For some people, Christmas is about family and home, for others, it is about getting away. Taking a vacation at Christmas time can be exciting and a great way to avoid a lot of the stress of the holiday.
One way to enjoy a Christmas vacation is by taking a cruise. This is the perfect way to get to the warm climate that you are longing for and not having to worry about a long drive and depending on where you live, a long flight. Cruises leave the east coast of the U.S. and head for the Caribbean and the west coast and head down to Mexico. Cruising north is not something that usually happens at Christmas time. What could be more enjoyable than having your delicious Christmas meal cooked for you by a dedicated staff who wants to satisfy your every wish? The ship will be decorated for the season and there will be plenty of holiday spirit in the air.
Possibly the most popular of the warm destinations for a Christmas vacation is Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The happiest place on earth is even happier during the holidays with special parades and lights and lots more. Especially for children, there is no place quite as magical as Disney World. The weather in Orlando may not be exactly balmy at Christmas time but it is certainly very temperate and it is a rare year when a winter coat would be a necessity. A wide selection of accommodations is offered both in the park and nearby with prices that can fit almost any budget. The Disney site can help you to make all the necessary reservations including dining.
New York City is a popular Christmas destination. The city is at its best with all the festive lights, the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, the store windows with their amazing displays and ice skating in Central Park. Even the Metropolitan Art Museum has special holiday exhibits. Radio City Music Hall has their spectacular with the Rockettes and anyone who has even seen a Miracle on 34th Street knows that a visit to see Santa at Macy’s is a must for the kids. There are so many things to do that it just might become a holiday tradition.
Some popular Christmas destinations are outside of the United States. Some are quite close like Quebec City where snow is almost guaranteed and a Gallic flavor that is unique in North America. The Chateau Frontenac offers a close to ideal opportunity to enjoy a luxurious holiday.
Christmas, as we celebrate it today ,is in many ways a German tradition and visiting Germany at Christmas time is a great way to enjoy these traditions in the motherland. There will be Christmas markets, warm gingerbread, and a very festive atmosphere. You can pick almost any city but there are some that are big favorites including Cologne and Nuremberg.
These are just a few of the popular places where you can choose to spend your Christmas vacation. The best place for you will be one that offers everything that is important to you at the holidays.