TOP 10 Places to see for the 2018 Holidays

Freestyle Travel Co. is back to bringing blog posts that remind you the beauty of our planet! 

Although, Halloween is around the corner – we want to start taking you down the Holiday Train! We’re excited to spread some Christmas cheer as early as October to make sure your 2018 vacations are all set and ready to go!

Christmas is the time of year we celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

In addition, some may celebrate Hanukkah; some remember Kwanzaa; some look forward to jolly old St. Nicolas photo-ops and others simply take this time of year to spend quality time with family and friends. Whatever you may celebrate this time of year, the beautiful lights, festivities and joyous atmosphere will culminate your year with a bang! We’re here to feature some of the world’s most beautiful and iconic cities to travel to this Holiday Season. Let’s get right to it!

1. New York City, NY

New York offers an even stronger homage to Film, Music, Arts and Culture during this Holiday season. The creative display of lights and colorful trees in every corner deliberately draws you to celebrate with the locals and tourists alike. From the ultimate tree lighting at the Rockafeller, to the makeover of colors in Central Park  – New York sets the bar high as one of the best places to visit during Christmas.

2. New Orleans, LA

This city by the bayou, comes alive when Christmas starts to unfold. With upbeat local blues and jazz filling the air and the endless dazzling lights hanging from one building to another in the French Quarters, New Orleans creates an authentic Christmas atmosphere of their own. Featuring their Cajun-inspired gingerbread recipes and blazing bonfires down by the Algiers’ riverfront, there’s no doubt a visit is already long overdue for you and your family.

3. Montreal, QC

Travelling to the land of poutine in true French Canadian fashion, Montreal guarantees a celebratory White Christmas for all who visit. No need to break the bank to see holiday concerts, a lot of volunteer choirs and musicians come together to deck the streets with Christmas feels. With pyro-musical events, tempting ice rinks and highly anticipated ballet performances, Montreal is a sight to see especially this time of year. 

4. Banff, AB

Banff is a sleepy and laid back town compared to most of the bigger cities around the world. However, when the Holiday fever hits – it transforms into something completely grand and festive! With the ultimate Canadian Rockies as a backdrop, it is a definite must-visit during Christmastime. From the luxurious Fairmont Banff Springs hotel to the welcoming natural hot springs and ice rinks, Banff offers the perfect balance of winter activities paired with bright lights, smiling faces and satisfying hot chocolate by the fire at the end of the day.

5. Riviera Maya & Cancun, MX

Looking to escape the cold with your family or friends? Look no further – Riviera Maya and Cancun is a year-round destination but the celebrations level-up during the holidays! Whether you want to relax by the beach and enjoy the peace & calm of this Yuletide season at the extravagant Adults-Only resort or you want to ‘foam party the year away’ at the hippest beach-facing infinity pool in the area, Mexico has a variety of escapes for you to choose from. Cheers to open bars and overflowing Christmas cheer!

6. Montego Bay, Jamaica

Continue on to the Sun Destinations to the island of Jamaica! Oh, the Jerk cuisine tastes even better with some Christmas dustings here and there. For those looking for a mix of religious, cultural and festive approach to this time of year, Jamaica is the place for you. What is better than great food, reggae versions of traditional Christmas songs and bright red Poinsettias everywhere? The local Jamaican celebrations come together right by the beach and the streets. This makes for an unforgettable Holiday vacation!

7. Tuscany, Italy

Jumping on a plane to the Tuscan regions of Italy is one of the best decision you could ever make for this coming holiday season. You’re about to immerse in a complete time warp in the beautiful mountainsides, vineyards, and hills of Tuscany. Christmas Markets pop up everywhere in all the main squares of the region. Florence is filled with crafts, food, beer and wine. Lucca is grazed with medieval themed shops. Sienna opens its doors to vintage Christmas vendors. There is more to this calming region than meets the eye, one must experience the live trades and bargains and breathe in the spirit of Christmas all around.

8. London, UK

London, UK is right next to the best Yuletide celebrations all over the world. *I challenge you to read this blurb in your best English accent. GO.* As the popular afternoon tea become more relevant and more festive towards the holidays, London continues to offer something for both the Christmas-lovers and scrooges alike. Bursting Christmas lights, open ice skating rinks, boutique Christmas markets and even unusual festive events fill the streets with merriment for this time of year. I have to say that the igloo rooftop hang-out at the Skylight is right up your Christmas alley (and Instagram)!

9. Hong Kong, HK

Christmas in Hong Kong is quite authentic on its own. As the boiling pot of the different cultures surrounding this quaint country, Hong Kong has a variety of cultural activities and celebrations. With their theme parks running on maximum capacity for all the Disney families & Ocean Park fans out there and their philharmonic orchestra ready for the musical event of the year, this is definitely a place worth visiting during Christmastime. They even have one of the best harbor-view Christmas-themed pulse light shows. Hong Kong definitely becomes magical on the most wonderful time of the year!

10. Male, Maldives

To wrap up our Top 10 Christmas destination list, we wanted to feature one of the most luxurious places to celebrate your holiday season. The islands of the Maledives is the perfect getaway for you and your family as you wrap up the year. Your overwater bungalows and resorts will be fully-decked with festive decorations with a mixture of Maldivian cuisine. The turquoise water, impeccable views, world-class service, luxury amenities and quality time with your loved ones – create the ultimate luxury experience of 2018! Here’s to celebrating the best of 2018.

There you have it! Our Top 10 Cities to Visit for the Holiday season!

The best way to immerse into these cities are through personalized and tailor-made experiences. Hotels and flights are fill up fast for this time of year – so, don’t wait and let’s get your ultimate end-of-the-year getaway started!

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