Not everyone enjoys holiday music, Christmas trees and mistletoe. If you’re not yet in the holiday spirit, maybe it’s time to do something about it. The holidays are usually a hectic but convenient time to travel mostly because people have time off before the end of the year. Consider traveling to one of the six places below to find your holiday spirit. You can even bring your friends and family members along for the journey.
A visit to New York City during the holidays is magical. Home to the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and ice-skating rink, the city has an endless amount of activities you can partake in to find your holiday spirit. Throw on your layers and go ice-skating in Central Park. After that, window shop on Fifth Avenue, and make sure you check out the Bergdorf Goodman holiday window displays.
For dinner, head to Rolf’s German restaurant for a spectacular experience surrounded by hundreds of holiday decorations. Do some shopping at Bryant Park Winter Village, a small village experience. You can also check out the famous New York City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” — perfect for a romantic date or a memorable holiday outing.
Aspen is a charming town nestled in the Rocky Mountains with a festive vibe to find your holiday spirit. The snowy weather adds a nice touch to this picture perfect Christmas town, complete with Victorian homes, boutiques and galleries. Not only is it a great destination for a ski trip, but it’s also a winter wonderland during the holidays.
The town is lit with Christmas lights and holiday cheer. Local shops participate in cookie exchanges, elf meet-and-greets and s’mores roasts. Experience carolers at the Hotel Jerome, ice-skating at Silver Circle Rink, Pine Creek Cookhouse’s sleigh rides, and enjoy decadent holiday meals at the Ajax Tavern and the Little Nell — which also offers a bottomless Dom Perignon New Year’s Eve party to end your trip.
The town is also known for its Snowmass Torchlight parade and fireworks, where people gather on Fanny Hill to watch torch-bearer skiers wind their way down the mountain.
If you seek adventure and are up for international travel, Vienna is the city for you. Vibrant lights glow from every building and tree. The city also hosts Christmas markets where vendors sell food — like gingerbread and sweet chestnuts, mulled wine and unique gifts. Make sure you also visit Rathausplatz plaza to go ice-skating before you see the famous Vienna Boy’s Choir at the Christmas Mass at the Hofburgkapelle chapel.
The Windy City remains a great destination for the holidays. Get into the spirit with snowy weather, Christmas lights on the Magnificent Mile and Christkindlmarkt, a famous market where you can enjoy German drinks and cuisine. While you’re there, check out the Museum of Science and Industry’s annual “Around the World Exhibit,” only available during Christmas.
The city also has its own enormous Christmas tree set up in Daley Plaza. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is another great winter tradition in Chicago, along with plenty of hot cocoa. Stop by Bombobar to try a “hotter” chocolate, complete with a doughnut, sprinkles, marshmallow fluff and more — sure to warm your heart and soul and help you find your holiday spirit.
If you have not yet visited Disney World during the holidays, you should consider it. Not only do families enjoy the park during Christmastime, but it’s an experience of a lifetime for anyone. The park is decked out in decorations — an estimated 1,300 wreaths, 15 miles of garland, 300,000 yards of ribbon and 8.5 million lights.
Enjoy parades and special events designed to help you find your holiday spirit, in addition to four theme parks, Disney’s downtown shopping area and 24 different hotels. A few holiday events include ABC’s Christmas Day Parade, Cinderella Castle Dream Lights and “A Frozen Holiday Wish” show.” A Gospel Celebration of the Season,” “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” and tons more.
This charming New England town is known for its Wassail Weekend, a winter celebration that includes community events, craft fairs, musical performances and outdoor spectacle. Another unique thing about Woodstock is the Christmas home tours, where you can enjoy private tours of the town’s most elegant homes. Make sure you check out the town’s huge parade, complete with floats, horses and even Santa Claus. Woodstock is the perfect place for a quaint getaway.
There are many places to visit to find your holiday spirit — places that will surely fill you with joy. Whether you want to travel nationally or internationally, there’s a place for you. Treat yourself to a magical trip where you can immerse yourself in the holiday spirit and truly appreciate the season. Keep these places in mind for your next trip!