While the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are typically spent at home with family for many, it’s also become a popular time of the year to travel. Whether you’re traveling with your family to spend the holidays together in a fun destination, or simply making the most of your available time off, Christmas and New Year’s are a great time of year to explore somewhere new! You can stay closer to home or head further afield for a totally different and unique experience. You may want to revel in winter with a snowy getaway complete with a log cabin and roaring fire, or perhaps you’d rather escape to somewhere warm. Whatever your preference, whether you’d prefer to be snug in a Christmas jumper sipping hot chocolate, or topping up your fading tan on a white sandy beach, there’s a perfect holiday waiting for you this festive season. Here’s a list of our favorite Christmas trip ideas to inspire you this season:
Traveling for the Holidays: Remarkable Christmas Trip Ideas
Where to go for a white Christmas
British Columbia, Canada
For those who want a white and wintery Christmas, Christmas trip ideas for families include heading to British Columbia’s Whistler. Whistler offers fun holiday arts and crafts markets, caroling, skating and story time with Santa, as well as an indoor kids’ play zone, and a multitude of snow sports.
Quebec City’s transformation into a Dickens-worthy Village is a fantastic holiday experience not to be missed! With snow falling on the streets, fairy lights glowing, and Christmas decorations strung up everywhere, Quebec City becomes a quaint and magical winter wonderland.
Known for the best lights displays in the West, Salt Lake City is close to the mountains as well as home to the renowned Utah Symphony and Ballet West, both of whom put on much loved holiday programs throughout the festive season for you to enjoy.
The Northeast provides many options for a picture-perfect Christmas such as Boston’s lighted trees and concerts, the beloved Hershey’s reindeer and the magical light shows. There’s usually a seasonal ice rink at Frog Pond every year, and many people visit Boston for the ski-ing.
Hop over the pond to Lapland in Finland and experience Christmas just as you have always imagined it. With a landscape covered in white snow, cosy log cabins, husky sleds and reindeer rides to name but a few things to do, this is a special Christmas trip idea for families who would love to meet Santa.
If you want a totally unique Christmas experience, then head to Iceland. You can explore frozen waterfalls and black volcanic beaches, hike between glaciers and watch the fascinating and beautiful northern lights dance in the night sky.
Where to go to escape Winter
If you’re seeking warm Christmas trip ideas, then sunny California doesn’t disappoint. With holiday festivities abounding in locales such as Napa and Santa Barbara. You can still enjoy the festive season and lights, but with a more temperate climate and palm trees.
Reasonably priced and convenient by airplane, Phoenix delivers fun in the sun alongside popular holiday events such as the Santa Train and Zoo Lights. Phoenix has Christmas lights to equal anywhere else, but you more likely to see them strung up on a cactus than a snow covered pine tree!
Florida is also home to the leader in Christmas trip ideas for families: Disney World, where you can celebrate holiday in style throughout the season with Mickey and friends. Every family should do this together at least once, and enjoy the Christmas light shows and special festive parades.
For Christmas trip ideas with a relaxed island vibe, head to Belize. Belize in the perfect place for a sunny getaway in the middle of winter! You’ll be greeted with tropical weather, heavenly beaches, and warm turquoise waters! If you can’t stand the cold and you’re missing the warmth of the sun on your skin, then this is the place for you.
Australia will be right in the middle of their summer when much fo the world is facing plummeting temperatures. A vast and diverse country with a lot to offer and plenty of family-friendly activities, Australia would be a perfect pick to escape the cold this festive season!
Festive, Cheap New Year’s Eve Trips are Within Your Reach
New Year’s Eve is the other eagerly awaited event during the festive season after Christmas, and while all the above destinations are certainly fun and festive, there may be other considerations for the big year-ending evening. You may want to spend New Year’s Eve somewhere exciting or perhaps you’d prefer to get away from all the hubbub. A bit more adult oriented, New Year’s Eve can be a fun time to go further afield and experience the festivities in a far flung destination. In the spirit of adventure, we suggest the following destinations for a cheery yet cheap New Year’s Eve trips:
London throws a great party, including monumental fireworks on the Thames River. In Scotland, Edinburgh puts on a 3-day music festival to celebrate the turning of the year and Berlin hosts one of the largest street parties in Europe. Vienna is about dancing in the new year while Reykjavik is known for ten bonfires that burn in the city just before midnight. Best of all, flights to Europe are at their most affordable during the winter months.
Cape Town, South Africa throws a big bash on the waterfront with several stages of live entertainment while Sydney, Australia hosts fireworks displays at both 9pm and midnight for a half million spectators. Closer to home, New Year’s Eve is Rio de Janeiro’s second largest event of the year with parties on Copacabana Beach until dawn. Both destinations offer good value for money, making them some of the most popular locales for cheap New Year’s eve trips.
Definitely different than a big city New Year’s party, Caribbean vacation destinations are a chance to get away from it all yet enjoy seasonal festivities with the locals. Ambergris Caye in Belize delivers a perfect tropical island experience, complete with private beachfront access to world class diving and snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef. Affordable and appealing to both adventure seekers and those who simply want to relax on a sunny beach, Ambergris Caye, Belize has something for everyone and will surely make this year’s holidays ones to remember.
We hope you enjoyed our post on the ‘Top Christmas and New Years Eve Trips Ideas’ this year and hope that you have felt inspired to try something new this festive season! We wish you and all your family a magical Christmas and happy holidays!