NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Most people have to find ways to get into the holiday spirit this time of the year, but it might be easiest for residents of cities and towns with holiday-themed names.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 cities and towns with holiday-themed names:
Santa Claus, Ind.: This town named for the jolly St. Nick may have only 2,000 residents, but it is also home to Holiday World Theme Park, located on none other than East Christmas Boulevard. The park claims it is the world’s first theme park with four distinct holiday-themed areas. It also recruits 150 helpers or “elves” to respond to letters to Santa the town gets each year.
North Pole, Alaska: What child wouldn’t want a letter from Santa, complete with a North Pole postmark? North Pole, Alaska, gets thousands of requests each year and it even has a link on its website for such requests. If you’re driving in North Pole, you can cruise Santa Claus Lane and take in the sights, including the candy cane light poles.
Joy, Ill.: IN addition to dressing the town to the nines for all of the holidays Americans celebrate during the season, the town of Joy processes nearly 13,000 holiday cards each year so they get the special postmark of Joy. The town is also near a large Christmas tree farm, where residents and visitors can scout for that most special of holiday traditions.
Christmas, Fla.: When people think of Christmas, they may have a Normal Rockwell type picture in their mind of a warm cottage nestled in the snow with a large Christmas tree’s lights blazing. Florida may not typically have the snow, but the town of Christmas does have a 25-foot evergreen decorated all year.
Bethlehem, Pa.: This oh, little town of Bethlehem may not be the one of Jesus’ birth, but the self-described “Christmas City” adorns its downtown in two miles worth of lights and features the Christkindlmarkt, a six-week festival with vendors and everything Christmas. The town was named on Christmas Eve 1741.