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Incredible Travel Destinations

1 month ago / by Melanie Fourie

Whether fleeing the cold or in the market for a winter wonderland, there is a perfect holiday destination for you

Andie Williams’ ever-popular song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” rings true as the globe goes festive during the holidays. If traveling, choose a destination that captures the season’s dazzling displays, magnificent landscapes, and jolly activities. From pristine coastlines to fascinating winter wonderlands, here is our list of some of the nicest year-end holiday destinations.

A White Christmas

Snow is often associated with Christmas. Bing Crosby fantasized about it, and snowy winter vistas appear in many holiday media, from greeting cards to movies. Here are some spectacular winter wonderlands to visit.

Milan, Italy

In the winter, Milan, renowned for its couture, the Pinacoteca di Brera art collection, the La Scala opera theater, and several Michelin-starred eateries, takes on a whole new feel.

The opera house bustles with activity, with concerts of The Nutcracker, for instance. When snowflakes fall in Piazza Duomo near the Milan Cathedral, it becomes a wintertime paradise worthy of a postcard.

Prague, Czech Republic

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the city becomes a hive of activity as visitors and residents alike go there to enjoy the winter markets. You’ll find the old town decked in festive garb, but the greatest part is undoubtedly the delicious street cuisine.

When there, try sampling the classic Trdelnik, sometimes known as chimney pastry in English. This is the perfect treat for a chilly day. Crunchy outside but warm and chewy on the inside, it is rolled in cinnamon and sugar. December and January are the finest months to visit the city if you want to see snow.

Stowe, Vermont

Because of its proximity to major towns, Stowe is a favorite ski resort for Eastcoasters and among the most picturesque holiday destinations. It’s the perfect spot to go if you want a white Christmas since the ski season begins in November.

If you’re looking for a hotel with stunning views of the mountains and unfettered access to the breath-taking slopes, go no further than The Lodge at Spruce Peak.

Munich, Germany

The Bavarian metropolis provides visitors excellent opportunities to indulge in the holiday spirit. Traditions that date back centuries make winter in Munich one of the city’s most popular times of year.

Shop for beautiful gingerbread cottages, hand-carved children’s toys, and warm cups of gluhwein at the Christkrindlmarkt in Munich’s Marienplatz.

Summer Holiday Utopias

If the dreary weather at home is making you a Scrooge, and you have no fun plans for the holidays, consider going somewhere warm and sunny. These amazing spots will leave you forgetting the chilly weather and may help you get into the holiday mood.

Cape Town, South Africa

Imagine spending the holidays lounging on endless stretches of unspoiled beaches. Christmas traditions such as Christmas lights on buzzing Adderley Street, Christmas markets, and carols by candlelight may be seen as early as November. Feast on a Christmas lunch of dishes such as leg of lamb, roast beef, paella, gammon, turkey, greens, prawn curry, and more. The classic trifle is a guest favorite.

Later in the afternoon, sweets and savory tidbits are also served. These may include Cape Malay favorites like fresh cream and caramel horns, chocolate eclairs, Hertzog cookies, spring rolls, and samosas.

Spending Christmas with a sundowner overlooking the ocean, a braai at a friend’s house, or simply relaxing in front of a gorgeous vista is a delightful tradition. New Year’s Eve in Cape Town is a party like no other. From spectacular cruises to plays to fancy meals to lively gatherings, Cape Town has it all! Plus, on January 2, the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival march across the city. This parade attracts the locals and tourists in droves!

Orlando, Florida

What more could you want than to spend Christmas at Walt Disney World? Orlando goes all out for the holiday season, and Christmas is no exception! You can count on Donald, Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of the gang to make an appearance in the spectacular Christmas parades.

Whether you’re a kid at heart or not, here’s the place to go to feel like a kid again this Christmas. The December weather in Orlando, Florida, is delightful, and the holiday mood is infectious. All this makes it an ideal destination for a Christmas celebration in the warm climes.

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is a vacationer’s paradise, offering both tranquility and exhilaration. Hikes to Bob’s Cove, which offers a stunning vista of the lake, jetboating, horseback riding, ziplining, and boat tours of Lake Wakatipu are just a few of the many activities. Holiday celebrations on the lake, with a view of the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks, sound like a plan.

If you’re into a little opulence, Nest Kitchen & Bar often hosts a superb multiple-course Christmas dinner with beautiful lake views. After that, perhaps you can explore Milford Sound, known for its pristine landscapes and many cascades.