While there may be “no place like home for the holidays”, the Christmas season is still a popular time for travel. Those looking for somewhere quaint and unabashedly folksy for a Christmas-themed vacation need look no further than these four towns that inspire a little of the warmth of Christmas all year long.
This mid-Michigan city is about as Christmas as anywhere outside the north pole. It features Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, which calls itself “The World’s Largest Christmas Store”. Anything and everything that has even the slightest to do with Christmas can be found there. Trees, decorations, ornaments, lights, and everything else to put one in the mood for Christmas can be found.
Bronner’s isn’t all that there is to see in Frankenmuth. The downtown is filled with German-themed restaurants and shops. The city gets decorated beautifully every year for Christmas and looks like an old-world postcard at night.
Santa Claus, Indiana
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. It’s located in southwestern Indiana and is notable not just for its name, but for the theme park that is located there. Holiday World/Splashing Safari is a theme park that celebrates the holidays of Thanksgiving, Halloween, the Fourth of July, and Christmas. The park is open between May and October.
Those visiting during the Christmas season can visit the Santa Claus Museum and Santa’s Candy Castle. The Candy Castle has a great assortment of candy, both Christmas-themed and regular, and has many cute decorations children of all ages will enjoy.
McAdenville, North Carolina
Not far from Charlotte, visitors to the town that bills itself as “Christmas Town USA” will enjoy a spectacular light show every year during the Christmas season. More than 450,000 lights decorate this tiny village, making it as heartwarming as a painting by Currier and Ives.
Outside of the Christmas season, there really isn’t a tremendous amount of stuff do in McAdenville, but for those looking for somewhere that encompasses all the joy of a small town American Christmas, it is the stuff dreams are made of. Travel information can be found at their website, http://www.mcadenville-christmastown.com/.
How can you go wrong with a town named Christmas? Nestled in Michigan’s upper peninsula, this tiny village borders Lake Superior and has a special charm like no other. It is very small(population 400), but it features beautiful lighthouses and picturesque scenery. There is even a casino nearby for those feeling lucky.
Celebrate the spirit of Christmas any time of the year by visiting one of these charming towns. All of them will be happy to furnish a vacation brochure for those looking to visit.