10 Places Where You Can Celebrate Christmas Every Day
There’s no need to wait until winter to fully embrace Christmas cheer, only to be limited by the number of days in the season. You can cheerily celebrate Christmas year-round at these 10 magical museums, theme parks, hotels, and even post offices.
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The Inn at Christmas Place
The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is all decked out with wreaths, garland, twinkle lights, and giant red bows every day of the year. Tucked away on Christmas Tree Lane, a towering Christmas tree adorns the lobby, while glockenspiel chimes carol on the hour. Three nights a week, a jolly Santa strums the guitar and sings holiday tunes. He also pops in on Mondays and Fridays for a children’s story time. All suites, including the over-the-top Santa Suite with full Santa-theme decor, include a fully-decorated Christmas tree.
German Christmas Museum
The small Bavarian village of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany draws visitors from around the world eager to explore Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum (German Christmas Museum), the only dedicated Christmas museum in the world. Here, you’ll find a celebration of historic German Christmas decorations from different regions through the mid-20th century. It’s also a place to learn about cherished traditions and customs that have been handed down to generations, like Advent calendars and wreaths, as well as St. Nicholas Day.
At Santa’s Village, a whimsical Christmas-theme amusement park in Jefferson, New Hampshire, you can snap a photo with Santa, feed the reindeer in the barn, and play the Elfabet Game, a park-wide scavenger hunt game for kids. Open all summer long and on select weekends from September through December, you can get your holiday fix even when temps are soaring outside. Chug along on-board Santa’s Express Train, or fly high on a swing ride called Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.
Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland
Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan is the self-proclaimed world’s largest Christmas store, serving as a one-stop shop for all things related to Christmas, from ornaments to stockings to all kinds of wow-worthy outdoor decorations. Each year, more than three million people stroll the half-mile Christmas Lane, which wows with more than 50,000 magical twinkle lights. Bronner’s, which spans more than one and a half football fields, brims with holiday cheer nearly every day of the year. It’s closed to visitors just six days annually, including Christmas Day.
Santa Claus, Indiana
The town of Santa Claus, Indiana, also known as America’s Christmas Hometown, fittingly celebrates Christmas every day of the year. At Santa’s Lodge, dine in at St. Nick’s Restaurant with menu items like Santa’s Filet (beef filet medallions glazed with bourbon sauce). At Holiday World, take a spin on themed rides, like Prancer’s Merry-Go-Round and Dasher’s Seahorses. A stop in the Santa Claus Post Office is a must to mail a postcard from the only post office in the world named Santa Claus. Indulge in a frozen hot chocolate from Santa’s Candy Castle, then snap a selfie with the 22-foot tall Santa statue in front of the Santa Claus Museum & Village.
In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, get into the spirit of the season year-round at the Christmas Museum. As part of Byers’ Choice Ltd., a maker of caroler figurines, elf ornaments, and wooden advent calendars, the museum ups the cheer with magical Victorian-style holiday displays that practically transport guests into a Charles Dickens novel. Walk along cobblestone sidewalks and ogle at various winter scenes featuring the handcrafted caroler figurines. Watch from the observation deck as artisans create new figurines to add to snow-covered displays. Children can even try on period clothing and hats.
For those eager to see Santa’s Workshop in action, there appear to be two family-friendly theme park options: North Pole Colorado and North Pole New York. In Colorado, buckle up for a ride on the Candy Cane Coaster, watch glass blowers create holiday ornaments, and settle in for a magic show at Santa’s Show House. In New York, listen for the clickety-clack of the train on-board the Candy Cane Express, hear what Tannenbaum, the Talking Christmas Tree has to say, and stroll the village for a peek into Santa’s House, the Reindeer Barn, and Saint Nicholas’ Chapel.
Castle Noel, in Medina, Ohio, is the largest indoor year-round Christmas-theme attraction in the United States. You’ll find a massive private collection of props and artifacts from everyone’s favorite Christmas movies like the original RV from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and the Turbo Man costume worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle All the Way. Wander the nostalgia-provoking "I Had That" exhibit that has thousands of memorable toys from the '50s through the '80s on display. Don’t leave without taking a ride down the giant red slide just like Ralphie did in A Christmas Story.
Santa Claus House
Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska got its start as a trading post along the Richardson Highway in 1952. At one point, Santa Claus House even served as North Pole’s post office. Today, it’s better known for the world’s largest Santa statue that stands out front at 42-feet tall, welcoming visitors with a ho-ho-ho and a jolly smile, inviting them in to shop for holiday decorations. Santa Claus House is also well-known for its Original Letter from Santa program, sending personalized letters to children on custom stationery, each stamped with a whimsical "Santa’s Official Mail" seal.
Christmas Casino & Inn
In Cripple Creek, Colorado, the brand-new 150-slot machine Christmas Casino & Inn brings holiday cheer inside with 4,000 ornaments, a wall of cuckoo clocks, nine life-size nutcrackers, and more colorful garland than you can ever imagine. Meanwhile, the cozy inn boasts 12 Christmas-theme guest rooms, each celebrating a specific holiday character, like Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. During the holiday season, eight of Santa’s reindeer pay a visit, greeting guests in the barn just behind the casino.