Sleigh bells are ringing. Christmas lights are strung. Carols are playing over the radio and there is a feeling of holiday cheer in the air. Some towns go all out for the holidays, with festive decorations, tree lighting ceremonies, parades, contests and more. These communities go to great lengths to make the season bright. All by decking out their streets with twinkling lights by the thousands. Window decorations, holiday markets, and towering Christmas trees all make for a very festive December in these towns. Since Christmas time has become a popular time to travel, we have some of America’s best towns for you to visit during the holidays. Some may surprise you!
Santa Claus, Indiana
Any town with the name of Santa Claus should be full of Christmas spirit. Don’t worry, Santa Claus, Indiana, with a strong year-round commitment to the holiday, calls itself America’s Christmas Hometown. The population of just about 2,500 goes all out for Christmas, with a three-weekend celebration. Drive through a 1.2-mile-long stunning holiday light show in Land of Lights. Or maybe roasting chestnuts on an open fire at Santa’s Candy Castle is more your speed. You can satisfy your sweet tooth by visiting Santa’s Candy Castle that sells nostalgic hard-to-get favorites, and fill your tummy with the classic holiday dessert after watching the International Fruitcake-Eating Competition. Have your point & shoot from Buydig.com ready for some memorable shots as the little ones enjoy a Traditional Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge. The options are really endless in the little town that the postmaster recognizes as the destination for the letters to Santa.
This incredible winter destination is waiting for you and your GoPro HERO5 Kit from Buydig.com. With its more than 5,2000 acres of ski and snowboard terrain, and things only get better during the holiday season. Visit and discover why this is one of America’s most loved towns, especially in December. Not only does ski season kick into high gear, but this town turns into a true Winter Wonderland when the holiday season hits. You can enjoy Holidaze, a celebration that includes the tree lighting ceremony, a torchlight parade down Golden Peak followed by incredible fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Not into skiing? No worries. You can enjoy outdoor skating, or simply warm up by a roaring fire with some hot coffee from local producers like Yeti’s Grind. Or toast the New Year with equally warming cocktails like a Rosemary Lemon Drop from the icicle decorated bar Frost.
For those who still want holiday cheer but want to avoid the snow, this is the town for you. This Florida town lacks snowman-building material. Though the snowbird-style winter wonderland still lures visitors with its festive ambiance, luxury stores, fantastic dining and warm weather. While there, visit Third Street South, the headquarters for the official Christmas tree, where twinkling lights and red and silver decorations adorn the streets. It’s here where Santa comes to visit, evening “snow” showers occur, and shows take place throughout the month. You can enjoy shopping in luxury stores and unique boutiques with gorgeous photo-worthy window displays. Don’t forget to continue onto Fifth Avenue South for more shopping, the Christmas parade, live music, dancing and dining. Think of it as the warm version of New York’s Fifth Avenue!