Christmas in July is an unofficial holiday. Folks that live in the southern hemisphere usually celebrate the season of giving during summer. July is the peak month of their winter and thus, the name. With so much to do in so little time, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to celebrate Christmas in July across the United States.

map of places in the U.S. to celebrate Christmas in July

For many Americans, the holiday is an opportunity to escape the heat and have a little fun. Most department stores and online retailers host Christmas in July sales, including Treetopia. If you consider shopping for presents and décor a tradition, why not start months earlier? This lets you plan early for December, and enjoy bigger discounts on your dream holiday centerpiece.

The Hallmark Channel airs all your favorite holiday movies, and many places in the U.S. host celebrations. There are several cities boasting holiday-themed names. As you might imagine, some of these places are home to exciting Christmas in July events.

Note: Make sure to read up on the CDC’s advice on attending events, gatherings, and travel. Before making your plans, check out this comprehensive list of Coronavirus-related restrictions in every state.

1. North Pole, AK

When in Alaska, you have to hit up the North Pole! Visit Santa Claus House for an amazing assortment of classic toys, gifts, and collectibles. Be sure to snap a photo with the world’s largest Santa that stands 50 feet tall.

2. Santa Claus, IN

Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indianapolis is the nation’s first Christmassy theme park. It was twice named the Nation’s Top Value Theme Park (2007 and 2012) by Consumer’s Digest. If you’d rather stay home, check out Holiday World’s live “screaming” service instead.

3. East Dundee, IL

Having first opened back in 1959, Santa’s Village is an East Dundee institution. Prepare the family for a full day of fun and excitement with rides, a petting zoo, and animal encounters. The best part? You can visit Santa from a safe distance!

4. North Pole, NY

This Christmas in July, why not check out Santa’s Workshop theme park in North Pole, New York? Enjoy activities like baking cookies with Mrs. Claus, story time, and a special dinner.

5. Dallas, TX

If you missed Santa Claus last December, get the chance to see him in the Dallas Arboretum this Christmas in July. After taking pictures and telling him your wish, explore the rest of the beautiful garden. You might even meet Mrs. Claus and Santa’s helpers while strolling around.

6. Frankenmuth, MI

For those closer to Michigan, shoppers can admire more than 300 Christmas trees on the sales floor of the world’s largest Christmas store in Frankenmuth. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is the size of one and a half football fields with lots and lots of opportunities for photo ops.

7. Chalfont, PA

Experience a fun-filled summer with the Byer’s Choice Annual Christmas in July Festival. The theme varies every year, and 2021 is all about French Christmas traditions. They have multiple events planned for the whole month. Visit exhibits, make crafts, or watch classic holiday movies. It’s your call. They also offer a lot of yummy treats so eat a light meal before you head there!

8. Phoenix, AZ

The Phoenix Zoo is famous for its Winter in July event. The number of attendees reaches over 7,000 participants, and they ship in more than 41 tons of snow. While the zoo is closed to the public as of this writing, enjoy their “Cruise the Zoo” program for the summer. Drive through the establishment while listening to an educational audio guide. If you’re looking for a new experience to share with your family this Christmas in July, be sure to grab tickets to the last date this month: July 25, 2021.

9. Fresno, CA

Dash through Fresno’s fig garden along N Van Ness Boulevard—the site of the historic Christmas Tree Lane. Even without decorations, the line of evergreens bring holiday cheer to summer. This makes it a delightful route for your jog, bike ride, or drive around the city. In fact, a fun-filled Christmas in July 5K marathon happened this year with participants of all ages.

Aside from on-site runners, a virtual run was open to those who wanted to join remotely. Stay tuned for next year’s plans. For now, check out the teaser video created by the event organizers below. P.S. Come December, the trees and homes are decked out, so consider visiting when drive-by or walk-only nights resume.

10. West Jefferson, NC

West Jefferson, North Carolina hosts an annual Christmas in July festival that draws thousands of guests each summer with arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and street performers. While waiting for West Jefferson’s Christmas in July festival to reopen, support the local vendors by shopping for their products online.

This month is the perfect time to celebrate your favorite time of the year twice. If you’ve never celebrated this festive holiday before, now’s the time. Merry Christmas in July!

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