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Small Towns in the US Celebrating the Holidays


Every town across the US has its way of celebrating the Holidays, check out these American towns that do it up in special ways, as follows:

Leavenworth, Washington

beautiful leavenworth with lighting decoration in winter

Love the idea of the world-famous Christmas Markets in Germany, but most are not able to get to Europe over the holidays. Head to Leavenworth, a tiny town that comes alive with holiday cheer during the Christmas Lighting Festival. On the weekends leading up to Christmas (December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16), the Bavarian-inspired Christmas Village twinkles with 500,000 lights, Christmas music fills the air, Santa makes an appearance, and bands and solo artists perform live music. You will also find the traditional roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, and other eats and treats. Plus, there’s plenty of winter activities happening all season long in and around town like sleigh rides, snowshoeing, tubing, skiing, and snowboarding.

St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida, USA

If you love the holiday season but can do without the snow, think about heading south to St. Augustine. On a normal day, the centuries-old Floridian town attracts tourists with historically significant sites like the Fountain of Youth, the Spanish Quarter, and Castillo de San Marcos. And then there are the beaches. However, around the holidays, St. Augustine becomes even more attractive with its 2-month-long Night of Lights event. St. Augustine’s decked-out historic district glows with 3,000,000 lights, the Old Town Trolley offers special seasonal tours of the area, and horse-drawn-carriages trot through the streets. Businesses stay open later, allowing visitors to leisurely dine and shop in the festive atmosphere. Other popular activities include craft beer brewery hopping, wine tasting carriage tours, and boat tours of the lights.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Antler Arches in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Surrounded by 3 ski resorts, Jackson Hole is an enticing place for skiers and snowboarders to spend the holidays. Even if these winter sports aren’t your thing, there’s still a jovial magic in the air that makes this one of America’s most charming holiday towns. The town square’s iconic elk antlers arch wrapped in lights sets the scene. If you want to get up close and personal with live elk, there’s a sleigh ride tour through the National Elk Refuge with your name on it. Santa appears every night in the town square in the 2 weeks leading up to Christmas and even makes a scheduled repelling debut out of the town’s sky tram. An annual comedy Christmas show performs every night at Jackson Hole Playhouse, fireworks and a torchlit parade light up New Year’s Eve, and nightly events like ornament making and tree decorating, ice skating, and movie night hosted at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort provide endless family entertainment.

Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge Colorado Winter Dusk Ski Runs

The population of 4,500 residents grows during the Holiday season, but Breckenridge easily retains its quaint, cozy feel. The 5.3-sqm town framed by snow-covered peaks and dark evergreens packs an art district, a recreation center, music venues, and the ever-popular Breckenridge Ski Resort. Once the holidays hit, this town turns into a life-sized snow globe with the town lighting festival, a frenzied Santa Clause race down Main Street, a 4-day international ski and snowboard competition (Dew Tour), and the Handmade Holiday Market. Think New Year’s Eve starts with a torch-lit parade down the mountain and a fireworks display. Then the celebration continues at any one of the towns 80-plus bars or restaurants. Other winter activities like dog sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, and hot tubbing rage all season long.

Have a Happy Holiday Week

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