4 Incredible Places to Spend Christmas

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Travelling at Christmas time is a great way to relax during this hectic time of year. You won’t have to worry about putting up and taking down the decorations, cleaning up the house for a huge group of people, or worry about spending hours in the kitchen cooking a huge feast. It is generally a little more expensive to travel at Christmas time but it is worth it!

Here are 4 incredible places to spend Christmas.

4 Incredible Places to Spend Your Next Christmas!

1. Japan

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Lake Toya, Hokkaido, Japan

Japan is a great place to spend your Christmas holidays and there are many things you can do here. Tokyo goes all out with Christmas lights and you can see stunning light displays at Shinjuku Terrace City, Omotesando Hills, Yebisu Garden Place, and Marunouchi Naka-dori. Head to one of the many themed restaurants for a wacky Christmas Eve Dinner.

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, then head to the northern island of Hokkaido and go skiing or snowboarding at Niseko. The area is well known around the world for its fabulous snowfall and conditions.

While I went to Hokkaido in Spring (early May) for cherry blossoms instead of winter, the sights will be equally spectacular in winter! Read my full account of Hokkaido, getting around Hokkaido, and some of the famous things to try in Hokkaido.

2. Orlando, Florida

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Orlando is a great place to head for Christmas. The resorts go all out and there are many things to do and see. Gaylord Palms Resort offers “Ice” which consists of 2 million pounds of ice sculptures, and 4 ice slides. At Universal Orland Resort you can take hang out with The Grinch and all of the Whovilles.

Visit Walt Disney World Resort and you can experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, with complimentary cocoa and cookies. Sea World Orlando also gets into the festivities with trees decorated with choreographed lights to music and a Christmas Market that you can stroll through.

3. The French Alps

Mount Titlis, Engelberg

Travel to the French Alps to celebrate an exciting snow-filled Christmas. Spend your days on the hills and your evenings enjoying the festivities of the area. Trois Vallees is a great place to go and you can witness Santa, his elves, and the ski instructors head down the hill on Christmas Eve.

The village of Les Menuire comes alive at Christmas and you can see streets lined with decorated trees, children’s shows and entertainment, and listen to carols.

Visit Les Bruyeres for a quieter more relaxing take on Christmas. Stay at the Les Gets resort and you can visit the Enchanted Forest and explore the workshop and home of Santa. Be thankful that you have no mess to clean up as you enjoy an expertly prepared feast at one of the many restaurants in the area.

4. The Maldives

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Walking down the rows of overwater villas

The Maldives are stunning anyone time of year and Christmas is a great time to go because you there is no rain this time of year. I went this January and managed to explore Maldives on a budget, using Airbnbs and staying in Maafushi!

The country is Muslim and you will not find many Christmas festivities but you can spend your time relaxing on the beach, exploring the coral reefs, and give water sports like surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, and fishing a try. Waking up in a water villa resort on Christmas day will be like no other Christmas you’ve ever experienced!

Read: 17 Mind-Blowing Maldives Hotels You Would Die To Visit

Visit the capital city of Malé for some shopping. Explore the bounty at the Fish Market in the afternoon or early evening when the boats unload and you can pick up some fresh seafood to grill on the beach. There are also lots of mobile vendors where you can pick up, trinkets, jewellery and t-shirts.

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