10 Holiday Vacation Destinations

by Nov 20, 2022

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and you may be planning how you will spend your time. If you prefer to travel for the holidays, we have some suggestions for you to consider! Here is a list of 7 Holiday vacation destinations, sure to result in some amazing memories this season!

Traveling for the Holiday Season

If you prefer to go away for the holidays, now is the time to get it planned if you haven’t started already! It is, after all, that time of year! While many people enjoy spending time with their families in familiar places for the holiday season, you may prefer to create some holiday memories by going somewhere different. This is a common occurrence as many people prefer to give the gift of memories!

There are many wonderful destinations to consider if you are looking for a vacation during the holiday season. Some options are great for a last-minute trip while others would work better with more planning, perhaps for 2023!

Orlando, Florida

The Walt Disney World Resort is known to be “The Most Magical Place on Earth” and that is even more true during the holiday season! All the theme parks and resorts are festively decorated, and your favorite characters are ready to greet guests in their holiday best. There are also specially-themed events such as the Candlelight Processional and so much more! The beloved Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has also returned this year!

The Holidays at Universal Orlando are in full swing now! The celebration includes the magical experience of exploring Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Warm Butterbeer is the answer to everything! In addition, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is always a wonderful experience, included with your park admission. GrinchmasTM is another can’t-miss experience, with a show featuring music and fun. You could even say hello to the Green Meanie himself, with a meet & greet opportunity with the GrinchTM.

Anaheim, California

There’s more than one way to experience the Disney magic during the holiday season! Head to the Disneyland Resort to experience “The Happiest Place on Earth”, with all its holiday glory! At Disneyland Park, make sure you see Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and the holiday parade – A Christmas Fantasy Parade. Look for your favorite Disney friends dressed in their holiday best and don’t miss some of the festive treats, such as the Mickey Gingerbread cookie!

At Disney California Adventure, the Disney Festival of the Holidays allows guests to get a taste of the season with a variety of food kitchens offering drinks and bites from cultures around the world. Then, don’t miss World of Color – Season of Light. This seasonal show is a beautiful combination of water, light, and Disney stories and music.

Then, be sure to stop by the resort hotels and the Downtown Disney District too to take in all of the beautiful holiday décor. At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, there is a beautiful annual gingerbread house. The details are just amazing!

Cruising or an All-Inclusive Resort

If you want to go somewhere warm and have everything you need at your fingertips this holiday season, a cruise or an all-inclusive resort may be the perfect option for you!

With many cruise lines lifting the Covid-19 testing and vaccination requirements, there are so many options available for an amazing cruise vacation. Whether you want to head to the Caribbean, Mexico, or even Europe, there is likely an itinerary available for that! Some itineraries are seasonal so it’s also possible to start planning and then have something to look forward to after the holidays!

If you prefer to stay at one destination for the length of your trip, there are wonderful all-inclusive resorts available throughout the Caribbean and Mexico. While some resorts are already sold out for the holidays, you can plan for a future trip after the holidays or even next year’s holiday! In addition, there are MANY great resorts available. Whether you prefer adults-only in St. Lucia or family fun in Cancun, your Key to the World Travel Advisor can work with you to find the best fit!

New York City, New York

The holiday season is one of the most exciting times to visit the Big Apple! Yes, it will be cold but the city is exceptionally magical during this time of year. There is also a lot to see and do that will help you stay warm!

A few examples of things to do include:

  • The Rockefeller Christmas Tree
  • Seeing The Nutcracker at the Lincoln Center
  • Seeing the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Musical Hall
  • Explore the Holiday Markets and window displays on 5th Avenue
  • Ice skating in Central Park or Bryant Park

These are just a few examples of options but there are countless tours, entertainment, and more throughout the city.

Breckenridge, Colorado

Are you ready to embrace the winter? Maybe you love skiing and other winter sports but want a cozy winter retreat for the holidays. Breckenridge, Colorado checks all those boxes!

Breckenridge is a popular ski town, but it is transformed each December into a Victorian-themed Christmas town. Enjoy the lighting of the Breckenridge tree at the beginning of December. Then, enjoy a variety of holiday festivities including carriage rides, shopping and more.

Prague, Czech Republic

Well known for its gothic architecture and unique cultural traditions, Prague is even more amazing during the holiday season.

The famed Christmas markets are filled with delicious food, ornaments, and other hand-made gifts. Plus, make sure to stop at Old Town Square. It’s here that you will find a stable, complete with farm animals and a traditional nativity. There are also beautiful holiday lights and music throughout the city. It’s certainly a sight to see and memories will be made!

Strasbourg, France

Known as the Capital of Christmas, Strasbourg is a top destination in Europe during the holiday season. There are so many reasons for this, including the fact that Strasbourg is home to France’s oldest Christmas market. The city transforms into several themed Christmas villages that are sure to delight your senses!

There is a Christmas program with concerts and a variety of cultural events. In addition, don’t miss farm-fresh foods and an endless choice of mulled Alsatian wines from 300 different chalets set up throughout the city.  You can shop, eat, and enjoy the ambiance of the beautiful city.

Salzburg, Austria

Here’s a fun fact for you. The well-known Christmas carol “Silent Night” was written about the town of Salzburg by a young priest named Joseph Franz Mohr. The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber and is now known in many different languages around the world. There is a reason that this city inspired such a beautiful song. From the stunning views of the Alps to the filming locations of the classic movie The Sound of Music, this city is beautiful any time of the year. However, the popular Christmas Market brings even more magic and beauty, making this a must during the holiday season.

Paris, France

In the words of Audrey Hepburn, Paris is always a good idea. This is definitely the case during the holidays. December is not considered the high season in Paris. It is cold but there are lower crowds and the city is beautifully decorated for the holiday season.

While the Christmas markets are not quite as elaborate as other destinations in Europe, there are several throughout the city. Visitors will find opportunities to shop, taste different treats such as crepes with Nutella, and of course drink the famous vin chaud, mulled spiced wine. In Paris, the Christmas decorations are no joke! It is well worth exploring the different areas of the city. In fact, there are even guided tours to see them.

Other highlights during this time of year include Montmarte. This is a popular Instagram photo spot but it will be much less busy during the winter months. You might consider attending mass at the Sacre-Coeur on Christmas, as there are several times available. Alternatively, head to a Moulin Rouge show or the Trocadero to see winter views of the Eiffel Tower. Then, make sure you head to one of the cafes in the city to enjoy traditional French onion soup!

Reykjavik, Iceland

If you are looking for a bucket list trip, why not consider an adventure to Iceland? From searching for the Northern Lights to a tour of the Golden Circle, this would be an amazing way to spend your holiday! There are so many unique traditions here as well, such as the “Yuletide Lads”. Make sure that you taste some of the traditional holiday food such as “laufabraud” and “Sara”. Then, make sure that you explore the Yule Town Christmas market to find handmade gifts, decorations, and more.

There are several guided tour options available or your travel advisor can help you with all of the details to navigate this destination on your own.

The Gift of Travel

Memories and experiences are one of the best gifts you can give to your loved ones. Why not give the gift of travel? Whether you opt to go away for the holiday season or plan a trip for the future, a vacation is always an amazing opportunity where many memories will be made.

There are plenty of ways to reveal this type of gift too! Why not get planning today?


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