Friday, November 26, 2010

Top Destinations: Five Great Places to Spend Your Christmas Holidays

by Becky Padmore

If you long for a stress-free non-traditional break with not a dry bit of turkey or cold roast potato in sight, here are some great alternatives to spending your Christmas at home.

1. Aspen - Aspen, the mountain resort playground of the rich and famous makes a fantastic seasonal break. Spend your holiday celebrity spotting on the slopes, sipping cocktails in a cool nightclub and relaxing in a luxurious hotel or romantic ski lodge. Not really a place to bring the kids but if you're young and attractive this might be your ideal Christmas holiday location.

2. Edinburgh - The elegant and historical Scottish capital in the United Kingdom hosts a series of fun and lively events running over six weeks. Everything kicks off around late November and stretches all the way to early January. Perfect for families, children would certainly enjoy Scotland's largest ferris wheel, carol concerts and fun pantomines. Adults would love all the great shopping and festive market. Make sure you consider staying in a grand hotel and enjoy a Christmas feast of rabbit or pheasant on the big day. Stay until new year's eve and you'll find yourself enjoying Hogmanay one of the best ways to see in the new year in the world.

3. Sydney, Australia: Bikini babes and bronzed hunks for Christmas may be the opposite of your usual celebrations, but in Australia in December, it's summertime! Sydney attracts 40,000 visitors from the world over at this time of the year, looking for a real Aussie Christmas- barbecued shrimp, seafood and fresh salads are all helped down with a cool beer on Bondi or Manly beach.

4. New York - New Yorkers love to celebrate Christmas and as expected the famous city pulls out all the stops this time of year. TheChristmas trees, the lights, the shows on Broadway and the world-famous shopping are just a few reasons why so many people visit New York during the seasonal holidays. Ride a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park, ice-skate at the Rockefeller center, spend a fortune in Macys and then stop for an eggnog latte in Bloomingdales - a perfect Christmas break.

5. Alaska - Animal and reindeer lovers should consider a Christmas break in the Alaskan town of Anchorage. As well as enjoying a true snowy winter you can visit the town's popular tourist attraction, the local reindeer farm. Here can you can feed and pet reindeer as well as other animals such as elk, moose and blacktail deer. Although be warned, they also serve reindeer in the restaurant at the end of your tour!

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