Apparently, my hometown knows how to do Christmas right, and I’m here to tell you that I think the judges from two of my favorite publications have gotten it right.
Country Living magazine ranked Annapolis at No. 10 in its list of America’s 20 Best Small Towns for Christmas. Additionally, Travel and Leisure magazine ranked Annapolis No. 15 on its list of America’s Best Towns for the Holidays. We’ll take it.
With wonderful events such as last night’s Parade of Lights sponsored by the Eastport Yacht Club, residents and visitors can stroll the streets of Annapolis, shop, eat, and watch the boats parade into the Harbor. Families, friends, and couples arm in arm strolled the streets of Annapolis as the city was in the holiday spirit. The boats moved in and out of Spa Creek near the Eastport Bridge and into the City Dock area where boaters waved, sang carols, and tooted their horns at the spectators.
This Thursday, three of my friends and I will get into the holiday spirit as we fa-la-la in the historic area for Midnight Madness. The shops stay open until midnight, and we’ll dine and get presents for our dearest friends and families. Many of the stores will be offering discounts and specials to those shopping on Thursday.
If you haven’t visited Annapolis, you should plan to come and visit. It is a charming little city with a lot of spirit—Christmas or otherwise.
Stephanie Verni is the author of Baseball Girl, Beneath the Mimosa Tree, and the co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice.