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Do you want to experience a traditional Christmas retreat, like visiting Santa Claus in Lapland or a genuine German market, or would you rather have some winter sun? These are 10 of the best places to spend Christmas this year, regardless.


1. Washington, D.C.

This December, visit the nation's capital for the ideal fusion of festive spirit and engaging events that the whole family will love. There are so many amazing things to do in Washington, D.C., and since many of them are free, you can save your money for some last-minute holiday shopping. To escape the cold, visit one of the famous Smithsonian institutions, dress warmly and visit the National Zoo, or stroll along the National Mall and take in the winter decorations. For convenient access to the city's most attractive district, choose lodgings at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown.

2. Highlands, North Carolina

This holiday season, visit Highlands, North Carolina, for a quaint, small-town Christmas that feels like it came right out of a Hallmark movie. This charming village is one of the coziest locations to visit for Christmas because it is situated in the southern Appalachian Mountains, inside the Nantahala National Forest.

3. New York, New York

Christmas in New York City is unlike any other. It's truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to stroll through a city decked with glistening lights and towering trees while enjoying hot cocoa or last-minute gift shopping. You can take part in cherished seasonal customs like the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes and the holiday bazaars.

4. Saint Lucia

Go to Saint Lucia if spending time on a warm beach with white sand is your idea of a "white Christmas." From December 21 to January 1, luxurious Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, provides a complete schedule of holiday festivities, including Santa visits, a traditional Christmas dinner, a New Year's Eve beach party, and more. Of course, you may also spend your days relaxing on the lovely beach or making use of the resort's numerous services and activities.

5. London, United Kingdom

Spending the holidays in London has a certain allure. The city comes to life during the holidays with all of the glistening lights, Christmas markets, themed pop-up pubs, and numerous ice skating rinks spread out from Hyde Park to the Queen's House Greenwich. For a genuinely festive experience, book a night at The Lanesborough in London - The luxurious hotel features lovely holiday decor, in-suite Harvey Nichols shopping, and the choice to have your room entirely decorated as part of the hotel's Christmas in Residence program.

6. Bavaria, Germany

Spend the Christmas season in this charming area in southern Germany. Begin your journey in Munich, where you may have mulled wine while exploring the quaint city. Go skiing in the German Alps or find the Christmas spirit in fantasy tiny villages like medieval Rothenburg, but watch out for the creepy Krampus, a terrifying Christmas beast of local folklore.

7. Solvang, California

If you won't be able to spend this winter exploring the picturesque streets of London or Munich, you can still have a taste of Europe right here in the United States. A group of Danes established the little community of Solvang in the Santa Ynez Valley of California in the early 1900s. They established this charming Danish village, now renowned for its European architecture and Danish enterprises. Check the website for details on this year's festivities. Solvang normally hosts Julefest every holiday season, complete with festive activities and decorations. Another option is to book a room at one of the charming boutique hotels in the city, like The Landsby or the Winston.

8. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Any time of year is a terrific time to travel to Santa Fe. The city, which is well-known for its culture, culinary scene, and gorgeous surroundings, often conducts holiday festivities throughout December. Even local winter sports are available at Ski Santa Fe, a short drive away. Consider staying at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, which offers a variety of holiday facilities, or reserve a room at the La Fonda on the Plaza to spend the night on the famed Santa Fe Plaza.

9. The Maldives

Go to the Maldives if you'd rather trade in your snowshoes for a swimsuit this holiday season. Make the most of it by visiting the location that is at the top of many tourists' wish lists because this can be the ideal time of year for an extended holiday in a far-off location. Both The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands and Conrad Maldives Rangali Island provide luxurious lodgings as well as family-friendly activities.

10. Rovaniemi, Finland

Why not spend the holidays in the hometown of Santa Claus? The Santa Claus Village and SantaPark are located in Rovaniemi, the Finnish Lapland region's capital, and are where visitors may find Santa Claus as well as reindeer and other holiday attractions. The polar landscapes are blanketed with snow throughout the winter, and you may even be able to see the northern lights. Many hotels offer the renowned glass igloos as lodging, providing breathtaking views of the northern lights from your own room.


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