Traveling for the holidays this year? You have to make time to visit some of the best Christmas towns in the USA. Get in the Christmas spirit with hot cocoa, candy canes, Santa Claus visits and more. We only have five listed, but you can find holiday cheer across the country. Let us know your favorites!

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Williamsburg, Virginia

Head to the heart of the country in Williamsburg for colonial traditions and a festive atmosphere. It will be just cold enough to feel like you’re in the North Pole but stay comfortable. The Yorktown Christmas Tree Lighting starts on December 6th and is an annual tradition since 1945. A 20-foot “Giant Everest Fir” in Riverwalk Landing is lit while everyone gathers. Enjoy a performance by the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown and visit Santa. For more winter lights, join Colonial Williamsburg on December 8th for the annual Grand Illumination fireworks show.

For all your shopping needs, head to the Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Or, check out four of Williamsburg’s specialty themed Christmas shops.

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Branson, Missouri

You can’t go wrong heading further down south when you’re looking for the best Christmas towns in the USA to experience. Do it like Dolly Parton in Branson, Missouri for flashy festivities. Also known as “America’s Christmas Tree City,” celebrations start in November and don’t stop until New Year’s Day. Get your entertainment fix by going to a Christmas show in Branson, like “Christmas Wonderland,” an over-the-top production that will fill you with warmth for the season.

Christmas lights lovers are encouraged to grab a hot cocoa and get in the car for a driving tour with “Let There Be Lights!” a two-mile LED drive-thru display. There are even real-life reindeer to see. If you’re a fan of “The Polar Express,” take to the Branson Scenic Railway’s Polar Express Train Ride for an immersive experience.

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Riverside, California

If you’ll be on the West Coast this holiday season, you can’t miss Riverside, California’s Festival Lights. For 27 years, The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa Riverside Festival of Lights has wow-ed and welcomed guests. Live entertainment, food and drinks in Downtown Riverside will add some excitement to your visit. Attend the annual Switch-On Ceremony November 29th to see more than five million lights illuminate the sky.

Art enthusiasts can visit the Artisans Collective for one-of-a-kind pieces by local artists and listen to local musicians’ live music. For an incredible view, hop on The Century Wheel and see the lights from above.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Santa’s on vacation at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With amazing holiday shows like “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at the Alabama Theatre,” dancing gingerbread characters, toy soldiers and reindeer put on a phenomenal show.

Join in for the 25th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony this year, Dashing Through the Glow 2 Mile Fun Run, and Ripley’s Festival of Trees. As one of the best Christmas towns in the USA, Myrtle Beach is quiet around this time but still a real treat. For fewer crowds, winter waves on the beach and festive events, you can’t go wrong here.

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Helen, Georgia

Decemberfest in Helen, Georgia is almost unbeatable. German food and beers brings European flair to the holidays here. Enjoy a classic, Victorian Christmas at the Hardman Farm Historic state Site. Tours start the weekend after Thanksgiving every Friday and Saturday, where visitors can see the historic home in period holiday decor. The first two weekends of December hosts The Christkindlmarkt, a traditional event with booths that have gifts, decorations and treats to eat. The Lighting of the Village event welcomes Santa and Mrs. Clause, kicking off the season with local music groups and beautiful lights.

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