A number of modern Christmas traditions can be traced to the Victorian era. Examples include "decking the halls", turkey dinners, Christmas cards, Christmas crackers, and caroling. Fortunately, there are a number of U.S. towns that capture the magic of a Victorian Christmas.
Skaneateles, New York
From early November until the early days of the New Year, the business district of Skaneateles in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is transformed into a Dickens Victorian village.
It's a great place for event planners to pick up ideas for Christmas events as there is a different theme for every weekend.
After Thanksgiving and until Christmas Eve, Charles Dickens and over 50 costumed characters from Dickens' novels interact with the crowd as they stroll through the streets, restaurants and stores. Rides in horse-drawn wagons are available.
Nevada City, California
Although, it rarely snows in Nevada City, California, that doesn't stop the town for pulling out all the stops for a Victorian Christmas celebration every year in the historical district. The lamp posts are trimmed with traditional decorations. On the 3 Sundays and Wednesdays preceding Christmas, carolers and strolling minstrels in Victorian era costumes provide entertainment. Visitors can take rides in traditional carriages and enjoy seasonal treats.It's an opportunity to browse through the street vendor stalls for handcrafted items, jewelry, ornaments, and Christmas gifts. The Walking Christmas Tree and living nativity scene are not to be missed.
For more U.S. Christmas towns also check out Christmas in Wilmington, Delaware, Christmas Towns: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Santa Claus, Indiana, Christmas Towns: North Pole, Alaska and Christmas, Florida, Incentive Destinations: U.S. Towns Named Christmas, and Christmas Towns: Paradise, Pennsylvania.
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