Published On: Dec 09 2011 02:29:40 PM CSTUpdated On: Dec 23 2014 01:00:00 AM CST
Time magazine takes a look at the towns that take Christmas very seriously -- from over-the-top light extravaganzas to the classic and quaint.
Visitors to this town of fewer than 5,000 residents must visit Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, the self-billed "world's largest Christmas store."
The nation's capital comes alive during the holiday season, with lights and Christmas finery decking everything from the subway stations to the all-important White House Christmas tree.
Santa Claus, Ind.
Billed as "America's Christmas Hometown," Santa Claus, Ind., gets tons of mail written to Kris Kringle and acts as a one-stop destination for any Christmas need you can imagine.
For 26 days each year starting Dec. 1, this tiny textile town transforms into the biggest holiday light display in the U.S., earning it the coveted name of Christmas Town USA.
New York City
From Rockefeller Center's gorgeous tree to Bryant Park's Winter Wonderland and the unbelievable performances of the Radio City Rockettes, New York City reserves the holiday season for its most magical moments.
Los Angeles/Olvera Street
Olvera Street in Los Angeles hosts its own version of Las Posadas each year from Dec. 16-24. The processions re-enact the Christmas Eve journey of Mary and Joseph.
Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
The Inn at Christmas Place is renowned for its comprehensive Christmas decorations and month-long activities leading up to the big holiday, including a singing Santa Claus and visit by Charles Dickens' great-great grandson.
Often referred to as the Danish capital of America, Solvang observes Julefest every year to mark the Christmas season. It includes a tree lighting at city hall, Danish folk dancers, music, horses and carriages, and even a parade.
For the past 25 years, Woodstock has hosted Wassail Weekend. It features a distinctive parade of more than 50 horses and riders adorned in holiday costumes and period dress, as well as wagon and sleigh rides and a wassail feast.