Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year—in fact, many people celebrate it twice. For those who want to experience the warmth and cheer of the holidays early, there’s Christmas in July. Enjoy festive decorations and traditions without the rush of the actual season.
Ever wondered how it all began? Read on to find out its beginnings and how it’s become part of pop culture:
No matter how it started, there’s no denying that Christmas in July is a staple summertime event. It even has its own set of holiday traditions here and abroad.
East Coast to West Coast
As one of the top Christmas tree-producing states in the country, North Carolina loves an excuse to celebrate the season mid-year. Head to West Jefferson for their annual Christmas in July Festival. You’ll enjoy traditional mountain music, delicious food, and local talent shows. They also have a Christmas tree pageant where growers showcase their trees for a chance to be voted Best in Show.
Many parks will host special events for families to enjoy. Jellystone Park in Waller, Texas, has a meet-and-greet with Santa and Yogi Bear, a Christmas golf cart parade, and lots of holiday games.
Meanwhile, some cities celebrate with a Christmas in July fun run. In Fresno, California, runners get a gift from Santa when they cross the finish line. In Auburn, New Hampshire, they receive a complimentary holiday-themed cocktail or beer. Using its Christmas in July race proceeds, the Woodstock Christmas Clearing House in Illinois provides food baskets, toys, and books to over 3,000 less fortunate families and children each year.
Across the Globe
Cities in other countries host Christmas in July Markets, such as the Winter Wonderland Lights in Sovereign Hill, Australia. This street market is complete with beautifully lit laneways, faux snow, live plays, and more. Taste holiday fare with dishes like chargrilled turkey breast on pumpkin puree, slow braised lamb with cranberry jus, apple tarts, and cinnamon ice cream.
If you want a more authentic experience, head to the Blue Mountains, rumored to be where the Yuletide tradition began. Restaurants celebrate with special menus and festive dishes. Meet Santa in the Jenolan Caves, and unwind in themed accommodations, from luxurious resorts to cozy cabins.
In the Comfort of Your Home
Staying in? Cuddle up and enjoy Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas films. While you sip your hot chocolate and bask in the spirit of the holiday, make sure to browse some of Balsam Hill’s best deals on Christmas trees and decorations. It’s the perfect time to get ahead of your holiday shopping and beat the crowds!