If you can’t get enough of the Christmas spirit, visit some of these destinations and spend the holiday in the most Christmas themed towns in the US.
There’s no hiding from the season of goodwill –we’re greeted at every turn with decorations, pretty lights, carols on the radio 24/7, and your neighbors across the street trying to outdo the Griswolds.
North Pole, Alaska
You can’t go wrong with a name like The North Pole, and this small town outside of Fairbanks, Alaska won’t disappoint. If you can handle cold weather and want to experience the full winter wonderland magic, then visit at the holiday time. There’s even a Santa Claus house with live reindeer. If you’re not a fan of chilly conditions, don’t despair as this town stays in character all year, so if you’re into Christmas in July, you’ll still get to experience all the trimmings, including candy-cane posts, holly, and the whole Christmas works.
Santa Claus, Indiana
Again, the name draws you in, doesn’t it! Santa Claus, Indiana is billed as “America’s Christmas Hometown,” and the festivities here are well worth a visit. Spend the night at Santa’s Lodge, take the kids to Frosty’s Fun Center, do some Christmas shopping and when it gets dark, take the 1.2-mile drive through one of the country’s most impressive light displays.
If you want a picturesque experience, be dazzled by pretty lights, and enjoy holiday-themed celebrations in a historical setting, then you must visit Williamsburg, Virginia. Impressive in any season, this beautiful town is full of holiday attractions that won’t disappoint.
Heading out west to this small Colorado town, you can enjoy an idyllic Christmas in the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Take a trip on the Polar Express, a Cascade Canyon 26-mile excursion through the San Juan National Forest and Animas River. Then after your journey, you can go skiing at the Purgatory Resort or do some Christmas shopping on Main Avenue.
The “Christmas Tree Town” of Branson, Missouri boasts more than 700 decorated trees during the holidays. And if you’re a fan of lights, this is the place to be, with 650 million Christmas lights to marvel at.
Fans of the movie White Christmas will enjoy a stay in this lovely rural Vermont village, which attracts visitors from all over the country and beyond. Visit the historic Wilburton Inn for an authentic Vermont Christmas treat.
Asheville, North Carolina
For a truly elegant Christmas experience, visit the Biltmore, the historic Vanderbilt mansion in the mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina. Marvel at the elaborate holiday décor, more than 55 Christmas trees, and thousands of twinkling lights in the splendor of this beautiful house. You’ll never forget the Candlelight Christmas Evening at the Biltmore, with live music, flickering candlelight, and glowing fireplaces.
Helen is a small town in Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains, designed to look like a Bavarian alpine town. The streets are lined with quaint, German-style houses, which just adds to the charm come holiday time when the community gets geared up for the season. Events include the Lighting of the Village downtown, led by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a Christkindlmarkt –a German tradition where the town center of town is filled with booths selling decorations, food, and gifts.