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Discover the Magic of Christmas: The Top Christmas Towns in The Midwest

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The holiday season is a magical time of year, and the Midwest is home to some of the most enchanting Christmas towns in the country.

From festive lights to charming traditions, these Midwestern gems are perfect for creating lasting holiday memories. Here are just a few of our favorite Christmas towns in the Midwest:

Cleveland, Ohio - Home of The Christmas Story House

Cleveland, Ohio, is a city steeped in holiday nostalgia, thanks to the beloved classic film, "A Christmas Story." You can visit the actual house where Ralphie Parker and his family experienced their Christmas adventures. Step inside this iconic location and relive the movie's moments, and don't forget to snap a picture with the infamous leg lamp. It's a dream come true for fans of the film and a great start to your Midwest Christmas tour.

Duluth, Minnesota - Light Up Your Night at Bentleyville

Duluth, Minnesota, takes Christmas to the next level with its Bentleyville Tour of Lights. This massive display of lights and holiday decorations is a sight to behold. Walk through the enchanting tunnels of light, take a photo with Santa, and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Bentleyville is a heartwarming holiday experience for the entire family.

And while you're in Duluth, check out Traverse Duluth for a fun and exhilarating snowshoe experience!

Chicago, Illinois - The Famous Christkindlmarket

Chicago transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season, and its Christkindlmarket is a centerpiece of the festivities. This European-style Christmas market brings a touch of German tradition to the Windy City. Explore quaint vendor stalls, enjoy festive treats, and discover unique handcrafted gifts. With the towering Christmas tree and twinkling lights all around, Chicago's Christkindlmarket is a must-visit destination to soak up the holiday spirit.

Santa Claus, Indiana - The Name Says It All

​​Embark on a delightful journey in Santa Claus, Indiana! Begin by exploring the enchanting Santa Claus Museum & Village, and snag a photo in front of the impressive 22-foot-tall Santa statue. Then, satisfy your sweet tooth with divine homemade treats from the historic Santa’s Candy Castle. Want to entertain the kids while they’re on a sugar high? Challenge them to a festive scavenger hunt and count how many Santa statues grace the town's streets! (Hint hint, there are a lot!)

New Glarus, Wisconsin - Swiss Christmas Charm

New Glarus, Wisconsin, is an adorable Swiss town that becomes a holiday haven during the Christmas season. Explore the town's charming Swiss-style architecture, taste Swiss delicacies, and soak in the festive atmosphere. Be sure to also check out nearby Rutabaga Paddlesports a family owned business offering outdoor rentals, gear, and more!

The Midwest is a treasure trove of Christmas towns that will fill your holiday season with joy and wonder. Whether you're a fan of classic films, European traditions, or charming small towns, there's something for everyone in these festive destinations.

So, plan your visit (be sure to check for any fun outdoor adventures), and get ready to make some unforgettable memories in the heartland of the United States.

Where have you had your best holiday memories? Share your story with us in the comments so we know where to go next year!

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