America's 10 Best Small Towns for Christmas Celebration

6: Santa Claus, Indiana

Santa Claus, Indiana
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Doug Kerr

If celebrities and other famous people can get towns named after them, why can’t Santa (the fact that he isn’t real doesn’t count)? In this small town of India, residents are happy to be known as the holiday town or become a yearly amusement park for kids around the country to come visit. There’s lots of Santa-related attractions to occupy kids’ imaginations, such as: Santa’s Stables, Candy Castle, Christmas Store, and Workshops.

Address: Santa Claus, IN

7: North Pole, Alaska

North Pole, Alaska
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Okay, not everyone is ready to brave the cold bite of the actual North Pole, but the one in Alaska is a decent compromise. This small town is a real life winter wonderland. Plenty of great places to play in the snow, visit Christmas-themed shops, restaurants, and the infamous “Santa Clause’s House”. This is where you can direct the little ones to mail their letters to and they will actually arrive at the town’s post office.

Address: North Pole, AL

8: Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria, Virginia
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Cliff

This is another small town that has been making it onto a lot of Christmas destination lists, right alongside the big cities most of us are used to seeing. Alexandria has a ton of personality, thanks to its rich Scottish roots. You haven’t heard Christmas music until you’ve heard it through a pair of bagpipes. Postcard buildings lining streets that are always filled with sounds of joy and celebration.

Address: Alexandria, VA

9: Solvang, California

Solvang, California
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For some more ethnic flavored Christmas celebrations, you’ll have to visit the Danish town of Solvang in California. This is one of the best kept secrets in California, the people of Solvang put on an amazing light show during their annual Julesfest, which feels as though you’ve been transported to Denmark as you’re surrounded by traditional dishes, music, and attire all around.

Address: Solvang, CA

10: Skaneateles, New York

Skaneateles, New York
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Chris Waits

Charles Dickens’ famous stories come alive in this small town tucked in the state of New York. You’ll see all of his characters roam the streets during the Dickens Festival. Classic horse-drawn carriages take you down cobblestone streets lined with carolers with the backdrop of brick houses and storefronts. Brush up on your favorite Dickens novels for an impromptu street performance!

Address: Skaneateles, NY

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