The 10 best Christmas towns in America

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Joy to the world and these quaint towns around the U.S. that really outdo themselves in the Christmas spirit department. From over-the-top boat parades to European-inspired holiday markets, there’s something for everyone on this list of locals that deck the halls unlike anything you’ve seen before. Read on and enjoy rockin’ around these jaw-dropping Christmas trees, musical extravaganzas, and more.

Oxnard, California 

Oxnard, California (Credit: Visit Oxnard)

Oxnard, California (Credit: Visit Oxnard)

This beach town is brimming with yuletide excitement from multiple tree lightings – including the tallest Christmas Tree in Ventura County to the glimmering Christmas Tree Lane, a decades-long tradition of festively lit houses along several streets in Oxnard’s National Historic District. Take the Oxnard Holly Trolley down Christmas Tree Lane and to other local holiday attractions while sipping hot cocoa for an outing you won’t soon forget. There’s also a Parade of Lights with decorated boats at the Channel Islands Harbor, tours of the decorated Victorian homes in the historic Heritage Square, a tamale festival and more.

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Long Grove, Illinois

Long Grove, Illinois (Credit: Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association)

Long Grove, Illinois (Credit: Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association)

This inviting Chicago suburb has a yearly “Vintage Holidays” campaign, a seasonal tribute to the small-town holiday market experience complete with picture-perfect shops, horse-and-carriage rides and strolling holiday carolers in historic costumes. From Nov. 19 through Dec. 19, you can expect all this, along with appearances of Santa and Mrs. Claus, village merchants participating in a “Christmas Tree Parade” and more. The Long Grove Vintage Holidays event is organized annually by the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association. 

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Branson, Missouri 

Branson, Missouri (Credit: Silver Dollar City)

Branson, Missouri (Credit: Silver Dollar City)

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