It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to spend Christmas away from home altogether or simply find a place to get away for a few days. There are tons of incredible places all over the world where you can go to celebrate the holidays this season – from winter wonderlands to warm and sunny retreats. These are some of our favorites.
New York City, New York
New York City will be buzzing with activity throughout the entire holiday season. Stop by Rockefeller Center to catch a glimpse of the enormous Christmas tree or take a trip to Broadway to catch the Rockets or one of the many other fabulous shows. There will be plenty of hotel specials this Christmas in New York City this season, but you’ll want to book early in order to guarantee your space.
La Residencia – Mallorca, Spain
Whether you love the holidays or simply want to get away from it all, this quaint village in the mountains of Spain is the perfect backdrop for a relaxing holiday. Relax by the pool, take part in a rousing game of tennis, or tour the area. No matter what you choose to do, the staff at La Residencia will make sure you feel welcome and pampered at all times.
Wildflower Inn – Lyndonville, Vermont
Only a short drive from Boston, the Wildflower Inn is the perfect place to call your home away from home this holiday season. The Christmas holiday package includes a number of incredible features that will make you feel as though you’re right at home. Amongst other incredible accommodations you’ll receive dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, full breakfasts, and even a small Christmas tree you can decorate in your room.
Sea Island Resort – Georgia
The Sea Island Resort in Georgia is an incredible beachfront location where families can enjoy a great hotel special for your Christmas holiday and packages designed to make the holidays special. Your package will include a tree with keepsake ornaments, Christmas dinner for four, and a Christmas portrait. You’ll also find a number of fun activities to occupy your days, including Holiday Bingo, the Stables Christmas Party, children’s activities, and even a shopping trip for teens. Who knows – you might even see some snow!
Walt Disney Land- California
There’s always a party going on in Disney Land, but during the Christmas holiday the sight is something to behold. In the Magic Kingdom you’ll have a chance to party with the gang at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party before heading off to watch Cinderella and Tinkerbell light the newly decorated castle. A tour through Epcot center will reveal Christmas traditions from around the globe – an experience that’s both educational and fun at the same time.
Magical Santa’s Lapland – Finland
Santa will probably be too busy to visit for long, but if you hop on a plane to Lapland you’ll be closer to Santa’s home in the Arctic Circle than you probably ever dared dream. Your children will be amazed when they see real reindeer roaming free and they’ll be tickled silly after a visit to the snowball range. The staff at The Elf School and Santa’s Control Center will be happy to show you how everything in the North Pole really works. Trips here range from 1-4 days and can be arranged through the Esprit company.
Norwegian Christmas Cruise
Both the Norwegians and their neighbors in Scandinavia have unique Christmas traditions, rich with culture and diversity. A Christmas cruise would be an incredible way to learn about different cultures while relaxing over the holiday. The best Christmas Cruise we found was offered by Norwegian Coastal Voyage Incorporated. The 12 night cruise will sandwich both Christmas and New Years traditions, including decoration making, church services at port, a Christmas Meal, a Boxing day dance, and much more!
We had to put at least one luxury destination on the list, and that’s just what Aspen, Colorado is. Aspen is a hot spot for ski enthusiasts, sure, but it’s more popular amongst the younger crowd who’d prefer to spend the day in the spa and the evening gazing at the stars – you know, stars like Cameron Diaz and her friends. Aspen is a hot Christmas break location, promising an incredible yet expensive ski trip and hot hotels, but its best reserved for singles and those without kids in tow.
New Orleans – Louisiana
There’s no doubt about it – the folks in New Orleans definitely know how to party. Why wait for Mardi Gras when you could take a Christmas getaway trip to the Big Easy instead? You’ll be enchanted by the carolers, entertained by the local performing artists on the streets, and satisfied by the incredible cooking demonstrations you’re sure to find all over the city. Be sure to check out the local tree lightings and home tours while you’re there as well.
We’re sure you’ll have a spectacular holiday no matter where you go to celebrate. We hope you have an enjoyable holiday season, whether you decide to embrace the festivities, escape to someplace warm, or party the night away!