Check out these 12 best Christmas towns in the USA to visit with kids:
#1 New York City
Seeing the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and ice skating in the Rockefeller Center are two of the most popular ways to experience Christmas in the NYC, and the festive sights and sounds are all around. There’s also the Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show, the “The Nutcracker” at Lincoln Center and, of course, holiday shopping along Fifth Avenue’s winter wonderland.
#2 Nevada City, California
This gingerbread-trimmed hamlet in the Sierra foothills, about 2 and a half hour drive from San Francisco, is like a magical portal back. The city hosts an annual Victorian Christmas Festival, where carolers dress in period costumes to sing as the authentic gas lamps flicker and the smell of roasting chestnuts fills the air.
#3 Mackinac Island, Michigan
Mackinac Island is an amazing place to enjoy the holiday because of the many activities that it offers you and your family to do. A short ferry ride will bring you to Mackinac Island town, with just 500 residents, where everyone celebrates Christmas just like they did 100 years ago. Furthermore, here people travel by horse and buggy as motorized vehicles have been banned for the past century.
#4 Solvang, California
Just 2 hours north of Los Angeles, this town is another top Christmas destination. Known as California’s “Little Denmark,” Solvang has a special feel during the Christmas season when it puts on a month-long celebration known as Julefest, that starts with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st and closes with the authorized burning of some 500 Christmas trees in the Old Mission field after the holidays are finished. In addition, Solvang is home to a number of restaurants, bakeries, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California.
#5 Fredericksburg, Texas
“You get an old-fashioned Christmas in Fredericksburg,” according to a local – Jennifer Petsch.
Fredericksburg, a Hill Country town in Texas, still honors its original German settlers, kicks off its holiday with a Christkindlesmarkt in November and continues the magical celebration with a Texas-scale flurry of parades, choral concerts, tree lightings, craft shows, Nutcracker performances, cookie decorating events, charity balls, and—in a nod to its German heritage—locally brewed seasonal beers.
#6 McAdenville, North Carolina aka Christmas Town USA
McAdenville, North Carolina, a small town about 20 minutes outside of Charlotte, gets so into the Christmas spirit each December that they change the name of their village to Christmas Town USA. The town has around 600 or so residents. Here, houses, street lights, trees – anything really, is adorned with Christmas decorations and lights. It’s a must-have experience during the holidays!
#7 Koziar’s Christmas Village
Koziar’s Christmas Village opened in 1948 and is still going strong today. This popular Christmas town is a regional hotspot for families, packs crowds in to gaze at the million-plus light displays, visit the small cottage shops and dioramas, as well as meet face to face with Santa Claus. Moreover, a reflective lake adds to the gorgeous beauty of this magical place.
#8 Leavenworth, Washington
Leavenworth is a Bavarian village, set on the eastern edge of Washington State’s Cascade Mountains, that is transformed into a virtual snow globe of Christmas magic during the holidays. The Christmas Lighting Festival is the signature event, having been celebrated since 1966, and runs for the first 3 weekends of December. With close to 500k twinkling LED lights set up in Leavenworth center, as well as visits from Santa Claus and plenty of caroling, this fantastic village looks especially magical during the Christmas holidays, particularly when covered in a dusting of snow.
#9 New Orleans, Louisiana
For the people of New Orleans, Christmas tradition brings home the true meaning of the holiday. During this time, New Orleans is aglow with decorated iron-laced balconies, twinkling lights, and streetcars decked out with garlands. More importantly, every year for more than 50 years, old and young have come together in Jackson Square to sing Christmas carols by candlelight in front of the charmingly illuminated St. Louis Cathedral.
#10 Woodstock, Vermont
Woodstock is a small Vermont town, with a picturesque river and colonial New England architecture. This place is a great getaway year-round, but winter really makes Woodstock sing. Journalists have recommended this special event as a unique way to enjoy Vermont during the most special time of year. Additionally, tourists enjoy a wassail feast, and all the local shops, with beautiful holiday window displays, stay open late throughout the magical festival.
#11 Durango, Colorado
This small town transforms into a magical winter wonderland during the holidays. Here, the Durango & Silverton gauge train operates year-round but in December, its runs include a Polar Express inspired trip for kids, as well as weekend Christmas Tree, runs on which passengers can cut their own tree and get it transported back to town.
#12 Santa Claus, Indiana
With a population of just about 2,500, the town of Santa Claus goes all out for Christmas, with a 3-weekend celebration. Here you can find Santa Claus Land of Lights, the Santa Claus Christmas Parade, hot chocolate at Santa’s Candy Castle, an international fruitcake-eating contest, and the Family Christmas Light Adventure.