The Top Holiday Getaways for 2019

June 15, 2019

Whether you're looking for a holiday steeped in old-fashioned traditions, sparkly lights, and evenings in front of a fire, or one that takes a radical turn from it all — like romping in the azure waters of a far-flung hideaway — taking a break from staying home can reward you with a Christmas you’ll never forget.

Here are some wonderfully diverse ideas to get you in the spirit of getting away this holiday season...


Who needs a white Christmas in sub-zero temps when you can have one on the white-sand beaches of Aruba? Gaze out at streets twinkling with Christmas lights while you enjoy holiday fare, just like back home -- but without the work!

breckenridge-colorado-winter-lightsBreckenridge, Colorado

During December this town transforms into a breathtaking Victorian-style Christmas village. You won't want to miss hundreds of Santas racing down Main Street, picking up milk and cookies as they go!

mackinack-island-michiganMackinac Island, Michigan

Hop on a ferry to this enchanting island town where everyone celebrates the holidays like they did a century ago. Here, you travel by horse and buggy, as motorized vehicles have been banned from town.

raffles-hotel-singaporeRaffles Hotel, Singapore

Walk in the footsteps of Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham this holiday season at the colonial-style Raffles Singapore. Feast on a five-course French dinner on Christmas Eve, and a buffet in the billiard room for Christmas Day.

christmas-at-chatsworth-1London, England

There are enough holiday activities in London to keep you hopping all year long! But you'll be especially delighted to savor the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas past at the Charles Dickens Museum and many other establishments.


Looking for a break from the Black Friday mobs? Trade them in for a thatched, beachfront bungalow, hammocks, outdoor showers, and other amenities that wash away holiday stress and coax you into a state of total relaxation.

Edinburgh, Scotland

You'll swear you've stepped back in time as you stroll cobblestone streets reminiscent of medieval days when sheep, cattle, and grain were sold in the heart of the city. While you stroll be sure to include the traditional Christmas markets, ice skating, Christmas shopping, holiday lights, riding the Star Flyer, and attending concerts.

miami-florida-christmasMiami, Florida

In Miami, mild weather doesn't mean less festive! How about a visit to the zoo where your kiddos can watch the animals open their presents? Drop by Santa's Enchanted Forest for the holiday light show, Christmas karaoke, holiday displays, Mistletoe Lane, and the tallest Christmas tree in South Florida!

Vienna austria christmas marketVienna, Austria

Twinkling fairy lights, snow softly sifting down, the scent of freshly roasted chestnuts in the air, marching bands filling the night with music, and a mug of hot mulled wine in hand as you stroll cobblestones streets, perusing the Christmas Markets. This is Christmas in Vienna.

vatican-city-rome-italy-christmasRome, Italy

Come the beginning of December it begins to look a lot like Christmas around Rome, starting with the holiday of Immacolata (immaculate conception). Stroll the winding vicolos, and side streets decked with twinkling lights and glowing orbs. Bask in festive vibes and the aroma of chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

This is a free picture released under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 GenericNew York, New York

Don't miss the most wonderful time of the year in the city that never sleeps! Christmas in New York is a magical time when the best New York attractions transform into the most festive winter wonderlands. You’ll spot Christmas lights and trees in every borough and find pop-up holiday markets outside subway stations filled with great gift ideas for Christmas.

phuket island thailand resortPhuket Island, Thailand

If you want an unforgettable Christmas, spend your day in Phuket old town and check out the Chino-Portuguese style buildings. Don't forget to taste the local Phuket foods. Phuket has two areas where it is famous: its sunny weather and breathtaking beaches, and its tasty local cuisine.

st barts west indiesSt. Bart's, West Indies

Many people come flocking to St. Bart's for Christmas vacation and the whole island begins to buzz with travelers and a festive holiday atmosphere. But rest assured, though St. Bart's gets busy it does not lose its charm or elegance at this time of year. The Christmas vacation season here is still sophisticated and stylish but with new celebratory energy.

Tromso Norway ChristmasTromso, Norway

Are you game for a holiday way up north? Then you've got to check out Tromso Norway. Tromso offers lots of opportunities to see the northern lights, to watch whales in the fjords, to breathe in the crisp mountain air... and join in the Christmas spirit amidst celebrations all around the city.

Austin Skyline - Stuart Seeger FlickrAustin, Texas

If you've got the time, there are about a million ways to celebrate the holidays in Austin. From a visit to Santa's Ranch, to the Ginger Bread at the Four Seasons, to the North Pole Flyer train ride, and more than 25 other family activities, Austin will keep you in holiday cheer.

Praguprague-czechoslovakia-christmas-markete, Czechoslovakia

Prague's colorful baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, and famed Prague Castle have long made it a popular destination. But at the holidays, the city transforms into a veritable winter wonderland. For the most magical experiences be sure to visit Old Town Square, where you'll be treated to one of the world's best Christmas markets.

Colonial conlonial-williamsburg-flickr-permissionsWilliamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg absolutely overflows with history, and here's your chance to celebrate the holidays like a true colonist. You'll be transported back the Christmases of yesteryear, where smoke billowed from chimneys, flickering flames lit cobblestone streets and the scent of cider and the sounds of carols wafted into the winter night.

christmas-town-usa-vacationChristmas Town, USA, North Carolina

Known as McAdenville most of the year, come December this town morphs into Christmas Town, USA, with all of the trimmings befitting the name. That includes 375 trees and 450,000 lights. Stop by the celebrations early and you'll be treated to free hot chocolate and kettle corn.

These amazing trips barely scratch the surface of what's available. Give us a call at 406-259-0999 for a holiday getaway created just for you.

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