Top Neighborhoods to Live in If You Love Christmas

Branson, MO

Every year, families come to Branson, Missouri to celebrate the Ozark Mountain Christmas Festival, a cluster of Christmas-themed events spread throughout the city. There are so many choices depending on your interests. Branson is known for its live music, so there are always plenty of concerts hosted at different venues like Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater and the Tribute Theatre. Silver Dollar City hosts their annual Old Time Christmas festival, which features their incredible light display, or you can take a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway’s Polar Express train. The fun doesn’t stop until January 1!

Woodstock, VT

Woodstock, Vermont is one of those New England towns where every house looks picture-perfect, and the townspeople are more than aware of their vaunted reputation. Every year, tourists come from all over the country to glimpse the stately mansions decked out in elegant lights, pine boughs, and just the perfect amount of snow.

The town’s annual Wassail Weekend takes place in early December and has been named one of the best Christmas celebrations in New England. There are tons of craft fairs, community events, and a parade. Plus, the Woodstock Inn really gets into the holiday spirit with their life-sized gingerbread house that’s on display in the lobby.

Asheville, NC

The mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina hosts annual Christmas events that are traditional with just a little bit of playful holiday magic thrown in for good measure. The focus of Asheville’s Christmas celebrations is the Biltmore Estate, the historic home of the limitlessly wealthy Vanderbilt family. The Christmas decorations there are unparalleled, and it’s a great time to tour the home since you’ll get all the history with the added beauty of the Christmas display.

After touring the historic mansion, head over to Chimney Rock to watch “Santa” rappel down. After all, he has to practice for all the chimneys he’ll be scurrying down on Christmas Eve!

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