Every year you go to Aunt Martha's for Christmas Eve and then to Grandma's for Christmas day. What about trying something new this year? Christmas time can be a great time to take off for a few days and just get away from it all. Regardless of your interest, there are so many options when it comes to Christmas trips, you're sure to find something you like. Here just seven great ideas for exciting Christmas trips.
New York City tops the list of great Christmas trips. From ice skating at Rockefeller Center to seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music hall, New York offers something for everyone. The city lights up with the holidays, so you're sure to get a festive feeling. For those looking for a shopping adventure, this is one of the Christmas trips you won't want to miss. In addition to all of the great stores New York has, it also plays home to the Bryant Park Fete de Noel, Christmas in Little Italy, the Union Square Holiday Market and the Grand Central Holiday Fair.
Lake Tahoe is the next on the list of great Christmas getaways. Lake Tahoe offers skiing, fine dining and great nightlife. With the beautiful snow covered mountains, you'll feel like you're on a page from a Christmas tale. If Lake Tahoe is a little too far away, don't forget about the great skiing resorts of Vermont. Just like Lake Tahoe, the ski resorts of Vermont offer the traditional snowy atmosphere we associate with Christmas, making it yet another must-see destination on the list of great Christmas trips.
Venturing outside the US, one of the top Christmas getaways has to be the Christkindlmarkts of Germany. Christkindlmarkt translates to Christmas Market. In many German cities, the downtown areas are transformed into open air markets featuring all of the delights of Christmas from music to food to arts and crafts.
If you're looking for a departure from the traditional Christmas trips, an island getaway is your answer. Winter is a great time to visit the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic. There you can enjoy the sandy beaches, warm sun and laid back atmosphere. You can choose to spend your time by the pool, or venture out into the Dominican Republic's sugar cane fields and forests. Dive into the crystal blue waters and swim with the fish, dolphins and other sea creatures that populate this overlooked Caribbean destination. No matter what you do, you're sure to feel like you're truly getting away from it all.
Another one of the great Christmas trips is a cruise. Cruising is quickly becoming the vacation of choice for many travelers. When you book a cruise, you automatically reserve your hotel room, your dining and your transportation - all in one convenient location. Cruises run all over the world - from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean to Alaska. Sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving for you.
Last but certainly not least in the list of great Christmas trips, those traveling with children can choose to go in search of Santa. Several travel companies offer trips to Lapland, Finland. There you'll find the Artic Circle virtually transformed into a Santa theme park, complete with elves and reindeer running around in the woods. Guides will help you explore the Artic tundra in search of the ever elusive St. Nick.
Wherever you decide to go for the holiday season, be sure to bring your patience. While getting away from it all seems like a great idea, your first obstacle will be to get there without too much hassle. Christmas time is one of the busiest travel times of the year, so just remember that everyone wants to get where they're going too - so just have a little patience and dream of the wonderful destination that awaits you.