If you’re looking for the best Christmas towns in the US to visit, look no further than your backyard.
According to Travel and Leisure’s list of the nation’s 25 best Christmas towns, two New Jersey towns make the list.
Cape May 🎄
At number 21 comes Cape May. With its Victorian architecture, the Jersey Shore town looks like a page out of a Dickens novel.
“The walkable Washington Street Mall is covered in greenery and festive lights. To sweeten the season, stop by the Original Fudge Kitchen, which also offers great fudge gift boxes and saltwater candies,” the publication said.
Be sure to check out Congress Hall as Cape May’s Winter Wonderland returns for the 12thth year. Enjoy the tree lighting, music, lots of shopping, train and carousel rides, breakfast with Santa, holiday dinners and more.
Atlantic City 🎄
Atlantic City just made it to Travel and Leisure as the 25th best Christmas city in America. While you might not associate a noisy casino and boardwalk with Christmas cheer, the magazine said travelers appreciate the weekend’s wild spirit and lively people-watching around the holidays.
Don’t miss the tree lighting show and holiday musical light show at The Quarter at Tropicana and the Atlantic City Bazaar at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage.
The best Christmas town in the US is Aspen, Colorado, according to the publication.
While these New Jersey towns didn’t make the Travel & Leisure list, places like Morristown, Asbury Park and Smithville transform into magical and charming villages to visit during Christmas.
The Morristown Green Christmas Festival has been a celebration for over 100 years. There’s holiday music, ice sculptures, Santa’s House, an oversized rocking horse and more.
Asbury Park Bazaar (Photo Credit: Asbury Park Bazaar)
Asbury Park hosts the Holiday Bazaar at Convention Hall every year. Need to do some shopping? You’ll find unique holiday gifts, holiday music and entertainment, plus children’s activities and more.
Historic Smithville is a quaint Atlantic County colonial village full of small shops. Enjoy restaurants, rowboats, a carousel and train, plus a cool light show on the lake.
Other New Jersey towns that transform into magical holiday attractions include Madison, Clinton, Medford, New Brunswick, Haddonfield, Red Bank, Summit and Bordentown.
Looking for unique and fun-filled New Jersey Christmas festivals to attend this year?
Be sure to check it out here.
Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]
Click here to contact an editor about feedback or a correction to this story.
WATCH: These are the 50 largest retailers in America