These towns take Christmas very seriously. Immerse yourself in holiday cheer by visiting one of these small towns across the country. Each town offers Christmas activities in December, for a month, or throughout the entire year. Activities range from low key to over the top. Find out which town you should visit, ahead.
Round Top, Texas
Stay at the funky Wander Inn run by sisters, Amie Sikes and Jolie Sikes-Smith, in Round Top, Texas. The sisters run the Junk Gypsy Co. and became innkeepers when land went up for sale next door to their business, according to Country Living. For Christmas, the Wander Inn is decorated with vintage, rustic decorations. A 1950’s red International truck parked outside the inn is used as a bar and an old bass drum is used as a Christmas tree stand.
This small town in Vermont isn’t just known for the Woodstock music festival. The town hosts an old-fashioned festival (called Wassail Weekend) complete with a yule-log fire, a craft fair, and lots of Christmas lights, according to HGTV. The festival is known for celebrating Christmas in 19th century style, the town’s website says. The festival kicks off with a parade of more than 50 horses with riders decked out in their Christmas best.
This Washington town has the slogan, “Everything Bavarian.” Their Christmas celebration kicks off Thanksgiving weekend, the event’s website says. The festival has Bavarian style food, shopping, and lots of activities. One of the most popular activities is decorating lanterns for the annual lantern parade. Kids can also meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus. According the Country Living, the town is decorated with 21 miles of lights.
Branson hosts the Ozark Mountain Christmas festival from November to New Year’s Day. One area of the town, named Silver Dollar City, is covered in 5 million lights! Visitors can shop, experience the lights, or ride the Branson Scenic Railway.
This small town in Michigan is home to the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. Frankenmuth, or Michigan’s Little Bavaria, is very family friendly with indoor water parks and arcades. In December, people can dine with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, shop at a traditional German market, a Christkindlmarkt, or tour homes decorated for the holiday season, according to Country Living.
Santa Claus, Ind.
Known as The Christmas Hometown, the town of Santa Claus, goes all out for Christmas. Every year, thousands of letters to Santa are sent to the town, where they’re answered by volunteers. The town hosts a Christmas parade, builds a candy castle, and organizes a 1.2 mile long light display. If you’re in the Midwest, visit Santa Claus, for a long weekend of Christmas fun.
This 665 person town, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, becomes a Christmas wonderland every December. The town boasts the title of Christmas Town USA because they have the biggest light display in the country, Time says. For 26 days, more than 375 trees shine with lights. More than 200 wreaths are displayed around the town, along with a life-size nativity scene.
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