If you’re thinking about going on a Christmas getaway this winter break—whether it’s a trip with your extended family or a little getaway for just the two of you—now is the perfect time to start planning!
Besides, since getting excited about your upcoming trip is half the fun, it’s never too early to start figuring out where to go for a Christmas getaway.
So if you’re still looking for the best Christmas getaway ideas for 2019, here are 10 of the top destinations for winter break vacations, according to some of our favorite travel influencers.
1. Lofoten Islands, Norway
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“The remote granite peaks and white sand beaches of Norway’s Lofoten Islands are truly a spectacle and during winter. Plus, you get the added benefit of seeing the northern lights, which are a sight to behold. There are few places that feel more raw and remote, while still allowing you the opportunity to have a truly cultural experience.” —Chris Burkard, founder of Chris Burkard photography, @chrisburkard
2. Leavenworth, Washington
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“Keeping it local, our favorite Pacific Northwest holiday destination is most certainly Leavenworth, Washington. Between the Bavarian feel, the craft brewing, unique accommodations (we love LOGE Camps and the Sleeping Lady), and the cross country skiing, it is the perfect place to experience Washington State in the winter.” —Rob Taylor, founder of the 2 Travel Dads blog, @2traveldads
3. Belize, Central America
Nikki Vargas (Nikki Vargas)
“This past spring, I traveled (and adopted a puppy!) from the island of Caye Caulker off the coast of Belize. Caye Caulker is just a 45 minute boat ride from Belize City and is an oasis of relaxation, yoga, ex-pat owned shops, and so much more. Unlike its more popular neighbor, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker is smaller, calmer, and the perfect escape for travelers looking to disconnect.” —Nikki Vargas, editor and co-founder of Unearth Women magazine, @niknakvargas
4. Penang, Malaysia
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“If you are looking for warmth, culture and fabulous food, the multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual second city of Malaysia, Penang makes an interesting choice for celebrating Christmas. The winding streets of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Penang—with its colorful colonial mansions, beautifully conserved doors and world famous street art—are a delight to wonder through and photograph. My favorite part of the city is probably the boisterous, colorful neighborhood of Little India, which is filled with amazing Indian restaurants, as well as dozens of shops and vendors selling Indian clothing and jewelry. If you’re looking for some quality beach time, there is also the really pleasant Batu Ferringhi beach nearby, which also has a pretty decent night market.” —Kash Bhattacharya, founder of the Budget Traveller blog, @budgettraveller
5. Keystone, Colorado
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We just returned yesterday from an epic family ski vacation to @keystone_resort in Colorado (partnership). In addition to skiing we had so much fun on the mountain, including all of us getting our first snow tubing experience! It was a blast! I will note that as many times as my kids have traveled, my youngest managed to not pack snow boots for our vacation! Made me realize that I've gotten so comfortable letting them pack for themselves but I need to remember that when we go on new "type" vacations I need to make them a list of things they need to bring for that specific type of trip. .
What's the craziest thing you've forgotten to pack on vacation? .
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“While many might be looking to escape to a warm weather destination for Christmas, I say embrace the snow and celebrate in the mountains. Keystone Resort has ski runs for all abilities, and when you want to escape the ski lift crowds, you’ll find plenty of holiday activities to enjoy including a massive snow fort, tubing slides, and a parade with Santa.” —Kim Tate, founder of the Stuffed Suitcase blog, @stuffedsuitcase
6. Colombia, South America
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“One of my favorite countries in the world, Colombia is a tantalizing assault on the senses, and I have spent two Christmases there. With a stunning virgin jungle, ancient lost cities, a gorgeous coastline, a multi-colored river and endless hikes and rafting adventures, Colombia is an adventurer’s mecca. The people are super friendly and laid-back, which is one of the reasons why Colombia will always have a special place in my heart. Plus, December is a brilliant time to visit since it isn’t too hot. And, of course, Colombians love to party, so it’s a brilliant place to spend New Year’s Eve.” — Will Hatton, founder of The Broke Backpacker blog, @willhatton__
7. Maldives, South Asia at the St. Regis Maldives
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“If you are looking to relax and totally unplug, this is the place. The service and rooms were great, but there was also amazing scuba diving. The stay was a phenomenal use of points for an over-water bungalow. It just doesn’t get any better than this.” —Brian Kelly, CEO and founder of The Points Guy travel site, @thepointsguy
8. Nürnberg, Germany
“Nürnberg’s Christmas market is a festive swirl of heartwarming sights, sounds, and scents. Hand-carved wooden ornaments, festive wreaths, and aromatic candles line the booths as the sweet smell of gingerbread wafts through the air. Visit in the evening, stroll under the glow of the cheerful lights, and wrap your mittens around a mug of hot mulled wine spiced with cinnamon, cloves, and citrus fruits.” —Rick Steves, founder of Rick Steve’s Europe travel company, @ricksteveseurope
9. Regensburg, Germany on a European River Cruise
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“Nothing beats exploring the Christmas Markets in Europe, and especially on a river cruise. I loved experiencing the ‘Romantic Christmas Market’ in Regensburg, Germany, in the courtyard of Thurman and Taxis Palace. It is truly stunning during the holidays!” —Kiersten Rich, founder of The Blonde Abroad blog, @theblondeabroad
10. A Disney Cruise
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“For my family, we’ve always spent holidays at home. This will be the first time we are going away for the holidays. We are going on a Disney Cruise December 21st through 28th! It’s going to be amazing to celebrate with my family, including my 2 adorable nieces (ages 6 and 9), plus all the characters— and not have to worry about cooking or cleaning!” —Haley Woods, founder of Girls Love Travel group, @girlslovetravel