5 Unique Christmas Vacations

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Most people enjoy waking up in their own home on Christmas morning or spending time with family. Some people, however, make use of the vacation time to take a trip. Just because you are traveling, though, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the Christmas spirit. Here are five unique destinations that will let you take an exciting vacation while still enjoying the joys of Christmas time.

Fairbanks, Alaska

With a holiday visit to Alaska, you’ll ensure a “white Christmas” for your family. While you may not see Santa flying through the sky, the Aurora Borealis is frequently sighted from Fairbanks. The city also offers hot springs for relaxation and dog sled rides for a little fun. Plus, if you have children, a trip to the nearby North Pole will make their Christmas extra special.

Rome, Italy

If you can’t stand the thought of skipping the Christmas Eve service, Rome may be your perfect destination. You can watch the Pope saying midnight mass inside St. Peter’s Basilica while you’re enjoying the mild winter air around the giant Christmas in St. Peter’s Square – giant TVs show mass to the occupants of the Square. Buy roasted chestnuts from street vendors and enjoy Christmas markets throughout the city. You can even don your ice skates in the evenings when an outdoor rink opens daily near Castel Sant’Angelo.

South America Cruise

December is an excellent time to jaunt to the other side of the Equator. Skip the typical Caribbean vacation and head further south. Look for a cruise to take you around the tip of the continent, visiting both Argentina and Chile. Give your whole body a vacation as you relax on a ship amidst the sultry smells of South America. Make sure you enjoy an excursion or two to the incredible wineries of the two countries and get to see the fjords of Chile!

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New Orleans, Louisiana

When you see the wrought iron of the French Quarter bedecked in greenery and lights, it’s easier than ever to see why New Orleans is reckoned to be the European city of America. And you don’t have to pay the holiday travel prices of a European flight to reach this destination! Escape from the chilly air into the St. Louis Cathedral for Christmas concerts throughout December. Indulge in the Creole tradition of the Reveillon dinner; many of the most famous New Orleans restaurants have special menus to cater to these desires! Look for your Christmas gifts in the French Market or in one of the wonderful shops along Magazine St.

Munich, Germany

Holiday weather in Munich has a tendency to strike that perfect amount of chill to put you in the Christmas spirit without

making you want to dash inside and hide under a few blankets. If this doesn’t put you in the spirit, however, it’s famous Christmas market and decoration-lined streets will. The market begins on the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent and goes through Christmas Eve. A tradition since the 1600s, the market features more than 150 craft stalls. Even better is the giant Christmas tree on the Marienplatz and the free coral concerts from the balcony of the Town Hall every Friday evening at 5:30.


Liz Childers freelances for local Tucson Bankruptcy lawyers.

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