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Travel goals for this Christmas

Here’s a list of the best places around the world to travel during the beautiful snowy season of Christmas. It’s a list like no other!

Napapiiri in Lapland, Finland:

A smart town doesn’t let the natural presence of reindeer, snowy backdrops, and a location straddling the Arctic Circle go to waste. This is a place with conditions prime for holiday revelers and where Christmas fantasies abound.

The region boasts two major St. Nick-themed parks: The Santa Claus Village, a popular amusement park which draws families from all over Europe and Santa Park, which is geared more toward children, but features impressive ice sculptures and quaint shops.

While there’s truth to the notion that there’s no place like home for the holidays, there are places to visit at Christmastime, like Napapiiri, that offer a yuletide experience to rival any.


New York, USA:

Some locations, such as New York, are old Yuletide standbys that are much more impressive in person. The tree at Rockefeller Center is almost certainly the world’s most famous Christmas tree, but it’s only the centerpiece for a city-wide Christmas display. You can make a pretty strong case that more people care about the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center than the one at the White House. And there’s something about the holiday decorations that makes even locals gawk like tourists, especially when the snow falls during those lucky years.

Nothing beats carriage rides through Central Park, the elaborate department store displays, and strolls through the some of the city’s classic brownstone-lined streets. And it’s not just Manhattan that puts on a show during the holidays. Neighborhoods such as Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and Ozone Park in Queens are famous for their over-the-top Christmas decoration competitions.


Puerto Rico:

Some destinations are more unexpected, but upon closer inspection have unique Christmas traditions in ways you might never have considered. It’s further from Santa’s home base and native climate, but Christmas in Puerto Rico gets going early in December, and after the 25th becomes an intense two-week affair filled with food, family and parties. Visitors should expect an offering of coquito, a rum and coconut-based drink that is similar to eggnog. Stay in Old San Juan and make sure to enjoy the seasonal Puerto Rican holiday food, such as the meat and spice-filled pastries known as pasteles, or pernil, a seasoned, baked pork shoulder that’s on almost every table.

Shake off old sledding traditions and visit the surfer’s paradise of Rincon while you’re visiting warmer climes. The festivities don’t stop until January 6, Three Kings Day, where Puerto Rican families get together for one last Christmas party.



Want more of an old-school approach to your holiday pursuits? Book a ticket to Amsterdam, the country where Santa Claus himself was born. The Dutch Christmas celebration is a bifurcated affair, with “Sinterklaas” arriving on December 5 to bring all of the good children gifts and Christmas being celebrated on the 25th, a time reserved for family and close friends. No matter what time you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a city that positively twinkles with white lights everywhere you look, with reflections from the city’s canals creating a magnificent mirroring effect–that is, unless you’ve hit one of those lucky Christmases when the temperature drops enough to turn the canals to ice.

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