The holiday season is a joyful time, but there’s no sugar-coating it – it can also be a whole bundle of stress. The combination of social obligations, Christmas shopping, and organizing family celebrations can very quickly become overwhelming, and many of us dream of getting away from the chaos and taking a break before the big day arrives.
This doesn’t just have to be the stuff of dreams! Planning a Christmas getaway, whether over the holiday itself or just as a break before or after, is a great way to rejuvenate the spirit and help give you the energy and excitement to carry on through the festive season, and bring goodwill and joy to all your family celebrations.
So if the idea of packing your bags and escaping the holiday stress sounds good, read on! We’ve got some amazing ideas for Christmas getaways that will help you relax and refresh, making your holiday an even more enjoyable experience.
Cozy Cabin Retreat in Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is a picture-perfect Christmas wonderland. A dream destination of towering, snow-covered mountains, deep pine forests, and log cabins with roaring wood fires. It is a winter idyll, with loads of delightful activities from downhill skiing to relaxing in a spa. It is the perfect combination of Christmas tradition, excitement, and tranquility, and is a wonderful option for a festive getaway that will please the entire family.
Serenity by the Sea in Tulum, Mexico
If you are looking for a complete contrast to the traditional Christmas atmosphere, a break that takes you away from winter and transports you to a luxurious tropical paradise, then the Riveria Maya on Mexico’s Caribbean coast might be the best option. Tulum is an amazingly laid-back beach town south of Cancun, with some of the best beaches in the world, as well as ancient Mayan ruins, magical cenotes (a network of natural sinkholes and underground caverns), and a booming eco-tourism sector.
It’s the best place to spend winter for those who prefer sand and sun to snow and winter storms, and its relaxed vibe, plentiful yoga studios, and warm, turquoise waters offer an intensely relaxing experience for anyone needing a rest from the stresses of the season.
Cultural Retreat in Kyoto, Japan
Sometimes, in order to find genuine tranquility and really put stress and worry aside, you need to go halfway around the world. Kyoto, in Japan, is both far enough away to truly drown out the noise of day-to-day worries and a serious oasis of calm, peace, and relaxation. Its stunning temples, serene gardens, and exquisite traditional tea houses offer a unique cultural escape, and while Christmas is not a national holiday here it is widely celebrated, making Japan a great spot for a festive escape.
Classic Christmas in Vienna, Austria
There is nothing that says Christmas quite as clearly as a traditional Middle European Weinachtsmarkt, and Vienna’s glorious Baroque architecture and sumptuous historic charm is the perfect backdrop for a genuine winter wonderland. The city’s famous Christkindlmarkt is a sight for sore eyes, a dazzling feast of mulled wine, handicrafts, and traditional Germanic decor. It is impossible not to get swept up in the holiday spirit in Vienna in December, so it makes a great alternative to staying home and worrying about whether Uncle Joe is going to be argumentative this year!
Nostalgic Holiday in Lapland, Finland
If you love Christmas, then there is really only one place in the world that is absolutely unmissable. Finland might not have the fame and renown of some of the other Scandinavian countries like Denmark or Sweden, but it is unmatched when it comes to Christmastime. Rovaniemi is a Finnish city in Lapland in the Arctic Circle, to the far north of the country, that is the Official Home of Santa Claus! A visit to the city means you can see Santa’s village, take a trip to his workshop, and meet the big guy himself as well as his elves and reindeer. All this, plus the joys of snowmobiling, snowshoe walking, cross-country skiing, and husky sled rides, make Finnish Lapland a truly extraordinary destination for a Christmas getaway.
Secluded Island Getaway in Bali, Indonesia
For peace and tranquility, it is hard to think of a better spot than the tropical island of Bali. From the serenity and meditative ambiance of temple-filled Ubud to the lush landscapes and beautiful rice paddies of Ceking, not to mention the gorgeous beaches of Uluwatu, Kuta, and…well, pretty much everywhere else on the island, it is a staggeringly beautiful place to visit. Thanks to its warm weather and calm waters it makes a great choice to escape the colder, wetter climates of home, and a private jungle retreat complete with spa, yoga, and meditation practices offers the perfect antidote to a stressful holiday season.
Mediterranean Bliss in Santorini, Greece
Santorini’s white-washed clifftop villages and stunning blue seas might not be a very traditional Christmas setting, but this lovely Greek island is a blissful paradise over the winter. While visiting Oia during the summer can be a bit of a grind thanks to the tourist crowds and queues of influencers looking for the perfect shot, during the winter the island goes back to normal, but remains as beautiful as ever.
The weather in Greece is fairly reliably pleasant during the holiday season, so it is the perfect time to wander the picturesque streets of Oia, enjoy mouthwatering Greek cuisine in local tavernas, and bask in the beauty of the most famous sunsets in the world.
Wilderness Retreat in Patagonia, Chile
Lying back on a sun-drenched beach is all very well for some, but for others, the ultimate getaway involves adventure, challenge, and going off-grid. For these rugged souls, Patagonia in Chile is the ideal place to spend the holidays. This untouched wilderness is a wonderful place for hiking, kayaking, and glacier trekking, and offers a unique opportunity to step away from the stress of the season, disconnect, and get in touch with the natural world.
Spiritual Escape in Sedona, Arizona
For many, a Christmas escape means embracing spirituality and looking within yourself for peace and tranquility. If this sounds like your kind of thing then the town of Sedona in the Arizona desert might be just the thing. Known for being surrounded by energy vortexes and breathtaking red-rock formations, Sedona is a stunning combination of outdoor adventure and New Age healing.
From hiking trails in the morning to crystal meditation and sound baths in the afternoon, a trip to Sedona will offer a true retreat from worry and temporal concerns and leave you refreshed and rejuvenated for the rest of the holiday season. The town itself is also a beautiful spot to visit and explore, with shops full of spiritual crafts and New Age art.
Relaxed Holiday in Byron Bay, Australia
A Christmas trip to Australia takes you to the other side of the world, and even flips the seasons over, as December is summertime Down Under! As a result, Byron Bay on the east coast of the country makes the perfect place to escape traditional Christmas concerns and spend a little time by the beach, soaking up the sun and enjoying the bohemian culture of this charming little town.
Adventure and Luxury in Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand is often described as the adventure capital of the world, and Queenstown is the epicenter of adventure tourism in the country. The perfect destination for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies who want a more rugged, challenging winter getaway, a trip to Queenstown offers excitement and adventure everywhere you turn. From bungee jumping to jet boating, there are so many activities to try, it is a wonderful place to blow off steam and destress. Best of all, the city is full of world-class resorts, meaning you can relax and unwind in total luxury after a day of daredevilling!
Charming Christmas in Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage in Alaska offers a delightful blend of Christmassy frost-covered landscapes and vibrant city charm, conveniently located just a stone’s throw from the rest of the US, making it perfect for a quick Christmas getaway. The city’s German Christmas market is the highlight of its packed Christmas schedule, and it offers a taste of a European-style festive celebration without having to brave a transatlantic flight. The combination of extraordinary rugged natural beauty, fresh wilderness cuisine, and snowy sidewalks makes boarding an Alaska cruise in Seattle for a Christmas break in Anchorage a real treat.
Farm-Style Holiday in Vermont, USA
Rounding off our list is something even closer to home – a charming farm-style holiday experience in Vermont. The picturesque countryside of the Green Mountain State is usually dusted with a delightful sprinkling of snow at Christmastime, and it is the perfect place for a rustic escape, complete with historic inns with roaring fires and delicious farm-to-table cooking. Like many things in life, the simplicity of a Christmas adventure in Vermont is what makes it so appealing.
Stepping away from the holiday hustle with a seasonal vacation is a great idea, and is the best way to find a deeper appreciation for the holiday. Whether you just need a short break or plan to take the family away for a longer escape, the destinations above offer everything you need to make your Christmas truly unforgettable this year!