North Pole, AK
You can visit Santa almost anywhere during the holiday season—even your local mall, if you must—but he accepts visitors all year long in North Pole, Alaska. Is this really where Santa lives, you ask? Not exactly, considering that it’s about 1,700 miles away from the real geographic North Pole. Nevertheless, you can’t knock the small city’s year-round spirit. Here, The Santa Claus House is the main attraction (where you can meet Santa and his reindeer) while the city itself leans into its name with candy cane-striped light posts and street names like Kris Kringle Drive, Snowman Lane, and Santa Claus Lane. Each year, the local post office receives hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa, and visitors can mail letters and postcards to friends and family with a North Pole postmark to make your holiday correspondence over the top.