Christmas is a time for celebration, and what would be a better way of celebrating than traveling with the people you love the most? Christmas is a wonderful time to go for a vacation, simply because there's nothing better than spending it with loved ones, and secondly, because there's no hassle of taking leave. Moreover, many people also get a fat annual bonus before the season sets in, thereby reducing financial strain. Thus, traveling becomes easier. But where does one go? Cutting right to the chase, here are some of the hottest (or do I mean cold?) destinations that you could consider visiting. The choice is based on the activities you can do there, and they are in no particular order.
San Diego, in California, has some of the best vacation options for you if you are planning a Christmas vacation. This coast is where the very popular gray whales migrate from each year on their annual trip from the Bering Sea to Baja. Come December, you'll find them in crowds of as many as 25,000, all in the sea off the San Diego coast. This is also the time when some of the greatest whale watching tours of the world are conducted here.
You can board a catamaran from the shore, and you will be driven mid-ocean for a day, two days, or even up to a fortnight, if you wish. The best festivities will be present right on board for you. And who will come to the party? Expect some porpoises, dolphins, sharks, turtles, and exotic birds whose names you'll never remember. And of course, a gray whale or two!
One of the best things that happens in December is the start of the skiing season, in most places. For the winter sports aficionados, this could be one of the greatest things to happen all year. One of the best destinations for a spot of winter skiing is Lake Tahoe in Nevada. The lake does freeze over, and the ski resorts open up to welcome skiers from all around the world. The snow is pristine and welcoming to everyone.
Even if you know nothing about skiing, you can enjoy the beautiful sights the wintry nature has to offer, and you can binge on the special lunches laid out for the snow-revelers, which typically consists of smoked or grilled salmon, lobster bisques, and chocolate tortes that climb up to five layers!
Three huge amusement parks will keep you engaged here - the world famous Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando Resort. You will also find the buildings of Disney-MGM Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and the Typhoon Lagoon within the Walt Disney World Resort.
If you want to check out some of the best shopping destinations, you can head to The Florida Mall or The Mall of Millennia. Orlando also boasts of The World's Largest McDonald's PlayPlace. Simply put, this is one Christmas vacation destination where you should pack your bags to, especially if you're taking your kids along.
If you want to be in the heart of Christmas festivities, and still be away from your own home, Hershey, in Pennsylvania, would be your best bet. The town, named after a brand of chocolate, can be nothing else but sweet (for those of you interested in factoids, Hershey was originally Derry Church, but the immense popularity of Hershey's Chocolate found here was the reason of its rechristening into Hershey!).
Here, you can visit Hershey's Chocolate Land, and take a chocolate tour during the heart of the Christmas season. The whole thing is a treat to watch, bedecked with some of the best light displays you might have ever seen. Hersheypark, a recreation amusement park, owned by The Hershey chocolate company has no fewer than a million lights. In addition, you will find several churches where you can attend mass, and gourmet restaurants too.
You can also enjoy some other free benefits, such as horse tours, concerts, sleigh rides, etc. The town is also famous for the 1890 farmhouse, and you can get admission for as low as $12. Woodstock promises a lot of fun and entertainment, and if you don't want to miss out on the action, ensure that you are there around the second week of December.
Visiting Disneyland is every child's dream, and what better way to celebrate the Christmas season! Even if you have taken your kids to Disneyland before, taking them during Christmas is a completely new experience of its own. The place is lit up and decorated beautifully with all kinds of decorations.
It's so enthralling to see a sixty-foot-tall Christmas tree, fantasy parade, grand fireworks, and a lot more. The only problem is that, Disneyland is extremely crowded during Christmas time. However, if you don't mind that, it is definitely worth a visit.
Across the Globe
We all know there are scores of places to visit across the globe. The platter and variety is so large, that pinpointing a particular place is not an easy task. Nevertheless, let's take a look at some of the places that you can visit during this holiday season.
While it's winter over here, it's summer over there. If you want your Christmas to be warm and lively, head straight to Sydney, where Bondi and Manly play perfect hosts to more than 50,000 tourists. If you are a beach person, you would certainly relish the tan, accompanied by awesome food and loads of beer.
Got a lot of time on your hands ? Well, then you should not think twice before booking your tickets to Edinburgh this Christmas season. Known all over as one of the best vacation spots for Christmas, the festivities here last for more than a month. Carry loads of cash with you as the German Christmas Market has several tempting things which you can't afford to miss.
Goa is a place known for its pristine beaches, chilled out attitude, party life, and good food. Moreover, this is your chance to visit India. Christmas is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in Goa. The streets are bustling with energy, with all kinds of special foods being sold in tiny stalls. You can attend the elaborate parties held on Goa's beaches. There are special cruises as well which you can enjoy.
Patinoire du Bassin Bonsecours in Old Montreal is great if you are into ice-skating, and it will not disappoint people seeking Christmas-themed activities too. The lighting of Place Ville-Marie's Christmas tree gives a gracious start to the festival season marked by carols, parades, and lots of shopping.
These were some of the best Christmas vacation spots around. Although the list is not exhaustive, and we might have inadvertently missed out on some great vacations spots, you are always welcome to suggest places you feel can be wonderfully awesome to visit this Christmas season.