Sure, the holidays may be over and we’re all back to work. So am I, coming up with interesting new things to tell you, so why not think about the 10 most charming places to spend the holidays? Might come in handy come December, right? Check it out!
10. Quebec City, Quebec
Old Quebec transforms into a real life Christmas village with enough lights, snow and festive trappings to charm your socks off. Christmas markets throughout the city offer last-minute shopping opportunities, while the Quebec City Lights Festival sets the whole city aglow. Perfect.
9. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Christmas in Santa Fe looks a bit different. In this southwest state capital, twinkling lights are joined by rows of luminarias, brown paper bags that glow from the flame of a tea light set on a bed of sand within.
8. Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt is a car-free alpine town at the base of Matterhorn Mountain. When you’re not strolling or sledding through the snow-covered town, you can hit the mountain for some spectacular holiday skiing or snowboarding. Rest and relaxation.
7. Banff, Alberta
There’s something magical about Christmas in the Canadian Rockies. Besides being visually stunning during the winter season, Banff keeps a full calender of holiday-themed events designed with the whole family in mind.
6. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, one of Scotland’s most beautiful cities, is even more eye-popping when decked out in lights for the holiday season. Christmas markets dot the city, and the downtown area is filled with seasonal rides and attractions.
5. New York City, New York
There’s iconic skating at Rockefeller Center, shopping at Christmas markets, seasonal window displays on Fifth Avenue, carriage rides through snowy Central Park, Santaland at Macy’s and so on. New York sounds good.
4. Whistler, British Columbia
This Canadian winter sports paradise offers skiing and boarding on Christmas day, as well as a full menu of family-friendly holiday activities, like ice skating, tubing, caroling and festive sleigh rides. What’s with all those Santas?
3. Prague, Czech Republic
In Prague, some of Europe’s best Christmas markets sit beneath the shadows of snow-dusted Gothic and baroque architectural wonders, lending the city the feel of a true winter wonderland. It was already worth visiting, so Christmas seems like the ideal time to do it.
2. Leavenworth, Washington
Over half a million twinkling lights go up all over the postcard-perfect German-style village. Even after Christmas has come and gone, Leavenworth continues to celebrate with its annual Bavarian Icefest in January.
1. Aspen, Colorado
The snow-centric town of Aspen takes the holiday season very seriously, hosting a variety of free events, like ice skating, caroling and visits with Santa as part of its annual 12 Days of Aspen celebration. But is it as pricy as they say? You’ll have to find out by yourselves.