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A photo of nutcrackers and ornaments in baskets at a Christmas store called Decorator's Warehouse
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8 Christmas stores in the USA where the holidays never end

Even Santa's elves can't compete with these over-the-top Christmas stores

Written by
Emilee Lindner
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If the holiday season makes you feel downright merry (or even if it just makes you feel a little bit... meh!), a trip to one of the USA's full-blown Christmas stores is an over-the-top experience you shouldn’t pass up. After all, why offer fabulous merch like snow globes, tinsel, and ornaments for just one short month when you can celebrate the holidays all year long?

In the U.S., a handful of stores make it their business to ensure Christmas shopping is a never-ending spectacle. Whether you’re stocking up on hard-to-find ornaments, advent calendars, stocking stuffers, or dazzling light displays for your own home, these stores have the holiday spirit in the bag. And, not only do they sell holiday wares all the time, but they also take Christmas decorations to new levels (one location even has an actual train that kids ride all throughout the store).

Sound like your kind of people? Or do you just want to revel in the spectacle of Christmas? Either way, visit these Christmas stores in the USA for gifts, decorations, and an explosion of holiday cheer that’ll linger well beyond the month of December.

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Ready for some mind-blowing numbers? Over 2 million people visit Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland each year, and with good reason: it’s the largest Christmas store in the world. After opening in 1945, Bronner’s quickly outgrew its original location, and owner Wally Bronner added two more buildings by 1971. By 1977, he settled on the current home, a 45-acre lot that houses the Bronner’s store, a shipping department, and landscaped grounds to boot. The 2.2-acre showroom requires a staggering amount of inventory: 8,000 styles of ornaments, 300 decorated trees, and over 50,000 trims and gifts. Each year they sell over 2 million ornaments and 125,000 light sets. OK, math time over.

Open Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm. 25 Christmas Lane, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

The Incredible Christmas Place isn’t really a store—it’s more like an entire Christmas village. What started as a small gift shop in Tennessee (it’s located in Pigeon Forge, best known as the home of Dollywood) is now a 43,000 square foot complex that includes multiple stores, a candy shop, and even a hotel. Spend your whole day (any day but Thanksgiving or Christmas Day when the shop is closed) at the Bavarian village of shops before tucking in across the street at The Inn at Christmas Place with visions of sugar-plums dancing in your head. The decorations stay up 365 days a year—we’d expect nothing less—but change year-to-year.

Open Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 10am-6pm. 2470 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868
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Yes, Virginia, there is a town called Santa Claus in Indiana (one of the best Christmas towns in the USA), and you better believe it has a Christmas store! Although it’s relatively new (opened in 2009), The Santa Claus Christmas Store has a huge selection of holiday decorations, advent calendars, nativities, and lights. Looking for something sweet? Mrs. Claus’ Sweet Treats counter has house-made cookies, fudge, and chocolates to sweeten your shopping experience. And what Christmas store would be complete without ornaments? The Santa Claus Christmas Store has tons to make your tree more festive than ever, and many of them can be personalized right in the shop.

Open May 1 - December 31. Sunday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm. 33 North Kringle Place, Santa Claus, IN 47579

When founder Robert Moore and his business partner, Larry Heard, decided to close their holiday store to retire in 2014, they were flooded with over 4,000 pleas to reconsider. What started in 1976 as a small gift shop and florist in Mobile, Alabama, had grown into a massive operation of 35,000 square feet. Only a few months after closing, Robert Moore & Co. Christmas Town & Village Collectibles opened its doors as a new business (in the same location, run by the same people). The store seems to have just about everything you could possibly need to decorate for Christmas and other holidays, too. Plus, you can order online if you’re not near Mobile.

Open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sundays January-October. November-December open Sundays 1pm-4pm. 4213 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, AL 36693

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If you find yourself in North Pole (not the actual North Pole in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, but the small town in Alaska outside Fairbanks), there’s only one thing to do: meet Santa. At the Santa Claus House, you can greet the happy ho-ho-hoer and get ornaments, sweets, and Christmas decor in one go. The Alaska shop also has plenty of unique gifts you won’t find in a big box store. You can get your little ones a personalized letter from Santa (complete with the North Pole postmark) for a little reassurance that they’ve made the “good” list, or you can actually gift them one square inch of property in North Pole, Alaska. Invest wisely, friends.

Open 10am-6pm. 101 St. Nicholas Drive, North Pole, AK 99705

Decorator’s Warehouse sells Christmas by the truckload. Owners Kathy and David Hanson started the business in their living room in 1989 and now have a 60,000 square foot brick-and-mortar storefront. The shop is divided into areas with distinct themes so customers can shop based on specific styles they’re hoping to achieve—head “Santa’s Sweet Shoppe” for realistic, tasty-looking ornaments or swing through “Farmhouse Christmas” to bring home Texas vibes. There’s also a cafe, Dasher Pie Co., that serves coffee and pie for a caffeine or sugar rush while shopping.

Open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. 3708 West Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX 76013

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David Green opened North Pole City as a way to supplement his ceiling fan business in the 1980s. But now the ceiling fan shop is gone, leaving Green to focus on spreading Christmas cheer from September to January in Oklahoma City (and year-round online, naturally). The shop looks absolutely magical (there’s a virtual tour on their website, so you can see for yourself): a forest of fully decked out trees, giant nutcrackers, and almost every inch lit up with glittering bulbs. Ready for something truly over the top? Kids can even catch a ride on The North Pole City Express, a train that runs throughout the store.

Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm. 4201 South Interstate 44 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73119

“Everyone says Disney World is the happiest place on earth (because it is), but the Kristmas Kringle Shoppe ties for that title,” wrote one Yelp reviewer after visiting Kristmas Kringle Shoppe. Opened in 1978 by Grace and Jerry Mielke, the shop outgrew its original location and is now a bonafide experience inside a two-story building that was designed by Jerry himself. The shop features a Bavarian-style facade and a European village interior layout with a faux gingerbread house, a church, and other structures that house holiday gifts and decor. You’ll feel like you’re in an ancient town of yore as you peruse the goodies inside.

Open 10am-5pm. 1330 S Main Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935

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