Towns to Visit Where Christmas Lives Year Round

Is Christmas your favorite holiday? Do you wish that the Christmas season was more than just once a year? Well, you're in luck, because believe it or not, there are towns where Christmas is 365 days a year that you can visit, or even move to if you just can't get enough holiday cheer. Here are some fun Christmas towns you can check out.

NORTH POLE, ALASKA

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Yes, this town is litterally called North Pole. Though it's not the true North Pole where Santa and his elves are feaverously preparing for next Christmas, it is easy to mistake for the real deal. This 2,178-person town is located in the Fairbanks North Star Borough of Alaska. This Christmas town includes landmarks such as Kris Kringle Drive, Santa Claus Lane, and even the Santa Claus House, a homestead established in 1944. Festivities due get more Christmasie in December, with celebrations including an ice sculpture contest and winter festival. And yes, Santa does get hundreds of thousands of Christmas letters here that are addressed to “Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska.” And part of what is magical about this little town, every year volunteers team up to answer each and every one of those letters to Santa.

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

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Are you considering a seasonal career as Kris Kringle? Such a career is not to be taken lightly. You need proper training for such a play such an iconic role. Well never fear, because the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, (established in 1934,) is the most prestigious Santa Claus academy you'll find. In addition to learning the proper manurism, laugh, and Santa smile, you'll learn how to handle reindeer. And if you're just visiting Midland during the holiday season, be sure to time your visit to watch the annual Santa Parade.

PARADISE, PENNSYLVANIA

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This is a town that truly celebrates Christmas 365 days a year. They have an amazing museum dedicated to the history of Christmas, the National Christmas Center. Visitors can learn about different Christmas traditions from across the world, see 500+ depictions of Santa, or peek inside a recreation of an old F. W. Woolworth's 5 & 10 Cent Store.

FRANKENMUTH, MICHIGAN

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Dubbed “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” Frankenmuth looks like it's straight out of a Christmas movie, where charming bridges, old-world architecture, and even carriages can be seen. You are almost transported in time in old Germany. But what has made Frankenmuth an attraction is the biggest Christmas store in the world, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. This 320,000-square-foot store is quite litterally your "one stop shop for all things Christmas, Bonner's sells over 100,000 ornaments personalized by their own artists, over 350 decorated trees, 150 different nutcracker styles, and items from over 70 countries. And their daily electric bill is about what the average home's annual electrib bill is, around $1250.

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

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Founded on Christmas Eve in 1741, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania was officially named “Christmas City, U.S.A.” by the Chamber of Commerce. During the Great Depression the town erected an electric star overlooking the town on the South Mountain in an attempt to draw tourists to boost the towns economy. The star has been updated from its original structure of simple plywood and incandescent bulb strands to a star made from steel and bright LED lights, making it brighter than ever before.