Cape May, New Jersey

There’s nothing better than planning a trip around the holidays with your loved ones. What makes it even more special is when your destination is known for its Christmas charm.

As we hang the countless strands of lights around the house, decorate the tree, and wrap the gifts, some people are also packing their bags for that holiday trip they’ve waited months to take.

Thanks to Travel + Leisure, we now have 25 of the best Christmas towns across the United States from coast to coast right in one place. Luckily, we have two of the locations right here in New Jersey, Cape May, and Atlantic City.

There are 48 miles and about a 51-minute drive between the New Jersey sports that made Travel + Leisure‘s list for 2022. Both offer shopping, dining experiences, and plenty of holiday activities for people of all ages.

Scroll below to see the 25 best Christmas towns in the United States for 2022 according to Travel + Leisure.

  • Here Are The Top 25 Best Christmas Towns:

  • 25. Laguna Beach, California

    Winter Holidays - Visit Laguna Beach

    Trade snowfall for waves and white beach foam and winter mittens for shorts and flip-flops. This winter make it a beach-y holiday in Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach has plenty of holiday offerings, events, and restaurant specials in winter 2022. Trade the sand for snow at the Sawdust Winter Fantasy Festival this holiday season!

  • 24. Natchitoches, Louisiana

    The most FESTIVE time of year is almost here—View the 96th Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights Season Schedule...

    Posted by Natchitoches Christmas on Tuesday, August 9, 2022
  • 23. Atlantic City, New Jersey

    Tinseltown Holiday Experience

    Tis' the season to celebrate the holiday season in Atlantic City and the surrounding area. Join with family and friends for pop-up holiday themed experiences, live music & entertainment, spectacular lighting displays and New Year's Eve events to bid farewell to 2022!

  • 22. Charlottesville, Virginia

    Winter Wander | Charlottesville Christmas Lights

    Buy Tickets Online Looking for an overnight stay? Guests who book the overnight Winter Wander stay package will receive luxurious accommodations, tickets for each night to the Winter Wander trail of lights and an exclusive Winter Wander keepsake. An overnight stay also comes with premium VIP access to Winter Wander!

  • 21. Cape May, New Jersey

    Christmas in Cape May - Cape May Experiences and Activities

    The Christmas season is a particularly beautiful time of the year in Cape May. The Washington Street Mall is dotted with lights, greenery, and decorations, and many of the historic homes and hotels around our town decorate in unique ways.

  • 20. Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    Holiday Festivities - Go Portsmouth NH | Seacoast NH

    The holidays in New England are cozy & beautiful, and Portsmouth is no exception. Take a holiday tour around town, go Christmas light sight-seeing & more!

  • 19. Leavenworth, Washington

    Village of Lights: Christmastown

    Lights On Every Day Through February! November 25th to December 24th Christmastown at the Gazebo Live entertainment in the heart of

  • 18. Telluride, Colorado

    Visit Telluride Colorado | Official Telluride Tourism Board | Visit Telluride

    Catch the free gondola to Mountain Village where you'll find stylish boutiques, sophisticated dining options, and family-friendly activities and events, all surrounded by the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks in North America.

  • 17. Healdsburg, California


    Welcome to Healdsburg. Whether you're visiting to sample from an abundance of world class wineries, to feast from the very best in farm-to-table dining, or to just explore the picture-perfect countryside of lush valleys and redwood forests that cradle Lake Sonoma and the Russian River, you will delight in everything...but leaving.

  • 16. Paso Robles, California

    Paso Robles, CA | Official Website

    Welcome! The City of Paso Robles, or El Paso de Robles (The Pass of the Oaks), is a general law city organized, formed, and incorporated under the laws of the State of California on March 11, 1889.

  • 15. Annapolis, Maryland

    Plan your trip to Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

    Adventure comes in many forms... From the historic charm of Annapolis along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to the entertainment district of BWI and Arundel Mills, discover all that Annapolis and Anne Arundel County have to offer. Plan your adventure, today!

  • 14. Newport, Rhode Island

    Discover Newport | Official Site for Newport, Rhode Island

    Plan your visit to Newport, Rhode Island and our nearby coastal communities! As the official tourism resource, we'll help you find fun things to do, hotels, events, restaurants, and trip planning information. Whether you're traveling for vacation or business, we have plenty to offer for everyone.

  • 13. Santa Fe, New Mexico

    TOURISM Santa Fe:

    Official Santa Fe, New Mexico tourism information, home, hotels, travel, museums, arts and culture, events, history, recreation, lodging, restaurants and more.

  • 12. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

    Top Holiday Activities in North Myrtle Beach | Things To Do

    It's time to deck the halls! From unforgettable Christmas events to boutique shopping and everything in between, spend your holiday season celebrating in North Myrtle Beach. Festive fun awaits! Include North Myrtle Beach in your holiday traditions this year! From magical light shows to award-winning performances, make sure to check out some of the exciting events happening throughout NMB.

  • 11. Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

    Things to Do & Attractions in Santa Rosa Beach Florida

    The community of Santa Rosa Beach offers luxury beach houses, upscale dining, and the unique artist colony known as Gulf Place as well as several entrances to Point Washington State Forest.

  • 10. Park City, Utah

    Things to Do in Park City, Utah | Utah Olympic Park, Skiing, Golf

    With so many great things to do in Park City, you'll never be bored. Enjoy fun activities like skiing and golfing or year-round fun at the Utah Olympic Park.

  • 9. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

    The Camp at Carmel Valley, California - Corporate Group Venue

    Welcome to The Camp. Nestled in the rolling hills of beautiful Carmel Valley, California, our privately owned campsite is the perfect escape into a world of wonder and inspiration. Our rich history and thoughtful amenities allow visitors to harken back to a simpler time, instilling connection with each other and nature.

  • 8. Beaufort, North Carolina

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    Beaufort Mourns the Loss of Long-Time Public Official Charles McDonald

  • 7. Lewisburg, West Virginia

    Greenbrier Valley West Virginia

    "Charming" is more than just quaint streets, brightly-colored buildings and flower boxes. It's a sense you get when friendly smiles are the norm... and visitors fit right in like long-time neighbors. In the Greenbrier Valley, no one is a stranger for long, and if you want to know how to get from one place to another, just ask.

  • 6. Breckenridge, Colorado

    Breckenridge, Colorado - Official Guide to Breckenridge!

    goBreck-IconArtboard 2 copy Let's face it: We ALL want to get outside to play these days. But that means things can get a little busier than normal-whether at the trailhead or the local watering hole. So, in the interest of sharing this special place we love, we wanted to provide some tips to maximize your fun while in Breckenridge.

  • 5. Orlando, Florida

    Things to Do in Orlando | Theme Parks, Attractions & Activities

    Whether it's a trip for families, couples, single travelers or a group of friends, Orlando is the perfect destination thanks to wondrous diversity that ensures an unforgettable vacation filled with unique experiences for every visitor. In short, you'll never run out of things to do in Orlando - and you'll make a lifetime of cherished memories while you're at it!

  • 4. Nantucket, Massachusetts

    Nantucket, MA - Official Website | Official Website

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  • 3. Vail, Colorado

    Vail, CO | Home

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  • 2. Ogunquit, Maine


    Read More Read More Welcome to the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce! According to legend, Ogunquit (pronounced /o-gun-quit/) was named by the Abenaki tribe, because the word means "beautiful place by the sea." Ogunquit has evolved from a fishing village in Perkins Cove surrounded by farms to the bustling tourist destination it is today.

  • 1. Aspen, Colorado

    Christmas in Aspen Colorado: Things to Do and See | 2022

    Looking for a Winter Wonderland experience this year? What is Christmas in Aspen Colorado like? And what kind of events are on? This guide explains what's on, places to visit, things to do, and where to stay for a great Aspen Christmas experience! It is no surprise that Aspen goes all out for the winter festive season.

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