The Best Christmas Break Destinations 2020

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Christmas is a magical time of year, so what better time is there to visit somewhere new? Experience the food and festivities in one of these 16 amazing locations, sure to make your Christmas in 2020 truly unforgettable, take a look below. 

Manila, Philippines

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Filipinos love Christmas immensely — so much so that they start decorating streets and houses as early as September. You’ll see huge Christmas trees set up in parks, colorful ‘parol’ or star lanterns hanging everywhere, and elaborate displays of lights and beautiful Christmas murals in a lot of public places. A popular activity Filipinos do is the Simbang Gabi, where people start going to church 9 days before Christmas to prepare for the glorious birth of Jesus. After every mass, it’s customary to enjoy the delicious ‘bibingka’ (rice cake) and ‘puto bumbong’ (steamed glutinous rice), which are both popular delicacies that are only available during Christmas time. The Christmas season is just full of joy and happiness when you’re in the Philippines. What makes it the best destination for Christmas is the warm smiles you’ll see in all Filipinos’ faces especially during this time of year.


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Whistler is an amazing Christmas destination! The snow is falling and the village is lite up with Christmas lights. You’ll love sitting next to the fire drinking, in your pjs, sipping on your hot chocolate. Whistler has every winter sport you can imagine such as skiing, boarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, bobsledding, and much more!


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Germany is one of the best places to travel over Christmas because of the food, the cleanliness, the history, and the Christmas markets! If you fly into Munich, you can learn about the history of Bavaria and see the Christmas markets there. Then take a short train ride up to Nuremberg and see the country’s largest Christmas market there, while catching a tour of Nuremberg’s underground passageways – which saved the city from severe destruction in World War II. Then, take another short train ride up north to Berlin, where you can experience art, culture, and shopping. Much of Germany shuts down over December 24-26, but the city of Berlin stays open – especially the world-class museums. While in Berlin, stay for free at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Berlin using credit card points! I stayed there over Christmas and was impressed by their fantastic brunches and spa, both of which stayed open for the holiday.

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhagen is one of the most beautiful places to visit during Christmas. The entire city is decked out in beautiful lights and Christmas trees. There are several Christmas Markets like Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park the rest of the year, but during the holidays, it gets a festive makeover. Another market is The Hans Christensen Market, which is named after the famous Danish Storyteller. Each stall is named after one of his fairytales. Then there is the famous Kongens Nytorv market which is in the most touristy part of the city, but well worth a wander. Each market is best explored by warming up with a mulled wine while digging into a plate of Æbleskiver (danish pancakes) or a roasted pork sandwich. Then, exploring the many stalls selling homemade treats, Christmas decorations, and more!

Helen Georgia

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The unique Bavarian town of Helen in Georgia is the perfect place to travel over Christmas. The Christkindlmarkt German Market is one of the best Christmas markets you can visit outside of Europe. The Christmas market serves all of the Europe Christmas market favorites like apple strudel and mulled wine. There are also two fabulous Christmas shops in town. One is called the ‘Christmas and More Shop’ and another is called ‘The Christmas Shoppe’ which has a fabulous sleigh outside you can take pictures with. If you have kids and want to buy them some cool unique presets there are also some amazing toy shops in town with really unique stuff including a store with handmade wooden toys.


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I’m suggesting this location because it offers wonderful holiday atmosphere, fun winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding and the gorgeous Swiss Alps. If you are looking for a white Christmas with a fairytale spirit, Switzerland is the place you should visit!

Quebec City, Canada

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Quebec city is turned into a picturesque Christmas village. Sausage and roast chestnut lovers can browse the wares at the German Christmas market. The more religiously inclined can wander an exposition of nativity scenes from around the world.


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The German capital has a fantastic festival scene and plenty of things to do. There is no surprise that Berlin has not one, not even ten but 80 Christmas markets, set in different neighborhoods across the city. Live music, activities, ice skating, numerous street-food trucks and stalls full of white-wine-based orange hot wine and cheesy käsespätzle noodles – what more could you ask for? I recommend Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt for a traditional atmosphere or Christmas market at Kollwitzplatz for spending time with your friends and family. Other amazing markets you shouldn’t miss out on visiting are set up at the Spandau, Alexanderplatz and Charlottenburg neighborhoods.


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The main reason people are traveling to Iceland in winter is to see the northern lights. The aurora is a unique experience, but it is another treat on a long list of treats when talking about Christmas time. Reykjavik, and many other towns around the country, are lit up with countless Christmas lights to battle the dark nights. The Icelandic Christmas is different. It has come initially from Jól that sounds more like Yule starts four weeks before proper Chrismas. It includes 13 skinny naughty Icelandic Santas that leaves small gifts in people’s shoe (or a potato if you misbehaved). You will surely find Iceland as the most magical place to celebrate Christmas and winter in general.

Puerto Vallarta

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If you’re looking for good weather during your Christmas vacation, then Puerto Vallarta is the place for you. Hotel and airfare prices are generally good for this area, which is great if you’re traveling on a budget. From the wonderful beaches to whale watching to the water park, there’s plenty to enjoy in Puerto Vallarta, so you’ll be able to make the most out of your holiday.

Reykjavik, Iceland

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One of the best places to travel over Christmas to experience a real winter wonderland, including plenty of snow and reminder, is Iceland. Known for its picturesque rocky landscape and several volcanoes, including the mighty Eyjafjallajökull, one of the world’s largest active volcanoes. The scenery is lush with pine trees and squirrels, and lovely trails for family hikes close to Reykjavik. If you get lucky, there is even the chance to experience the Aurora Borealis, which is one of our planet’s most incredible light shows. The sky is covered in hues of green and blue, and often times you can spot falling stars streaking across the sky.

Temecula Valley

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Temecula Valley during the holidays looks like it’s straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. Come celebrate Christmas in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country the old-fashioned way, with carolers, horse-drawn carriages, twinkling lights, outdoor ice skating, live theater performances, and more during Temecula Chilled. Temecula Chilled is a month-long celebration of winter with special holiday events, from decorated buildings in Old Town, and the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of city hall, to the vineyards adorned with festive lights in wine country. Old Town Temecula is bright with holiday cheer including live entertainment, store and restaurant specials, ice skating at Town Square Park, Santa meet and greets, and more, all of December. Within Wine Country, Christmas on the Farm at Peltzer Family Cellars includes an ice rink, a tree lighting, special visits with Santa and live music. Additional Winterfest activities throughout the season include Pechanga Resort & Casino’s gingerbread display, with over hundreds of gingerbread houses and the special holiday concerts are always a great time at Pechanga.


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Bath is a city where you can celebrate the birth of Jesus and also the birth of Jane Austen. In Bath, many places that remind all of us with history and refresh our souls and minds. For example, Theatre Royal, Thermae Bath Spa, Jane Austen Center, and Bath Christmas Market. All these places bring joy and spiritual emotions together to the person in Christmas. So, Bath is one of the best places to spend your vacation over Christmas.


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A fantastic city at any time of year, but like a lot of places Christmas really brings out the best in the city. The Christmas Market there actually runs until January, so visitors can get the full experience, which includes a live naivety at the famous St Francis’ Basilica . A unique feature to Krakow is the szopkicompetition – something truly unique. Each szopkais is basically a jumble between gingerbread and a doll’s house in style, usually with a spire, and the whole building is colourful and embellished with foil. In 2018 it was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List – which is pretty cool.

Stockbridge, MA

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This quintessential New England town was once home to Norman Rockwell and where he did most of his art. Every year, the town recreates his famous Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas to make Main Street look just as it did in the painting. The town is also home to Alice’s Restaurant (from the song traditionally played on Thanksgiving of the same name).

Santa Claus Indiana

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This is a Christmas-themed town where Santa hosts events and dinners throughout December. The town has volunteers who work as Elves and they reply to the thousand of letters that children write throughout the year. I recommend the location because there is nowhere more Christmassy than Santa Claus, Indiana.

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