Facebook Favorites: Towns With Holiday Spirit
We asked our Travel Channel community and Facebook fans to nominate the town or city that had the best holiday spirit. We've narrowed down the list -- check out our top 10 picks.
1. Boothbay Harbor, ME
Margaret says, "Check out my town ... here's a video
to prove we've got holiday spirit!"
Travel Channel says, "Need we say more? The video speaks for itself!"
2. Bedford, MA
Jean says, "This small town, where I grew up, has a unique Santa Program on Christmas Eve where children get one gift brought to their homes, around supper time, by one of Santa's helpers. It is very organized and has been going on for over 50 years! Many children still wait and look forward to Santa's arrival on Christmas Eve!"
Travel Channel says, "We looked up this Santa Program
and any town that has residents who display this level of giving definitely has the holiday spirit in our book."
3. Georgetown, CO
JoAnne says, "Georgetown, CO, where more than one Christmas movie has been filmed. Quaint, Victorian, snowy ... perfect snowglobe Christmas place!"
Travel Channel says, "Between the Christmas Market and the Christmas at Hamill House celebration, this small town definitely has the spirit. Watch the Christmas Market video
to see it in action."
5. Bethlehem, PA
Dana says, "You have the star of Bethlehem right over the city guiding you to it, Christkindlmarkt, every square inch of the town is covered in lights, and the name of the town itself means something since it is the name of the place where Christ was born."
Travel Channel says, "The city is so dedicated to the holiday that they have a web site devoted to the events and celebrations, ChristmasCity.org
. Take a look!"
6. Coronado, CA
Lily says, "All the trees have lights on Orange Avenue and the Hotel del Coronado is covered with white lights and has a skating rink on the beach. We also have a Christmas parade and tree-lighting ceremony."
Travel Channel says, "Our favorite part of the celebration in Coronado is at the beginning of December when Santa arrives by ferry!"
7. Nevada City, CA
Sandi says, "Nevada City, CA, my hometown ... gold-rush Victorian town, nicely decorated, with "Victorian Christmas" every Wednesday night. Great restaurants, shops and bars in this town."
Travel Channel says, "This quaint town was featured in the Hallmark Channel movie The Christmas Card
. Watching a clip from the movie you can see the beauty of the town. The town transforms into a Christmas card come to life for the traditional Victorian Christmas
event each December."
8. Santa Claus, IN
A Dangerous Business says, "Well, it's not my hometown, but it's one I've visited -- Santa Claus, IN! They've got Christmas spirit all year round! I'll post a photo in a second."
Travel Channel says, "The town's nickname is 'America's Christmas Hometown
,' and they have attractions such as Lake Rudolph Campground and Santa's Candy Castle. One of the residential communities is called Christmas Lake Village. Enough said."
9. San Antonio, TX
Travel Channel says, "Dana called out the San Antonio River Walk
and we couldn't agree more. The river is lit up with more than 1.4 million lights and the restaurants along the walk hold special events such as 'Breakfast with Santa' and Christmas buffets.
10. Columbia, MD
Stephanie says, "Columbia, MD, is a VERY holiday-happy town! From Santa at the Mall to residents' Christmas light displays, Christmas in Columbia is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face! An amazing light display is also created each year, sponsored by Howard County General Hospital and held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. With all proceeds from the display benefiting Howard County General Hospital, Columbia portrays the true meaning of "Christmas spirit"!
Travel Channel says, "We have been to the Symphony of Lights
. The amazing display of lights is a fun way to celebrate the holiday spirit while supporting a good cause."