If you’re hitting the holiday road this month, don’t just settle for any old destination. Pick a place that really gets into the Christmas spirit.
We put together a short list of places that go all out. Find one that decks your halls and hit the road before the celebration ends!
Newport, RI Our nation’s smallest state might have the biggest heart when it comes to the Christmas holiday. Newport, Rhode Island’s official holiday celebration lasts an entire month, and includes everything from music, food, and the official tree lighting ceremony, to a performance of the nutcracker and candlelit tours of Newport’s legendary architectural marvels. Learn more
Solvang, CA Located in the heart of California’s wine country region, this “Winter Wine-derland” takes a page from Newport, RI’s book and keeps the party going for an entire month. Julefest is their month-long Danish-style holiday celebration, and includes a parade, a tree-lighting ceremony, candlelight tours, Santa’s village, and more! Also: wine. Learn more
Bethlehem, PA The name alone earns this Pennsylvania town a spot on this list. Good thing it’s also a fantastic place to soak in the magic of the season. Seasonal festivities in the not-so-little town of Bethlehem include an outdoor vendor market, holiday cocktail trail, a clash of the carols, and—our favorite—the live advent calendar! Learn more
Helen, GA The Bavarian aesthetic of this former logging town reaches fantastic new levels around the holiday season. Located at the foot of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and set on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, this occasional location for Christmas-themed Lifetime movies gets in the holiday spirit with a festival of trees, Christkindlmarkt, holiday parade, and more. Learn more
Truth be told, there are a lot of cities across this great country of ours that really get into the Christmas spirit. If these don’t work with your location and schedule, a quick Google search will find you a great, road trip-worthy alternative.
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