Tracy Minkin from Coastal Living Magazine compiled a list of her 10 favorite American beach towns for Christmas and it’s not surprising that Newport and Nantucket made the nice list!

Here’s what she had to say:

“We all know Santa comes by boat, so it’s only fitting that we all get to the beach as quickly as possible for the holidays. These are my 10 favorite beach towns that do it up right for Christmas, from old-fashioned style to all-out light extravaganzas.”

Newport, RI

Newport RI Christmas

Why we love it: Historic, maritime, and full of great food and drink… I adore this New England city year-round, and its month-long embrace of the holidays is peerless. Whether you’re skating on the outdoor ice rink and pausing for hot chocolate, touring one of the renowned Gilded Age mansions in holiday finery, or attending holiday puppet shows, teas, and concerts, it’s Currier and Ives brought to life in the City By The Sea. (Note that the city uses only clear bulbs in the waterfront… gorgeous!)

(Photo via The Preservation Society of Newport County)


Nantucket, MA
Nantucket Christmas

Why we love it: Santa really does come by boat to this beautiful island, as part of the annual Christmas Stroll (this year it’s December 4-6), an abundance of incredible shopping, eating, and drinking amidst great good cheer (and cobblestone streets lined with community-decorated trees). Don’t miss the special exhibit of decorated holiday trees at the Whaling Museum.

(Photo: Reena Bammi)

See the rest of Coastal Living Magazine’s 10 Best American Beach Towns for Christmas.