If you’re dreaming of celebrating Christmas while surrounded by reindeer and Christmas cheer, this list is perfect for inspiring your holiday trip. From traditional festivities to more unique celebrations, this list has something to inspire every kind of Christmas-centric adventure. While these locations may not be Santa’s Workshop, they’re about as close as you can get!
Woman’s Day ~ ” From towns that look like they were ripped right out of fairytales to a place literally called Santa Claus, Indiana, these joyful and triumphant holiday towns are just what you need to feel merry and bright. The following pictures will transport you to the North Pole (or more realistically, Europe) and make you feel like you’re starring in your very own Hallmark Christmas movie. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some towns have had to cancel or alter their events to take the proper precautions, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them in all their pictured, cheery glory.
SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA-This town, right smack in the middle of California wine country, celebrates Christmas all December long with its Julefest. The Danish-style celebration features a number of holiday experiences, like the Christmas Market Light Show, Tree-Lighting Ceremony, Julefest parade, and candlelight tours.
HELEN, GEORGIA-Once a former logging town along the Chattahoochee River, Helen has reinvented itself as a Bavarian town that turns into a beautiful Christmas wonderland during the holidays. Its German architecture and holiday market makes for the most breathtaking scenery that will transport you to a small German town in seconds. And, of course, you can’t have a Christmas town without a tree lighting ceremony, parade, and countless adorable boutiques.
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TAOS, NEW MEXICO-Celebrating the Yuletide in Taos is a must-do for history buffs and Christmas-lovers alike. The small town in New Mexico holds typical tree-lighting ceremonies, concerts, and craft fairs, but come Dec. 24 it’s a whole new ballgame. Taos Pueblo, the Native American settlement outside of town, hosts a procession complete with massive bonfires, rifle salutes from the settlement’s rooftops, and luminarias (small paper lanterns).
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS-Grapevine, a.k.a the Christmas Capital of Texas, hosts 1,400 events in 40 days throughout the holiday season, making it second-best only to the actual North Pole. At Christmastime, Grapevine’s vintage railroad becomes the North Pole Express, which entertains passengers with caroling elves, Santa’s Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk, an appearance by Mrs. Claus, and a stroll through the North Pole Forest, complete with a Broadway-style show. Adults can hop aboard the Christmas Wine Train for red and white wines from Texas wineries and hors d’oeuvres. You can also catch Grapevine’s lighting ceremonies, live music, fireworks, festive foods, boat parade, and even a few photo ops with live reindeer.” ~ Woman’s Day
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** Please note: Due to the impact of COVID 19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.