Christmas places

Do you wish it could be Christmas every day? Well, in these places it is!

Join us for a quick trip around the world’s towns, cities and villages with festive names.

Christmas tree and crowd celebratingChristmas, Michigan, USA

This small town was named after the holiday gift factory that was once here. The factory is gone, but the town now has roadside Santa statues, Santa-themed stores and signs. It's popular in December when people visit to post Christmas cards and get a festive postmark.

 

Cold Christmas, Hertfordshire, UK

This tiny village doesn’t sound like a particularly merry place to spend the festive season. But it might be a great place for some traditional Christmas ghost stories – the ruined church is supposedly haunted.

 

Bethlehem, Carmarthenshire, UK

This Welsh farming village was previously called Dyffryn Ceidrich, but came to be known by the name of its chapel. It hosts a traditional Christmas market every year and is also a popular place to post Christmas cards, in the hope of getting the ultimate festive postmark.

 

Christmas Common, Oxfordshire, UK

Nobody’s quite sure how this village got its festive name. Suggestions include a Christmas Day truce struck here during the Civil War. Other ideas include the amount of holly trees the village once had, or that it was named after a local family called Christmas.

 

Christmas Island, Australia

This Australian Indian Ocean territory was named on the 25 December 1643 by Captain William Mynors. It’s now home to around 1,800 people and is 1,550 km away from the Australian mainland.

 

Christmas street with happy womanSanta Claus, Indiana, USA

Originally called Santa Fee, this town changed its name in the 19th century when it was decided its name was too similar to another nearby town. The locals have made the most of its festive connection, with a main street called Christmas Boulevard and a housing development called Christmas Lake Village. Move there and you could live on Prancer Drive or Vixen Lane.

 

Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Named after a church founded in the early 13th century, the town celebrates Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) with a statue outside the city hall. Between 12 November and 6 December (Saint Nicholas’ Day) the city’s fine arts museum turns into the Huis van de Sint, or the ‘House of the Saint’. Children can tour Sinterklaas’s house before meeting the man himself.

 

Natal, Brazil

Named after the Portuguese word for Christmas, this state capital was founded on December 25, 1599. As it’s on the easternmost tip of Brazil, go here and you can spend Christmas on the beach.

 

North Pole, Oklahoma, USA

No one really knows why this town was named after Father Christmas’ home. Some say it’s because it’s colder than other parts of the county. Others think it was named because of its out-of-the-way location. Either way, don’t expect to find Santa’s workshop here!