Get Away From It All With A Wonderful Christmas Vacation
Christmas is coming up, but if you don't want to spend it at home, then a vacation away may just be the ticket for you this festive season! Think about it. You won't need to put up with the slew of Christmas visitors through your door. You won't need to worry about your electricity bill with your annual Christmas light battle with your neighbours. And you won't need to load your pantry with food as you might choose to stay in a place where all the catering will be done for you.
The only thing you need to worry about is where to go, but we do have some ideas for you. Consider it our Christmas gift to you for coming to this website. Check out my last minute booking tips if you are worried about being too late to book a trip, and then read on to find the perfect destination for you.
Colorado is a veritable winter wonderland; just the place to go if your hometown isn't expecting any snow this year. With a range of towering mountains, this is the place to be if you're interested in staying at one of the ski resorts - check out this Colorado ski mountains map - but there is more to grab your attention if you're a bit wobbly on the slopes.
Step onto the Polar Express at the popular Christmas town of Durango, and make your way to Santa's village for a festival of lights, festive songs, and cookies and hot cocoa. Or head over to Breckenridge, a Victorian-themed town that really comes into its own at this time of year. Take a trip on a horse-drawn carriage through the Victorian streets, and wave to the carolers who will be wearing traditional Victorian clothing. It's here where you will get to see the annual Race of the Santas, with more Clauses than you can throw a snowball at! If you have small kids with you, then the town of Cascade is a fun place to visit. With a Christmas-themed amusement park and a train ride to see Santa and his elves at the top of a mountain, you and your children will be spellbound. And finally, there's Georgetown. A perfect holiday destination if you're looking for last-minute holiday gifts, as there is a magnificent Christmas market which is just the thing for your festive shopping.
With Santa, snow, and lots of ho ho ho (sorry), there are plenty of places in Colorado that will warm your heart, even if you're a bit chilly on the outside.
Christmas in New York
Many of our favorite Christmas movies have been set in New York, including those perennial favorites Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, and Home Alone 2. This is certainly the place to be if you're a movie buff, and you can visit some of the locations made famous in those movies, including Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and Macy's Department Store. Of course, these places are worth visiting, even if you don't give a festive hoot about those classic movies.
Check out Macy's Santaland, for example, an indoor favorite for the kids which will make your shopping excursion in-store more bearable for them. With caroling snowmen, reindeer and Santa himself, this is a magical experience for young and old. Book a place early though as the lines to see the white-bearded one are absolutely huge! If you're wanting to go ice skating, there are ice rinks available at both the Rockefeller Center and Central Park, but we advise on the latter for the shorter wait times and the killer view of the New York City Skyline. Still, the Rockefeller Center is the place to be if you want the ultimate Christmas experience. With the annual Christmas tree lighting, as well as the razzle-dazzle of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, you will be in awe at the extravagance on display in this very special part of the city. And there's all that, as well as carols in Carnegie Hall, seasonal art at the Metropolitan Museum, and the world-famous festive displays at Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows.
New York is a truly magical place to be, and just like Kevin McCallister discovered, this is one place worth getting lost in!
Christmas in Lapland
Forget about the fake Santas in New York and Colorado, a trip to Lapland will enable you to get up close and personal with the 'real' Santa (or so we are told), thousands of miles away from those bearded impostors. This is the perfect place to take your children, with the fabulous Santa Village, as well as a Christmassy theme park which will delight all who set foot within this festive wonderland.
Still, there's more to Lapland than Santa (hope that doesn't put me on the naughty list).
Check out the fabulous light show that is the Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon that is so much more than any Christmas light display you will see this year! You can go on a snowmobile safari, or sit in a sled while being pulled along by huskies or reindeer. If skiing is your thing, then the alpine settings of Ylläs Ski Resort should be your destination of choice, with plenty of off-piste slopes to explore. And then there's Lainio Snow Village, a fabulous place built entirely of snow and ice, with a hotel, ice bar, and some absolutely stunning snow and ice sculptures. You can even get married in the Ice Chapel, although you may want to forego the usual wedding dress in a bid to stay warm.
Lapland is a winter wonderland and provided you can stand the cold, this is a place worth visiting for the young and the young at heart!
If you're looking for a Christmas vacation, then you may just have found what you are looking for. Head online, check out the hotel prices and then book yourself a visit. Let me know what you think, and if you have any other ideas perfect for a Christmas getaway, then be sure to let me know!