There are many, many places where the holiday spirit comes wildly alive during the months of November and December. My personal favorite is Disneyland in Anaheim. Then there are those places where a mere month or two of Christmas cheer is simply not enough. Want to sit on Santa’s lap in May? Want to sing carols in the snow in August? Well, you can!
This famous town is home to the world’s only post office with the Santa Claus name! Experience the world’s first theme park, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, featuring three of the top wooden roller coasters and the world’s longest water coaster. Visit Christmas-themed attractions throughout the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, such as Santa’s Candy Castle, Santa Claus Christmas Store, Santa’s Stables, and more. Find hotels and lodging in, and near, Santa Claus, Indiana, for your visit. See if you can spot Santa Claus himself throughout the summer and holiday seasons! http://santaclausind.org
Other towns in America that keep Christmas alive all year-long include:
North Pole, Alaska – This small city is located in the Fairbanks North Star Borough of Alaska. Christmas-themed streets are part of the charm of the town and street lights in the city are decorated in candy cane motifs. Here it is possible to experience Christmas in a winter wonderland of frozen ice sculptures. The city hosts Christmas in Ice, a magical event that features Christmas-themed ice art sculptures by talented local and international carvers. North Pole, Alaska receives hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa and thousands of additional requests from people wanting the town’s postmark on their holiday cards. It is rumored that Santa lives here!
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – Donned in decorative Christmas ornamentation, sparkling lights welcome you to this winter wonderland. Adding to the spectacular ambiance is the star of Bethlehem set high atop South Mountain. Enjoy visiting the German-style Christkindlmarkt, a Christmas fair set up in two large tents, featuring live music, dancing, delicious foods, beautiful crafts and holiday items.
Christmas, Florida – Despite a lack of snowfall, the city celebrates all year long with an enormous fully decorated tree display. There is a small Christmas gift shop, and the Christmas spirit is evident with Santa’s reindeer and sleigh displayed on a building in an RV park.
In the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee you’ll find picturesque Bavarian architecture and lushly landscaped gardens at The Inn at Christmas Place, Pigeon Forge’s 145-room rising four-star hotel. Located directly across the parkway from its namesake, The Incredible Christmas Place, we invite you to come and experience Old World charm and elegance ~ and hospitality second to none ~ in the Smoky Mountains! http://www.innatchristmasplace.com
A Christmas Story House, now restored to its movie splendor, is open year round to the public for tours. Directly across the street from the house is the official A Christmas Story House Museum, which features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. Among the props and costumes are the toys from the Higbee’s window, Randy’s snowsuit, the chalkboard from Miss Shields’ classroom and the family car. After reliving A Christmas Story at Ralphie’s house don’t forget to visit the museum gift shop for your own Major Award Leg Lamp and other great movie memorabilia. http://achristmasstoryhouse.com
For Christmas fans, Santa’s Village located in Jefferson, New Hampshire is a must! This Christmas-themed amusement park is open during the summer and on select weekends from September through December. Take your picture with Santa, feed the reindeer cookies at the barn, catch a show at the Jinglebell Jamboree, and of course, enjoy the rides, like the Santa’s Express Train and the Skyway Sleigh. http://www.santasvillage.com
Do you know of any places I missed?
Nows the time to share so we can start planning for Christmas in July!