10 Best USA Towns with Christmas Names

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    North Pole, New York

    There are dozens of towns boasting holiday names in the Untied States, but few are as appropriate as North Pole, the home of Santa Claus. Located at the base of Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks, North Pole, New York pull out all the holiday stops at Santa's Workshop. The Christmas-themed family amusement park hosts special family weekends throughout December.

    Photo courtesy of Santa's Workshop, North Pole, NY

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    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

    At the start of the holiday season, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania wraps itself in more than two miles of Christmas lights -- more than 5,500 total strands. According to local folklore, the town was founded on Christmas Eve and named after the birthplace of Jesus.

    Photo courtesy of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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    Santa Claus, Indiana

    With the world's only post office with the name Santa Claus, the town of Santa Claus, Indiana receives thousands of letters to St. Nick each year and hires hundreds of "elves" to respond. The town takes its name seriously and offers holiday-themed entertainment and attractions throughout the year, but come during December for the annual Santa Claus Christmas Celebration.

    Photo courtesy of Doug Kerr

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    North Pole, Alaska

    North Pole, Alaska is actually much closer to the real North Pole than it's New York counterpart, and it's just as festive during the holidays. Each year, the town constructs a winter wonderland village using more than two million pounds of ice. Since it's so far north, you're almost guaranteed a white Christmas.

    Photo courtesy of Beverly & Pack

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    Lake Donner, California

    Lake Donner, California shares a name with one of Santa's reindeer who wouldn't let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games. It's also home to one of California's last family-owned ski resorts, the Donner Ski Ranch, where families can enjoy more than 500 acres of terrain.

    Photo courtesy of TahoeLiz

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    Christmas Cove, Maine

    The town of South Bristol is located on the quaintly named Christmas Cove in Maine and includes the village of Christmas Cove as well. The fishing village and resort area has only 850 year-round residents with the population more than doubling in the summer. That means you'll only have to share the shopping, galleries and restaurants with the locals during a winter getaway.

    Photo courtesy of Town of South Bristol, Maine

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    Christmas Valley, Oregon

    Christmas Valley in Oregon may not look very much like Christmas, but each winter the town hosts a parade and caroling event where they serve more Christmas cookies than their entire population. While you won't see snow in Christmas Valley, you can take to the dunes throughout the winter on an off-road vehicle.

    Photo courtesy of H Dragon

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    Christmas, Florida

    If you really want to impress the folks on your Christmas card list, mail them from the post office in Christmas, Florida. They'll arrive with a special "Christmas" postmark. Since Christmas is located a short drive from Orlando, you can easily extend your holiday to include Disney World or Universal Studios.

    Photo courtesy of Anthony

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    North Pole, Colorado

    Located near Pike's Peak in Colorado, this North Pole is rather far south but full of cheer. The main attraction here is Santa's Workshop, a small theme park where the kids can visit Santa while you get some holiday shopping done. The North Pole in the center of the alpine-themed village remains frozen year round.

    Photo courtesy of Santa's Workshop

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    Garland, Texas

    Each year, the town of Garland, Texas kicks off the Christmas season with Christmas on the Square, a tree lighting ceremony held on Main Street in early December. Local churches and theater groups put on a variety of holiday performances throughout the month, including The Nutcracker and the comedy Fruitcakes, and the city hosts a free screening of White Christmas in a local movie theater.

    Photo courtesy of Garland Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts

About Lydia Schrandt

Lydia graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Philosophy and quickly bid farewell to the United States for good. She's traveled throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and has lived in Albuquerque, Galveston, Austin, Thailand, Korea, China, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil.

Lydia is currently "slow traveling" through South America in search of a place to call home. Florianopolis, Brazil currently serves as her base of operations. She speaks a little Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese, and loves cooking, photography, knitting and watching Spanish soccer. She hopes to get her first novel published in the next year.

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