These U.S. Towns Are the Most Christmassy in the Country
We're talking lights, Yule logs, holograms and Dolly Parton
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…especially at your next-door neighbor’s neon nativity scene, which is totally pulling focus from your classy white twinkle lights.
But these 11 towns in America are taking Christmas to a whole new level--and from understated to high-voltage, there’s something for absolutely everyone. Even your not-so-subtle neighbor.
Every year, Bethlehem transforms into Christmas City U.S.A., with historic walking tours, sparkling decorations and Christkindlmarkt--an open-air holiday marketplace where everyone who's anyone will be buying handmade jewelry, pottery and blown-glass ornaments for the tree.
A town where kids can hop aboard the Polar Express in their PJs and take a 30-minute ride to the “North Pole"? Rest of America, your move.
Do you hear what I hear? Oh, it's just the Ogunquit traveling singing minstrel, which wanders this quiet beach town all December.
PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE
Kick it up a notch at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival, featuring four million holiday lights and a performance of A Christmas Carol, starring a hologram (yes) of Dolly Parton as the Ghost of Christmas Past.
Get a mega-watt dose of Christmas cheer at Busch Gardens, then venture to colonial Williamsburg for the total opposite: an old-timey holiday auction and a fifes-and-drums march.
Can't swing a trip to Denmark this Christmas? Yeah, us either. Pay a visit to Solvang instead--the whole town gets decked out for a traditional Danish Julefest (pronounced Yule-fest, ja?), an annual holiday celebration that includes a parade and ballerinas dancing around a massive fir tree.
For the 42nd year in a row, Santa will arrive in Nantucket on a Coast Guard vessel, then parade through town with a crowd of seriously excited kids, dressed in seriously preppy clothes. The town pant is Nantucket red, after all.
CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY
After seeing Cape May’s gorgeous Victorian B&Bs all dressed up for Christmas, check out “An Old Fashioned Christmas Exhibit” at the Carriage House Gallery, complete with antique model trains and a Dickens village.
Naturally, the residents of this ski town ditch the evergreen in favor of a tree made entirely out of skis.
SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA
Try as you might, you just can’t top a town that’s named after Saint Nick, himself. The post office receives thousands of letters addressed to Santa each year, and a team of volunteer elves makes sure to respond to every single message.