Christmas and this time of year in general are usually seen as the time to visit family and spend time together. But what if you don't have much family or don't get along with them? While we wholeheartedly agree that you should still visit, it's not always possible. What if you and your family are just bored of doing the same things every year. Traditions are great and all, but so is variety. We have four amazing destinations for you to visit this Christmas, with or without the family.
Isn't it on everyone's list to visit Hawaii at least once? Christmas is the perfect time of year to visit this destination. “Mele Kalikimaka” is the Christmas greeting that was made famous by a song in 1950. While you're practicing how to say that, be sure to stop by the Honolulu City Lights. This is a month long display and is accompanied by massive celebrations. These celebrations include a parade, music, food, a 15 meter tall Christmas tree and a 6 meter tall Santa and his wife in Hawaiian fashion.
New York, New York
You could always go with a more traditional place for your holiday destination. New York is the home of the famous Rockefeller Center. The ice rink is 80 years old and the tradition of the giant Christmas tree has been going on for 85 years. The yearly Christmas Spectacular hosted by Radio City is always a huge event and is where we see the Rockettes every year. You can also visit the southwest corner of Central Park and take a walk through the Holiday Market, which includes more than 100 vendors with their food, music and holiday wares.
Rovaniemi, Lapland, FinlandIn most people's minds a destination means leaving the country. While there are plenty of white beaches to squish your toes in for the holidays, we recommend this fun area to explore during Christmas time. According the the legend started in the 1820s, Santa is located at the North Pole. However, if you were to ask these people, Christmas headquarters is located north of the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Lapland. This is where you can bake cookies with Mrs. Claus and attend Elf School. Youngsters can take a calligraphy class and write their Christmas wishlists with a quill. You can also visit baby polar bears, wolverines and moose at the Ranva Zoo. Visit Arktikum, a science center that explains the marvel of the Northern Lights. Stay at the Arctic Snow Hotel, where everything is constructed out of ice and snow; don't worry there are plenty of saunas and hot tubs to warm up in.
Santa Claus, IndianaPassport not updated? Flying not your thing? It's okay, we’ve found a fantastic destination right in the states. Originally named Santa Fe, Santa Claus, Indiana is small town sporting less than 3000 residents. However, this small town knows how to do Christmas. Every year this town mistakenly receives letters from children attempting to write Santa. In the mid 1930s a group called “Santa’s Elves” was developed to ensure that every single letter received a reply from Santa. While you stay take a drive around the 1.2 mile long “Land of Lights” display at the Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort. Don't forget to eat at Santa’s Lodge where Santa himself hosts a buffet.
Where are you headed this Christmas holiday? Going to your hometown to visit and spend time with family? Do you have a special destination that you're planning on spending Christmas? Have you visited one of these places during the Christmas season? We’d love to hear about it! Just drop a comment below or connect with us on social media and use #mymelroso. Happy Holidays!!