By Erica Riggs
The average American city jump-starts the holiday season with the usual kind of merry-making activities: Tree-lighting festivals, the opening of ice skating rinks and holiday concerts beckoning celebrants to get in the spirit.
But then there are cities and towns where the very name of the place conjures visions of sugar plum fairies, elves and reindeer 365 days a year. From Christmas Cove, ME to Saint Nicholas, PA and, of course, North Pole, AK, it’s hard not to adopt the yuletide glow.
Here’s a roundup of some of the most seasonal cities, and a sampling of their respective real estate.
North Pole, Alaska
History: The naming of this northern town was no accident. According to a National Geographic profile on the tiny city, the town council renamed it North Pole in 1952 (from “Davis Homestead”), “hoping that toy manufacturers would come for the “Made in North Pole” bragging rights despite its inconvenience … as a manufacturing site.” No companies came for the manufacturing rights, so North Pole remains as a bedroom community for nearby Fairbanks, which is located 14 miles away.
Holiday tradition: The North Pole’s claim to fame, of course, is its responsibility regarding children’s letters to Santa. Every year, North Pole middle and high school students respond to the letters that pour in.
This recently-constructed home sits in a newer North Pole subdivision with quick access to schools, shopping and perhaps, Santa’s workshop. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath home has 1,196 square feet of living space on nearly an acre-size plot.