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The Best Places to Spend Christmas

by | Travel

There’s no better time of year to travel than Christmas. Whether you’re traveling internationally or domestically, every city has its traditions and customs to offer. Each culture has their own food, music, toys, and decorations to celebrate this joyous holiday and the locals love to share their Christmas traditions. While there are many fantastic places to go for the holidays, these are our favorite places to spend Christmas.

New York City, New York

It may seem like a cliched Christmas vacation spot, but you can’t miss this Northeastern bucket list city. New York City, combined with twinkling Christmas lights and a dusting of snow, looks like a winter wonderland. NYC is world-renowned for its food and shopping. There’s no better place to purchase some Christmas gifts, and get a little something for yourself. No trip to NYC during Christmas would be complete without seeing Radio City Christmas Spectacular or the Nutcracker. Families of all ages will love everything NYC has to offer.

Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

If you’re looking for an international winter adventure, then Finland is the place to go. Legends claim that Rovaniemi, Lapland is the official home of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. This magical city offers a year-long Santa Claus village for those who want to see Jolly Saint Nick in the off-season. The village is also home to the Santa Clause Main Post Office, a real post office where you can send a postcard to your friends and family back home. This is the perfect spot for those with young children or those young at heart.

Cologne, Germany

Cologne is world-famous for their Christmas markets. The markets sell anything you would possibly need to celebrate Christmas. They offer everything from music, art, toys, and food. The scent of roasting chestnuts and fresh gingerbread will fill the air. Live music and art demonstrations will keep you entertained as you stroll, shop, and explore everything these extravagant markets have to offer. It’s undoubtedly one of the best places to spend Christmas.

Each city has traditions that will wonder and amaze you. You’ll love wandering the streets taking in the festive decorations and munching on local delicacies. Don’t forget to attend the local shows and activities. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet the locals and learn about local Christmas traditions. Whether you head to New York City or Cologne, Germany,  you’ll love spreading some holiday cheer in these Christmas wonderlands.

Where’s your favorite place to spend Christmas?


  1. Kristine C

    You hit all the spots I want to spend Christmas! Merry Christmas to your family!

  2. Amy M.

    Finland!! I’m glad that country is getting some recognition 🙂 thanks for the awesome article and being incredible people!

  3. Shelby Johnson

    I would love to know which Christmas in your lives was the most influential and memorable.

  4. Candice Cox

    I can’t wait to spend Christmases in different locations every year with family! Thanks for the great post! I also LOVE the new pics!

  5. Amanda Marie Guy

    Thank you for setting the example and not making excuses.

  6. Jarom bean

    So look forward to all the Christmas vacations around the world in the years to come.
    Love you Brad & Julie!

  7. Shannnon L.

    We can’t wait to spend Christmas in New York City. On our dream travel bucket list!

  8. Amanda Guy

    Thank you for this.

  9. Cosmina Val

    I can’t wait to travel the world with my family and be able to do as much and more. Thank you for being such a great inspiration.
    Love you Brand and Julie Duncan!

  10. Brenda Gonzalez

    Love you guys so much. You are a great inspiration. Can’t wait to travel the world with you all. ???

  11. Bryce Jackson

    Thank you both for being such a HUGE inspiration!! I am adding all four of those Christmas places to my dream wall! Thank you Brad and Julie! ??

  12. Jonathan Eaton

    Can’t wait to spend it with my wife in the “Big Apple!”

  13. Teresa Grieff

    Thank you Brad & Julie we Love you ? ????

  14. Teresa Grieff

    Thank you Brad & Julie we Love you ????

  15. J Holbrook

    We are so excited to follow Brad and Julie’s example and build our own business through helping others to do the same. It’s the best of both worlds, blessing our family while making a positive impact on the world!!
    Thanks Brad and Julie, we love you.