Our Top Five Dream Places to Celebrate Christmas

There’s no place like home for the holidays, right? This may be a controversial statement, but I believe that Christmastime is one of the best times to get traveling. If you don’t have family keeping you home during the holidays (or hey, maybe if you have some in-laws you’d like to avoid) try planning a trip to one of these magical Christmastime destinations.

1. Breckenridge, Colorado

Though not one of Colorado’s most famous ski towns, Breckenridge far outshines its competition during the holiday season. Uncannily resembling a ceramic Christmas village, this quaint little town glitters with twinkling lights and holiday cheer. Victorian architecture and horse-drawn carriage rides make a Christmas in Breckenridge picture perfect. For hardcore skiiers, the slopes are up to Colorado standards and offer plenty of fun for skiiers of any level. Even for those who shy away from the slopes, an evening sipping cocoa at a lodge and glancing up to see that beautiful mountain view is one that is truly magical.

 

 

 

 

2. Lapland, Finland

Interested in stepping right into a Christmas cartoon holiday special? Then Lapland is the place for you. Spend your days being pulled in an actual reindeer-drawn sleigh and your nights cuddling up in an igloo made of thermal glass gazing up at the northern lights.

 

 

 

3. New York, New York

How incredibly breathtaking is the Rockefeller Christmas tree? Cliche as it may be, this is certainly a must-be-done holiday destination. Central Park covered in snow and a chance to see the Rockettes other than on your TV during the Thanksgiving Parade are certainly worth the trip too. If you’ve got the budget, you can even make a real vacation of it and stick around for the spectacle that is New Year’s in NYC.

 

 

4. Key West, FL

If you want to escape the cold for Christmas, at least do it in a place that doesn’t let you forget what time of the year it is. Key West is almost comically festive for the holiday season with palm trees trimmed up just as nice as evergreens. The “Bight Before Christmas” event in which blocks of boats decorated for the holidays line up along the beautiful waterfront is certainly a fun way to celebrate Christmas in paradise.

 

 

 

5. Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA

Historic homes decked out with holiday decor and more greenery than you can imagine is a sight to behold in these Southern cities just a few hours apart from one another. Charleston and Savannah are both home to many festivals and parades throughout the holiday season. Being away from home for the holidays is way easier when you can enjoy the Southern hospitality of the many beautiful Savannah bed and breakfasts throughout the historic district. There’s nothing like Southern cooking for your holiday dinner.

 

 

About the Author: Thanks to Kayla from Twitter Travels for sharing her picks for holiday travel. Read more about her travel advice and experiences at her blog!