10 Most Beautiful Christmas Towns and Villages in The World

Christmas is almost here! If you want to feel like you're stepping inside your favorite magical holiday flick, visit one of these 10 best and most beautiful Christmas villages and towns in the U.S., Germany, and around the world.

1. Mont Tremblant, Quebec

10 Most Beautiful Christmas Towns and Villages in The World

At Christmastime, Canada's pedestrian village Mont Tremblant turns into a winter wonderland, complete with skiing, tubing, dogsledding, and horse-drawn sleighs. Toufou, the town mascot, greets visitors who come for events such as the holiday parade, Lumberjack Day, concerts and entertainment from the Grelot Family elves, and generational storytelling on Legends Day.

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2. Santa Claus, Indiana

Santa Claus, Indiana

With a name like Santa Claus, how could this small Indiana town not be full of seasonal tidings? Celebrations include the annual Christmas parade, a Santa Claus Arts & Crafts Show, Santa's Candy Castle for elven chats, a German-inspired Das Nikolausfest, and the Santa Claus Museum & Village, where children can write letters to St. Nick. (PS: letters postmarked by December 20th will receive a response, too!) Book your stay now.

3. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

A meticulously-preserved walled medieval town in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber boasts a centuries old Christmas market well-worth the trip to its cobblestone streets. (Incredibly, this used to be Germany's second largest city.) Revelers can find treats like mulled wine, grilled sausage, roast chestnuts, or an original Rothenburg Snowball fried dough pastry, while other highlights include a German Christmas Museum. The market kicks off every year with the appearance of the “Rothenburger Riders,” horsemen who—while formerly scary—are now believed to be messengers of good news. Book your stay now.

4. Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria, Virginia

For a traditional American Christmas, head to Alexandria, Virginia, where the Old Town's streets and 18th-century row houses bustle with good cheer each December. Festive-seekers can find carolers, hand bell choirs, ample lights and decorations, while close by there's Mount Vernon, home to Aladdin, a Christmas camel, as well as a Colonial Christmas experience. Book your stay now.

5. Colmar, France

Colmar, France

A quaint Alsatian village close to the German border, Colmar, France is reportedly one of the locales that inspired Belle's town in Beauty and the Beast. Indeed, the fairy-tale aspect of Colmar comes to life during the holidays, with five Christmas markets, an endless array of twinkling lights, carolers, a roller coaster, carousel, and ice-skating rink. Book Now.

6. Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg, Virginia

Calling itself the Best Christmas Town in America, Colonial Williamsburg particularly shines at Christmastime. Traditions abound, such as caroling by torchlight, a gun-salute display, and every home in the historic area lighting a candle in their windows—dating back to the days of the Founding Fathers. As far as lights, the area can’t be beat, with Busch Gardens donning 10 million lights for the largest display in North America. And the Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Market Square is a must. Book Now.

7. Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark

Denmark's second-largest city, the quaint destination of Aarhus is a Christmas dream. The town boasts thousands of lights on its "Strøget" high-street, with delights including a Christmas market selling Danish specialties, the exterior of department store Salling wrapped up like a gift, Christmas tree-lined streets in the Latin Quarter, and a panorama of Danish Christmas throughout the ages at The Old Town Museum, Den Gamle By. Book Now.

8. Franklin, Tennessee

Franklin, Tennessee

Nearly 100,000 people travel to Franklin, Tennessee each year for its Dickens of a Christmas: a two day festival featuring over 200 musicians, dancers, and characters from Charles Dickens stories. Other highlights include a Victorian Christmas Village, carriage rides, and a makers village. Book Now.

9- Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

The Swiss town of Bad Ragaz kicks off its yearly Christmas season in late November with a ceremonial Festival of Lights, illuminating the 131-foot-tall sequoia tree on the lawn of Grand Resort Bad Ragaz—supposedly the tallest living Christmas tree in Europe. Other events hosted at the picturesque village's Grand Resort include several Christmas markets, multiple concerts, dinners, parties, and processions, and a Russian Christmas gala. Book Now.

10. Solvang, California

Solvang, California

In the Santa Ynez Mountains outside Santa Barbara, this tiny Danish village celebrates Christmas with ample cheer during its annual Julefest. Events include the Skål Stroll Wine and Beer Walk, candlelight tours, a nativity pageant, a holiday concert, and the Julefest parade. Keep an eye peeled for the Jule Nisse: festive gnomes with clues leading toward holiday prizes. Book Now.


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