Christmas is such a special holiday for so many reasons. It encourages you to love your family and friends a little harder and appreciate all of your blessings before the start of a new year. Obviously, the colder weather, Santa Claus and decorations just add to the magic of the season.
We've gathered up 10 places across the country that have an impressive Yuletide display each year, making it the perfect destination for the Christmas season to really experience the magic of the season.
1. North Pole, Alaska
While the name is certainly enough to entice travelers to stop by, this quaint Alaskan town outside of Fairbanks features a Santa Claus House full of Christmas decorations and goodies. While the decorations and shop are out year-long, the Winter Festival and annual North Pole Christmas In Ice Contest really draw in the holiday shopping crowds each December.
2. Leavenworth, Washington
This enchanting Bavarian-inspired village in Washington is filled with holiday traditions. It hosts four holiday festivals each year starting in November. They even have the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum which features roughly 6,000 nutcrackers, some of which are over 500 years old.
3. Durango, Colorado
Take a ride on the Polar Express or the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Christmas Tree Train where you can cut your own Christmas tree and enjoy a hot chocolate with your family on the ride back.
4. Frankenmuth, Michigan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland advertises itself as the biggest Christmas store in the world, spanning the size of 1 1/2 football fields. 50,000 strings of Christmas lights decorate this magical store year round for visitors.
5. Bernsville, Pennsylvania
Koziar's Christmas Village is celebrating 71 holiday seasons in operation. Display World Magazine even dubbed it "Best Outdoor Christmas Display in the World". The village was originally a family home decorated for the holidays by William M. Koziar, whose elaborate decor each year brought visitors to marvel at his lights. Eventually, Koziar's Christmas Village was born, complete with a Post Office, visits with Santa, bakery and more.
6. Santa Claus, Indiana
In this small town in southern Indiana, it's Christmas year round. They have multiple Santa themed gift shops and a Santa museum and village.
7. Woodstock, Vermont
Woodstock's annual Wassail Weekend is the epitome of Christmas with this holiday event. The town transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with a holiday parade, breakfast with Santa and beautiful decorations at Billings Farm.
8. Branson, Missouri
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This little town in Missouri has it's own Polar Express each holiday season. Their Old Time Christmas festival covers the city in millions of lights, including over 1,000 decorated Christmas trees and even live Christmas shows.
9. Natchitoches, Louisiana
Celebrating its 92nd annual Christmas Festival this year, Natchitoches also offers a stunning Festival of Lights featuring over 300,000 Christmas lights.
10. Asheville, North Carolina
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America's largest home, the Biltmore Estate, transforms into a beautiful Christmas display each holiday making it a can't miss attraction. Between the 500,000 light display at the North Carolina Arboretum and the National Gingerbread competition, this Christmas town is a must visit.