The 8 Most Amazing Places to Spend the Holidays


The 8 Most Amazing Places to Spend the Holidays

There may be no place like home for the holidays, but there are certainly some amazing destinations that celebrate the festive season like no other. Instead of planning a mid-winter tropical getaway, why not lean into everything this frosty season is all about? From incredible Christmas light displays to huge festive markets to cities with tons of winter activities, we’ve handpicked some of the best places to go on a trip this holiday season (or beyond!) And with Expedia’s Escape Sale netting you up to 40% off select hotels, now’s the perfect time to save big. This year, give the gift of an amazing experience and get traveling!

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New York City

Expedia New York

Is there anywhere quite so magical than NYC during the holidays? Between the mind-blowing shopping and taking in a Broadway show, be sure to take selfies in front of Rockefeller Center’s epic Christmas tree and hold an informal vote with your family on the best window displays from the likes of Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Henri Bendel on 5th Avenue.

Where to Stay: Be in the heart of the action at the Wellington Hotel, which is easily within walking distance of Times Square, the Theater District, and Central Park.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark

If a trip over the pond is in the cards, consider Copenhagen as a fun and festive destination. The city’s famed Tivoli Gardens are decked out alongside spectacular evening fireworks and light shows to keep you entertained. You’ll also want to check out the city’s Christmas markets for unique gifts to bring home.

Where to Stay: Offering modern Danish style at a great price, try the AC Hotel by Marriott Bella Sky, which is connected to the region’s largest conference center and is a short 10-minute train trip to the city center.

Orlando

Orlando

If you’re not totally into the whole ‘winter’ thing, good news – Orlando offers sunny weather and plenty of festive spirit, particularly if you’re visiting the Disney parks. Your best bet? Try the Magic Kingdom – you can attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at night for free, plus see Cindrella’s Castle all lit up in icy blue lights. Be sure to check out limited-time experiences like the ‘Jingle Cruise’ that takes over the Jungle Cruise ride or the ‘Frozen Holiday Wish’ show where Princess Elsa herself conducts a bit of holiday magic that would make Santa proud.

Where to Stay: The holidays are a busy season for the Disney parks – meaning prices are on the rise. Staying just outside of the park at the Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria Resorts means a short commute and big savings.

Paris

Paris
Of course the ‘City of Light’ is a dazzling place to check out Christmas lights. Take a stroll down the Champs-Elysées and catch the shimmering, color-changing, 150,000 lights wound around the street’s famed trees, and ride one of the seasonal pop-up carousels at the Eiffel Tower (among others scattered throughout the city). Love Christmas tunes? There are tons of performances around town, including special shows at Notre Dame Cathedral and La Sainte Chapelle.

Where to Stay: Given the beauty of the Champs-Elysées this time of year, it only makes sense to stay right there – like at the Hotel de Vigny.

Quebec City, Canada

Canada
Canada is already known for its embrace of wintery weather – for a truly old-fashioned Christmas, head up to one of the nation’s oldest and Francophone cities. With charming Christmas lights and European-inspired architecture, a stroll through Old Quebec is like getting your passport stamped in Paris or Germany at a fraction of the cost. After you’ve explored the city’s winding paths, get an adrenaline rush skiing or snowmobiling around the region’s famed resorts.

Where to Stay: If you want to get immersed in the city’s old world charm, stay in Old Quebec. Hotel Manoir Morgan is an affordable pick right in the thick of things.

London

London
There is more than one place in the world to skate in front a giant Christmas tree – for example, London’s Somerset House is the British equivalent of NYC’s Rockfeller Center. After you’ve taken a spin around the ice, do all your Christmas shopping on the decked out Oxford and Carnaby Streets, attend a traditional Christmas market, and visit the 600-year-old Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland which transforms into a luminous wonderland for the holiday season.

Where to Stay: Posh Kensington is nearby some of the city’s best shopping – including Harrod’s. Nab a room at The Exhibitionist Hotel for easy accessibility to all the festive sights and sounds.

Hollywood

Hollywood
Can’t make it to the Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC? The annual Hollywood Christmas Parade is the West Coast cousin to this festive event, with an epic lineup of balloons, performers, bands, and more. While you’re in La La Land, be sure to catch the spectacular lights of Rodeo Drive (and make a wish list for yourself) and attend the Unique LA Holiday Market, known as the nation’s largest ‘Made in America’ shopping event.

Where to Stay: It doesn’t get much more ‘Hollywood’ than the Loews Hollywood Hotel, next to the Walk of Fame and the legendary TCL Chinese Theater.

Rovaniemi, Finland

Finland
There literally might not be anywhere in the world more Christmas-y than this self-proclaimed ‘Santa Claus Village’ in Finland. With reindeer tromping around town and Santa Claus himself making regular appearances, there’s also an amusement park and plenty of wintery sports and activities to keep the whole family busy. It’s a little pricier than other destinations on this list, but without a doubt the most quintessentially festive destination you could pick.

Where to Stay: There are plenty of amazing hotels with glass ceilings to let you catch the region’s famed Northern Lights, but if you want to save costs anywhere in Rovaniemi, accommodations might be it – try the Santasport Hostel.

Amazing Places to Stay for the Holidays


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