Counting down the days until Christmas? Can't enough of the holiday season? Do you need to see Santa in the summer? Then check out these five festive destinations around the United States that take their holiday spirit a bit to seriously.
North Pole, Alaska: Situated in the city of Fairbanks, this city’s geographical location is actually located 1,700 miles south of the Earth’s actual North Pole. Travelers do not just visit in the month of December either. Many flock to this tourist attraction year-round. Not many people can say they visited Santa’s workshop in the dog days of summer. Street names in this Alaskan town include Santa Claus Lane, St. Nicholas Drive, Snowman Lane, and Kris Kringle Drive!
North Pole, New York: Drive about 300 miles from the Big Apple and you will find yourself at Santa’s Workshop. Located in a hamlet in the small town of Wilmington, New York, this North Pole is located in the shadows of the Adirondack Mountains and just a dozen miles from Lake Placid. Touted as one of the best places in the Northeast to experience a “white Christmas”, this jolly Essex County town guarantees a 96% percent chance of the white stuff on Christmas day.
Christmas, Florida: Although there is a slim chance you will see snow around late December in the “Sunshine State”, people come from miles around to have their holiday gifts and postcards stamped “Christmas, Florida.” Originally named Fort Christmas, the city changed its name in 1892 to accommodate the new post office. Located about 20 miles from Orlando, the post office in this tiny town is decorated year-round with ornaments, wreaths and of course a Christmas tree in the lobby.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: Located about an hour north of Philadelphia, this self-described “Christmas City” celebrates the religious side of the holiday season. But Bethlehem is also home to one of the best Christmas markets in the United States. “Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem” provides festive travelers with a place to pick up some holiday gifts, listen to some Christmas music, and enjoy plenty of German cuisine.
Santa Claus, Indiana: This “Hoosier State” city really loves Christmas. So much so, that it is celebrated year-round! Drive or walk down the streets in Santa Claus and expect to see such names as Jingle Bells and Candy Cane lane. Need to do some Christmas shopping? Well then you are in luck, because pretty much all of the shops are named after something to do with the festive holiday. If you send a letter to Santa Claus (the big guy, not the city) and it gets lost, there is a good chance it will wind up at the local Post Office. Locals have even been known to stop by, read the letters and reply to the little one’s request. Talk about holiday spirit!