Drive 15 minutes east from Alaska’s state capital Fairbanks and you’ll come across North Pole: a town with candy canes painted on the streets and festive parades throughout the summer months. It’s also home to the Santa Claus House gift shop and the world’s largest fibreglass Santa statue. Before you get carried away, it isn’t the actual North Pole – that’d be about 1,700 miles further north.
Perhaps you really do, as the song goes, wish it could be Christmas every day. Well, in a few parts of the world, that’s totally a thing. Dotted across the globe, there are entire towns and villages that deliver serious Christmas energy – no matter what time of the year you visit.
Some of these magical places are specifically dedicated to all things Christmas, with year-round festive celebrations and activities. Others are simply destinations that just inherently look and feel very, very Christmassy. Either way, in the world’s most sparkly Christmas towns and villages, you can guarantee some solid seasonal feels whenever you go. Here are the best and most festive.