Leavenworth, Washington, Is the Most Festive U.S. Town to Visit at Christmas, A New Survey Reveals

A reindeer farm, Bavarian-style village, Christmas market, and annual sledding competition helped this locale earn the top spot. 

While the phrase "there's no place like home for the holidays" is true for many, there are some towns in the United States that are extra festive during this time of year. With offerings like incredible light displays, can't-miss parades, and holiday markets, there are plenty of destinations in the country that are worth visiting during the holidays. If you're planning to travel this holiday season and you're wondering which parts of the country deck the halls best, a new study from Next Vacay recently revealed the most Christmassy towns in America.

To obtain their findings, the study analyzed cities across the country and scored each on several criteria, including the number of Christmas markets, coziness, snow fall, and how Instagram-worthy each town was. The study determined that Leavenworth, Washington, is the most festive Christmas town in the country due to its reindeer farm, Bavarian-style village, Christmas market, and annual sledding competition.


In second place was Mystic, Connecticut, which offers charming Christmas character as well as 38 Christmas tree farms. Ranking third on the list is Woodstock, Virginia, thanks to its impressive amount of snow and beloved Christmas tree farm and museum, which has been an institution since 1871.

Of course, the list wouldn't be complete without a few major cities making it in the top ten. After Woodstock is Boston, Massachusetts. Its most defining holiday feature is the New England Christmas festival, which showcases 300 pop-up boutiques packed with handmade gifts and food. This year is the event's 36th year in business. Following Boston is New York City with its twinkling lights, holiday storefronts, and of course the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree—this year it's a 79-food Norway Spruce from Elkton, Maryland.

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