Take a holiday for the holidays with these festive towns within driving distance from NYC!

Though New York becomes its own magical holiday wonderland throughout December, it’s fun to travel to some smaller towns and pretend you’ve hopped on Santa’s sleigh and taken a visit to the North Pole.

Here are 5 options for adorable Christmas Towns near NYC that we found — yes, the exact places you can just imagine a cheesy Hallmark movie taking place!


1. Bethlehem, PA


Did you know the country’s most Christmassy city is only an hour and a half from NYC? Home of the first-ever Christmas tree in the United States in 1747, now this perfectly-named eastern PA city has fully embraced its holiday history, becoming a December destination every single year. Read more about it here.

Distance from NYC: 1 hr 45 min by car

2. Rhineback, NY


This historic town in upstate New York is the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit! Though their annual Sinterklaas Festival — a Dutch tradition that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck, plus a giant puppet parade at night — has already passed for this year (it takes place on the first Saturday of December), their are still tons of beautiful decorations on the streetsdecked-out places to eat, and lovely shops to get all your needed gifts. See more about it here.

Distance from NYC: 1 hr 45 min by train (Metro-North), 2 hr 20 min by carAdvertisementhttps://3f53049bff6429886329ccd972c29b8f.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

3. New Hope, PA


This little town right near the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border is an artistic haven with tons of galleries, markets and more (there’s even a giant Arts & Crafts festival each September!). For the holiday season the true must-visit is Peddler’s Village within the city, offering 65 specialty shops and boutiques, and 1 million Christmas Lights lighting the way through the village. There’s even a special North Pole Express Train ride on the New Hope Railroad, and a giant gingerbread competition & display!

Distance from NYC: 1 hr 35 min by car

4. Cape May, NJ

https://www.instagram.com/p/CXHJQWTt5hV/embedThough this beach town is known more for its summer haunts, it’s quite quaint during the holiday season. There are holiday-themed trolley rides, tree lightings, and an outdoor shopping village and concert series at their Congress Hall in the center of town. See details on their website here.Distance from NYC:  2 hr 45 minutes by car

5. Kingston, NY


This Catskills town that is also accessible via Metro-North is perfect for a holiday getaway from the big city. They host a Snowflake Festival every year (though it was earlier in the month, so keep in mind for next year!), and have tons of Christmassy events like the Catskill Christmas Express train ride to the “North Pole,” holiday movie screenings at the local historic theater, and a gingerbread house contest starting this weekend! Plus the village itself looks adorable.

Distance from NYC: 2 hr 15 min by car, 2 hr 45 min by train

Source: secretnyc.co