The 4 Most Charming Cities in America To Visit During the Holidays

'Tis the season to be jolly and vacation. The holiday season is the busiest travel time of the year, but where are all those people going in such a hurry? Sure, many, if not most, are heading out of state to visit family, but not all travel just for family and friends, right?

As a retiree, you likely want to experience the world and enjoy new sights and activities. The holiday season is the perfect time to see the spirit some communities have to offer. Many cities across this great country pull out all the stops for the annual winter celebrations, and at least four are worth seeing in person.

1. Frankenmuth, Michigan

Known as Little Bavaria, Frankenmuth, Michigan, is home to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, the world's largest Christmas store. Also, the city puts up vibrant light displays and holds an annual Christmas market.

Suppose you and your family want to enjoy a unique experience with Santa and Mrs. Claus. In that case, you can share a meal with the North Pole royalty at one of the German-inspired restaurants on Main Street — Bavarian Inn Restaurant or Zehnder's. After dinner, consider taking a horse and carriage ride around the city for a fun and awe-inspiring experience.

2. Santa Claus, Indiana

How would you like to visit a city dedicated to the jolly old man himself? Santa Claus, Indiana, takes the spirit of the season to an entirely new level by celebrating the holiday all year. Despite a year of celebrating, the city always kicks things up a notch during November and December.

Families visiting the city of Santa Claus will get a chance to meet the man, the myth, the legend, in person. Also, while waiting their turn, they can enjoy the annual drive-through light show. For those interested, there are several lakeside cottages to extend your stay.

3. Snowmass, Colorado

Have you ever wanted to live inside a snow globe? Well, Snowmass, Colorado, is the closest you'll get to such idyllic scenery. Surrounded by snow-covered mountain peaks and nestled among powdery slopes, the beautiful city holds a "can't miss" celebration every holiday season.

The Snowmassive Celebration includes illuminated light sculptures, light installations, ice skating and more. Take your family on a stroll through the quiet downtown, and feel the warmth of the holidays, even outdoors.

4. Helen, Georgia

While it doesn't hold as clever a name as other cities on this list, Helen, Georgia, is one of the most beautiful and overlooked entries. The quaint mountain town rests on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, and every holiday season it prepares to welcome guests from all over the country.

The city offers plenty to do for the traveling family. The annual Christmas parade is sure to entertain little ones and adults. Also, the Christmas market includes festive music and food. What more do you want from a vacation.

If you need a little holiday cheer this season, pack a suitcase and hop aboard the first flight to one of the above cities. Each location has its own unique magic that makes it so enticing for travelers.