Destination: Christmas

If you are planning on breaking away from a holiday spent at home check out these towns that will make you feel like you jumped straight into a Christmas card.


 

Lapland, Finland

This winter wonderland is filled with fresh fallen snow, sleighs pulled by reindeer and even hotels made out of igloos; what else could you possibly ask for?!

 

London, England

 Channel your inner ghosts of Christmas past and walk down the same cobblestone streets and visit the houses where Scrooge, Tiny Tim and Pickwick once lived. Make sure to also stop by the many holiday markets in the town to pick up a unique, handcrafted gift.

 

Quebec, Canada

Quebec is the perfect place to get caught up in the Christmas spirit. The narrow snow covered streets and famous Marchede Noel (Christmas markets) gives this town a winter fairy tale twist to its Old World charm.

 

New York City, New York

Christmas in New York. Between the department store window holiday displays and snow covered central park, there really is no place like it.

 

Breckenridge, Colorado

 

Breckenridge is the perfect combination of high intensity adventures and relaxation. Spend your mornings and afternoons snowshoeing, skiing, dog-sledding or snow mobilizing and spend your evenings at the picture perfect après-ski spots around town. My two favorites is the Friday afternoon club on top of Keystone Mountain and in downtown Breckenridge.

 

Dresden, Germany

 The town of Dresden, Germany becomes one of Europe’s most festive destinations during December. It is home to the original and oldest Christmas markets known as Christkindlmarkt which dates back to 1435 and holds enough Christmas spirit to erase all thoughts of over priced items, crowded department stores and Christmas fatigue. There are a total of 11 different markets that make up the Christkindlmarkt and each one has it’s own flair and pizzazz. Enjoy a Glühwein — hot mulled wine while strolling and selecting the best Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

 

Bethlehem, Isreal

What better place to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas than where it all began. Bethlehem is home to the birthplace of Jesus and the center of all nativity history that is celebrated around the world. The Church of the Nativity now sits upon the spot where Jesus was born and thousands make the pilgrimage each year and attend the midnight mass and gather in the Manger Square.


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