Are you ready for a holiday vacation?
Even if you’ve had the best time ever this year, you and your family can use some time
to rest, relax and enjoy life in another city for a little while. For example,
during December, Prague is the go-to place for the holiday. Prague is the
capital of the Czech Republic. During the holiday, the city is turned into a
winter wonderland that you must experience at least once. There are twinkling
lights everywhere on the medieval architecture there. In fact, most of the attractions
are free to visit during the holiday season. Here are some other vacation spots you may
want to visit as opposed to staying home for the holidays:
Outside the United States
Like Prague, there are some other cities
outside the United States that have beautiful, festive holiday seasons. Here is
a small sample:
Do you love winter? You’ll love spending time
in Reykjavik. Icelanders don’t believe in the traditional Santa Claus. Instead,
there are 13 Yule lads who hand out gifts. However, Santa Claus can find any
kid that been nice for the year! Reykjavik is always full for holiday spirit in
December. You can spend time eating a seasonal meal of pungent fish (fermented
skate). Ice skating at the festive Ingolfstorg Square is something you can’t
Vienna, located in Austria, is full of
Christmas markets. You’ll find plenty of gifts for your Secret Santa recipient while
you enjoy all that the city has to offer.
You’ll never run out of things to do in
London. You can visit a 19th-century Christmas at the Charles Dickens Museum,
meet Father Christmas at Royal Albert Hall, or buy some gifts at Camden Market.
These are just a few things you can do while on holiday vacation in London.
If you want to take a visit to Holland, choose
Amsterdam. You’ll emerge yourself in holiday spirit no matter where you go in
the city. Amsterdam has a light festival each year that you’ll love. The light festival
stretches from the city’s famous canals to the city’s center. Hang out in a pub
for some Dutch pancakes or apple pie. If you want to practice the language
there, Dutch for pancakes is poffertjes
and apple is appeltaart.
San Miguel de Allende
Ready for a super long vacation? Well, look no
further than San Miguel de Allende. The city has cobblestone streets and
breathtaking architecture. The city adds seasonal touches like lights to infuse
the city with a little holiday spirit. You’ll love the number of celebrations
that take place here throughout the month of December.
Not everyone wants to travel across the pond
for the holidays. That is completely understandable! How about taking in some
European flair north of the border in Quebec? In December, you’ll experience
the winding streets in Old Quebec and the beautiful stone buildings that are
breathtaking. The city decorates for the holiday season. You and your children
can even meet Santa. Here’s a hint: Santa hangs out in the Petit Champlain District.
You can also ice skate at Place D’Youville.
Inside the United States
You can go anywhere in the world, but maybe
you prefer to stay close to home. That may be the coolest choice depending on
what you like to do on vacation. Here are a couple of options for you to
Where can you stay inside where it’s warm and
look at the snow (besides home)? Park City. Located in Utah, Park City is full
of festive things to do during Christmas time. For example, there are the
singalong shows at the city’s Egyptian Theatre. You can’t miss the most
memorable event of the Christmas season, the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade.
It’s fantastic. Ski and snowboard instructors are ready to help you learn
either sport (without harming yourself).
New York City
Why not go to the place that never sleeps
during Christmas? The Big Apple knows how to showcase the holiday spirit.
There’s the New Year’s Eve ball drop and Times Square celebration each new
year. Take pictures of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting and of
the Bergdorf Goodman window display. Your options are endless.
Maybe you love Christmas, but can do without
the cold, bitter cold weather. That’s totally understandable. Taos, located in
New Mexico, is the perfect vacation spot. It is about 70 miles north of Santa
Fe. Yes, you’ll see snow covered adobe buildings that make it feel like you’re
inside a snow globe, but it is a beautiful sight. Go to the Taos Folk pop-up
store. Spend some time at the numerous events held in the city, such as the
bonfires on Bent Street. The bonfires feature traditional Aztec dancers. What a
way to enjoy the holiday season!