5 Christmas Destinations Worth Traveling To

The sleigh bells may not be ringing for another 3 months, but a memorable, fun-filled Christmas vacation takes some planning. Whether you want to experience the holiday season in the snow or sun, there are beautiful places in the world that will more than satisfy.

Here’s our list of 5 Christmas Destinations around the world worth packing up your bags for:

1. Iceland

Photo by  Amanda Williams

Looking onto Reykjavik. Photo by Amanda Williams

Known as the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland boasts just as many glaciers as it does volcanoes. What’s even more exciting about this is that the natural formations that create the beautiful scenery are alive—you can actually see geysers erupting every 7 minutes or so in certain areas.

Photo by  Amanda Williams

Strokkur Geyser. Photo by Amanda Williams

Secondly, let’s not forget the possibility of catching the somewhat elusive northern lights or Aurora Borealis. They appear between 6pm and 6am from September up till March and you can actually download a forecast app to make make sure you don’t freeze your butt off for hours for nothing.

Photo by  Passport and a Toothbrush

Aurora Borealis in Reykjavik. Photo by Passport and a Toothbrush

Lastly, Icelandic horses are majestic creatures that are very specific to the country. In fact, horses are not allowed to be imported into Iceland and exported horses cannot return. You can ride these special pony-sized yet sturdy animals through valleys, near volcanos, or on the edge of cliffs if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.

Photo by Alexandar Baackes

Viking horses on Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Photo by Alexandar Baackes

2. Australia

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Surfers Paradise. Photo by Caz and Craig @yTravelBlog.

Are you used to a White Christmas? If you want a change this year, you can hop down to the Southern Hemisphere and experience a baking-hot Christmas Downunder.

Mornington Beach Shacks

Mornington Beach Shacks. Photo by Jules Wong.

Australia, sometimes called The Sunburnt Country will give you a Christmas experience you may never have even imagined existed. For the holiday season, people are frequently seen getting bronzed on the beach, BBQ-ing up a storm, or playing a solid game of volleyball or cricket out in the sunshine.

Photo by  Kristin Repsher

Hill Inlet at Whitsunday Island. Photo by Kristin Repsher.

It’s safe to say you can leave your boots, coats, gloves, and scarves at home for this trip.

3.  France

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View from Notre Dame de Paris. Photo by Travelling with Rita.

If you’re looking for the more cultural, historical European Christmas experience, let us point you to France.

Being one of the cultural meccas of Europe, France will without a doubt give you a December trip rich in art, food, and architecture that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the world.

Sainte Chapelle. Photo by  Mark Rentz.

Sainte Chapelle. Photo by Mark Rentz.

In Paris itself, you’ll find a plethora of breathtaking buildings that have histories stemming back centuries. Just to cite one example, the Saint Chapelle itself was built by King Louis IX in 1241 to house the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus.

Fondue at Pain Vin Fromages. Photo by  Hektic Travels

Fondue at Pain Vin Fromages. Photo by Hektic Travels

You may or may not know this, but France is also a delectable place for food lovers. From chocolate and cheese to pastries and macarons, you’ll find top-notch, quality eateries throughout Paris.

4. Canada

Whistler, British Colombia. Photo by  kileeTRAVELS

Whistler, British Colombia. Photo by  kileeTRAVELS.

What would Christmas be without pretty snow-capped mountains to look at or glide down? This is where Canada delivers.

From the western end of British Colombia all the way over to Ontario, you’ll find snow, snow, and more snow. Whether you want to ski, snowboard, or dog sled, Canada’s got you covered.

Missinaibi Lake. Photo by  The Planet D

Missinaibi Lake. Photo by The Planet D

For the more extreme traveler, winter camping is also an option. Be warned though, you’ll be making your bed in -30 degree temperatures in some places.

Artic fox in Manitoba. Photo by  Mark Rentz

Artic fox in Manitoba. Photo by Mark Rentz

Did we mention that you’ll likely encounter cute, furry animals too?

5. Greece

Photo by  JulieK.

Oia. Photo by JulieK.

If you need to get away from the hectic daily grind, we propose that you land yourself in the Mediterranean paradise of Greece. Greeks enjoy a slower pace of life, which lends itself to a very envious lifestyle.

Lunch on the beach. Photo by Travel with Bender

Lunch on the beach. Photo by Travel with Bender.

If you visit this idyllic corner of the world, you must take the time to delight in the fresh, flavorful taste of Mediterranean cuisine, soak up the rays at incredibly scenic beaches, and meet the welcoming locals in this region.

Grilled calamari with greek salad. Photo by Erdem Yücel

Grilled calamari with greek salad. Photo by Erdem Yücel

Have you been inspired to plan your Christmas Getaway?

Here’s one beautiful list to get you started: International Holiday Destinations.