The gingerbread houses of this old German town give Leavenworth the old world Weihnachtsmarkt feel—but with the breathtaking backdrop of snow-covered Cascades. To really make it shine, the town goes all out with half a million lights, which get turned on at the annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony.
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With a "HoliDazzle" event, lights and a Polar Express train ride, this high mountain Christmas town in the Old West invites skiers and holiday revelers to celebrate all month long.
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What this Southern California town lacks in snow caps and icicles it makes up for with lights: light boats traveling around Balboa Island's canals, lights on the fancy homes on the island, lights on its expansive boat house. Put on your flip-flops, and take it all in!
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Thanks to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland and a whole bunch of jolly townsfolk, this village near the thumb of Michigan celebrates Christmas year-round. When it's actually December, this wintery town transforms into Christmas on steroids.
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Montreal has to be one of the prettiest cities in North America any time of year, but especially during cold Canadian winters. The city refrains from kitschy holiday décor and instead beautifully lights up the Francophonic city's signature 18th-century architecture.
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With this kind of proximity to the man in red himself, the folks of North Pole, Alaska, take their job as Christmas enthusiasts seriously. This northernmost American town hosts ice-sculpting contests and ice slides all over the town for the steady stream of visitors making reservations—and checking them twice—before packing up and coming to town.
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The other Pennsylvania town that turns every inch of itself into a celebration of the December 25 holiday is Paradise. The town is home to the National Christmas Center of America, which has a store and 20,000 square feet of exhibits.
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In Reno, they put all their chips on red for the holidays. Known as "The Biggest Little City in the World," Christmas here is one giant street party. And by "holiday spirits" they don't mean the ghosts of Christmas past, present or future.
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This town founded by Danish immigrants holds on tight to its European traditions. Bakeries are crammed with Kringle, rum balls and traditional Danish cookies. They celebrate an annual Julefest and wish each other "Glædelig jul."
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