Here Are Four Towns That Go All Out During The Christmas Season

Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

Something about Christmas decorations seems to bring instant holiday cheer — and these four towns have an abundance.

Check out how these cities and towns in states from Colorado to Vermont go all out for the Christmas season.

Durango, Colorado

The classic Christmas childrens book “The Polar Express” comes to life in the town of Durango in Colorados southwest corner. Just like in the book (and 2004 film), children and their families board the train to drink hot chocolate and sing Christmas carols while cozy in their pajamas. (RELATED: Both Republicans And Democrats Love Baby Its Cold Outside: Poll)

Of course, the ride through snowy mountains ends with a visit to Santa Claus.


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Posted by Visit Durango on Friday, December 14, 2018

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Posted by Visit Durango on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Seneca Falls, New York

Fans of Frank Capras classic “Its a Wonderful Life” will want to visit Seneca Falls, New York, to immerse themselves in the film all over again.

The quiet town thats an hour west of Syracuse was the inspiration for Bedford Falls, the town where George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) touches everyone he meets for good. Every Christmas season, Seneca Falls comes together to celebrate all things “Its a Wonderful Life.”

Original cast members still stop by the town every Christmas to share their experiences and sign autographs. Karolyn Grimes and Jimmy Hawkins, who played Baileys children Zuzu and Tommy, stopped by in December 2018.

The “Its a Wonderful Life” museum is open year-round, but the towns festival and parade celebrating the film comes every second week of December. The film premiered 72 years ago Dec. 20, 1946, and continues to top lists of the best Christmas movies.

Once in a Lifetime Opportunity: Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu) will be joined by Carol Coombs (Janie), Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy), and…

Posted by It's A Wonderful Life Festival on Saturday, October 1, 2016

Newport Beach, California

California might not be the first place that comes to mind at the mention of Christmas, but its lack of snow or fir trees doesnt keep Newport Beach, California, from an over-the-top Christmas extravanganza.

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is a tradition that extends back to 1907, when gondolier John Scarpa guided visitors around the harbor in lighted boats.

Boaters spend as much as $50,000 to light up their crafts and float 14 miles to entertain guests at the restaurants, beaches and parks that line the harbor. The 2018 parade ran nightly from Dec. 19 to Dec. 23. The best part? Visitors enjoy the parade for free!


Tonight is the opening night for 2018 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade! Be sure to arrive early for a good seat, the…

Posted by Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Woodstock, Vermont

Woodstock, Vermont, is a little town with a Christmas tradition all its own. Its called Wassail Weekend (named after the warm cider drink), and its a time when the townspeople come together for an equestrian parade, luminary lighting and lots of traditional New England Christmas decorations.

This years Wassail Weekend took place from Dec. 7 to 9.

Posted by Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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Posted by The Christmas Cottage on Saturday, March 4, 2017

And if you cant make it to visit any of these places before the Christmas season is over, try making one of these Christmas cocktails to put yourself in a holly jolly mood instead.

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