50 College Towns with the Best Christmas Displays

OnlineSchoolsCenter.com features 50 college towns where the holiday season comes alive, thanks to their exceptional Christmas displays. From one town that seasonally relives the Victorian era to another that officially calls itself “the home of Santa Claus,” these college towns are the ultimate holiday destinations.

“As the entire country gears up for the Christmas season with illuminating lights and the finest ornaments, college towns—places where colleges thrive and student populations are high—are simply hard to miss,” according to OSC’s chief editor, Linda Weems. “Fun-loving people, good music and entertainment, along with exciting shopping and dining options typify great college towns. On top of being highly livable, some stand out as this season’s gateways to a new dimension of gleaming lights and colors.”

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At Christmas, we see an abundance of stunning decors and displays across the country, but college towns exude a distinctive charm. Our editors picked the top 50 college towns with the best Christmas displays based on these parameters: creativity and complexity of their decors, community engagement as evidenced by volunteer activities and community-led festivities, and participation of colleges and universities and their students.

Our top 50 best-decorated college towns are listed below:

Andalusia, Alabama

Annapolis, Maryland

Austin, Texas

Baltimore, Maryland

Bardstown, Kentucky

Beaufort, North Carolina

Berkeley, California

Branson, Missouri

Breckenridge, Colorado

Cambridge, Ohio

College Station, Texas

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Dallas, Texas

Dahlonega, Georgia

Denton, Texas

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Fredericksburg, Texas

Galena, Illinois

Hartford, Connecticut

Helen, Georgia

Jackson, Wyoming

Leavenworth, Washington

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Lewisburg, West Virginia

Lincoln Park, Chicago

McAdenville, North Carolina

Moultrie, Georgia

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Naples, Florida

New Castle, Delaware

Oakland, California

Oxford, Mississippi

Prescott, Arizona

Provo, Utah

Rogers, Arkansas

Santa Claus, Indiana

Seaside, Florida

Sewanee, Tennessee

Skaneateles, New York

Springfield, Massachusetts

Somerville, Massachusetts

St Augustine, Florida

Thomasville, Georgia

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Waco, Texas

Waikele, Hawaii

Williamsburg, Virginia

Wilmington, Delaware

Woodstock, Vermont

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

These 50 college towns not only showcase only their best displays; they have a seemingly endless array of ceremonial parades, rides, exhibits, and lots of surprises that redefine the Christmas experience for every local and visitor.

OnlineSchoolsCenter.com is an online web publication that is committed to enhancing the information available to students when choosing an academic institution.

About Blake Haley 122 Articles
Blake Haley is the Managing Editor for Meggamag. He is a journalism-lifer with his skills fine-tuned at Ohio University and several newspapers throughout Southwestern Ohio. Blake is a sports junkie and a Florida Gators die-hard fan. You can find him during his free time on a golf course or on a baseball diamond umpiring or coaching his young son.

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