5 Spectacular Destinations for Your Christmas Vacation

5 Spectacular Destinations for Your Christmas Vacation
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It's nearly the holiday season (you can tell by our Black Friday coverage beginning). While many are content with sitting around a fire at home, reflecting on the past year, many others want to capitalize on their time off and find a place to visit. So, where is the best place to go for Christmas? We've got the answers. 

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1. Someplace Christmasy

That sounds obvious, but there are some real legit places to get your Santa on. For one, Santa Claus Village in Finland has that North Pole feel you might be craving, with 24-hour nights, reindeer, and of course, Santa Claus itself. Looking for flight and hotel prices? Check out Expedia.


2. Someplace Warm

Hurricane season will be over and done with by Christmas, so why not take a trip to the Caribbean? We love the prices we found for Travelzoo for $135 nights in Aruba.


3. Someplace in the Christmas Spirit

The Vatican and Bethlehem come to mind. If you're looking for the epicenter of the "reason for the season," those two places can't be beat. The Vatican and Bethlehem have its midnight masses, and you might even have a Pope sighting in Rome!


4. Someplace with a Different Kind of Holiday Shopping

Nuremberg, Germany is home to one of the world's largest Christkindlesmarkts (or Christmas Market). There, you can buy nutcrackers, gluhwein, ornaments, and of course, chestnuts to get you in the Christmas sprit.


5. Someplace Unexpected

When you think "Tokyo," you don't think "Santa," but Tokyo is an excellent place to travel for Christmas. Every hotel makes itself look its Christmas best, with Christmas Trees, decorations, and special events. Don't miss the Shiodome, with a huge display of Christmas lights.