Think the east coast has the best small-town holiday charm? Think again, because come winter, these towns in the western United States are holiday movies come to life. They're Christmas movies you can visit and walk around, heck, maybe even fall in love in (aka be the star of your own Hallmark Christmas movie in). They exist, and yes — they're in the west.
Here are seven magical small towns in Western USA that will transport you directly into a Christmas movie.
Park City, Utah
Why You Need To Go: In the wintertime, Park City is an actual Christmas wonderland, probably more so than anywhere on the west coast. The town is actually nestled into the mountains, which are covered in pine trees and absolutely everything’s covered in snow. Not only does it look like a Christmas movie, it feels like one. Main Street has charming stores, lit up in pretty lights, and there’s plenty of skiing opportunities.
Big Spring, Texas
Why You Need To Go: For the most western of Christmases, we bring you to the charming Big Spring, which is known for being the “lighted poinsettia capital of Texas.” For example, Hotel Settles, a historic hotel in town, looks like the setting in a Hallmark movie where, say, an interior decorator decking out the hotel with Christmas decor meets and falls in love with a businessman staying at the hotel.
Why You Need To Go: The Danish capital of California looks like Christmas movie setting all year long, really, but at actually Christmas time, it’s the MOST festive place. Not only does it LOOK extremely adorable, generally, but during the holidays, it's decorated up with lights and decor, and they have an annual festival called "Julefest" featuring a market, light shows, and more.
Why You Need To Go: Located in Northern Arizona at the base of the mountains, this little gem is as Christmassy as you get in Arizona — there's actual snow, you see, AND pine trees everywhere. Plus, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is usually decorated super festive for the holidays and it's all around gorgeous.
Why You Need To Go: Ogden is picturesque on its own but is famous for its annual Christmas Village, which has been happening every year since 1961. You'll walk around little cottages decked out in lights, it's open every night, and it's entirely free. It's like a Christmas town WITHIN a Christmas town.
Madrid, New Mexico
Why You Need To Go: Madrid went ahead and named THEMSELVES the "Christmas town" of New Mexico, and you know what? They're not wrong! This town is small but their festivity level is mighty — during the holidays, they go all out with their light displays hung on all of the shops (and every other building).
Why You Need To Go: Provo is another gem in Utah, with its annual Christmas market, holiday lights, and shops. Plus, this small town is LITERALLY out of a Christmas movie — "The Christmas Bow," one of the Hallmark Channel's new Christmas movies for 2020, was filmed there.