Christmas Towns: North Pole, Alaska and Christmas, Florida

North Pole, AlaskaThe next time you want to hold an event in a place where it's always Christmas, head north to North Pole, Alaska or south to Christmas, Florida. Buildings have Christmas designs and decorations 365 days a year and streets have names that reflect Christmas themes.

Located 30 minutes from Fairbanks International Airport, in keeping with its theme "....where the spirit of Christmas lives year ‘round! ", North Pole, Alaska's street lights have candy canes. The main attraction is the official home of Santa, Santa Claus House which has been sending letters from Santa since the town was founded in 1953. Visitors can see the Aurora Borealis and the Midnight Sun in North Pole, Alaska.

Over 2 million pounds of ice are trucked in for the annual Winter Festival which starts with fireworks, Christmas tree and candle lighting ceremonies, and ribbon cutting  for the 6 week Christmas in Ice event featuring Christmas carving competitions and themed ice sculptures near Santa Claus House, 

Groups can stay at Beaver Lake Resort Hotel, an all-suites extended stay hotel, Hotel North Pole, a 71-room extended stay lodge on Santa Claus Lane or in Fairbanks.

In Christmas, Florida, 20 miles east of  Orlando, there is a permanent, fully decorated 25-foot Christmas Tree and a Nativity scene the town's main intersection.

Called Fort Christmas up until 1892 when the post office was built, the site was an army fort that opened on Christmas Day, 1837. Fort Christmas Historical Park is a complete replica of the original fort. Like Toronto's Black Creek Pioneer Village, Fort Christmas provides a glimpse into pioneer lifestyle.  For corporate and special events, there are 2 picnic pavilions for 100 guests and one with a capacity of 50.

At  the Christmas post office, which has a wreath all year, in a special tradition since 1943, cards and parcels are received during the Christmas season, postmarked with the town's name and festive greetings and re-posted.

Groups can find accommodation nearby in Orlando, Cocoa or Titusville.

Photo Credits: jjandames

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