Where can you go for a holly jolly holiday?

By Lauren Saccone
Updated December 15, 2017
Santa Claus Indiana
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Looking for a little holiday cheer this season? If you feel more like the Grinch than you’d like to, a change of location could be what you’re looking for. Grab your loved ones and hit the road for one of these towns that are sure to make you merrier than ever. From amazing decorations to mouthwatering treats, each place has a reason to banish your inner Scrooge for good.

Santa Claus, Indiana

With a name like that, this town better have a heaping helping of the holiday spirit on hand—and don’t worry, it does. The town is famous for going all-out come December, and it’s easy to see why. The celebration lasts for most of the month, and the whole town gets in on the fun. You can visit Santa’s house, chow down on chestnuts roasted over a real open fire, or simply take in the incredible decorations. There’s something for everyone in Santa Claus.

Leavenworth, Washington

This cozy little town looks like it fell straight out of a Christmas card, and has the holiday spirit to back it up. December sees the town brighter than ever, with lights covering the storefronts and decking every visible tree. Visitors can stroll for miles admiring the displays. Afterwards, take in the holiday-themed concerts, or simply enjoy a tranquil day of sledding.

McAdenville, North Carolina

Every year, this little town changes its name to Christmas Town USA. If that doesn’t give you a hint of the fun in store, nothing will! Nearly 400 trees are adorned with lights that lead visitors on a picture-perfect tour of the quaint town. All told, the town uses over 450,000 lights in its yearly decor. No wonder it draws in about 600,000 tourists per year!

Woodstock, Vermont

Woodstock doesn’t mess around with the holidays. The sleepy town is popular with tourists all year round, but things get serious when Christmas draws near. The town is perhaps most famous for Wassail Weekend, where you can experience old-fashioned sleigh rides, sample delicious local festive treats, and witness seemingly endless musical and theatrical performances. It’s a fun, laid back experience for the whole family—and a great way to remember what Christmas is really all about.

Branson, Missouri

It’s a very Ozark Mountain Christmas! Branson doesn’t believe in cramming Christmas into one single day. Instead, the town goes all-out for the entire month of December—and they like to make every moment count. There’s something for everyone to do here, from watching parades to admiring some of the most beautiful light displays in the country. But the must-see spot is hands-down their incredible Polar Express ride. You can sit back in the train and relive the classic story. It sounds like the makings of a perfect memory for everyone.