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The 10 Best Christmas Vacations for 2019 | SmarterTravel

The 10 Best Christmas Vacations for 2019 | SmarterTravel

These meaningful, multicultural, and inclusive Christmas vacation spots will fill you with warmth and cheer this holiday season.

Rome offers the chance to hear the Pope give Christmas mass at the famous St. Peter’s Basilica or to shop in style at the Christmas markets at Piazza Navona or the Spanish Steps. The holiday markets of Quebec City enhance the destination’s natural Old World charm and transport travelers to a winter wonderland. A pilgrimage to Israel offers a host of reverent and joyful holiday celebrations, from visiting the Church of Nativity to the nightly lighting of the menorah at the Western Wall.

What better way to celebrate the holidays than a trip to the North Pole? At North Pole, Alaska, it’s Christmas year-round with holiday themed décor and nearly 400,00 letters to Santa arriving every year. Head further south for a warm-weathered holiday in Southern California, where you can experience Christmas at Disneyland or Kwanzaa in Pasadena, or the Canary Islands off the northwestern coast of Africa, where you can enjoy the holiday season relaxing on 900-miles of sun-drenched coastline.

For travelers who love the cold weather, Christmas in Southern Iceland offers opportunities for dog sledding, ice skating, and ice cave exploration coupled with the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the northern lights. San Juan, Puerto Rico offers a similarly unique holiday experience, with festive rum cocktails called coquitos and the music of the parrandas, Puerto Rico’s take on carolers.

Enjoy the spectacle of Christmas in Rio de Janeiro, where the world’s largest floating Christmas tree presides over Copacabana Beach. Finally, for travelers who want a true vacation, kick back on a Christmas-time cruise and let others do the holiday work for you. Wherever you celebrate, happy holidays!

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