Christmas is in the air — though still a bit far, most of us are already anticipating the fun and excitement that comes with the beautiful season. The brightly colored sweaters, yummy food, and happy smiles — the super fun list goes on and on! But what about some outdoor adventure? You should know that some towns in America go all out for holidays and Christmas is not an exception, in fact, it takes the lead! As you travel from coast to coast, you’ll find that these communities take it upon themselves to make the season as beautiful and colorful as can be.
So are you ready to have a very festive December? If yes, you’ll want to keep these amazing towns at the forefront of your mind. Also, don’t forget to take your RuckJack along as you head out for a time of your life!
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Here are US towns with mind-blowing Christmas celebrations. Be sure to look forward to checking them out when the time is right!
1- Ogden’s Christmas Village
Town: Ogden, Utah
Topping the list is Northern Utah’s Ogden, a town that welcomes the spirit of Christmas each year with their downtown Christmas village. The decorations in the town are modeled after Santa’s North Pole Village — it’s more like a winter wonderland where you’ll find up to 59 elf-sized cottages right in the middle of the town, and the good thing is, each boasts its own theme. Speaking of themes, you’ll get to see The Grinch, The Elf Workshop as well as Santa’s Castle — perfect for little kids looking to visit Santa! Also, be sure to catch a ride on the free Polar Express Train — it’s so beautifully fun!
2- Christmas Town USA
Town: McAdenville, North Carolina
How about checking out McAdvenville this Christmas? The small is popularly known for its dedication to getting into the Christmas spirit each December and this year is not going to be any different. In December, the village changes its name to Christmas Town USA and attracts over 600,000 people who come to gawk at the 450,000 lights that adorn the hamlet. While you’re here, you wouldn’t want to miss the nearby lake where up to 33 trees line its perimeter all of which reflect peacefully in the water. The town’s beautiful fountain is also amazing — it features a jet of water that’s propelled up to 75 feet! Cool right?
3- Koziar’s Christmas Village
Town: Berks County, Pennsylvania
Want to check out a true one-stop Christmas destination? If yes, you’ll want to be part of Koziar’s Christmas Village this December. This regional hot-spot has been here since 1948, and it’s getting better and better! Koziar’s Christmas Village draws in visitors to gaze at the million-plus light display, have a blast at small cottage dioramas and also meet up with Santa Claus.
4- Nevada City Victorian Christmas
Town: Nevada City, California
Nevada City is yet another hotspot that takes pride in its yearly Victorian Christmas festival. This quaint city that’s about an hour northeast of Sacramento boasts lots of historic buildings and mountainous surroundings. Christmas in Nevada City is beyond amazing as the city transforms into a winter wonderland adorned with twinkling white lights, spectacular gas lamps and attendees dressed in Victorian apparel — you’re sure to have a swell time here!
5- Georgetown Glow
Town: Washington, D.C.
You’ll also want to check out Georgetown this December as the neighborhood comes alive with shiny lights that dot the streets — the fun starts when Georgetown Glow goes live! With lots of yuletide decorations, you can tour the area and check out its stores, restaurants, and galleries — it’s your best bet if you’re looking to enjoy a holiday filled with art and commerce.
6- Ozark Mountain Christmas
Town: Branson, Missouri
Branson is yet another town in the US that goes all out for the Christmas season, and the fun begins during the Ozark Mountain Christmas. At this time, the city turns into something spectacular as it puts on its best and brightest Christmas flare. Besides the glitz and shiny lights, Branson is also internationally recognized as the Live Music Show Capital of the World making it a hot-spot for fan favorites events including Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. It’s also great to visit the Silver Dollar City while you’re here — everything from the 1,000+ decorated Christmas trees and world-class roller coasters are simply amazing.
7- Historic Zoar Village
Town: Zoar, Ohio
Looking to enjoy Christmas the old-fashioned way? Just get your RuckJack and head to the tiny town of Zoar. It gives you the chance to have Christmas the way you want it thanks to its historical landmarks and evergreen garland finishes. You can also take walking tours if you’re interested in learning more about the history of the town — you’ll even get to take a look many Christmas themed buildings that were built in the nineteenth century.
So there you have it! These are just a few towns you’ll want to visit this Christmas, and the good thing is, you’re unlikely to go wrong with any of them. Be sure to put them on your itinerary ss you anticipate the big day! Merry Christmas in advance!