Holly Jolly Fun: These Are the Best Christmas Towns in America

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Does your neighborhood celebrate the holidays in a big way? If you’re searching for an extra festive spot to spend the day or the weekend, new data is out on the top Christmas towns in the U.S.A. Georgia residents are particularly in luck!

Helen, Georgia only has 430 residents but it’s a legit Bavarian town that goes all out for Christmas. Formerly a logging town, Helen takes advantage of its picturesque location by the Blue Ridge Mountains and Chattahoochee River for the holidays. In December the town hosts a Festival of Trees, Christkindlmarkt and a Lighting of the Village! The rest of the top 10 list from mydatingadviser:

  1. Helen, Georgia
  2. Blue Ridge, Georgia
  3. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
  4. Leavenworth, Washington
  5. New Hope, Pennsylvania
  6. Pine Mountain, Georgia
  7. Ligonier, Pennsylvania
  8. Jacksonville, Oregon
  9. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  10. McAdenville, North Carolina

The site formulated the rankings by weighing Christmas activities, weather forecasts, transport, lodging and food. McAdenville, North Carolina offered the most seasonal activities and unsurprisingly Santa Rosa Beach, Florida has the best weather outlook (unless you prefer the white stuff). The most lodging options? The suburb of Valley Junction, Iowa, thanks to its proximity to the major city of Des Moines.

You can find the full list of 152 Christmas towns here, including highlights for the top spots. If you’re staying closer to home this holiday season, check out this list of cozy indoor and wintry outdoor activities that you can do just about anywhere!

—Sarah Shebek

Feature image via Visit Leavenworth

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