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November 23, 2013 9:00 am

6 Best Places to Travel at Christmas

Sometimes it’s nice to escape the chaos of the holiday season. If that sentence just made you release a much-needed SIGH, then you might want to consider getting away from it all this December. But remember, just because you’re getting away does not mean you have to lose the Christmas spirit. In fact, you might find it in some of the cities we’ve chosen below! Read on for our picks of the best places to travel at Christmas.

1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Visit Amsterdam at Christmastime

The Netherlands is where our modern story of Santa Claus (or Sinterklaas) began, and its capital festively keeps the legend alive at this time of year. The city is sparkling with white lights, which reflect off its icy canals. If it gets cold enough you can lace up yourself and join in the skating party.

2. Lapland, Finland

Visit the reindeer in Lapland, Finland

When they wrote the song “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” they may have been talking about Lapland. It is the unofficial home of Santa Claus, after all. Enjoy the snow-covered landscapes from a cozy reindeer-pulled sleigh, or take the scenic route with some cross-country skis. Visit Santa Claus Village or Santa Park (known as the Christmas capital of Europe!) for some Christmas-themed charm.

3. Munich, Germany

Visit Munich at Christmastime

You should probably just tour all of Germany during December, if you can. Its cities are some of the most festive in the world. In Munich, the city square of Marienplatz is bustling with two dozen Christmas markets, all surrounding a 100-foot Christmas tree. Every evening, the town hall features live holiday music. Ride a tram through the old city to enjoy some hot mulled wine and gingerbread.

4. Prague, Czech Republic

Visit Prague at Christmastime

If you’ve ever considered visiting Prague, Christmas is the time to go. The city almost turns back in time, especially in Wenceslas Square. Listen to choirs singing carols by candlelight, enjoy giant hams spit-roasting on the street and traditional Czech pastries, and browse hand-made ornaments and crafts in old wooden huts. You’ll even come upon a live nativity scene, complete with sheep, goats, and donkeys.

5. Zurich, Switzerland

Visit Zurich, Switzerland at Christmastime

Twelve thousand crystal lights, hot (Swiss!) chocolate, and a Christmas circus all make Zurich one of the best holiday cities in the world. Each year on December 19, children set candles afloat on the Limmat River. While you’re there, you can enjoy some world-class skiing and take in the breathtaking alpine landscapes.

6. New York City, New York

Visit New York at Christmastime

Christmas in New York – there’s not quite anything like it. Take in the world-famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center (30,000 lights!), take a carriage ride through Central Park, or go ice skating. This trip can be both romantic and exciting. If you’re looking for a spectacle, head to Radio City Music Hall for its Christmas Spectacular.

What are your holiday travel plans? Let us know in a comment!