Whether you are looking to have a more traditional experience with snow and cold weather or to escape the cold weather this Christmas and get tropical, we have some inspiration for you.
Here are 11 best family Christmas vacations around the world:
NYC is synonymous with the holidays or with bustling winter shopping. Here you can also find the lighting of the famous tree at Rockefeller Center, horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park, the city-wide Christmas displays in every department store window, and leisurely strolls with hot cocoa in hand through classic brownstone-lined neighborhoods. More fun awaits at Bryant Park’s Winter Wonderland, featuring ice skating and more than 125-holiday shops. Also, Christmas Spectacular starring the famous Radio City Rockettes is a popular tradition for many tourists and locals, so get your tickets early.
#2 London, UK
There’s so much happening in London during Christmas holiday that you’ll be hard-pressed to choose what to do. For example, Trafalgar Square is a must stop-off right through December, where carols take place daily. Don’t forget, public transport is limited over the holiday period, so make sure you plan your journey in advance.
#3 Lapland, Finland
Finnish Lapland just may be the living embodiment of the song “White Christmas.” Meeting Father Christmas in his true original Lapland home is an experience your children will treasure forever. Families all over the world flock to the region’s Santa Claus Village to cross the magical Arctic Circle and meet Santa Claus. You can spend the night and enjoy cozy accommodations, shopping, dining, and other types of activities. In addition, find more family fun in Santa Park, an amusement park especially designed to emulate Santa’s cavern residence on the Arctic Circle.
#4 Queenstown, New Zealand
The Christmas time is one of the best times of the year in Queenstown, New Zeeland. Here, Christmas time is loads of fun for the families, and Queenstowners put on some special activities for local and visiting children alike.
#5 Prague, Czech Republic
According to some, Czech Republic may be statistically one of the most atheist countries in the world, but they still celebrate Christmas and nearly everything shuts down for Christmas Eve. Prague’s Gothic architecture and colorful baroque, cobblestone streets, and famed Astronomical Clock have long made it a popular destination for many travelers during the years.
#6 Venice, Italy
Visiting Venice during the Christmas season offers two bonuses – you’ll get to see the country decked out in all its holiday finery plus you’ll avoid the high summer season tourist crowds. No matter your age, Christmas Eve mass held in St. Mark’s Basilica is enough to make any trip to Venice worth it, plus you’re bound to be charmed by the figure of Father Christmas arriving by gondola to distribute goodies.
#7 Quebec City, Canada
Even if they did nothing at all, Quebec City, Canada would still be a magical place to spend the holidays, with beautiful and fluffy white snow, cobblestone lanes, and some of the most striking and historic architecture in Canada. Moreover, the city is a great place to find old Europe vibes in North America. More importantly, The Quebecois serve up a traditional French Canadian Christmas with great food that could include delicacies such as meat pies, tons of good cheer, and of course loads and loads of snow ripe for skiing, sledding, and skating.
#8 Aspen, USA
There are few winter wonderlands that compare to Aspen, USA. It’s not uncommon to see the famous and rich in this magical mountain retreat and with famed hotels such as the St Regis, this is one extravagant (and costly) location for a Christmas. From art projects, cookie decorating, and story hours for the kids, live jazz, free hot chocolate on the Cooper Street Mall, apres ski drink specials, and Victorian caroling, there’s something for everyone.
#9 Madrid, Spain
Spending Christmas in Madrid, the capital of Spain, means strolling through the Christmas markets to find the perfect gift or enjoying an amazing parade with the family. Madrid is a shopper’s paradise come December and everyone knows it. Quick advice – try shopping during the week to avoid the enormous crowds that take over the city center on weekends, or simply go with the flow and enjoy the Christmas spirit in the air.
#10 Goa, India
There are few places in the world that are as majestic as Goa, India on Christmas eve. This beach paradise of India is known for its Christmas revelry with its sun-kissed beaches, incomparable vivacity and bewitchingly beautiful churches, and cheerful people.
#11 North Pole, Alaska
North Pole, Alaska has Christmas decorations up 365 days of the year and it’s the place for all things green, red, and white. Its biggest and marvelous attraction is a gift shop named Santa Claus House, which is the modern-day incarnation of a trading post established in the town’s early days. The Santa Claus House is also known for the world’s largest fiberglass statue of Santa Claus outside. Additionally, the Santa Claus House writes letters back to children, which indeed is a very exciting prospect for a child still moved by stories of Santa Claus.