While many people would think that summer is the only time to take a vacation, the colder months of the year offer just as many opportunities for those looking to explore a bit more of the world. After all, winter is also a time when many people like to take a break from the everyday and spend time with loved ones, and there’s no reason this can’t be done on vacation. There are many options out there for those seeking a December getaway, and below we are going to take a look at just four of them.
New York City
For those who don’t want to travel too far from home, but still want a great experience, look no further than the Big Apple. The holidays are truly a magical time of the year here, with the city coming alive in a festive flurry of Christmas lights, decorations, and holiday cheer, and places like this Luxury Hotel Marmara Park Avenue prepare themselves to welcome tourists from all around the world. From the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree to beautiful shop displays, and even local neighborhoods like Dyker Heights getting fully into the Christmas spirit, it’s impossible not to feel the festive cheer when walking around the city.
One of the best things to do during a winter visit is to experience one of the many ice skating rinks around the city, including the one in Central Park. You could also take a walk around the park and spot some of the locations that have been used in TV shows and, of course, favorite festive movies like Elf. When it comes to entertainment, New York City’s winter offerings are vast. From the iconic Radio City Christmas Spectacular to performances of The Nutcracker Ballet at Lincoln Center, there is no shortage of seasonal shows for all to enjoy.
For those looking for a winter wonderland with more snow than you could ever wish for, Lapland is a dream come true. Located in the far north of Finland, this area is known for its stunning natural beauty and diverse range of activities to enjoy during the colder months. From snow-covered forests and lakes to rolling hills blanketed in snow, the picturesque landscape of Lapland is truly a sight to behold. Lapland is also an ideal winter destination for animal lovers, as it is home to some of the best known Arctic wildlife on the planet, including reindeer, lynx, arctic foxes and snowy owls, among others.
However, the biggest draw for families with young children to Lapland is that it is the home of Santa Claus. Every year, countless tourists flock to this picturesque region in search of unforgettable experiences with the jolly old man himself. There are also plenty of winter activities in Lapland that all ages can enjoy. For those looking to explore the region’s natural beauty, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular options. Travelers can even go on a high-speed husky drawn sled or climb aboard a slightly more gentle reindeer sled for an unforgettable ride through this snowy paradise.
Berlin is one of the most popular winter vacation destinations, with tourists from around the world coming to enjoy the German capital, which boasts a wide variety of attractions, from its renowned museums to its bustling nightlife. Berlin is an ideal winter destination for those looking to escape harsher climates at home. With temperatures that rarely drop below freezing and only rare snowfall, travelers can make the most of their vacation without having to worry about extreme weather and the implications that this can have on things like travel arrangements.
Berlin is renowned for its festive and traditional Christmas markets, which are considered a must-see in the city during winter. With over 60 markets across the city, there is something for everyone with live entertainment, local delicacies and craft workshops to keep visitors occupied. These markets are the perfect place to experience some of the best of German culture, and visitors will find stalls selling everything from handmade ceramics and wooden decorations to iconic German snacks like bratwurst and pretzels. And, of course, no market would be complete without bar stalls selling German beer and Glühwein (spiced wine) for everyone to sit down and unwind after exploring.
When winter rolls around, there are some who are looking to trade the gray skies and chill for sunshine, white sand beaches, and ocean breezes. The Maldives is one of the most popular destinations for those seeking a winter getaway in the sun. With crystal clear waters and a beautiful tropical landscape, the Maldives offer an array of activities so, whether you’re searching for a romantic escape or just want to relax in the sun, the Maldives is sure to provide a memorable experience that is unlike any other winter vacation.
When it comes to activities, visitors can choose from everything from snorkeling and diving in the pristine waters, to beachside yoga and paddleboarding, and not one thing involving skis or a snowboard! The Maldives is also home to some of the most luxurious resorts and accommodation options in the world. From five-star hotels, exquisite overwater bungalows, and private beach villas, visitors are sure to find something that suits their needs for a winter getaway. With stunning views, modern amenities, and attentive staff, visitors can expect pure luxury and the opportunity to really unplug from their current lives and just chill.
Winter is a great time to take a vacation and explore someplace new. Whether you’re looking for an adventure in the snow or a warm beach to relax on, we hope that the four places we have talked about have given you a little bit of inspiration, and you may even add one or two of these onto your travel bucket list. Wherever you do decide to go, enjoy your well-earned break and time spent with your loved ones!