Christmas is probably the biggest traditional holiday celebration around the world. It’s a big family event, reuniting with those you haven’t seen in years, sharing with those you love. In the past several years, many people have chosen one of the many holiday destinations instead of staying local. Many travel lovers like the experience of spending this holiday abroad or just in a brand new cities.
Christmas season is a great time of year to experience other cultures in a new exotic destination. Check out a few suggestions of great spots where you can celebrate this holiday season: Destinations For the Adventurous Traveler
5 Holiday Destinations for Travel Lovers
New York City, New York
New York City is probably the most popular destination for the Christmas holidays.
There’s so many events in the city it might be hard to enjoy them all, for example, the traditional Nutcracker Ballet on Broadway is a big must.
The ballet has been around for many years and continues to be a Christmas favorite for many. Tradition holds true with the “big tree” lighting at Rockefeller Center. This traditional tree lighting ceremony takes place during the first week of December.
Don’t forget to stop by Central Park for some ice skating and Radio City too as it continues to put on the Radio City Spectacular each year. Enjoy 90 minutes of dance, song and comedy while visiting New York City. And for sure you will want to enjoy shopping in New York City.
For a wonderful “winter wonderland” holiday, you can plan a visit to Santa Claus Village and meet Santa and his elves in person. Visiting Santa Claus Village is a memorable time for all, especially the children.
At Ranua Wildlife Park you can enjoy an afternoon of fun with a dog sled ride and don’t forget to visit the husky kennels and experience Christmas time in the wilderness.
Helsinki, Finland – A Quick Meeting With Santa Claus
Another exciting event in Lapland- the Northern Lights sighting and don’t forget to enjoy a snowmobile safari while you’re there too!
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Many travelers go to San Juan just to attend Midnight Mass at the San Juan Cathedral. The cathedral is an amazing architectural wonder and the oldest building in the area.
A little sun and sand too is also attractive to Christmas travelers, gives you a new experience for this holiday season.
Celebrate the birth of Christ on Christmas Eve this year at San Juan’s Midnight Mass. For a change of pace, test the waters at the Christmas Boat Parade in San Juan. Many boat owners parade around the San Juan Bay in their festively decorated boats. Enjoy the Christmas lights at nighttime as they shimmer on the water.
Aspen has long been a famous tourist destination for those who love winter sports. A Christmas holiday in Aspen allows you to combine a wonderful celebration in a cabin with some skiing, snowmobiling and snow shoeing.
The four top ski resorts situated high in the Rocky Mountains include a favorite for beginners- the Buttermilk ski slopes or the the Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain and Snow Mass ski slopes.
Don’t forget to visit Aspens Ice Gardens, an indoor ice skating rink enjoyed by those who spend their holidays in this lovely city.
Enjoy the Cologne Christmas Markets this year while on holiday in this destination. The four largest markets are The Neumarkt, the market at the Cologne Cathedral, the Alter Markt and the Rudofplatz.
Each of these offer a truly memorable Christmas celebration with wonderful shops, decorations and activities for all. After a day at the Markets take a Rhine River Dinner Cruise or enjoy the Christmas Brunch Cruise while in Cologne.
Are you adventurous enough to fly out to a new travel destination for your Christmas celebrations?