The best destinations to spend Christmas if you want to avoid the holiday rush

It’s almost December and you still don’t know where to spend the long-awaited Christmas holidays? It’s never too late to seek a mind-blowing getaway whether you’re looking for a winter wonderland or a sunny beach escape.


If you want to experience classic music, art, and breathtaking Gothic and Baroque architecture, Prague is the best place to go. Catch an opera or ballet at the State Opera or National Theater, and stroll on the plazas that are intricately decorated with the Christmas spirit. And the best part? Its beer is considered as one of the best brews in Europe.


If you want a feel of the European charm of Christmas, Quebec is a winter destination that promises travelers a bustling list of activities for the holidays. Look out for the Quebec Winter Carnival where you can try mouthwatering feasts, drink wine, and buy unique wares in its specialty markets. Take a romantic walk in the Terrasse Dufferin, a 425 m long boardwalk with spectacular, sweeping views.

Costa Rica

If you’re feeling for a sunnier setting rather than winter, Costa Rica is the gem that’s formed by the Carribean Sea and Pacific Ocean, so you’ll get the best of both worlds. You’ll be sure to be welcomed by its warm and happy people, as it topped last year’s Happy Planet Index, which aims to measure human well-being and environmental impact. Aside from its marvelous beaches and environment-friendly destinations, you can look forward to having a taste of their specialty coffee, which is renowned as the best all over the world. Go to San Jose, a rising city that’s burgeoning with new and hip bars and cafes for both the young and old.

Santa Claus, Indiana

You wouldn’t wonder what to expect at Santa Claus, Indiana, because the name speaks for itself. Holidays are well and alive here and Christmas runs all year long. You’ll never run out of things to do here and it’s perfect for the whole family. At night, you can view light shows at the Land of the lights, enjoy the theme park and rides with the kids, and go shopping in their Christmas stores. It even has a water safari with slides and pools if your kids want to go for a dip. What’s fascinating is that the place receives thousands of letters a year from children trying to reach Santa Claus himself!

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