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Top Five Over-the-Top Christmas Locations

Top Five Over-the-Top Christmas Locations

Forget driving around your neighborhood to admire your neighbors' Christmas lights. There are way more impressive Christmas attractions to be seen. To help you get into the holiday spirit, here is our list of the five over-the-top Christmas locations.

National Christmas Center
There's a museum for everything these days … even Christmas. The National Christmas Center located in Paradise, Pennsylvania is the only Christmas museum in the entire world and features 20,000 square feet of holiday attractions. When the museum first opened in 1998, it featured just three displays, but today it overflows with fourteen Christmas exhibits, including a life-size retelling of The Christmas Story, a display of Christmas around the World, and of course Santa's workshop, where the elves are hard at work year round.

Santa Claus, Indiana
What's in a name? Year-round Christmas spirit when it comes to Santa Claus, Indiana. All the streets in America's Christmas Hometown have Christmas-themed names, like Prancer Drive and Candy Cane Lane. With such festive names, it's no surprise that letters to Santa sometimes end up here by mistake - and thoughtful elves, otherwise known as town residents, take the time to answer them, ensuring St. Nick's reputation remains untarnished.

Christmas Lisbon

FAO Schwarz
This New York City yuletide institution is the biggest and oldest toy store in the city and one of the most over-the-top Christmas destinations there is. Each morning, three toy soldiers play a morning fanfare to open FAO Schwarz and a red carpet is rolled out to welcome the shoppers. The giant LEGO Santa in the front of the store and more than 12,000 pieces of merchandise make this a must see, whether you're toy shopping or not. While you're in the city, hit up some other Christmas traditions like giant Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center Plaza, which features some 30,000 Christmas lights, or visit Santaland at Macy's, the setting of Miracle on 34th Street.

North Pole, Alaska
Despite its name, the tiny town of North Pole, Alaska is not in fact located at the North Pole. But that doesn't stop this festive town from getting into the Christmas spirit. This winter wonderland trucks in 2.2 million pounds of ice each year to build its annual display of frozen sculptures. The center of the town's holiday cheer is The Santa Clause House, which offers personalized letters from Santa and is home to the world's largest Santa Claus statue. Standing 42 feet high and weighing in at 900 pounds, this statuesque St. Nick is definitely going to have a hard time fitting down the chimney with care.

The World's Largest LEGO Christmas Tree
Made from 600,000 LEGO bricks and measuring 39 feet tall, this is one tree you definitely need a ladder to put the tree topper on. The largest LEGO Christmas tree took a team of four more than a month to build and a week to install at St. Pancras Station in London, England. The world's largest LEGO tree is also decorated with 1,000 ornaments - that's one way to trim the tree.

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