Across the South | 6 Best Christmas Destinations

When it comes to Christmas, some cities and towns go all out. Last week, we talked about the best Christmas sights to see in New York City, which is quite possibly the capital of Christmas cheer in the US. There are plenty of places right here in the south, though, that have a certain glow and spirit this time of year. 

Check out these 6 destinations to make your way to this Christmas!


1. Biltmore House

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Image Source: Biltmore

Biltmore describes their estate this time of year as "a feast for the senses" and nothing could be more true. From November to January, enjoy gazing at brightly lit Christmas trees, smell the fresh evergreens, and sip on some rich hot chocolate. 

2. McAdenville, North Carolina

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Image Source: ActiveRain

Just twenty minutes outside of Charlotte, this hidden gem of a town gets so into the spirit of Christmas each year, that it has been nicknamed Christmas Town USA. The town attracts over 600,000 visitors each year!

3. Walt Disney World

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Image Source: MouseMingle

Disney is already nicknamed "The Most Magical Place on Earth" and at Christmas time, it becomes even more so! Every park is decked out in lights, and the characters put on a jolly Christmas parade. 

4. Branson, Missouri

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Image Source: Explore Branson

With its live shows and performances and its famous "Silver Dollar City", Branson has been dubbed the "Live Entertainment Capital of the World." At Christmas time, this entertainment is taken to a whole new level. Go see a parade, take a Christmas lights tour, or check out a living nativity scene at "Let There Be Lights!"

5. Helen, Georgia

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Image Source: TalkingGames

A former logging town, Helen was redesigned many years ago to resemble a Bavarian village. Enjoy a German-style Christmas, with wreaths and trees crafted by local artists, and be dazzled by the annual "Lighting of the Village."

6. Williamsburg, Virginia

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Image Source: Reserve Williamsburg

Step back in time, and enjoy Christmas the colonial way! Carol by torchlight, or watch an authentic drum and fife performance. End your time here with the "Grand Illumination," an epic fireworks and gun-salute display.


Perhaps you've always been more of a homebody at Christmas, preferring to stay inside where it's warm. Take a chance on a new adventure this year! Hit the road, and make some new traditions with your family! 

What destination do you find to be most magical this time of year?