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Here’s a list of the top 12 small towns that do Christmas right – and by right, I mean lights, nog, cider, Santa, a gazillion Christmas trees, celebrations, and just about everything you are promised in a Hallmark Small Town Christmas Movie.

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But for those who don’t have time to do all that clicking, check out some photos. Sadly, I can’t get to many of these, I think only Delaware, and possibly PA are in my orbit, and unfortunately, not this Christmas season. But do not despair, I’ll get there one day!

Slide 2 of 12: This enchanting historic town is like a Norman Rockwell painting come to life during the holidays. Santa’s Cedarburg Workshop, open on weekends from Nov. 23 through Dec. 22, gives kids the chance to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus inside a gingerbread house. The restored Rivoli Theatre plays classic Yuletide films, and decorated windows and 1,000 glowing luminaries grace Washington Avenue to enchant and delight shoppers on Fridays. For those who want to do a good deed with their exercise, Santa’s Dash Away 5K raises money to help keep Santa’s Workshop free for families.Cedarburg, WI

Slide 4 of 12: This scenic town, surrounded by the Prescott National Forest and the country’s largest stand of Ponderosa pines, provides an abundance of Christmas cheer. Events begin with the Christmas Parade on Dec. 1. That evening, more than 100 trees will be illuminated during the annual lighting ceremony at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza. Bands visit 100 area businesses to play during the Acker Music Night on Dec. 7, raising money for youth art scholarships. Throughout the holiday season, the Prescott Resort hosts the World’s Largest Gingerbread Village, displaying more than 100 charming, handcrafted houses. Prescott, AZ

Slide 5 of 12: So picturesque and perfect it might have magically materialized from a fairy tale book, this Bavarian-style mountain town celebrates with its Christmas Lighting Festival that kicks off on Nov. 30. More than a half-million Yuletide lights set the village aglow. Santa and Mrs. Claus, Saint Nicholas, and Father Christmas join in the merrymaking. Music from choirs, marching bands, hand-bell ringers, and carolers fills the air, and horse-drawn carriage rides, dogsled rides, sledding, tubing, and skiing help attendees make the most of this glittering wintry wonderland. This is the most charming small town in every state. Leavenworth, WA

Slide 8 of 12: A month-long holiday celebration blends Old World German Christmas traditions and Texas hospitality in Southern Living's 2018 pick for the best small town in Texas. Shop along the glowing Main Street Marktplatz, which features a hand-carved 26-foot Christmas pyramid and an outdoor ice skating rink. On Dec. 7, watch the Light the Night Christmas Parade, and on Dec. 8 bring the little ones to Kinderfest, a children’s festival, at the Pioneer Museum. Or visit the drive-through Nativity at Bethany Lutheran Church on Dec. 14 and 15. Fredericksburg, TX

Slide 9 of 12: Travel back in time during the 30th annual Old Christmas Weekend on Dec. 6-9 in the festively decorated downtown. The highlight is the Victorian Sleighbell Parade, in which a team of draft horses pulls a 30-foot Christmas tree down River Street. After the parade, gather for caroling and the lighting of the tree. Other can’t-miss spectacles include a display of Victorian-era holiday items, a meet-and-greet with Dr. Seuss character the Grinch, and a Festival of Trees. Try these DIY Christmas decorations to make your home look more festive. Manistee, MI

Slide 11 of 12: Tour decorated homes and churches and enjoy live music during the Spirit of Christmas Celebration on Dec. 8, a town-wide event sponsored by the New Castle Presbyterian Church. Admission is free on that date at the Amstel House, which is adorned for a traditional 18th-century colonial holiday, and the Dutch House, hosting a celebration of St. Nicholas’ Eve. Also check out A Dickens Experience, complete with a Victorian ball, on Dec. 7—when the New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal becomes the Fezziwig house from 'A Christmas Carol'—and a Victorian tea on Dec. 8. New Castle, DE