There may be no place like home for the holidays, but the truth is that December is traditionally one of the best times for a special family vacation. Whether you’re creating lasting memories with the kids, or planning a romantic getaway, there are certain places that just come alive in the holiday season. Here is a list of the 10 best December vacations.
New York City is simply magical in December. From the seasonal shop windows to the glittering Christmas lights and skating at the Rockefeller Center
, the city turns into a real winter wonderland. Take in the Rockettes at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
. Enjoy a carriage ride through snowy Central Park. Be inspired at a performance of the Messiah at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Visit London in December, and you will find Christmas markets, carol concerts, and a city alive with holiday spirit. The heart of London’s Christmas celebrations is in Trafalgar Square
. Visitors of all ages flock to Trafalgar Square to see the giant Christmas tree next to Nelson’s Column. There are also beautiful outdoor skating rinks at the historic Tower of London
and Somerset House
For a sunny December escape, head to Miami. The city is trendsetter for culture, fashion and food. Millions of visitors come to Miami all year round for the beaches and canals, as well as for the lovely Art Deco
buildings that line South Beach
and the thriving culture of Little Havana
. Enjoy the world class restaurants and the hot night clubs, not to mention the perfect warm and sunny weather.
No list of the 10 best December vacations would be complete without a mountain snow destination. For a fun family vacation on the slopes, book a stay in the incredible ski resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The gorgeous Teton Mountains
offer incredible runs for all levels of skiers. If you don’t want to ski, sign the kids up for ski school while you soak in a hot tub.
If you want to get in touch with the true holiday spirit, why not travel to the Holy Land itself? Tens of thousands of people come to Israel every December to visit the spiritual sights in this incredible land. Visit Bethlehem
, the Sea of Galilee
, as well as the Temple Mount
and the Western Wall
Scotland’s capital knows how to host a holiday season. Starting in mid-November, the city stages six weeks of celebrations. George Street
turns into a glittering spectacle of Christmas lights and decorations. The city opens a large outdoor Christmas market, selling gifts, treats and mulled wine.
Anyone wanting a down-home kind of December holiday should plan to visit Nashville. All the grand old Nashville homes are open to public tours, and decorated with exquisite southern taste. There are also many holiday parties, Christmas cruises, and of course, wonderful Christmas concerts.
To add a little Latin flavor to the 10 best December vacations, Christmas in Puerto Rico
is celebrated in true Latin style. The party starts in November, and culminates in one of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations in North America. There are carolers who wander the streets of San Juan singing, and midnight mass on Christmas Eve is often celebrated with re-enactments of the Nativity scene.
Holiday events in Charleston are as genteel and welcoming as the city itself. Parks are lit up with millions of Christmas lights, downtown Charleston stages a fun and festive Christmas parade and visitors can get on board with the annual tradition of the Parade of Boats
on Charleston’s waterfront.
Every child dreams of a trip to Orlando as a Christmas present! Why not book a trip to visit Disney World
, Universal Studios
and have a family holiday adventure that you will remember forever?
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