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The Most Festive Christmas Cities in the US

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Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York

Christmas in New York is perhaps on many people’s bucket lists. Between Times Square and Rockefeller Center, the city certainly has a lot to offer. But one of its most famous Christmas attractions is the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dyker Heights. Residents are known to go overboard decorating their homes and yards. And every year there is an unofficial rivalry going on to see who will present the most lavish light displays.

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Asheville, North Carolina

The Polar Express Train stops at Asheville, too. Enjoy a trip to the North Pole on it. The most popular attraction in the city around Christmas time is perhaps the Arboretum. The Winter Lights event there, which ends on Jan. 4, 2020, is a must-see. Another iconic attraction is the Biltmore Estate, known as America’s largest home. This probably makes the Christmas display there the biggest in the country.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

You can’t expect a mediocre Christmas in a city named after the birthplace of Jesus. Bethlehem in Pennsylvania calls itself Christmas City and features handmade works from more than 150 craftsmen, live music, ice carving, and even glassblowing workshops. You can also experience live-in igloos at the nationally renowned Christmas market.

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Fredericksburg, Texas

As its name may suggest, Fredericksburg has German roots. It offers a fun combination of German Christmas traditions with famous Southern hospitality. The Christmas Pyramid, popular in Germany, in the Marktplatz is a prime attraction. The Pioneer Museum’s Kinderfest teaches kids about Christmas customs from all over the world.

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