For some, the holiday season is all about cozy sweaters and scarves, a fluffy blanket of snow on the ground, and their favorite hot beverage on the comfort of their own couch. It’s true that there’s no place like home for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you can’t venture out of your comfort zone and experience a new kind of tradition.

 

Many families are beginning to see the holiday season as an opportunity to get away rather than experience the conventional Thanksgiving or Christmas at home. Time off from school and work is the ideal time to travel so you should definitely take advantage of it! Whether you want to go near or far, here are some unique destinations to consider for your holiday vacation this year:

 

Berlin, Germany

 

Germany is most known for their sausage and beer, but also for their extravagant Christmas markets! The capital hosts a number of them within the city as well as a special Christmas Eve caroling concert held at the Berliner Dom Cathedral. The light snowfall and sight of twinkling lights as far as the eye can see will definitely get you into the spirit of the season.

 

Atlanta, Georgia

 

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, Georgia has some of the best kept holiday secrets around. Atlanta has opportunities for ice skating in the Centennial Olympic Park and snow tubing at Stone Mountain. There’s fun for everyone in this Southern city!

 

Kitts, Caribbean Islands

 

A lot of people usually take a cruise to a tropical island during the winter to escape the cold, but this one is extremely underrated. St. Kitts gears up for the holidays for two weeks up to Christmas day with carnivals and parades every day. Now that’s what I call a celebration!

 

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

Looking for a quiet vacation in the desert? Since December is in the offseason for the park, the Grand Canyon is the perfect getaway for couples or families. Lodges are dressed up with festive decorations and you’ve pretty much got the place to yourself. It’s perfect.

 

Christmas Island, Australia

 

The name says it all! Christmas Island is a territory of Australia that was discovered and named on Christmas Day back in the 1600s. You can experience red crab migration, snorkeling among exotic fish, and a number of other amenities that will have you feeling relaxed and renewed. You can’t go wrong with this one.

 

Whether you’re looking for a white Christmas or a white sandy beach, getting away this holiday will make it one to remember.

 

This blog was written by Infinity’s Public Relations Assistant, Nicole McAlister.