Holiday Travel Immersion
Sticking with tradition and spending the holidays at home with your loved ones is always a
solid choice, but if you’re ready to change it up and want to experience what the holidays are like
elsewhere on the globe, CNN Travel claims these destinations to be some of the best in how they
celebrate this joyous time of year.
1. New York
Rockefeller Center lies at the core of the New York Christmas. Its famed ice rink has been around
for 80 years; the decorated tree has been a holiday tradition since 1931.
Across the street, Radio City hosts the annual Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes.
On the southwest corner of Central Park, Columbus Circle hosts more than 100 vendors selling
clothes, gifts, snacks and drinks at the Holiday Market.
Fashion’s biggest names join in the festivities, setting up impressive Christmas window displays.
The most glamorous cases are at the Fifth Avenue flagships and department stores such as Saks
Visiting presepju, or nativity scenes, is an integral part of
Christmas in Malta. Every year, residents proudly open their
shutters, and sometimes even their garage doors, to display
their holy crib confections to the public.
On a grander scale, the Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem is a lifesize
nativity spread over 20,0000 square meters of formerly
Inhabited and animated by more than 150 actors, including
entire families, the village takes visitors back in time to Judea
of 2,000 years ago, complete with oil lamps, turn mills, grazing
animals, crafts areas teaching traditional skills and folklore, a
tavern and, of course, a grotto housing baby Jesus.
Downtown Valletta is also home to a lively Christmas spirit,
with carolers singing outside the Baroque St. John’s Co-
Cathedral during Advent, and a dizzying display of Christmas
lights on Republic Street.
Best American Small Towns
for the Holidays
Looking to stay closer to home?
Here are Country Living’s top
American Small Towns for the
Take a trip to gorgeous wine country
this holiday season and visit
Solvang, located in the Santa Ynez
Valley. The town hosts Julefest,
which lasts all December long.
Guests can go on go on a Holiday
Lights Tour, take part in the Santa
Sprint, listen to live holiday music,
and much more.
When you plan your trip to
Lewisburg, be sure to make a
reservation to stay at The Greenbrier
Resort. Adults will love this festive
hotel that features activities all
season long, including parties, tree
lightings, and a Gingerbread Ball.
It doesn’t get too cold in Andalusia,
but that doesn’t stop the town
turning into a winter wonderland.
Every weekend in December,
residents flock to Candyland, a kidfriendly
event where children of all
ages can ice skate, visit the different
holiday cottages, and meet Santa.
The best part? Admission is free!
This Kentucky town kicks off
the holiday season the day after
Thanksgiving with the Light Up
Bardstown celebration. Kids will
have a blast at the Fun Christmas
Corner, where they can enjoy sweet
treats and face painting. Everyone
in the family will love the annual
Christmas tree lighting and an
appearance by Santa Claus himself.
Myrtle Beach, SC
If you travel to Myrtle Beach during
the winter, the best thing to do
doesn’t actually have to do with
the ocean. The coastal town hosts
an annual Nights of a Thousand
Candles at Brookgreen Gardens
during the month of December.
Visitors will be wowed by more than
4,500 hand-lit candles while they
listen to Christmas carolers.
The map might say McAdenville,
but to locals, this place is known as
Christmas Town USA. For the past
63 years, this Charlotte suburb has
put on an impressive holiday display,
with 265 evergreen trees covered in
500,000 lights, plus more than 160
decorated houses. The best part?
You can view everything for free.