If you’re not feeling the holiday spirit yet, or you feel it all year and need to be surrounded by it ASAP, check out these top holiday towns that can make even the scroogiest of Scrooges delight in the fun.
Leavenworth, Washington: Of course, no list of Best Holiday Towns would be complete without Leavenworth. Aside from the backdrop of the snow-covered mountains, this beautiful Bavarian-style village is ready for the holiday with a million twinkling lights and events like a Gingerbread House Exhibition, carolers, a winter market, chestnut roasting, and plenty of holiday characters, including Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A special Selfie Station is set up so you can create the perfect holiday memory, and you can visit the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm (leavenworthreindeer.com) for even more holiday fun. For more details, visit leavenworth.org/christmastown.
Nearest campground is Leavenworth RV Campground.
St. Augustine, Florida: Experience holiday dazzle, thanks to the more than 3 million twinkling lights all around the city, found in St. Augustine, Florida, during the annual Night of Lights event, held this year from November 20 through January 30, 2022. The festival harkens back to the early days of St. Augustine, which by the way is America’s Oldest City. Circa the mid-1500s, the Spanish settlers would light candles in their windows, illuminating the city. Enjoy the lights while taking an Old Town Trolley Tour or strolling through the city enjoying the shops and restaurants.
Nearest campground is Bulow RV Resort in Flagler Beach.
Solvang, California: According to Santabarbara.com, the Danish-style village of Solvang (which is a quick drive from Santa Barbara) “looks and smells like Christmas year-round.” That’s definitely a reason to visit any time of year, but come the real holiday season, the village embarks on a month-long celebration known as Julefest. Running from November 27 through January 2, 2022, Julefest has all kinds of events including a Makers Market, candlelight tours of Solvang, and food tours. Check out solvangjulefest.org for more details. Aside from the Julefest events, Solvang also has wine tasting rooms, fabulous bakeries, shops, and eateries.
Nearest campground is Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort in Santa Barbara.
McAdenville, North Carolina: This small town (pop. 700) goes big when it comes to the holidays. So big that they’ve given themselves the nickname, Christmas Town USA. Thanks to a tradition that is more than 50 years old, this little town lights up big each holiday as residents come together to display more than 500,000 twinkling lights around the town, set up the Nativity scene, and decorate their own homes. The public is welcome to drive the 1.3-mile-long route of lights and more than 100 decorated homes. The town’s annual Yule Log Ceremony is set for December 16, beginning at 5 p.m. The Yule Log is pulled through the town on a sleigh led by children, followed by residents and visitors. Once the log is placed in the town’s open fireplace, it is lit to begin the celebration of the Christmas Town Festival.
Nearest campground is Lake Myers RV & Camping Resort in Mocksville.
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