A town's name is usually based on the history of the community. So, in places with such festive names, is it the holidays all year long?
You probably won't find Santa Claus at this North Pole. There is, however, a Santa Claus House that attracts visitors year-round. The town outside of Fairbanks keeps to its name and keeps Christmas decorations up all year-round, including street lights that look like candy canes.
Unsurprisingly, there's very little snow in the Arizona community of Snowflake. This town got its name from two Mormon pioneers — one with the last name Snow and the other with the last name Flake. Still, with a name so festive, the city holds an annual Christmas festival.
"Hallelujah" being a word of praise to a higher being, it's used a lot during the holidays, especially in religious settings. But not much is known about how Hallelujah Junction's got its name. The area has still inspired some of its residents. In fact, composer John Adams wrote a piano duet named after the very locale.
On Christmas Eve in 1741, Moravian settlers — recognized as the oldest organized Protestant denomination in the world — christened their new community as Bethlehem. It was later deemed America's Christmas City and is now known for its Christmas market.
This unincorporated town was named after the same holiday décor plant that we all kiss under during the holidays. Mistletoe is native to the area, so the name was fitting.
There's not much to this town's name — it's known purely for the "jolly" nature of its original residents from the 1800s. Who wouldn't want to spend the holidays in the company of such happy people that embody the true holiday spirit?
This city calls itself “America's Christmas Hometown." There's no shortage of Christmas attractions and festivities in this city, either. Among the Santa-themed things to do are the Santa Claus Museum and Village, the Santa Claus Christmas Store and Santa's Candy Castle. If you want to pay this place a visit, you can stay at the hotel appropriately named Santa's Lodge.
This town's name wasn't inspired by a Christmas theme but by local sawmill owners C.W. and W.J. Noel. However, they began embracing their name by offering a service to send cards and letters through Noel with a "Christmas City" postmark in 1930. The postmark says “The Christmas City in the Ozark Vacation Land."
Named in the late 1800s because of a large holly tree in the area, this is a fairly rural residential area. Many residents only live there for part of the year, usually during the summer when the weather is nice. Holly is especially known for being isolated from big cities and commercial establishments — making it a lovely place to get away from the big city for a peaceful holiday.
The name of this Upper Peninsula town came from the holiday gift factory formerly located here. Every business in this town carries out a Santa Claus theme, and in the winter, the town is a scenic Christmas wonderland.
Joy is usually the sentiment associated with the holiday season, and this town knows it. They, too, implemented a holiday postmark. Since 1985, students and residents have designed unique postmark stamps, which adorn more than 12,000 cards and letters each year worldwide.
While we don't exactly know how Wiseman got its name, it's likely not named after the wise men normally associated with Christmas. This historic mining town was once inhabited by an extremely cheerful crowd. In fact, a writer in the 1920's actually mentioned in a book about the area that it was one of the happiest places he could think of.
Similar to the nearby Pennsylvania town of Bethlehem, Nazareth is a biblical name. Residents pay tribute to its heritage each year with a “Christmas in Nazareth" event.
Although this town was named after resident Rudolph Hecox well before the red-nosed reindeer became popular, they've embraced the association. The town has images of the famous reindeer on its street signs, and the Rudolph post office even has a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer postmark.
Although named after a former U.S. attorney general, it's hard not to think of the popular Christmas decoration when this town's name is mentioned. Living up to its holiday-associated name, Garland is very involved in spreading cheer, doing everything from town walks to see the lights to encouraging everyone to write letters to Santa.
Aptly named for its beautiful greenery, Tannenbaum is the perfect outdoor getaway. It sits right on Greers Ferry Lake and is full of cabins where one could sit by a fire and enjoy a mug of hot cocoa during a cold winter day.
Whether a town has a name associated with the holidays, each has its own individual way of celebrating. And even if you don't live in a community with a Christmas town name, you can still spread joy and goodness during the holidays.