Top 5 Holiday Destination Spots

older couple wearing big coats and sightseeing in a town where there are Christmas decorations and a large Christmas tree

Can you believe Christmas is almost here? I've still got some Halloween decorations up!

Now, I know we're only a few days into November, but if you haven't already started planning your holiday vacation, now is the time to do it. I'm here to tell you that when it comes to holiday travel, the early bird gets the worm.

Trust me, planning ahead not only saves you some stress but also ensures you get the best deals and have the flexibility to choose the perfect destination for you and your loved ones.

So, let's get down to the nitty-gritty – the top 5 destination spots for Christmas this year. I've done some research and found some fantastic options for you to consider.


1. New York City, USA

view of the big Christmas tree in New York City

If you're a fan of Christmas lights, giant Christmas trees, and a bustling festive atmosphere, the Big Apple is where you want to be. New York goes all out during the holidays, with its famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, ice skating in Central Park, and the magical displays along Fifth Avenue.

Things to do and see:

  • Ice Skating: Lace up your skates and glide across the ice at the iconic Rockefeller Center rink.
  • Holiday Markets: Stroll through holiday markets like Bryant Park's Winter Village for unique gifts and tasty treats.
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Catch the dazzling Rockettes in their world-famous show at Radio City Music Hall.


2. London, England

street view of London during Christmas time

For a truly enchanting Christmas experience, London is the place to be. From the charming Christmas markets along the South Bank to the dazzling lights on Oxford Street and the historic charm of Covent Garden, you'll feel like you've stepped into a Dickens novel.

Things to do and see:

  • Winter Wonderland: Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland is a must-visit for festive fun with ice skating and a Christmas circus.
  • Christmas Pantomime: Enjoy a traditional British Christmas pantomime for laughs and entertainment.
  • Christmas Lights Tour: Take a stroll along Oxford Street and Regent Street to admire the stunning light displays.


3. Strasbourg, France

street view of Strasbourg with a sign that says Strasbourg under an archway of twinkling lights

If you dream of a traditional European Christmas, Strasbourg, known as the "Capital of Christmas," is the ultimate destination. The city's Christkindelsmärik (Christmas market) dates back to 1570 and offers everything from mulled wine to handcrafted ornaments.

Things to do and see:

  • Christkindelsmärik: Explore Strasbourg's charming Christmas market, one of the oldest and most enchanting in Europe.
  • Mulled Wine Tasting: Sip on vin chaud (mulled wine) and savor regional delicacies.
  • Visit the Cathedral: Admire the Strasbourg Cathedral's stunning architecture, beautifully illuminated during the season.


4. Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi, Finland

view of being on a dog sled with huskies in front of you, pulling you through a field of snow

For a Christmas experience straight out of a storybook, visit Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Lapland. You can meet Santa, cross the Arctic Circle, and even see the enchanting Northern Lights – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Things to do and see:

  • Meet Santa Claus: Cross the Arctic Circle and visit the one and only Santa Claus in his official hometown.
  • Husky Safari: Embark on a husky safari through the snow-covered wilderness.
  • Northern Lights Hunt: Experience the magical Northern Lights on a guided tour.


5. Quebec City, Canada

street view of some shops lit up with Christmas lights

If you've ever dreamt of a fairytale-like Christmas, Quebec City delivers. With its charming old-world architecture and a dusting of snow, you'll feel like you've stepped into a holiday storybook. Just remember to bundle up!

Things to do and see:

  • Old Quebec: Explore the historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, adorned with festive decorations.
  • Christmas Market: Enjoy the German Christmas Market for festive food and crafts.
  • Festival of Lights: Witness the city's enchanting Festival of Lights, with stunning projections on historic buildings.


Now, you might be wondering, "Why start planning now, Brandon?" Well, the truth is, popular destinations tend to get booked up fast, and you don't want to end up scrambling for last-minute options or paying a premium. By making reservations early, you ensure you get the best accommodations and can save some money for those holiday gifts.

So, there you have it, my friend. While it might seem a bit early to be thinking about Christmas, it's the perfect time to start planning your holiday getaway. Your health and happiness are just as important as the destination itself. So, whether you're looking to ease that discomfort, explore a new place, or simply take in the joy of the season, getting a jump on your plans is the way to go.

Wishing you a fantastic holiday season and safe travels!



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