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The One Town In Illinois That Turns Into A Winter Wonderland Each Year

While you often hear about the holiday buzz that comes from historic towns like Galena and Woodstock, we thought you might prefer a taste of something a little different. While the little southern Illinois town of Carmi may not have the power to always give you a white Christmas their “It’s a White County Christmas” festivities brings to life the wonders of a small town with the time-honored traditions of the holidays. If you are looking to get into the Christmas spirit then we recommend gassing up the car (bring the hot chocolate with you) and heading down to Carmi. Perhaps you’ll make this small-town Christmas bash part of your annual tradition.

Even though some of Carmi’s Winter County Christmas festivities have passed, there are still so many wonderful events to attend and a chance to visit this cute little town decked out with boughs of halls. And, if anything else, you just got a head start on making your holiday plans for 2017!

Have you been to Carmi’s holiday wonderment? Any shops, restaurants or events in particular that is not to be missed? If so, please share in the comments section.

Originally from the quaint beach town of Fenwick Island, Delaware, Stephanie has called Chicago home for nearly a decade. A passion for cocktail creation, international travel and decadent foodie experiences, enjoy Stephanie's romp through the Land of Lincoln. A circus performer, stuntwoman, professed travel buff and lover of Tom Waits, Stephanie is looking forward to sharing her favorite Chicago haunts with both adventurous locals and curious travelers.