The Ultimate Guide to the Best Destinations for a Magical Christmas Vacation

2023-11-14 01:11:17 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

Are you dreaming of a magical Christmas vacation? Whether you crave snowy adventures in the Alps, cozy cabin getaways in the Catskills, or exotic island escapes in the Maldives, we've got you covered. Get ready to deck the halls and explore some of the best destinations for Christmas vacation. From the North Pole to the enchanting markets of Vienna, from the mystical landscapes of Iceland to the vibrant streets of New York City, this article will take you on a journey around the world, showcasing the most breathtaking and festive locations to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. So pack your bags, grab your mistletoe, and join us as we uncover the ultimate holiday destinations that will make this Christmas one to remember.

Lake Tahoe

Escape to Lake Tahoe for a perfect winter holiday, where you'll find charming mountain villages and luxurious lakeside retreats. The entire region is covered in beautiful snowy landscapes, offering a picturesque getaway. You can kick off the holiday season by attending the Holiday Tree Lighting event at Heavenly Village Lake Tahoe on November 24, which features a towering 65-foot tree. In the north, Palisades Tahoe holds its traditional launch party on December 16 and 17 to celebrate the start of the ski season, complete with fireworks, live music, and winter sports activities.

North Pole, New York

Experience the magic of the North Pole in the Adirondacks at the hamlet of North Pole, NY. Known as "Santa's Home Away from Home," this small town transforms into a holiday wonderland each year. You can explore various attractions, such as Santa's blacksmith shop where magical reindeer shoes are made, the reindeer barn with live reindeer, the Saint Nicholas Chapel for a peaceful moment of reflection, and Santa's house for a visit with the man himself.

North Pole, Alaska

If you're up for an even more northern adventure, consider visiting North Pole, Alaska. This small city with a population of about 2,700 embraces its name and wintry surroundings. Even in the summer, you'll find Christmas decorations throughout the city. However, when the snow falls, it truly becomes a winter wonderland. Visit the Santa Claus House for holiday ornaments and toys, explore the holiday bazaars, and stop by Santa's Letters & Gifts for personalized notes from Santa, including "Good Girls and Boys Certificates."

Dahlonega, Georgia

Dahlonega, Georgia embodies the spirit of a classic small-town Christmas. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this charming town goes all out with beautiful holiday decorations. Throughout the month, you can enjoy the Old-Fashioned Christmas festival, which includes events like the annual tree lighting and a festive Christmas parade. Dahlonega offers the perfect setting for those seeking an old-fashioned Christmas experience, reminiscent of a Hallmark Christmas movie.

Atlanta, Georgia

Although Atlanta may not have a white Christmas, it still offers a magical holiday experience. The city showcases stunning light displays, hosts holiday festivals, and features local shopping and Christmas markets. You can even enjoy snow sports like snow tubing. Don't miss attractions like Margaritaville's Lakeside Lights Spectacular at Lake Lanier, the Atlanta Christkindl Market, and Stone Mountain Christmas at Snow Mountain Park. If you have little ones, consider visiting Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden or meeting Santa Claus at Atlantic Station. Atlanta celebrates not only Christmas but also other cultural traditions like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

Helen, Georgia

Helen, Georgia is a tiny town in Northern Georgia that embraces the holiday spirit. Despite its small size, Helen boasts a remarkable amount of Christmas cheer. During the holiday season, the town is transformed into a beautiful Winter Wonderland. Enjoy the traditional Christkindlmarkt, the annual downtown holiday parade, and even have breakfast with Santa at Unicoi State Park Lodge. For a romantic holiday getaway, Helen is the perfect destination.

Louisville, Kentucky

In Louisville, locals truly make Christmas a special celebration. The city is filled with beautifully decorated homes and a variety of local events. You'll always find something fun to do during the holiday season, from attending Paristown's Fete De Noel festival with ice skating and a holiday market to visiting Lights Under Louisville at The Mega Caverns. Don't miss Gardens Aglimmer at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens or a holiday meal at Christmas Morning Cafe, a local Christmas-themed restaurant. Louisville offers a family-friendly atmosphere and a strong sense of community, making it a delightful place to spend the holidays.

Bardstown, Kentucky

Bardstown, Kentucky is another charming town that promises a quiet and delightful Christmas experience. Tree lightings, train rides, light displays, and candlelight tours are just a few of the activities and events that make Bardstown special during the holiday season. The annual "Christmas 'Round Bardstown" festival is a major highlight, offering a variety of activities for families to enjoy. Take a train ride on the Polar Express, dine at the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, and witness the magical Light Up Bardstown event. Bardstown offers the perfect small-town charm for a memorable holiday season.

Leesburg, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia is a town rich in history and offers a picturesque setting for a holiday getaway. Stroll through the town's streets, lined with beautiful boutiques, breweries, and cafes. During the holiday season, Leesburg lights up with festive lights and decorations, creating a magical atmosphere. Explore the Holiday Tree Lighting at Town Green, visit the Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show, and be enchanted by the Christmas and Holiday Parade. Leesburg provides a perfect blend of small-town charm and proximity to Washington D.C., offering the best of both worlds for a memorable holiday experience.

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Natchitoches, Louisiana may be a small town in the South, but it knows how to celebrate Christmas in style. The city is renowned for its exceptional Christmas celebration, featuring parades, beautiful decor, and charming antique stores. The Festival of Lights, running from mid-November to early January, is a highlight, showcasing over 300,000 twinkling lights, a boat parade, and a holiday market. Natchitoches has a rich history of holiday traditions, and the Christmas festival has grown from a single-day event to a six-week extravaganza. Experience the holiday magic in Natchitoches and create lasting memories.

Orlando, Florida

Experience the most magical time of the year at the Most Magical Place on Earth by celebrating Christmas at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The amusement parks in the area, including Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando, offer special holiday events, festive decor, and enchanting experiences like "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party." Apart from the parks, Orlando boasts a wide range of other holiday activities and events, such as Dazzling Nights, Downtown for the Holidays, and Santa's Workshop Experience at ICON Park. Orlando is the perfect family-friendly vacation spot, offering fun and festive entertainment for all.

Seaside, Florida

For a coastal holiday escape, Seaside, Florida is an ideal choice. From Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Day, Seaside transforms into a Winter Wonderland, complete with holiday traditions and festive activities. Enjoy the Turn on the Town event, featuring a tree lighting ceremony, and immerse yourself in the festivities of Countdown Seaside: A New Year's Eve Celebration. Seaside provides a traditional Christmas experience with a coastal twist. With its beautiful scenery and holiday magic, Seaside is the perfect coastal getaway for a memorable Christmas vacation.

Marrakesh, Morocco

Escape the cold and experience a unique Christmas in Marrakesh, Morocco. Although Morocco can be chilly at night, it offers sunny skies and pleasant temperatures during the day. Marrakesh, known for its vibrant culture, is a perfect destination. Explore the city's bustling streets, visit the famous souks, and indulge in delicious Moroccan cuisine. Stay at luxurious hotels like The Chedi Marrakesh and discover the rich history and beauty of this enchanting city. With its blend of traditional elements and modern comforts, Marrakesh provides a one-of-a-kind holiday experience.

Muscat, Oman

If you're looking for a beach getaway during the holidays, Muscat, Oman is an excellent choice. Just a short flight away, you can arrive in Muscat and be on the beach within 15 minutes. The Chedi Muscat is a family-friendly hotel option, offering a kids' menu and a family pool. For older kids, Six Senses Zighy Bay is a hidden gem located behind the Al Hajar Mountains on the south coast. This chic resort offers activities like hiking, snorkeling, and relaxing spa treatments. Explore the beauty of Muscat, take a dhow boat trip, and immerse yourself in the Arabian desert. Muscat offers a unique holiday experience with a blend of relaxation and adventure.

Salzburg, Austria

Experience a fairy tale-like Christmas in Salzburg, Austria. This picturesque city, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, is known for its rich history and association with Mozart and The Sound of Music. Take a stroll through the charming streets of the Old Town, explore vaulted beer cellars, and shop for traditional lederhosen. To warm up in the winter chill, embark on a mountain hike and enjoy the breathtaking views. Salzburg offers an enchanting atmosphere with its baroque architecture and traditional festivities. Indulge in the city's cultural delights and revel in its magical ambiance.

Austria (The Alps & Vienna)

Austria's Alps and Vienna provide a perfect winter getaway. The Austrian Alps offer stunning skiing opportunities and a range of hotels to suit different budgets. Enjoy skiing or snowboarding while also taking advantage of equipment rentals and lessons available at the resorts. You can also indulge in activities like horse-drawn carriage rides and relaxing in hot tubs amidst the snowy scenery. In addition to the scenic beauty of the Alps, Vienna, the capital city, offers a vibrant atmosphere during the holiday season. Explore the city's Christmas markets and festivities, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage. Consider combining Austria with neighboring countries like Germany or Switzerland to explore more Christmas markets and festivals in the region. Vienna provides a fantastic starting point for your Austrian winter adventure. Stay at luxurious hotels like The Ritz Carlton Vienna and immerse yourself in the city's cultural offerings. After exploring the city, head to the Alps and stay at Hotel Jagdhaus Monzabon in Lech, Austria for a cozy and luxurious mountain retreat.

Germany (Munich)

Munich, Germany - December 18th, 2017: people and sales booth at the Christmas market in Munich, Germany. The Munich Christmas market takes place annually on the Marienplatz and the surrounding streets and is famous for its stalls selling arts and crafts. Directly on the Marienplatz, the old city hall forms the background.Getty ImagesGermany offers a unique and enchanting Christmas market experience that everyone in your group is sure to love.

“Visit Germany for its authentic Christmas Markets and fantastic festivals during this time of the year,” Khoshchynka said. “From urban Berlin to magical Munich and the Bavaria region” — Germany is a large country, so the experience can vary depending on where you go. “Try traditional German holiday treats like Lebkuchen (gingerbread cookies), Stollen (fruitcake), Marzipan, and Glühwein.”

Where to stay in Munich: Khoshchynka recommends the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost hotel, situated in the heart of the city. With 339 rooms, a French restaurant, a spa, and an indoor pool, it offers everything you need for a delightful stay.

Switzerland (Zurich)

Panoramic view over Zurich´s Christmas Market at the recently reconstructed public town squares Bellevue / Secheseläutenplatz right in front of the Opera house and next to the Zurich lake with the landmark Grossmunster cathedral in the distance.Getty ImagesSwitzerland is a truly special destination on our list. Its landscape is spectacular, the locals are incredibly friendly, and the food is divine.

“Zurich is a breathtaking winter wonderland destination with unique activities to explore, from skiing to chocolate making and some of the most breathtaking spa hotels,” Mizrahi said.

Where to stay in Zurich: “A unique hotel to consider is the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, located near Zurich. Here, clients can experience numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, a thermal spa, and stunning views of the Swiss Alps,” said Mizrahi.

Duncan Greenfield-Turk, chief travel designer at Global Travel Moments, highly recommends Baur au Lac hotel and The Dolder Grand hotel as excellent options in Zurich.

“Baur au Lac is an iconic Zurich hotel offering a serene oasis amidst the bustling city. Its proximity to the Christmas markets and the lake makes it a perfect choice,” Greenfield-Turk said. “The hotel is surrounded by a private park, providing a tranquil retreat in the heart of the city.”

“[The Dolder] Grand Hotel combines historic charm with contemporary luxury, featuring a stunning location overlooking Zurich and the Alps,” Greenfield-Turk told The Post. “The hotel boasts two Michelin-starred restaurants.”


Christmas holidays are celebrated with enthusiasm in Germany, known for its famous Christmas markets adorned with abundant mulled wine and sparkling Christmas lights. Hip Berlin offers a vibrant funfair, and you can immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit with a ticket to the Alexanderplatz show. History enthusiasts might want to venture further and spend Christmas at the luxurious ancient castle of Colditz, which held a different atmosphere during the war years. Expect the possibility of snow with temperatures often dropping below freezing in December, and an average low of -1C.

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Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah

The festivities at perennial ski resort favorite (and newly renovated!) Montage Deer Valley commence over the long Thanksgiving weekend and include activities such as ornament decorating, a holiday bazaar, gingerbread house displays, and the 10th annual tree lighting ceremony on November 25. In December, there will be a Candy Land-inspired experience, as well as a red mailbox where guests can drop their letters to Santa, destined for the North Pole. The resort's annual reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas will take place on Christmas Eve, accompanied by a three-course prix-fixe dinner (reservations recommended). On Christmas Day, a day buffet and an evening dinner will conclude the festive seasonal experiences, leading up to New Year's events.

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Dallas, Texas

Dallas is a beautiful city during the holiday season and one of the best places for a memorable Christmas vacation. The shopping in Dallas is outstanding year-round, but during the holidays, it is unrivaled!

The entire city of Dallas is adorned with stunning holiday decorations and light displays that create a magical Christmas ambiance. One of the most popular attractions in the Dallas area is the Prairie Lights Holiday Park, where visitors can immerse themselves in a holiday village, stroll through a forest of lights, enjoy carnival rides, and more! Other popular attractions include Lights at the Dallas Zoo and Holiday at the Arboretum.

Why we love it: Dallas offers a delightful Christmas experience during the holiday season. Whether you're seeking an enchanting holiday atmosphere or a place to escape the cold, Dallas has it all!

Czech Republic (Prague)

Prague, Czech Republic. Christmas Market in Stare Mesto old square, Tyn Church, Bohemia.Getty Images/iStockphotoAnother top pick by Khoshchynka is the Czech Republic.

“It offers wonderful Christmas markets with a unique Eastern European flavor,” she said. “There are fantastic castles and small towns that are worth visiting during this time of the year, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in local traditions and cultural heritage.”

Where to stay in Prague: Khoshchynka recommends staying at the Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague for its "amazing history" and excellent location. Situated in the center of Prague's historic Lesser Town district, just below Prague Castle and steps away from Charles Bridge, this hotel offers a unique experience. Originally a 13th-century monastery, the historic location features four monks still residing on the grounds. The hotel is directly connected to the Baroque St. Thomas Church and offers special tours where guests can explore an authentic Augustinian monastery and a 13th-century library without leaving the premises. 

Courchevel, France

Courchevel's era of being synonymous with excessive wealth and luxury is in the past. However, it remains a gathering place for the world's super-rich. With its wide, easy-skiing slopes, Michelin-starred restaurants, and five-star hotels, Courchevel is the epitome of luxury ski resorts. The period between Boxing Day and New Year's Eve is the most socially vibrant, with champagne bars and beautiful smiles against a backdrop of razor-sharp mountain ridges.

New Year in Courchevel can be an expensive affair, so saving where possible is wise. Consider booking a centrally located self-catering apartment in the Forum area. Brush up on your skiing skills with lessons from the New Generation Ski School (around £200 for five lessons) to ensure you can navigate the key slopeside bars without any slips. And don't wait until December 31 to start the festivities.

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Iceland is the perfect holiday destination for those in search of Christmas spirit. The festive season comes alive with lively Christmas markets featuring wooden booths filled with food, drinks, and gifts. Majestic Christmas trees stand guard, creating a true winter wonderland amidst wild lava fields and snow-capped craggy mountains. And if the cold becomes too much, there's no better time to take a warm dip in the Blue Lagoon's geothermal waters. Sub-zero temperatures also provide an excellent opportunity to embark on a self-drive journey into the mountains and witness the glimmering northern lights in the dark sky or trek near the Snaefellsjokull glacier.

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Save up to £200 per couple Available from: January 2nd, 2023 Available from: January 22nd, 2023 The Rhine is one of the best places to spend Christmas in 2022Stein am Rhein, on the banks of the Rhine in northeastern Switzerland (Getty Images)Spend the Christmas season afloat on the Rhine, accompanied by a glass of local wine as steep vineyards and historic castles slip by. A Rhine cruise offers a tranquil way to celebrate the festive season, with stops at Rhineland cities like Cologne, Koblenz, and Bonn. Here, charming Christmas markets come alive with twinkling lights, and visitors enjoy ice skating, shopping, and Christmas carols in the background.

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Scotland (Highlands & Edinburgh)

Scotland, specifically the Highlands and Edinburgh, is a fantastic destination to visit during the holiday season due to its festive atmosphere and Scottish charm. According to Metzger, travelers can make the most of their trip by combining hotel stays and excursions to experience the festivities from Christmas Day to Boxing Day, and finally Hogmanay, which is Scotland's version of New Year's Eve.

Metzger explains that Hogmanay holds more significance in Scotland than Christmas, as it is believed to have been inherited from the Vikings who placed great importance on the passing of the shortest day.

When visiting Scotland, most tourists will fly in and out of Edinburgh, which is also a wonderful city to spend time in during the holidays. Metzger highlights the various special Christmas events happening throughout the city, including the Christmas Market in Princes Street Gardens. This market keeps expanding each year and offers a wide range of shops and kiosks selling crafts, art, gifts, and food. Another captivating option is the evening light trail at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where visitors can enjoy illuminated trails with lights, music, and enchanting decorations while sipping on hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Where to stay in Edinburgh:

For a luxurious and special experience, experts recommend The InterContinental Edinburgh The George, an IHG Hotel. This five-star hotel has been welcoming guests since 1881 and is located just a short distance from the iconic Edinburgh Castle and the popular Royal Mile. Guests can indulge in prime Scottish beef at The Printing Press restaurant, which offers a variety of aged cuts, followed by delicious cocktails at the Printing Press Bar. The hotel is comprised of five listed Georgian townhouses that were built in 1775 and have historical connections to Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland's renowned novelists.

Where to stay in the Scottish Highlands:

If you're planning a trip to the Isle of Skye, the Cuillin Hills Hotel is a great choice. Situated approximately 35 miles from the famous Skye Bridge, this four-star hotel overlooks the capital town of Portree. Guests can enjoy the cozy lounge bar, explore the impressive variety of Malt Whiskies at the Malt Embassy, and relax in en-suite bedrooms with stunning mountain and sea views.

Finland (Lapland)

If you're in search of an adventurous bucket list trip, Lapland in Finland is an excellent choice. It offers not only a warm and beautiful Christmas celebration but also a great chance to see the Northern Lights, according to Khoshchynka. Travelers with young children can visit Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus. Khoshchynka suggests a range of activities to enjoy in Lapland, including dogsledding, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, reindeer safaris, ice fishing, and learning about the indigenous people of Lapland, the Sami, on a guided tour. For accommodations in Lapland, Khoshchynka recommends Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, known for its famous glass igloos that offer breathtaking views of the Northern Lights. The resort also features traditional wood chalets and the world's largest smoke sauna, as well as activities such as husky and reindeer safaris, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.


Iceland is a perfect holiday destination for those seeking Christmas spirit. The festive season in Iceland is filled with lively Christmas markets that showcase food, drinks, and gifts. The country's natural beauty enhances the winter wonderland atmosphere, with its wild lava fields, snow-covered mountains, and the soothing Blue Lagoon's geothermal waters. Visitors can take a self-drive excursion into the mountains to catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing northern lights and embark on other seasonal adventures such as trekking near the Snaefellsjokull glacier.


In Mauritius, the start of the festive season is marked by the blooming of Flame trees. These vibrant red trees typically bloom between late November and early December. The island then comes alive with hotel lobby decorations and seasonal displays in shops. Food plays a central role in Mauritian Christmas celebrations, and beach resorts like Grand Baie and Flic-en-Flac offer gala dinners and festive brunches for guests to indulge in while enjoying cocktails.


Barbados, located in the Caribbean, is a popular destination for a relaxed Christmas getaway. The island experiences a temporary lull in tourist activity between mid-September and mid-December, making it an ideal time to visit as hotel prices drop. Although there is a chance of rain, temperatures remain warm and enjoyable at around 27C. Exploring the island's wild east offers a refreshing change from the bustling beach resorts, with its dramatic shores, rolling surf, swaying coconut palms, and hilly landscapes. A visit to Bay Tavern in Martin's Bay provides a tranquil spot to relax and mingle with the locals.

The Ganges, India

Experience a luxurious Christmas cruise along India's holiest river, where the warm winter sun blends perfectly with the festive atmosphere. Embark on a journey that offers breathtaking views of misty mornings unveiling ancient temples and small boats gliding along the water, while devotees gather by the edge. Explore bustling bazaars and visit the magnificent fortresses of Jaipur and Varanasi.

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Villa Roma, Catskills, New York

If you're looking for a white Christmas experience in the Catskills, Villa Roma is your ideal destination. This all-inclusive family-focused resort, located just outside of Callicoon, New York and east of the Delaware River, offers a wide range of winter activities to keep you entertained. Enjoy three slopes for skiing and snowboarding, two snow tube runs, a ski school for beginners, and a ski chalet for après-ski relaxation by a warm fire. Don't miss out on the resort's special holiday events and packages, allowing families to celebrate in style and comfort.

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Singapore elevates the Christmas experience to new heights. The festivities begin in mid-November with the illumination of nearly four kilometers of Christmas lights in the Orchard Road shopping area. Restaurants unveil their festive menus, and Christmas Wonderland opens at Gardens by the Bay. The pinnacle of the season is the extravagant countdown and fireworks party at Marina Bay. If you prefer a more serene atmosphere, consider staying at a beach hotel like Capella Singapore on Sentosa Island. This sanctuary offers infinity pools, 30-acre gardens, and stunning views of the South China Sea, allowing you to escape the bustling holiday atmosphere.

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Australia (Sydney)

"If you are looking for a warm Christmas, this will be a great destination. You still can enjoy Christmas decorations, Christmas lights and Santa, but also you can enjoy beach parties," said Natallia Khoshchynka, a travel expert at Protravel International, a Global Travel Collection affiliate. "Australia offers different levels of adventure and relaxation starting from urban getaways to remote retreats. It's nice to celebrate Christmas and New Year in the country that celebrated it first with fantastic fireworks and Christmas Pudding."

While there are many fantastic spots in Australia for a Christmas vacation, our experts highly recommend the city of Sydney.

"Sydney is one of the most fun and lively cities to visit during the holidays. The city's decorations, energy, and array of activities create an unforgettable trip. Plus, the comfortable temperatures add to the enjoyment, as it is summer in Sydney during the holidays," said Shayna Mizrahi, travel expert at Vive Voyage, an affiliate of In The Know Experiences, a Global Travel Collection company.

Where to stay in Sydney: "Capella Hotel brings together luxury and indigenous roots. It features a remarkable collection of artwork throughout the hotel. Take advantage of complimentary events such as historian-led storytelling sessions and guided market tours," Khoshchynka recommended.

United States (New York City)

While we might be a bit biased, New York City is an incredible place to spend the holidays! The city is adorned with dazzling light displays, offers a wide range of cuisines, boasts countless coffee shops, and is packed with stores for all your shopping needs. Live entertainment is abundant, creating a festive atmosphere that is hard to resist.

"This is a favorite destination for the holidays. There are so many things to do, and the festive atmosphere is everywhere, from Rockefeller Center to Fifth Avenue stores, concerts, Broadway shows, and other smaller venue activities," said Metzger. "Skating in Central Park and Rockefeller Center under the Christmas Tree are two favorites!"

Where to stay in New York City: Whether it's your first time in the Big Apple or your hundredth, a hotel near Central Park is always a fantastic choice. The Plaza Hotel is a classic option that guarantees a special Christmas experience.

"The Plaza Hotel is an iconic, regal gem in New York. Every city usually has one or two hotels that are truly unique, and in NYC, that is The Plaza. From its beautiful royal decor to its iconic gastronomic offerings, staying there is a premier choice. It truly captures the essence of New York," Mizrahi said.

This luxurious hotel is located just steps away from Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art, and Fifth Avenue. Don't miss the timeless tradition of afternoon tea, a quintessential New York City experience.

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In conclusion, whether you're seeking a snowy wonderland, a bustling cityscape, or a tropical paradise, there are countless incredible destinations to choose from for your Christmas vacation. From the picturesque Lake Tahoe to the enchanting North Pole, Alaska, and the charming towns of Georgia, there is something for everyone. Venture further to the historic cities of Europe, such as Salzburg and Prague, or indulge in the breathtaking landscapes of Iceland and Finnish Lapland. For those yearning for a beachside retreat, the Maldives, Mauritius, or Barbados will surely delight. No matter where you decide to go, let these destinations whisk you away and create memories that will last a lifetime. So, pack your bags and let your wanderlust lead the way - your dream Christmas destination awaits.

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