5 Winter Villages You Have To Explore That Are Actual Winter Wonderlands

Winter villages are hard to come by. You want the authentic feel of a small town without overly tourist events. The nostalgia of outdoor winter festivities and communities coming together are becoming rarer. That’s why I’ve gathered some of the most magical Christmas destinations and winter getaways where you can feel like you’ve traveled back in time. From winter resorts to best winter vacations for couples to simple winter weekend getaways, these towns will not disappoint.

Kennebunkport, Maine

The highly popular Maine town of Kennebunkport keeps it’s special small town vibe going strong through the holiday season. Voted as one of the most desirable Christmas towns in the US by HGTV, Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude event is a sight to be seen. Seaside winter villages are idyllic for city dwellers to take a break from urban life. Christmas house tours, trolley rides, cocktail party, bonfire, lobster trap tree lighting and fairs, just to name a few.

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Nantucket, Massachusetts

Whether you spend your summers visiting the charming island of Nantucket or just head out to sea for Christmas Stroll, there is a palpable love for “ACK“. Who says a summer destination has to die down come winter? This is one of the winter villages that transforms into a seaside North Pole. With carolers, Santa Claus, a parade, decked out streets, shows, shopping and a bustling community.

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Quebec City, Canada

Quebec’s Winter Carnival is one of the best places to go in winter and something you have to experience at least once in your lifetime! From the ice canoe race, ice palace, parades, sculptures, toboggan slides and a masquerade ball at Château Frontenac, this city is one of the best winter vacation spots.

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Woodstock, Vermont

Another one of the winter villages that you absolutely have to visit once winter solstice hits is Woodstock, VT. This picturesque puritan town throws its very own Christmas themed Wassail Weekend with a parade, artisan market, tree lighting, concert and much more. The colonial facades add to the character of the village of course. So, get your Insta ready.

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North Conway, New Hampshire

This northern New Hampshire gem is a perfect Christmas town to wander through. Each holiday season, the magical Polar Express train travels through this ski village and stops at the grandiose North Conway Village coach station. The downtown is filled with cozy coffee shops, old school general stores, outlet shopping, ski resorts, breweries and noteworthy restaurants. Take a ride down the slopes at Cranmore Mountain during White Mountain winter getaways this snowy season.

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Which of these stunning winter villages are you going to visit this snowy season? Let us know in the comments below!

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