Christmas Story House

Cleveland is home to A Christmas Story House and Museum.

The holidays are a prime time for groups to explore the Midwest, where festivities abound in towns large and small. Leisure Group Travel senior editor John Kloster begins his report with celebrations in Chicago, where popular traditions include Christkindlmarket, the largest German Christmas market in the country.

More Teutonic flavor surfaces in the German village of Frankenmuth, Mich., where shoppers flock to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store. Other holiday favorites in the Midwest include A Grand Avenue Christmas, which showcases the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee; Cleveland’s A Christmas Story House and Museum; and the town of Santa Claus, Ind.