3 Vacation Destination Ideas for Your Winter Holiday Break

Depending on who you talk to, winter is either the most magical time of year or a chance to get as far away from the bitter cold as possible.

Whether or not drudging through snow and bundling up to go outside are your ideas of fun, winter is undoubtedly an ideal time to take a Christmas vacation. From cottages nestled in snow-filled woods to sandy beaches in the tropics, below are three of the best vacation ideas to get you through the winter months.

Renting a Cottage

Canada has some of the most magnificent natural scenery on the planet. While many people think of heading to the cottage as a summertime activity, the fact is that renting a cottage is a great way to spend the winter holidays as well. In some regions, such as Muskoka in Ontario, winter is the low season, meaning you can land a cheap vacation deal over the holidays.

Other popular cottage destinations, such as Mont Tremblant in Quebec and Whistler in British Columbia, may be more expensive in the winter due to their popular ski resorts. Not only are there potential cost savings to renting a cottage for the holidays, but you can enjoy some great wintertime activities like skiing, skating on a frozen pond, and snowshoeing. In the evenings, you can come back to your cottage and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

Heading to the Big City

If being out in the woods in the winter isn’t your idea of a good time, you can still have a great holiday vacation in the big city. Some cities really go above and beyond when it comes to showing some holiday magic. New York City, for example, has its famed Christmas tree and skating rink at Rockefeller Plaza. Orlando, meanwhile, enthusiastically embraces Christmas and New Year’s, with dazzling parades and holiday-themed fireworks. Of course, you will need your passport when heading to these U.S. destinations.

Alternatively, Canada’s big cities also put on great Christmas events that may be closer to home and more budget-friendly. Head to Montreal to experience holiday cheer and mulled wine at the Christmas Markets and then enjoy some ice skating on the St. Lawrence River beneath the historic domes and spires of Old Montreal.

All-Inclusive Caribbean Vacation

Finally, if your idea of holiday magic is relaxing on a sandy beach and soaking up the sun, then consider an all-inclusive vacation to the Caribbean or another sunny destination. Do your due diligence when shopping around, however, since all-inclusive can mean different things depending on the company. Check to see if meals, drinks, water sports, excursions, beach umbrellas, airport pickup, and so on are included in the price.

Also, some all-inclusive vacations are geared towards adults (and may even be adults-only) while others are more kid-friendly. You will want to make sure you have the one that’s right for you before you book.

Whether you spend your evenings in front of a majestic fireplace in the countryside, head to the Big Apple for some skating at Rockefeller Plaza, or fly south to a tropical paradise, your next winter vacation is bound to be one that you won’t soon forget.

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