The most anticipated time of the year is fast approaching. While everyone is talking about going home for the holidays, the truth is: there’s no time like Christmas to book a long-anticipated getaway. And the beautiful thing is you can bring your family with you.
What are you waiting for? Let this list of awe-inspiring destinations guide your next adventure.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Take advantage of perfect skiing and delightful holiday events at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort this December. During the Holiday Roundup from Dec. 24 to Dec. 31, guests enjoy family-friendly events like New Year’s Eve fireworks. There are several stunning slopeside lodges to choose from. And while there’s plenty to do at the resort, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park are nearby for any visitors who want to see these breathtaking spots at their wintery best.
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Hit the slopes and enjoy the ultimate winter wonderland experience at Beaver Creek in Colorado. The season offers festive activities the whole family will enjoy.
If your idea of a “white Christmas” includes lounging on a warm, white-sand beach, head to one of the Caribbean islands accepting American tourists this holiday season, like Saint Lucia. Of course, you can also spend your days lounging on the stunning beach or enjoying the many amenities and activities offered by the resort.
Highlands, North Carolina
If you’re looking for a charming, small-town Christmas experience that feels like it’s straight out of a Hallmark movie, head to Highlands, North Carolina, this holiday season. This picturesque town is located in the southern Appalachian Mountains, within the Nantahala National Forest, so it’s the perfect place for a cozy escape.
Cape May, New Jersey
New Jersey’s Victorian seaside town Cape May turns into a Dickensian village for Christmas, with everything from candlelit trolley tours, to wine tasting, to a holiday tree-lighting ceremony.
New York, New York
There’s truly nothing like Christmas in New York City. Seeing the city decorated with twinkling lights and impressive trees as you shop for last-minute gifts or sip hot cocoa is really an experience everyone should have at least once in their life. Beloved holiday traditions, like the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes and holiday markets, are back for the 2021 season, so it might be the perfect time to spend Christmas in the city.
A popular ski destination among East Coasters, Stowe is within driving distance of several major northeastern cities. This is an ideal place to go if you’re looking for a white Christmas and plenty of outdoor activities.
Florida Keys, Florida
With pleasantly warm December weather, the Florida Keys are an ideal escape for those looking to spend the holidays in a U.S. beach destination
If you’d rather swap your snowshoes for a swimsuit this holiday season, head to the Maldives. This can be the perfect time of year for an extended vacation in a far-flung destination, so make the most of it by heading to the place that tops many travelers’ wishlists. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands offer luxurious accommodations plus activities the whole family will enjoy.
Just a short flight south for East Coasters, the Bahamas is a popular choice for travelers seeking sun and sand during the holidays. There’s a perfect vacation waiting for you in the Bahamas.
Note: Remember that there are some regulations surrounding both domestic and international travel. And, it’s imperative to check rules on the destination end, as some locales still require COVID vaccination proof.