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Christmas Books Set In America

With the end of the year approaching, I’ve been researching reads for the holiday season. This list of Christmas books set in America was inspired by our epic list of Christmas books set in England and explores novels set all across the United States.

Christmas Books Set In America: An Introduction

There are an abundance of Christmas books set in America, so the titles below have been sorted by the states they are set in (to the best of my knowledge) and their year of publication. The books cover a wide range of genres; including memoirs, mysteries, crime, romance, chick lit, westerns and more.

There’s nothing better than reading something in the time or place it is set, so I hope these stories will get you into the holiday spirit! As always, this list is a constant work in progress and quite a few states are still missing. If you have any suggestions for books we should add, please let us know in the comments below! 🎄

Also, just in case you’re looking for gifts for a book lover (or yourself!) I’ve put together a gift guide for readers who travel and a list of my all time favorite books from around the world.

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Christmas Books Set In America

Alabama Christmas Books

  1. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, 1956
  2. A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg, 2004 (Lost River, Alabama)

Alaska Christmas Books

  1. A Northern Christmas: Poems by Rockwell Kent, 1941
  2. Starry Night by Debbie Macomber, 2013
  3. Christmas in Alaska by Debbie Macomber, 2016 (Gold River, Alaska)
  4. Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber, 2018 (Ponder)
  5. An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow, 2019 (Wild River, Alaska)

Arizona Christmas Books

  1. An Arizona Christmas by William W. Johnstone, 2017 (travels from Colorado to Tucson, Arizona)

Arkansas Christmas Books

  1. Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris, 1998 (Shakespeare, Arkansas)

California Christmas Books

  1. A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr, 2008 (Virgin River, California)
  2. Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr, 2011 (Virgin River, California)
  3. Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery, 2013 (Fool’s Gold, California)
  4. Fields Where They Lay by Timothy Hallinan, 2016 (Southern California)
  5. A Very Merry Princess by Susan Mallery, 2017 (Happily Inc, California)
  6. All I Want for Christmas: An Anthology by Robyn Carr, 2018 (Virgin River, California)
  7. A High Sierra Christmas by William W. Johnstone, 2018 (San Francisco, Sacramento, Donner Pass, California)
  8. Christmas in Silver Springs by Brenda Novak, 2019 (fictional town Silver Springs, Southern California, loosely based on Ojai)

Colorado Christmas Books

  1. A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans, 2012 (Denver, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois)
  2. The Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason, 2013 (Christmas, Colorado)
  3. Christmas in Snowflake Canyon by RaeAnne Thayne, 2013 (Hope’s Crossing, Colorado, also Idaho and Wyoming)
  4. A Rocky Mountain Christmas by William W. Johnstone, 2012
  5. A Colorado Christmas by William W. Johnstone, 2016 (Big Rock, Colorado)
  6. A Wedding In December by Sarah Morgan, 2019 (Aspen, Colorado)
  7. A Jensen Family Christmas by William W. Johnstone, 2019 (Sugarloaf Ranch, Colorado)
  8. Wishes Under a Starlit Sky by Lucy Knott, 2019 (Colorado and London)

Connecticut Christmas Books

  1. The Snow White Christmas Cookie by David Handler, 2012 (Dorset, Connecticut)

Florida Christmas Books

  1. A Snow Globe Christmas by Hayley Wescott, 2018 (Islamorada, Florida)

Georgia Christmas Books

  1. Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews, 2006 (Savannah, Georgia)
  2. Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews, 2013 (Savannah, Georgia)

Idaho Christmas Books

  1. A Dundee Christmas by Brenda Novak, 2010 (Dundee, Idaho)
  2. Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne, 2014 (Haven Point, Idaho)
  3. A Cold Creek Christmas Story by RaeAnne Thayne, 2015 (Pine Gulch, Idaho)
  4. The Rancher’s Christmas Song by RaeAnne Thayne, 2017 (Pine Gulch, Idaho)
  5. Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne, 2018 (Haven Point, Idaho)
  6. Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne, 2019 (Haven Point, Idaho)

Indiana Christmas Books

  1. A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd, 1983 (Hohman, Indiana)
  2. A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury, 2016 (Bloomington, Indiana)

Kansas Christmas Books

  1. A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid, 2008 (Cherokee County, Kansas)
  2. Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid, 2010
  3. A Lone Star Christmas by William W. Johnstone, 2011 (Dodge, Kansas)
  4. A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas, 2014

Kentucky Christmas Books

  1. Wrapped Up In Christmas by Janice Lynn, 2019 (Pine Hill, Kentucky)

Maine Christmas Books

  1. A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson, 2018 (Seaside, Maine)
  2. Twas the Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost, 2018 (Mistletoe, Maine)

Massachusetts Christmas Books

  1. Trading Christmas by Debbie Macomber, 2011 (Boston, Massachusetts and Leavenworth, Washington)
  2. Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand, 2014 (Nantucket)
  3. Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini, 2015 (Cambridge and Boston)
  4. A Very Nantucket Christmas: Two Holiday Novels by Nancy Thayer, 2015 (Nantucket)
  5. Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand, 2015 (Nantucket)
  6. Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand, 2016 (Nantucket)
  7. Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand, 2017 (Nantucket)
  8. Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer, 2019 (Nantucket)

Michigan Christmas Books

  1. Home For The Holidays by Lisa Plumley, 2008 (Kismet, Michigan)
  2. The Christmas Clock by Kat Martin, 2009 (Dreyerville, Michigan)
  3. White Christmas Wedding: A Novel by Celeste Winters, 2019

Minnesota Christmas Books

  1. Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Susan May Warren, 2011 (Frost/Snowflake, Minnesota)
  2. The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson, 2016 (Pine Grove, Minnesota)
  3. Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke, 2016 (Lake Eden, Minnesota)
  4. Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke, 2018 (Lake Eden, Minnesota)

Mississippi Christmas Books

  1. A Cherry Cola Christmas by Ashton Lee, 2015 (Cherico, Mississippi)

Missouri Christmas Books

  1. A Big Sky Christmas by William W. Johnstone, 2013 (moves from Kansas City, Missouri to Eagle Valley, Montana)
  2. A Simple Christmas by Charlotte Hubbard, 2018 (Willow Ridge, Missouri)
  3. Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock, 2018 (St Louis, Missouri)

Montana Christmas Books

  1. Christmas with the Sheriff by Victoria James, 2016 (Shadow Creek, Montana)

Nebraska Christmas Books

  1. The Advent Bride by Mary Connealy, 2014 (Lone Tree, Nebraska)

New Hampshire Christmas Books

  1. The Season of Us by Holly Chamberlin, 2016 (Appleville, New Hampshire)
  2. A Christmas Flower by Bryan Mooney, 2017 (River Dale, New Hampshire)

New Jersey Christmas Books

  1. Deck the Hounds by David Rosenfelt, 2018 (Paterson, New Jersey)
  2. Silent Knit, Deadly Knit by Peggy Ehrhart, 2019 (Arborville, New Jersey)

New York Christmas Books

  1. Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies, 1947
  2. Deck the Halls by Carol Higgins Clark and Mary Higgins Clark, 2000 (New York State)
  3. The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark, 2004 (about a tree bound for New York, also Vermont)
  4. Fairytale of New York by Miranda Dickinson, 2009
  5. Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan, 2011 (New York, Paris, London)
  6. Christmas at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan, 2012 (London and New York)
  7. Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber, 2012
  8. A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill, 2013 (Manhattan)
  9. A New York Christmas by Anne Perry, 2014
  10. One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot, 2015
  11. Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson Sphere, 2016
  12. A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn, 2016
  13. The Christmas Eve Letter: A Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas, 2016
  14. Christmas at the Little Knitting Box by Helen J. Rolfe, 2016 (West Village)
  15. Christmas in London: A Novel by Anita Hughes, 2017 (London and New York)
  16. The Ghost of Christmas Past by Rhys Bowen, 2017 (Hudson River, north of White Plains)
  17. Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan, 2017
  18. One New York Christmas by Mandy Baggot, 2018
  19. First Snow (aka Catching Snowflakes) by Nora Roberts, 2018 (Catskills and Manhattan)

North Carolina Christmas Books

  1. Let it Snow by John Green, 2008
  2. Christmas Joy by Nancy Naigle, 2016 (Crystal Falls, North Carolina)
  3. Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels, 2017 (North Carolina)
  4. Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle, 2017 (Hopewell, North Carolina)
  5. Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle, 2018 (Pleasant Sands, North Carolina)
  6. Christmas on Mistletoe Lane by Annie Rains, 2018 (Sweetwater Springs, North Carolina)
  7. Spirit of the Season by Fern Michaels, 2019 (Spruce City, North Carolina and Denver, Colorado)
  8. The Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay, 2019 (Shadow Pines, North Carolina)

North Dakota Christmas Books

  1. A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor, 2009 (Looseleaf, North Dakota)
  2. A Country Christmas by Debbie Macomber, 2014 (Buffalo Valley, North Dakota)
  3. Not Just for Christmas by Debbie Macomber, 2015 (Buffalo Valley, North Dakota)

Ohio Christmas Books

  1. The 13th Gift: A True Story by Joanne Huist Smith, 2014 (Dayton, Ohio)
  2. An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray, 2016 (Charm, Ohio)

Oklahoma Christmas Books

  1. A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman, 2012 (Hesterville, Oklahoma)
  2. A Wells Landing Christmas by Amy Lillard, 2018 (Wells Landing, Oklahoma)

Pennsylvania Christmas Books

  1. The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini, 2019

South Carolina Christmas Books

  1. The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank, 2007 (Charleston, South Carolina)
  2. The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White, 2019 (Charleston, South Carolina)

South Dakota Christmas Books

  1. The Christmas Plains by Joseph Bottum, 2011 (Pierre, South Dakota)

Tennessee Christmas Books

  1. Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander, 2017 (Franklin, Tennessee)
  2. Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat by Angela Britnell, 2018 (Pine Ridge, Tennessee)

Texas Christmas Books

  1. A Texas Hill Country Christmas by William W. Johnstone, 2015
  2. A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin, 2015 (Bee County, Texas)
  3. I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Lori Wilde, 2015 (Twilight, Texas)
  4. The Christmas Company by Alys Murray, 2018 (Miller’s Point, Texas)
  5. Lone Star Christmas by Delores Fossen, 2018 (Coldwater, Texas)
  6. Christmas in Winter Valley by Jodi Thomas, 2019 (Ransom Canyon, Texas)
  7. A Coldwater Christmas by Delores Fossen, 2019 (Coldwater, Texas)
  8. Christmas at White Pines by Sherryl Woods, 2019

Utah Christmas Books

  1. The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans, 2014
  2. The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans, 2017 (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  3. The Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans, 2018 (Utah, Mexico, Colorado)
  4. Noel Street by Richard Paul Evans, 2019 (Garland, Utah)

Vermont Christmas Books

  1. Christmas in Vermont by Bryan Mooney, 2014 (Woodstock, Vermont)
  2. The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans, 2015 (Burlington, Vermont and New York)
  3. The White Christmas Inn: A Novel by Colleen Wright, 2018
  4. Christmas In Evergreen by Nancy Naigle, 2018 (Evergreen, Vermont)
  5. Christmas in Vermont: A Novel by Anita Hughes, 2019 (Vermont and New York)

Virginia Christmas Books

  1. A Magical Christmas by Heather Graham, 1996
  2. A Chesapeake Shores Christmas by Sherryl Woods, 2010 (Chesapeake, Virginia)
  3. Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale, 2015 (Richmond, Virginia)
  4. Home for Christmas by Lily Everett, 2015 (Sanctuary Island, Virginia)
  5. Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane by Mary McDonough, 2016 (Oliver’s Well, Virginia)
  6. All I Want for Christmas by Jenny Hale, 2016

Washington Christmas Books

  1. Christmas Letters (aka Christmas in Seattle) by Debbie Macomber, 2006 (Seattle)
  2. The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts, 2010 (Seattle)
  3. Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts, 2012 (fictional town, Icicle Falls inspired by Leavenworth, Washington)
  4. Christmas on Main Street by JoAnn Ross, Susan Donovan, Luann McLane and Alexis Morgan, 2013 (includes Shelter Bay, Washington)
  5. The Lodge on Holly Road by Sheila Roberts, 2014 (fictional town, Icicle Falls)
  6. Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber, 2014 (Tacoma, Washington)
  7. Twelve Days of Christmas: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber, 2016 (Seattle)
  8. Merry and Bright: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber, 2017 (Seattle)
  9. Christmas in Icicle Falls by Sheila Roberts, 2017 (fictional town, Icicle Falls)
  10. Christmas from the Heart by Sheila Roberts, 2019 (Pine River, Washington)
  11. Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson, 2019 (Winter Hill, Washington)

Washington DC Christmas Books

  1. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson, 2012

Wyoming Christmas Books

  1. A Frontier Christmas by William W. Johnstone, 2014 (Chug Water, Wyoming)

Other: Fictional, Multiple or Unknown Locations

  1. The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans, 1993
  2. The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere, 2001
  3. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci, 2001 (Washington DC to Los Angeles)
  4. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham, 2001 (Hemlock Street, Miami, Caribbean)
  5. The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere, 2003
  6. The Christmas Hope by Donna VanLiere, 2005
  7. The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere, 2007
  8. The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere, 2009
  9. The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere, 2011 (Grandon)
  10. The Christmas Light by Donna VanLiere, 2014 (Grandon)
  11. The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere, 2016 (Grandon)
  12. The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere, 2018 (Grandon)
  13. Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler, 2018
  14. Christmas by Accident by Camron Wright, 2018
  15. A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber, 2019
  16. Christmas at Silver Falls by Jenny Hale, 2019

What do you think of these Christmas Books Set in America?

What are your favorite Christmas books set in America? Have a must-read that isn’t on the list? Have a recommendation for one of the missing states? I’d love to hear about your suggestions for Christmas books set in America in the comments below!

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