Christmas is a time when dreams come true, a time when little ones can’t contain their excitement, a time when the whole world lights up in celebration. The east coast of the United States boasts some of the most elaborate, fantastical, holiday spirit boosting places in the world. From millions of lights, warm cookies, cozy places to rest while sugar plums dance in your head, to appearances by good ole Saint Nick, these towns and establishment will bring out the child in us all. Get ready to be wowed by the most extravagant places to spend Christmas on the East Coast.

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island is home to Gilded age mansions, traditionally decorated—some guests can buy tickets to explore. Multiple celebrations and events accent the old coastal Christmas atmosphere. Board the Dickens Holiday Dinner Theatre Train, which promises a night like no other with great food and the telling of A Christmas Carol. Piers are lit up in Newport, candles wisp in the windows, boat parades with lots of holiday decorations float through the waters—you’ll be in the spirit in no time.

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