If presents aren't your thing, but travel is you are going to want to add this charming small town to your list.

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With the perfect backdrop straight out of a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie, Galena was named by Reader's Digest as one of the best small towns to visit for the holidays. With several B&Bs, Airbnb's, and just some good old fashion downtown shopping Galena is a top-ranked town to visit, stay, and enjoy for any holiday but especially around Christmas.

Galena is one of the most charming small towns for a cozy, old-fashioned Christmas. Set among the snow-covered farmland of northern Illinois, the town has a charming Main Street that gets all decked out for the season.

Now, Galena is still on my list as one of those towns I need to visit. No matter what time of year I find that there is something going on in Galena for you to take in and enjoy, I mean when there is a town that has a fireworks show to welcome on in the holiday season it is like you have to go to see everything in person.

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There is also a "Living Window" night much like Hanibal where you can walk downtown, do a little (or a lot) of shopping, and just take in the scenery all around you. It seems very magical to me.

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