The Midwest is known for its warm hospitality and seasonal festivities. So, it’s no surprise that some of our favorite communities transform into jaw-dropping scenes of lights, markets, and holiday cheer this season. And best of all? While countless visitors love strolling the historic streets of Galena, Illinois, or experiencing the unique year-round Christmas celebration in Santa Claus, Indiana, these towns aren’t just vacation spots. They’re also vibrant communities, ideal for people looking for a small town to call home.
No matter which holiday you celebrate, if you’re looking to get out and explore some quintessential Midwest towns this season, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite winter wonderlands. Each of these towns celebrates the holidays uniquely and offers distinctive living experiences, whether it’s your primary home or weekend go-to.