The Christmas season is here, and Michigan is a delightful place to spend the holidays. As it turns out, Michigan even has two of the most magical Christmas towns in America. I’m not surprised, since Michigan has that snowy, winter feel that you would picture for a Christmas town.
The study comes from Countryliving.com, an outlet that knows a thing or two about Christmas. “From fabulous light displays and shoppable Christmas markets full of fun holiday crafts to streets filled with I’ve-gotta-try-this-next-year outdoor Christmas decorations and plenty of unique Yuletide parades, each of these Christmas towns offers its own unique spin on the holiday,” they state. “These magical American Christmas towns are ready to embrace you with open arms, opportunities for new Christmas traditions, and, of course, a warm cup of hot chocolate or two.”
First of all, the No. 1 Christmas town in America, according to this list, is Middleburg, Virginia. Of Middleburg, Countryliving.com states, “Settle in for an old-fashioned Christmas in the heart of Virginia’s horse and hunt country, where you can cheer on a parade of loyal hounds as they ride through the streets, sip on small-batch hard ciders at Mt. Defiance, and shop for old-world holiday decor, including Wilhelm Schweizer pewter ornaments, and Wendt & Kühn windup music boxes, at year-round holiday shop The Christmas Sleigh.”
So, what are the Michigan towns that made this cut? Coming in at No. 9 is Ann Arbor, with the outlet explaining that this town offers dozen of holiday events with “free outdoor markets, German food fairs, lantern parades, s’mores roasting, and live music, just to name a few.” They also mention annual “Sing Along with Santa” event, presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, which they call a “can’t-miss spectacle.” I’m actually surprised to see this one on the list, as Ann Arbor isn’t really known for being “Christmassy.”
Also, coming in at No. 20 is Frankenmuth, which is no big surprise. I mean, Frankenmuth has the world’s biggest Christmas store. I’m surprised it wasn’t higher on this list. “Known as Michigan’s Little Bavaria, Frankenmuth’s European heritage is on full display during the Christmas season,” Countryliving.com states. “Some of the town’s charming holiday highlights include a traditional Christkindlmarkt, a holiday home tour hosted by the Frankenmuth Women’s Club, whimsical light displays, and Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store.” Find the full list via Countryliving.com here.