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Top Destinations for the Holidays

Are you the kind of person that likes to travel for the holidays? Well, you're not alone! Turns out that there are a lot of people that would rather spend the holidays away from home. So where do they go? In the graphic below we highlight some of the top destinations that people head to for the holidays and some of the things they do when they get there.

In the comments below, share with us what your favorite holiday destinations are. Do you like to go to New York or France? Or do you have another favorite place? Let us know!

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Top Holiday Destinations

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Top Destinations for the Holidays

1- Paris, France

Paris, France is known as the City of Light. At no time is this more important or more evident than during Christmas, when strings of white lights in all shapes line the boulevards and streets that attract crowds from all over the world.


  • Ice skating under the Eiffel Tower
  • Paris Christmas markets
  • Christmas at Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Christmas at Disneyland Paris
  • Paris fine dining

78 million visitors per year.

2- Orlando, Florida

Most people think of Orlando as a summer destination. However, with their reputation for amazing theme parks and incredible hospitality, Christmas in Orlando proves to be a wonderful place.


  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal
  • Grinchmas at Islands of Adventure
  • Osborne Family Lights at Hollywood Studios
  • ICE! at Gaylord Palms featuring ice skating, sleigh rides, and ice sculptures

75 million visitors per year.

3- Aspen, Colorado

It's always a white Christmas in Aspen, Colorado. With so many snowy mountains and slopes around it's easy to slip into the holiday spirit. But there's more to Aspen during the holidays than sliding down the mountains. Colorado offers a bunch of fun Christmas attractions and events.


  • Ice skating at Silver Circle Skating Rink
  • Bonfire & caroling at corner of Cooper and Galena St.
  • Christmas carriage rides
  • Noel Nights at Aspen Highlands Village
  • Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the musical at the Wheeler Opera House

57 million visitors per year.

4- New York City, New York

It's not just Rockefeller Center and its world-famous Christmas tree that is decked out in New York City. Christmas in New York is timeless and beautiful.


  • The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall
  • Christmas shopping in Time Square
  • Ice skating at Rockefeller Center
  • Dyker Lights Display in Brooklyn
  • Christmas carriage rides in Central Park

48.7 million visitors per year.

5- Rome, Italy

Rome is a top Italian city to visit during the Christmas holiday season and the place where the celebration of Christmas originated. The first Christmas mass was at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore in 1300. Rome is perfect for those who enjoy the religious aspect of Christmas.


  • Piazza Navona Chistmas market
  • St. Peter's Square Christmas tree
  • Midnight mass at St. Peter's Basilica
  • Visit the oldest nativity scene (Santa Maria Maggiore)
  • Ice skating in Castel Sant'Angelo

46 million visitors per year.

6- Cologne, Germany

There are many towns in Germany where the buildings, decorations, and town center holiday markets create an irresistible Christmas vibe. That's why it's no surprise that Germany is one of the world's top destinations for the holidays.


  • Berlin Christmas Lights Tour
  • Germany Christmas markets
  • Christmas at the Kolner Dam Cathedral
  • Cologne Rhine River Cruise with Santa on board
  • Iconic Christmas tree in Leipzig

40 million visitors per year.

7- Santa Claus, Indiana

Dubbed "America's Christmas Hometown," Santa Claus, Indiana, enthusiastically embraces its role, with a wide array of Santa-themed shops and attractions.


  • Santa's Candy Castle
  • The Santa Claus Museum
  • Holiday World Theme Park
  • Santa Claus Land of Lights
  • Frosty's Fun Center with mini golf, games and food

29 million visitors per year.

8- Boston, Massachusetts

Boston wears its Old New England coat proudly, and at no time during the year is this more evident than during the holidays. Boston boasts with Christmas cheer all around the historic city.


  • Iconic Faneuil Hall Christmas tree
  • Boston Ballet The Nutcracker
  • Stockbridge Main Street Christmas Festival with music and entertainment
  • Christmas tree farms
  • Old Sturbridge Village Christmas Festival with sleigh rides, caroling, and Santa

18 million visitors per year.

9- Santa Claus Village, Finland

Capitalizing on its extreme northern location at the foot of the Arctic Circle, Santa Claus Village considers itself Europe's Christmas capital due to the fact that it is Santa's "true base of operations." And every year, the town draws thousands of visitors from all over Europe to tour the Santa-themed attractions.


  • Santa's Workshop
  • Santa's reindeer
  • Sleigh slopes
  • Santa's Post Office
  • Restaurants and shops

7.3 million visitors per year.

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