Have you ever wondered where the best places to travel during the holidays are? You may love to get together with your family at your house, or your parents' house; or you may be looking for a getaway this year. Perhaps, you are just daydreaming of some beautiful winter wonderlands.
Here are the Top 5 Most Festive Holiday Travel Destinations. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or just the holiday season in general...or just plain love snow, these are some beautiful winter travel hot spots for you!
Aspen, Colorado is what winter wonderlands are based on. There are so many different options during winter in this pretty, snowy mountain escape. Aspen simply has it all: snow, skiing, food, shopping, parties and more. There are polo competitions, various skiing and snowboarding options and you can even check out the 12 Days of Aspen below to see all of the various events during December. Read more about Aspen during the holidays and December here.
Every year, Germany's most famous Christmas Market in Nuremberg opens its stalls for visitors from all over the world. Nuremberg's Christmas Market starts at the end of November and continues through December. It's a traditional festive German market with yuletide treats like gluhwein, gingerbread and Nuremberg's famous bratwurst sausages.
Over 200 vendors squeeze into wooden stalls in Hauptmarkt Square in the city's Old Quarter, selling traditional goods, including mulled wine and gingerbread to handmade Christmas tree angels, ornaments and jewelry.
3. New York, New York
Christmas in New York is simply beautiful. The city streets are decked out in shimmering lights and dazzling displays of ornaments, snowflakes, and tinsel.
For many Americans, the start of the holiday season is the lighting of the massive Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center Plaza, New York City's veritable holiday headquarters. Tourists and locals head to the plaza in droves. Locals and tourists can ice skate on the rink or take in the awe of enormous Christmas tree, strung with over 30,000 LED lights.
Head to FAO Schwarz, the massive toy store where it actually is possible to play the piano with your feet, just like Tom Hanks' in the movie, "Big." You can head to Macy's Santaland, a true winter wonderland filled with toys, elves, Christmas trees and other holiday scenes.
Hanukkah in New York reminds us to enjoy classic Jewish food, hit up a holiday market, find great gifts and of course bond with loved ones. One option is at the Museum of The City of New York, you can explore images from the collections to find elements of Jewish culture and learn about the holiday. Enjoy a traditional snack as you create a menorah.
From Thanksgiving to New Years’, New York City is extremely crowded, especially the areas in and around Times’ Square and Rockefeller Center.
Reykjavik's wonderful Holiday season, crowned with displays of enchanting Northern Lights, is one of the city’s main winter attractions. It’s not just those night sky illuminations and extravagant decorations getting all the attention. Reykjavík’s growing reputation as an alternative Christmas destination has exceeded all expectations, attracting media attention and a record number of visitors to the city.
The city goes wild for Christmas and holiday celebrations and starts ringing in the season at the end of November, with the lighting of the town's Christmas tree at Austurvollur square. You can visit Reykjavik's main Christmas Market in Ingolfstorg Square, which fills with vendors selling holiday gifts, mulled wine and performances from a plethora of musicians. To experience an old-fashioned, Nordic Christmas, head to the Christmas exhibition at the Reykjavik City Museum, where exhibits show how fried bread is made. You can also learn how tallow is used to make candles.
You can meet Santa Claus and cross the magical Arctic Circle every day at the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland.
Santa Claus spends his time at the Santa Claus Village every day of the year to take care of his mission in life; to enhance the well-being of children and the kindness of grown-ups, as well as spreading the message of love and goodwill and the Christmas Spirit across the globe. You can even visit the reindeer of Santa Claus at the Arctic Circle too!