Special Report

The Most Festive Christmas Cities in the US

Santa Claus, Indiana

When a town changes its name from Santa Fee to Santa Claus, you know it most likely goes crazy come Christmas time. Santa Claus, Indiana, is known for its post office where thousands of people go every year to write Santa a letter to get the “one-and-only Santa Claus Postmark from the only post office with the Santa Claus name.” Special events during the three-weekend celebration include a Christmas parade, crafts show, and a lights festival.

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Annapolis, Maryland

Maryland’s state capital, Annapolis, doesn’t disappoint during the holiday season. Its signature event, Lights on the Bay, is a 2-mile car ride along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. You will see more than 70 holiday displays. The show runs between 5 and 10 pm until Jan. 1, 2020. Other activities to enjoy include the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade, candlelight strolls, and Midnight Madness Holiday Shopping downtown.

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Nantucket, Massachusetts

Nantucket, a popular summer destination, proves that a beach town can still throw a Christmas party to remember. The town’s annual Christmas Stroll is one of the highlights of the holiday season. The main street is closed for all kinds of events — this year’s stroll runs from Dec. 6 to 8. Christmas trees are everywhere to brighten up your mood. Bring your ugliest Christmas sweater — there is a competition.

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Frankenmuth, Michigan

Frankenmuth is Michigan’s Little Bavaria. It’s a small town but it’s home to the world’s largest Christmas store (at least this is how Bronner’s describe itself). Here you will find a replica of Austria’s famous Silent Night Chapel (the place where it was first sung in 1818). You can have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Zehnder’s Restaurant. The whole town glows with twinkling lights around the holiday.

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