Where to Vacation for the Holidays


Alyssa Johnston , Staff Writer

The Holiday season is approaching quickly and people are starting to plan vacations for Thanksgiving and or Christmas. Here are some ideas on good holiday vacation destinations.

The first place is New York City. It is gorgeous during the holidays with the lights and the snow, making it a favorite destination for many Christmas travelers. There is the giant pine Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center; the lighting of the tree is followed by a special ceremony and music performances. New York is famous for shopping, so looking for gifts for others should be no problem. These are just a few examples of what happens in New York over the holidays.

Chicago is known for its big-city activities over the holidays, including viewing the millions of lights on the Magnificent Mile and enjoying Chicago’s German heritage at Christkindlmarkt, a German Christmas market filled with holiday crafts, traditional wooden toys, and German food and drinks. Like New York City, Chicago has a giant Christmas tree set up in Daley Plaza.

Another option is to take a family ski trip to Colorado. Family-friendly ski deals and discounts on places to stay are easy to find. An alternative idea is to have an urban Christmas in Denver and see the Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo, ride the Holiday Carousel, and sip warm tea at the Brown Palace.

Florida is a good choice for the holidays to get away from the cold weather. Christmas travelers like to visit Walt Disney World, which is decked out in Christmas decorations. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, there are boat parades and festive light displays in many cities throughout the state, such as the Night of Lights in St. Augustine.

Many people visit Alaska to get a taste of cold weather and snow. Since 1952, thousands of children who have written to Santa with their Christmas wishes have sent their letters to the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska. Many people travel to watch the Northern Lights. There are multiple Christmas festivals and events.