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These 10 Towns Celebrate Christmas Year-Round

Charming, picturesque, quaint—that's how you'd no doubt describe the quintessential small-town Christmas. In the perfect scene, snow is falling gently, icicles dangle from the eaves, and it's definitely December, because Christmas comes but once a least in most places. Yet in this collection of 10 lucky locales, Christmas is a year-round affair. Click through to find out where the holiday spirit is kept alive, even in the warmest weather.

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The Never-Ending Holiday

If you’re itching to decorate the tree well before November and wish you could keep holiday lights up forever, you may want to rethink your summer travel plans. Consider a stop at one of these merry locations that embrace Christmas cheer—in one form or another—all year long.

Christmas, Florida

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It’s Christmas every day of the year in Christmas, Florida—literally. In honor of its Christmassy name, the tiny town with a population of just over 1,000 keeps a few holiday decorations up 365 days a year. During the actual holiday season, thousands of visitors throng the local post office to make sure their greeting cards get the special “Christmas” postmark.

Rovaniemi, Finland via Jane McGonigal

Think Santa hangs his hat at the North Pole? According to the Finns, Santa Claus Village in the city of Rovaniemi is Santa’s true home. The Santa Claus Main Post Office is open year-round for visits, and you’ll hear the faint whisper of carols being sung even during the summer months.

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Santa Claus, Indiana via Drew Tarvin

This tiny town (population: 2,481) has plenty of holiday cheer. Aside from its post office, which receives thousands of letters every year, the town also features Santa’s Candy Castle and the Santa Claus Museum & Village. Forbes named the town one of the top Christmas destinations in the world in 2011.

Christmas Valley, Oregon

This small, unincorporated community takes its name seriously. As you wander the town, you’ll encounter more than a dozen holiday- and winter-themed street names, including Snowman Road, Holly Street, and Comet Lane.

North Pole, New York via Matt Lancashire

This North Pole lies a little farther south than you’d expect—to be specific, in the town of Wilmington, New York, cradled in the Adirondacks and about 45 miles south of the Canadian border. The miniature village is home to Santa’s Workshop, an amusement park that dates back to 1949. The attraction is open seven days a week from June through Labor Day, then on most weekends through December.

Santa’s Village, Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada

Just under 200 miles north of Toronto sits the fun-filled Christmas wonderland of Santa’s Village. The family-run park offers, among other attractions, a Ferris wheel with ornament-shaped cars, a Rudolph-themed coaster, and a petting zoo with real reindeer!

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Visit Rothenburg on der Tauber to admire the town’s exquisite medieval architecture, then stop by the Christmas museum housed in the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village, the company’s flagship store. Purveyors of high-quality, handcrafted Christmas decor, Käthe Wohlfahrt has locations throughout Europe, a permanent store in Stillwater, Minnesota, and seasonal shops in some major U.S. cities.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee via Brent Moore

There are a number of Christmas-themed attractions to check out in this mountain town, which is also home to Dollywood Family Amusement Park. After you check out the Incredible Christmas Place, the largest Christmas-themed store in the South, check in for a relaxing stay at The Inn at Christmas Place, right across the street. While the store is open year-round, come in November or December to enjoy a reenactment of “A Christmas Carol” and one of the best and biggest light displays in the region. 

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Montreal, Canada via Sophia Huda

In December, the downtown core of Quebec’s largest city gets a Christmas makeover. Holiday lights pop up along busy streets, and Christmas markets blossom. While the decorations and seasonal shops disappear after the holidays, there’s one place in the French-speaking stronghold where Christmas lives on year-round—Saint Joseph’s Oratory. This Roman Catholic basilica atop Mount Royal features an incredible collection of crèches from all over the world.

West Jefferson, North Carolina

Residents of West Jefferson don’t sing carols all year round, but every summer they revive the spirit of the season for one glorious day. Mark your calendars for July 4, 2020, the date of the town’s next Christmas in July celebration. The event commemorates the town’s booming Christmas tree industry as well as Independence Day, and features live music, craft vendors, kids’ activities, and street performances.

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