The Best Christmas Town in Every State

The Best Christmas Town in Every State

Vail, Colorado

Landscape view of the streets in Vail, Colorado with the ski resort in the background during winter. Rosemary Woller/Shutterstock

With its mountain villages covered by fresh blankets of snow, Colorado has more than its share of Christmas towns, from Aspen, Breckinridge, and Telluride to Durango and Ouray. But our top pick is the ski town of Vail, with tons of events to celebrate the season. Vail Snow Days is a four-day festival of live music and even a bonfire; Vail Holidays presents two weeks of activities including a skating festival featuring Olympic and U.S. National skaters, a "holiday sweater" run, tree lighting, lantern walk, Victorian carolers, and an outdoor "ice theater" that projects movies while viewers sit on thrones of ice.

Mystic, Connecticut

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The historic seaport of Mystic isn't just a summer destination—it's an exciting place to spend Christmas in Connecticut. See the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, this year on November 30, which ends with Santa arriving via tugboat. The Mystic Seaport Museum offers Lantern Light Tours, which is actually a progressive play: Actors in Victorian dress and the audience move from historic location to location, guided by lanterns, and participate in dancing and a visit from St. Nick himself. The shops and restaurants of Olde Mistick Village offer the Festival of Lights, featuring thousands of luminaries and live entertainment. Mystic Aquarium also gets in on the fun with gingerbread house decorating, visits with Santa and Rudolph, and more holiday-themed events throughout December. Here are more festive events around the country to get you in the Christmas spirit.

New Castle, Delaware

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This colonial village really gets into The Spirit of Christmas, a town-wide celebration that includes music events, food, and tours of private homes, churches, and museums. Visitors can also enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas party at Fezziwig's Ball, a Victorian Tea, caroling, and costumed Dickens characters performing A Christmas Carol throughout town.

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