9 Great RV Destinations for Christmas Spirit

 9 Great RV Destinations for Christmas Spirit

The most wonderful time of the year is near! Start planning your trips to these great RV destinations for Christmas.

Are you looking for new ways to find that Christmas spirit?

Rest assured, there are plenty of locations across the U.S. that offer our RV Lifestyle Fellow Travelers the chance to find a little — or a lot — of Christmas. 

This time of year, places like TravelTrivia.com and VacationRenter.com put out their lists of these types of places that make for perfect RV destinations.

9 Wonderful RV Destinations for Christmas

To make it easy for you, I put together a compilation of nine of the best below:

1. Frankenmuth, Michigan

Did you really think we wouldn't list this Michigan destination first? Alas, we are not alone in this.

VacationRenter.com lists it as the top destination for getting you in the Christmas spirit. TIME designated it as one of the nine “Most Christmassy Towns in America.”  Frankenmuth has just over 5,000 people and is known for its German roots and Bavarian-style architecture.

Be sure to visit Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, self-proclaimed as the world’s largest Christmas store. Bronner’s is the size of one and a half football fields! It shines more than 50,000 lights in its Christmas Lane every day of the year and has over 50,000 different items to look at, buy and gift wrap for loved ones.

Check out this video we did below at Bronner's about decorating an RV.

To take a break from shopping, stop by The Old Christmas Station Restaurant to enjoy festive holiday dishes and Christmas cookies. Then, you can explore their antique tree ornaments museum.

For a magical Christmas experience, hop on a horse-drawn carriage ride along snow-covered streets (well, if you're lucky). You can also wander through Michigan’s Little Bavaria’s outdoor European-style pop up holiday marketplace for one-of-a-kind trims and decorations handcrafted by local artisans.

This time of year the whole town of Frankenmuth radiates with twinkling lights and star streamers, making it an ideal location to find those sought-after holiday vibes.

2. Leavenworth, Washington

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Leavenworth, Washington

TravelTrivia.com has the Leavenworth Village of Lights atop its list. It's also on VacationRenter.com's list.

The area already has a unique flair due to the Barvarian-style buildings and streets that make up the city. Add in some snow and Christmas lights and the town looks like it belongs in a Hallmark Christmas movie.

The downtown area has a spectacular lighting ceremony, repeated every Saturday and Sunday during the first few weeks of December. That way, visitors can enjoy without being restricted to one date.

Another area favorite is the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm. You can bundle up and take a sleigh ride, with special theme rides for brunch and dinner available. Lastly, be sure to plan a visit to the Nutcracker Museum.

3. Asheville, N.C.

Asheville is located within western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It's an area known for its historic architecture and a vibrant arts scene that comes alive for the holidays.

You can find an endless array of holiday activities at Biltmore Estate, a mansion built for George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately owned house in the U.S.

Enjoy the hard-to-beat holiday vibes across the home and estate during its two-month November and December celebration. Expect 360 fresh wreaths, 1,000 live poinsettias, 7,500 feet of fresh evergreen garland, and more than 55 hand-decorated Christmas trees!

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4. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Imagine all the things you love about Cape Cod, Massachusetts, only with Christmas lights on them.

For example, lighthouses are decked with lights, garlands, and wreaths. And Santa comes to town by boat. 

The tree lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree is particularly noteworthy. If you're not familiar with the Lobster Pot Tree, it's simple. The city stacks a bunch of lobster pots (aka traps) in a pyramid shape to look a bit like a Christmas tree. Then the whole thing gets decorated with lights and bows.

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5. St. Augustine, Florida

More known for Spanish architecture and sandy beaches, St. Augustine is rumored to be the oldest city in the U.S.

During the holiday season, its brick-lined streets come to life for the Night of Lights. The celebration traces back to the Spanish tradition of a white candle in the window to signify the holiday season. It all centers around light-strung oaks and a massive, glowing holiday tree live as the centerpiece in the Plaza de la Constitución.

In addition, more than 3 million lights light up all of St. Augustine’s historic district, illuminating old restaurants, museums, and shops.

6. Denton, N.C.

Perhaps the most popular attraction that brings people to Denton is the Country Christmas Train. The train takes visitors all over Denton Farmpark, which truly goes all out for the holidays.

You can stop and get off the train at many endearing attractions such as the Gingerbread House, the General Store, and the Doll Museum. Plus, the nativity story plays while you ride, which of course, is decorated with Christmas lights. 

Other fun attractions can include caroling at the church, or a horse-drawn carriage ride at the Reid Plantation.

Denton is a small town with fewer than 3,000 residents. So, it's one of the best RV destinations for Christmas if you're looking for a homey place to spend the holidays.

7. North Pole, Alaska

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Northern Lights in Alaska

North Pole, Alaska definitely has amazing holiday vibes, whether visiting in January, July, or December. Take in year-round Christmas decorations with candy-cane striped street lights and a giant 50-foot tall Santa statue.

Stroll down streets like Kris Kringle Drive and Mistletoe Land. Then, stop by the Santa Claus House for one of the country’s largest Christmas stores and, of course, the “official home” of Santa Claus himself, complete with walls covered in children’s letters.

Don't leave without having Santa write a letter to your friends and family back home, taking festive photos in his sleigh, or touring the reindeer's Antler Academy.

If you're looking for adventure, head to the Chena Lake Recreation Area for seasonal ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, skijoring, and dog mushing during the day. Come nighttime, you may be able to glimpse the amazing Northern Lights.

8. Bernville, Pennsylvania

Koziar's Christmas Village in Bernville, Pennsylvania is worth a trip. Try imagining that local family that has every square inch of their house and yard covered in Christmas lights. Now imagine that house cranked up to 11.

Koziar's started as a family who just loved putting on a light show for their friends and neighbors. But it quickly grew to a massive light display that only gets bigger each year. After more than 70 years, it now boasts more than one million lights on the home, several barns, a gift shop, and the property in general.

People drive from miles around to see the site, so it's no surprise it's on our list of great RV destinations for Christmas.

9. Orlando, Florida

Check out our video to see how we already know Disney World is already the happiest place on earth. It becomes even more magical at Christmastime.

For starters, there's a special holiday parade complete with Santa Claus and lots of holiday-themed entertainment with all of your favorite Disney characters. And it wouldn't be Disney World without a spectacular fireworks show. There are also plenty of incredible holiday-themed food and treats.

If you have multiple days to experience the magic of Disney at Christmastime, Epcot gets decked out for the holidays. Epcot celebrates Christmas like they do all over the world, with an international focus featuring 11 nations. Be sure to listen to the biblical Christmas story told by a celebrity narrator and accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra.

For a few more RV destinations for Christmas, check out the 10 Best Christmas Towns for RVers.

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When your friends and family start asking you what you want for Christmas, you can give them this list! It's our Top 10 Christmas Gifts for RVers.

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9 Great RV Destinations for Christmas Spirit

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

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