Garland: A town in Texas or just festive vocabulary?

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December 10, 2021
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Garland: A town in Texas or just festive vocabulary?

Can you imagine living in a town where it's Christmas all year round? From coincidental names like Garland and Snowflake to over-the-top holiday tributes (like the town that changed its name to a Secret Santa website), cities across the country are more than happy to embrace their wintry names—regardless of season or climate.

Using information from the United States Census Bureau, Stacker found 29 cities and towns across America with names that embody the spirit of Christmas. Some towns take the festivities more seriously than others—think Christmas-themed streets, year-round Yuletide attractions, and huge holiday markets—while others reflect on the story behind the season. Let's take a virtual sleigh ride across America as we learn about these festively named locations and the different ways they celebrate.

Sugar Land, Texas

- Founded: 1853

Located just southwest of Houston, the evocative city of Sugar Land is actually named for its connection to the sugar industry. The city celebrates Christmas with events in Sugar Land Town Square, including photos with Santa, caroling, and the lighting of a 40-foot Christmas tree.

Garland, Texas

- Founded: 1891

Although it conjures images of holiday greenery, this Dallas-area metropolis was actually named after Gen. Augustus Hill Garland. The town's Christmas on the Square event features ice carving, a meet-and-greet with Santa, and a tree-lighting ceremony.

Continue reading to learn about other cities and towns named after Christmas in your neck of the woods, or read the national story here.


- Founded: 1878

The small town of Snowflake is a three-hour drive from Phoenix. Its name comes from Mormon leaders Erastus Snow and William Jordan Flake. Even though Arizona winters typically aren't white, Snowflake residents get into the holiday spirit with a 12 Days of Christmas event every December.


- Founded: 1836

Close to the northern border of Mississippi lies the city of Holly Springs. The festive city celebrates the holiday by holding an annual Historic Homes tour, a ticketed event where visitors can walk through historic homes that have been decorated to the nines for the season.

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