Best Christmas Festivals

The happiest time of the year is upon us with warm sweaters, hot chocolates, and lots of festivities!

Some cities take it to the next level with showcases of lights and scenes. Check out these towns.

Welcome to Mcadenville, North Carolina

A small town about 20 minutes outside of Charlotte, has been getting in to the Christmas spirit since 1956. They even change their name to Christmas Town USA every year, starting the festivities on December 1st with a tree lighting ceremony.

More than 600,000 people visit the Christmas town to gaze at the decorations, lights, and decked out homes. Making this one of the top Christmas attractions.

In the center of Christmas Town is a large lake with a fountain along with floating Christmas Trees. Located near the lake

towering high above our beautiful lights stands the Historical Bell Tower. The Bell Tower was constructed in 1883.

To entertain our visitors who walk thru each December, seasonal music is played nightly from the tower for all to enjoy.

In the commons’ area has a large nativity scene.

There’s over 250 evergreens, covered with more than one-half million red, white, and green lights. It’s definitely shines with holiday cheer.

It’s always free to walk through and usually takes 30 to 45 minutes and are displayed from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm each night.

Christmas Village in Ogden, Utah

Christmas Village illuminates Ogden’s downtown area with magnificent displays and holiday lights every year from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through January 1. Spectators find themselves in a dazzling winter wonderland set aglow with Christmas lights and a unique setting of cottages modeled after Santa’s village at the North Pole.

Santa visits the village and it’s free to take your picture with him, just bring your camera. Mrs. Claus gives guided tours to preschool age children.

On opening day there will be a holiday electric light parade followed by fireworks.

Ozark Mountain Christmas

Located in Branson, Missouri, known as the live entertainment capital of the world. Starting November 1 and throughout December, Branson transforms itself into a Christmas village.

You’ll find 700 decorated Christmas trees all around town and three drive-thru displays. There’s holiday shows, parades, a zoo featuring live nativity animals and reindeer you can pet, multiple venues where you can meet Santa, and a Polar Express tour.

You can find around 6.5 million lights across the park.

Riverside, California

For 31 years, the owners of the Mission Inn in Riverside, California, have been decorating the grounds with millions of lights. This year’s Festival of lights will include 400 animated figures, Christmas trees, and fireworks displays.

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s Festival of Lights is one of the nation’s largest holiday light collections, voted “Best Public Lights Display” by USA Today.  Every year The Inn’s festival gains new energy, grows in popularity, and ushers in an increasing number of visitors to the Riverside area.  Countless individuals make the yearly trek to The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.

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