6 Small Towns in the US With Incredible Christmas Vibes

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Choose a small town this season to bring you lots of holiday cheer!

Are you looking to get away this holiday season? While you might want to visit hot spots like New York City or even Disneyland to get into the spirit, you should consider some of our country’s small towns because you may find that they have just as much holiday cheer and festivities, if not more.

Like Christmas cards sprung to life, some of America’s small towns go all out for the holidays. From coast to coast, these communities go to great lengths to make the season bright by decking out their streets with twinkling lights.

In these towns, window decorations, holiday markets, and towering Christmas trees all make for a very festive winter.

These 6 destinations offer plenty of Christmas spirit alongside fun and one-of-a-kind activities, from themed train rides into the snowy mountains to long holiday parades. So which one will YOU pick?

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  1. Guthrie, OK goes all out for Christmas with people singing Christmas Carols in period costumes etc. I highly recommend you go there next time!

  2. I went to college at Moravian in Bethlehem, PA. It is called the “Christmas City” and certainly deserves to be on this list. Beautiful light displays, life size Nativity, huge tree overlooking a bridge, Advent candles displayed and the unforgettable Christmas Vespers in the Central Moravian Church. Absolutely worth seeing!

  3. Went on the train in Durango at Christmas many years ago…it goes half way up the mountain in the winter and then back and is so beautiful in the snow. The town is magical and welcoming any time of year but I’ve been there in the winter, fall (gorgeous with golden aspens) and summer…the now helps make it so beautiful. My brother started their winter carnival (Snowdown) at the end of January each year…over 30 years now!

  4. You need to check out Cedarburg Wisconsin. A small city 20 miles north of Milwaukee. It has a beautiful historic designated downtown, Festive Fridays beginning right after Thanksgiving, Candy Cane house. A more friendly small town doesn’t exist. It truly has the spirit of Christmas all year long.

  5. Everyone should visit Edenton, North Carolina on the 2nd weekend in December. The Christmas Candlelight Tour ( taking place for 41 years!) is stunning, fun, spirit-filled, great for families. History, decor, food, music, etc. Wonderful!

  6. St. Charles, MO
    For nearly half a century, Saint Charles Christmas Traditions® has made the holiday spirit of the past come to life for the young and young at heart. With a unique blend of storytelling, history, and fairy tale whimsy, guests are welcomed into a world of yuletide nostalgia and fantasy where reindeer fly, sugarplums dance in your head, and an array of international ambassadors invite you to explore unique holiday customs from around the world.

    Discover a holiday feast for all of your senses: experience the taste of genuine hot-roasted chestnuts fresh from an open fire, witness the pageantry of a delegation of global Santa figures dressed in the cultural attire of their home countries, listen to the timeless Christmas melodies sung by Victorian carolers, breathe in the aroma of the crisp pine greenery that festively trims the historic district, as you feel the well-worn character of the centuries-old bricks of Main Street under your feet

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