Celebrate the Holiday a Little Differently This Year
Tradition is great but sometimes we all want to experience something a little bit different. By traveling to any of these popular holiday destinations, you can enjoy culture and customs a little bit different than your own. You’ll be sure to get in the holiday spirit while learning about how others celebrate the holiday at the same time. Talk to your travel agent before it's too late to book for this year or start planning your 2019 Christmas adventure now. You may find a deeper appreciation for your own traditions after experiencing those of another culture, or you may develop new traditions based on your travels that you can make your own, a special Christmas gift for yourself for sure.
- Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona may not be the first city that comes to mind when you’re thinking of where to spend the holidays, but it has a lot to offer in the way of celebrated traditions. The unique holiday traditions will give you a completely different experience and you’ll be mesmerized by the romance in the air. From Tio de Nadal, a tradition that involves children feeding a hollowed-out log with a smiley face painted on it before beating it with sticks and singing upon the arrival of Christmas until gifts appear, to the well-known and ever-present Caganer that you will find in various nativity scenes and for sale in the many holiday markets and the Fira de Santa Llucía, a Christmas fair that has been taking place for more than 225 years – Christmas in Barcelona is full of culture and fun.
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates – In Dubai,you’ll find luxury at its finest and during the holidays that luxury transcends the tradition of holiday trimmings with beautiful displays and delightful tree lightings. The warm weather might make it feel like Christmas is months away but there is no doubt you will feel the spirit in the air. Celebrate the holiday the traditional Dubai way by ordering in a turkey dinner, attend one of the many festive fairs, enjoy a Christmas Day brunch or shop for gifts at one of the many different Christmas markets. You can even ski if you like at the city’s, Ski Dubai, or sit and watch other skiers while enjoying fondue at the Après bar and restaurant, if you think you’ll miss seeing the snow.
- Las Vegas, Nevada – For a truly different kind of holiday you can take a trip to Las Vegas. Not only is it warm but super festive during the holiday season as well, as you would only expect from the “city of lights.” While the city is very busy during the holidays, the many ways to enjoy it are worth the crowds if you don’t mind waiting for certain things here and there. The many extravagant sights to see that are already in place develop into something magical during the holidays. The botanical gardens at the Bellagio are decorated in holiday trimmings and the fountains dance to classic holiday music, you can tour a holiday cactus garden, take in the spectacular view of the 80-foot tree at The Park or enjoy one of the many Christmas shows held at various venues throughout the city. These uniquely Vegas attractions may not be your traditional holiday festivities but will still surely put you in the holiday spirit.