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10 Christmas-Crazy Towns
From magical train rides to magnificent parades, these cities and towns are home to some of the biggest and best holiday events in the country. Tour 10 places that celebrate Christmas in a big way.
Nestled between red sandstone bluffs in southwest Colorado, Durango was founded as a railroad town in the 1880s, and its heritage plays a major role in its holiday festivities. Nearly every night from Thanksgiving to Christmas, kids in pajamas line up at Durango's historic depot to board the Polar Express – a real train pulled by a real steam locomotive. During the ride, families sip hot chocolate, sing Christmas carols and visit Santa at the "North Pole," bringing the award-winning book The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg to life.
By Shannon Petrie