Solvang, Californiavia solvangusa.com
Located in Santa Barbara’s wine country, Solvang is a beautiful Danish town that sparkles during the holiday season. The main road in downtown, called Copenhagen Drive, turns its shops into Christmas displays, with lit up trees decorated in representation of each store’s offerings outside their front doors. At night, just strolling down the street will prove a pleasant experience, with every inch of building and tree lit up. The conjoining streets are sure not to disappoint with their displays and lights as well. Be sure to check out the annual Julefest (Yule-Fest) in December. From the Tree-Lighting Ceremony to the packed parade, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to live music, watch the arrival of Santa Claus, and eat delicious treats. Don’t miss these Christmas traditions from around the world.
Boothbay, Mainevia boothbayharbor.com
Some towns can’t help but look like Christmas wonderlands all on their own, what with the constant flurries of snowflakes. Maine is one of those special places where winter is what you would expect. Boothbay, Maine, shines bright during the holiday season with artistically displayed lights at the Boothbay Festival of Lights. The seaside town transforms with thousands of lights on shops, restaurants, and hotels. More than 500,000 LED lights decorate the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ central gardens and buildings. There’s also a silent auction of more than 60 decorated trees and related items, and even a lighted boat parade, in which local captains decorate their hulls with lights for a nautical holiday harbor cruise. Here are more towns that are even more special when covered in snow.