By: Joy Purcell


(Photo: White County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau)

(Helen)- Country Living magazine has released its list of America’s 20 Best Small Towns for Christmas and Helen, Georgia is near the top!  The Bavarian-themed town in White County placed 6th on the list.

Here’s what Country Living has to say about it:

“You may not expect to find an Alpine village along the banks of Georgia’s Chattahoochee River, but Helen, a former logging town at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, reinvented itself long ago as a Bavarian town. Visitors come to town in December to view the wreaths and artist-decorated holiday trees on auction at the Festival of Trees and to participate in the Kinderfest, the Christkindlmarkt, and tree lighting in tiny downtown Helen.”

Helen is the only Georgia town to make the list. The next closest “best” Christmas locale according to Country Living magazine is Asheville, North Carolina which came in 3rd. Other top 20 Christmas towns in the USA include:

1. Leavenworth, Washington

2. Woodstock, Vermont

3. Asheville, North Carolina

4. Jackson, Wyoming

5. Natchitoches, Louisiana

6. Helen, Georgia

7. Williamsburg, Virginia

8. Durango, Colorado

9. Delray Beach, Florida

10. Annapolis, Maryland

11. Sierra Madre, California

12. Santa Claus, Indiana

13. Taos, New Mexico

14. Oxford, Mississippi

15. Fredericksburg, Texas

16. Red Wing, Minnesota

17. Ogunquit, Maine

18. Corning, New York

19. Prescott, Arizona

20. Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

The magazine doesn’t list the criteria used to determine the list but it does say, “These great American towns sure can light up, sing out, and celebrate the Christmas season right. We recommend adding these festive small towns to your holiday travel bucket list, stat!”