Toronto

People parade on the street to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 21, 2022, in Toronto. YU RUIDONG/CHINA NEWS SERVICE/GETTY IMAGES

Toronto really rolls out the green carpet on St. Patrick’s Day, transforming into a little slice of Ireland. The streets come alive with a parade that’s more of a party on the move, splashing the city with all shades of green.

But it’s not all about the parade; the whole city catches the Irish spirit. Pubs, parks and cultural spots buzz with foot-tapping tunes, captivating tales and games straight out of Ireland. It’s like Toronto says, “Let’s all be Irish today!”

TPG tip: Stay at Kimpton Saint George Hotel for around $201 or 32,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

Tokyo

Participants take part in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Omotesando, Tokyo. DAMON COULTER/SOPA IMAGES/LIGHT ROCKET/GETTY IMAGES

Tokyo might not be the first place you’d think to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but the city embraces the holiday with enthusiasm and flair.

The parade here uniquely blends Irish and Japanese cultures, a colorful and joyful celebration that bridges continents. Local bars and restaurants join in, offering Irish-themed fare and drinks, creating a day of cultural exchange and festive fun that’s genuinely one of a kind.

TPG tip: Book a room at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills for around $875 or 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Related: The 11 best hotels in Tokyo for your next Japan getaway

Buenos Aires

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In Buenos Aires, St. Patrick’s Day turns the city into an electrifying mix of Irish green and Argentine zest. As dusk falls, the streets burst into life, pulsating with rhythms and moves that blur the lines between Buenos Aires’ fiery soul and Ireland’s hearty traditions.

It’s a street party that dances its way into the night, showcasing just how universal St. Patrick’s Day really is. Around every corner, there’s a shared happiness, a vibe that connects people from all walks of life. It’s proof that on this day, everyone’s a little Irish.

TPG tip: Stay at Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel for around $293 or 49,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

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