America's Best Towns For The Holidays

America's Best Towns For The Holidays

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Twinkling lights, sumptuous meals, and maybe even Santa skiing down the slopes: T+L readers share their favorite towns for the holidays. Read more: www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-best-towns-for-the-holidays

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    No. 1 Aspen, CO: A combination of luxe living and quaint charm helped this Rocky Mountain town capture the spot as the merriest of them all.
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    No. 2 Vail, CO: Ski season kicks into high gear during the holidays in this Colorado wonderland. December brings the festivities of Snowdaze—where the fresh powder is celebrated with live concerts every evening—and Holidaze, which includes the village’s tree lighting during the winter solstice and a New Year’s Eve torchlight parade down Golden Peak, followed by fireworks.
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    No. 3 Ogunquit, ME: Readers may be drawn to this former artists’ colony in Maine as a beach getaway, but the holiday season brings the perks of winter on the sand: lower prices and overall calm, with just enough festivity to keep things humming. 
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    No. 4 Nantucket, MA: The banner event during the holidays in this island town started in the 1970s, because too many locals left to shop in Cape Cod. 
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    No. 5 Naples, FL: This Florida town lacks snowman-building material, but the snowbird-style winter wonderland still lures holiday revelers with its luxury stores, cool boutiques, and festive ambience. 
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    No. 6 Breckenridge, CO: Breckenridge gets revved up during the holidays, as ski season swings into high gear. Indeed, this resort town skates the fine line between thrills and low stress, ranking well in the survey for both adventure and safety.
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    No. 7 Lewisburg, WV: Grande dame hotel The Greenbrier is the epicenter of the holidays in the Lewisburg area. The 18th-century resort trims the lobby with opulent decorations, holds ribbon-tying seminars in its Christmas Shop, and offers weekday discounts on treatments at its legendary mineral-springs spa.
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    No. 8 Beaufort, NC: Winter weather doesn’t really kick in until January in this Outer Banks town, so the holiday season is typically still a good time to paddle a kayak or take a boat tour along Taylor’s Creek. 
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    No. 9 Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA: This California town with a rocky coastline doesn’t experience much in the way of winter, but the chilly air makes the crashing waves and neighboring wine country seem all the more enticing.
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    No. 10 Park City, UT: The holiday season ushers in serious wattage—star-powered and otherwise—in this Utah mountain town. In late November, Park City holds its annual Electric Parade, in which locals light up their trucks, cars, and bicycles and crank up the holiday tunes as they parade down Main Street.
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    No. 11 Santa Rosa Beach, FL: The holiday season coincides with the kickoff of high season in this northwest Florida town, which also ranked well for beach vacations, family getaways, and boutiques.
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    No. 12 Myrtle Beach, SC: Late fall and early winter are a good time to score lower rates in this family-friendly town, but that doesn’t mean that the place has gone totally quiet. 
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