Let me tell you right now that going to a big city for Christmas like Chicago (My Hometown) and New York is something we all need to do at least once. Something special about shopping on Michigan ave in chi-town with the cold wind blowing in from the lake.

The stores have great window displays and some amazing food and restaurants to visit. Now let's move on to the small towns to visit over Christmas.

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I have seen enough Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel to appreciate a small town over the Christmas holidays.

Why Smaller Cities May Be Better

So if you prefer to do a small-town Christmas instead of a crowded city one take a drive to one of America’s small towns that celebrate the holidays in an incredible way.  Smaller cities have a real charm and some go overboard with the decorations.

Town squares lit with colorful lights and snow-capped roofs are real winter wonderlands. Here are some great small towns to visit from tripstodiscover.com.

Branson, Missouri (Known as Christmas tree city)

Natchitoches, Louisiana ( 300,000 lights and 100 set pieces in the downtown display)

Skaneateles, New York (Charming small town in the picturesque Finger Lakes, where Dickensian characters from Tiny Tim to the Ghost of Christmas Past visit you)

Santa Claus, Indiana (I think you get the picture on this one, a city called Santa Claus, yes please)

Seaside, Florida (If you crave a warm Christmas, check out Florida’s Emerald Coast, Seaside for fresh seafood, charming boutiques, and candy-colored homes)

Frankenmuth, Michigan (How can we leave out our own Michigan treasure, this small Bavarian-inspired town shows off a traditional Christkindmarkt in December. beautiful light displays, holiday-themed historic house tours, and dinner with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Some fun cities to visit and see in the years to come since many of us already have our Christmas plans made. Merry Christmas and cheers to a great 2022 for all of us.

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