America's 10 Best Small Towns for Christmas Celebration

The spirit of Christmas is in full-swing, cheers and carols are being heard throughout the world. If you’ve always spent the holidays at home and have always wondered what you might be missing, then we’ve got the list for you. If you’re someone who does a lot of traveling during the holidays, then keep reading and add another destination to your bucket list. Whether it has the iconic Christmas look or the fairy-tale festivities, these are the best small towns that will capture the spirit perfectly.

1: Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington
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If you’ve never heard of Leavenworth, then don’t worry, this small town is quiet for about 10 months out of the year, just the way the residents like to keep it. When it comes to Christmas, Leavenworth opens up and blossoms into a Christmas spectacle that has earned it plenty of awards and selections around the country. The light displays will awe you, while the carolers and food will make you want to stay there forever.

Address: Leavenworth, WA

2: Woodstock, Vermont

Woodstock, Vermont
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If there’s one thing about small towns up north that the majority of visitors will agree on it’s that they know how to throw on a parade. Vermont’s small town of Woodstock hosts various Christmas events and one big parade full of fanciful horses and adorned riders. Along with this parade brings bountiful Xmas foods and sleigh rides to help get a more intimate appreciation for the historic architecture and window displays decked-out in full Christmas scenes.

Address: Woodstock, VT

3: Durango, Colorado

Durango, Colorado

If you want to play out the iconic Christmas movie scenes of the family riding through a snow-covered landscape in a steam-powered locomotive, then Durango is where you have to visit. Starting on the day of Thanksgiving all the way until Christmas Day, you can board the Polar Express. Yes, the actual one from the book and movie. This is a must-visit for kids, don’t miss out.

Address: Durango, CO
Website: www.durango.com

4: Helen, Georgia

Helen, Georgia
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If you’re looking for a little something different this Christmas, head over to the small town of Helen, right next to the Chattahoochee River. They celebrate their own tradition called the Festival of Trees. The celebration lives up to the name, there is an amazing range of classic pines all dressed for the occasion. Pair the festivities with authentic, rich, and homemade Christmas dishes and you’ve got the recipe for a holiday spent equal parts indulging and vacationing.

Address: Helen, GA
Website: www.helenga.org

5: Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina
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This is the town you want to visit if you’re looking for a romantic getaway with that special someone. Asheville is simply beautiful, even outside of the holiday setting. That iconic southern charm pairs well with Christmas decorations on every building, lamp post, and tree in sight. You can partake in various Xmas events, contests, and entertainment if you’re looking for some fun.

Address: Asheville, NC

6: Santa Claus, Indiana

Santa Claus, Indiana
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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
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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
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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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