‘Tis the season to vacation! December not only marks the official start of winter’s chilly weather and the upcoming holiday season but also the perfect time to get away. Celebrate your holidays and commence the new year in a new location.
Check out our favorite places to take a holiday break!
Indulge in nostalgic winter festivities by heading to New York City. You can ice skate at Bryant or Central Park, admire the huge Rockefeller Center Tree, walk down Fifth Avenue to see all of the festive window displays and enjoy the light shows all over the city. If you’re a Christmas fanatic, attend the annual Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. End the perfect holiday vacation by watching the famous ball drop in Times Square – or avoid the crowd and watch it from a building nearby. No matter what you do in New York City, it will be filled with holiday cheer!
Dating back to 1628, Nuremburg’s traditional Christmas market has become an inspiration for surrounding German markets. Rooted deep in tradition, they prohibit the sale of modern goods such as plastic garlands or commercially–produced toys. Experience the old–time magic of this market by sampling their baked goods, sipping on mulled wine and admiring all the traditional handcrafted decorations, ornaments and toys covering the wooden stalls. Visit this classic city and embrace their old world culture!
Experience the joy of the holidays in London! There is plenty to do from shopping at Harrods and attending the Nutcracker to ice skating in the open air and then warming up with Christmas–themed afternoon tea. To light up your day or night, head over to Kew Gardens which has over a million lights gleaming through the trees, gardens and buildings – kids can meet Santa and roast marshmallows while adults sip on seasonal mulled wine and shop.
If you’re wishing to escape the cold and enjoy a warm and luxurious holiday, jet off to the Dominican Republic. The weather is perfect year–round and there are numerous all–inclusive hotels you can stay in that have luxurious pools and unique tropical drinks. To ring in the New Year, go to Coco Bongo and watch the amazing performances from musicians and flying acrobats! Dance the night away and watch as the entire place erupts with excitement when the clock strikes twelve. You can’t go wrong kicking off the New Year in Punta Cana!
For a unique New Year’s extravaganza, treat yourself to an exciting trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On New Year’s Eve, approximately two million people dress up in white and head to Copacabana Beach to light candles and release flowers into the sea as an offering to the sea goddess, Lemanjá. At midnight, grand fireworks light up the sky and Brazilian music fills the air. An unforgettable experience awaits you in Brazil!