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Season's Greetings From The Hometowns Of Your Favorite Criminal Minds Stars

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

This much yuletide fun might be criminal!

The cast of Criminal Minds simply sparkles, and come the holiday season, so do their home sweet homes. Take a tour of North America at the most wonderful time of the year for festive ways to celebrate the season. Joy to the BAU!


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It's the City of Angels for this snow angel.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

When Kirsten Vangsness—brainy, lovable Penelope Garcia on screen—really was a "baby girl," she made her debut in Los Angeles. Come December, she loves all the parades around the City of Angels.

For a buoyant twist on tradition, the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade and King Harbor Boat Parade feature vessels of all sorts sporting lights and garlands. The granddaddy of them all is the Tournament of Roses Parade before the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, fabled for its floats, marching bands, and equestrian units.

Oh Canada! Are we glad you let this snow bird fly south!

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Though she now resides in sunny So Cal, A.J. Cook (SSA Jennifer "J.J." Jareau) was born in colder climates. Her hometown of Oshawa, Canada, is just an hour from Toronto.

At Christmastime, a visit to Casa Loma is a must. Talk about decking the halls! Toronto's Gothic castle boasts nine Christmas trees, gardens aglow with lights every night, ice skating performances, and its own orchestra.

Welcome to Vegas, Santa baby!

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Like the brilliant Dr. Spencer Reid, Matthew Gray Gubler hails from Vegas, baby!

America's glitz and glitter capital pulls out all the stops when it comes to holiday lights. Among the best places to be dazzled are the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Glittering Lights display and the kid-friendly Magical Forest at Opportunity Village, with three million lights and an "Enchanted Carousel."

Baby, it's cold (and windy) outside!

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Joe Mantegna, known to fans as SSA David Rossi, got his start in the Windy City. Though the nickname comes from its politics, Chicago's winters are blustery, too.

That doesn't stop shoppers from thronging Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza, an open-air mecca of German foods and handcrafted items like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, beer steins, and ornaments. Bundle up and bring your to-buy list. Don't miss the spiced wine! Through December 24th.

Enter San Francisco's giant gingerbread house!

Photography by Art Streiber.

As super-fans know, forensic psychologist Dr. Tara Lewis spent time in the FBI's San Francisco field office before joining the BAU. That's fitting, since it's Aisha Tyler's hometown.

Sweet treats abound this month in the City by the Bay. Check out the two-story Gingerbread House at the Fairmont Hotel, then get your sugar plum fairy fix when the San Francisco Ballet presents the Nutcracker, Dec. 12-29 at War Memorial Opera House.

Skate around NYC's mighty Christmas tree!

Photography by Michael Parmelee.

On screen, SA Luke Alvez comes to the BAU from the FBI's Fugitive Task Force. Off screen, Adam Rodriguez comes from Yonkers, New York. The Westchester enclave is less than a half-hour train ride from Midtown Manhattan, where it's Christmas all over.

Stroll up Fifth Avenue to see the festive store windows, then head west to Rockefeller Center for a spin around the world-famous ice rink under the iconic annual tree. This year, it's a 72-foot tall Norway spruce topped by a nine-foot-wide Swarovski crystal star.

Ice skate through this winter wonderland!

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

FBI Special Agent Matt Simmons joined the BAU as the ultra-buff behavioral analyst from the International Response Team. Though no stranger to international travel himself, Daniel Henney hails from the small town of Carson City, Michigan. Festive fun is all around in snow-covered Michigan!

From twinkling lights and trains to Santa sightings and parades, holiday magic abounds just a short journey away. One favorite activity for the family is an ice skating trail through the woods at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex.

Celebrate Christmas with a big star and "Little Women."

Photography by Matt Hoyle.

Unit Chief Emily Prentiss has a pretty interesting history. So does Paget Brewster's hometown of Concord, Massachusetts.

What better way to celebrate women with great back stories than by visiting the extraordinary historic home of the Alcott family, the setting of literary classic Little Women? Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House is decorated for the holiday season and open for guided tours throughout December.


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