Do you want to spend Christmas anywhere except home this year? You are absolutely not alone in feeling this way. Often when the weather starts to get colder and it looks dreary outside, people’s thoughts tend to go to sunny beaches and far away lands to take us away from the stress of everything. Even if you do love the cold weather, sometimes it’s nice to head out of town and go somewhere with more unique sites to see and places to stay. Here are four fantastic places to head away and get a fresh perspective on life while you enjoy the holiday season.
Nothing beats a vacation rental that overlooks the beautiful Rocky Mountain range. When you can wake up to see the snow falling on Aspen slopes, you know the skiing is going to be amazing. The closer you are to the mountain, the more likely you’ll be to hit the fresh powder before anyone else gets there.
If you like the look of snow but don’t love the cold or whipping down a mountain, you can always stay inside and cozy up to a glass of hot chocolate and someone special with your favorite holiday movie playing in the background. When you do decide to venture out, five-star dining and shopping await. Breckenridge, Aspen, Salida, and Steamboat Springs are all popular destinations for holiday vacations, so book your trip now to ensure you’ll get a spot at the hotel you want.
Forget the snow, ice, and wind, and head to the warm Hawaiian climate. The Big Island provides guests a new way to celebrate the holidays in a vacation rental. From long massages and facials to exciting excursions, Hawaii can wind you up or help you settle down. Eat dinner on the beach or take part in the theme of the evening. If you have the kids with you, then give them the television remote for hours of Christmas movies and shows.
If you get nostalgic for Christmas while you’re enjoying the warm weather, fear not! Most major cities have Holiday display lights, Santa meetings for kids, religious holiday services, and sometimes even parades. After you’ve gotten your fill of all things Christmas, hit the beach to catch some sun, waves, and surf again.
Nantucket in Massachusetts
When you’re thinking of where to go for Christmas, the northeast might not be the first place you think of. However, few places celebrate Christmas quite as well as Nantucket, Massachusetts. Enter the Annual Christmas Stroll or take pictures in the immaculate old town setting. This naval town is chock full of charm and festive scenes with cobblestone walks and dozens of trees full of lights. Visitors love to check out the storefronts that many say rival the greats in New York during the holiday season. If you’re looking for something less tropical and more traditional for your Christmas this year, look no further than Nantucket.
If you want to go foreign for Christmas this year, take a leap across the pond to Great Britain. London has plenty to offer for traditional Christmas lovers who want a big city feel for the holiday. Step into a snow globe scene as soon as you walk onto Hyde Park. From the lights from top to bottom and the delicious treats, London is aglow during the holidays. Every hotel and shop is lit up, and the streets smell of fresh pastries. The streets are full of holiday market stalls and vendors with unique trinkets and gifts. Enjoy a day of shopping while getting your fill of mouthwatering scones and tea.
For a warmer holiday with Christmas traditions that might be new to you, consider a trip to Los Cabos, Mexico. You’ll enjoy warm weather on a variety of beautiful beaches. The locals here celebrate Three Kings Day on January 6th, so if you take a trip after Christmas you’ll still get to experience local holiday festivities. Los Cabos is home to a variety of resorts and hotels perfect for families or couples looking to sit back and relax for a while.
If you are looking forward to spending time outside on your vacation, Los Cabos is perfect for day cruises, sailing, and beach tours. The Christmas holiday season is also perfect for whale watching, should you choose to do that as an activity.
Each of these destinations features an end of the year celebration to top off the holiday season. From fireworks to lavish treats, there are tons of things to do safely. End your year with a trip to one of these popular places to get away from it all and experience something new. Learn the history of the area by taking in virtual tours to some of the top places in your favorite city. With each vacation you go on you never know what place you’re going to fall in love with next.
Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.