Believe it not, it is only 43 days to Christmas and an amazingly short 26 days to Hanukkah! So if you haven't planned your holidays you better get busy. Here are my top five picks to spend the holidays. If you have already made plans then you might want to make reservations early for next year!
1. New York City.
No city in the world embraces the holiday spirit more than our own New York City. The city is a winter wonderland of lights, store displays and shopping delights. Rockefeller Center of course is the epicenter but Fifth Ave comes in a close second. Start at the Plaza Hotel and walk down about twenty blocks to see the amazing lights and astounding famous holiday store window displays. In addition be sure to pay a visit to Macy's and Herald Square plus the display at the Time Warner Center! Finally, if you have children stop in at Radio City Music Hall to see the famous Rockettes.
This is a close second to New York City and the city of lights really comes through for the holidays. Champ Elysees is a circus of lights and truly magnificent to walk at night. Stop by the George V Fours Seasons to have hot chocolate and then view the amazing decorations in the hotel. Have Christmas Eve dinner at the Jules Verne on the Eiffel Tower overlooking Paris and then you can attend midnight services at either Notre Dame or the American Church in Paris.
Aspen has a wonderful twelve days of Christmas that is pure delight. Each day is a special day that make the holidays last more than just two days. The events include bonfires, caroling, free sleigh rides on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Ice Skating, Fireworks and caroling in the snow. The Colorado Ski resort holds nothing back.
This Arctic City in Finland is magical. You can have sleigh rides and stay in a hotel made of ice and snow! Reindeer are plentiful and there is even Santa's home with all his workers. In addition the beauty of Lapland is matched by the stunning Aurora Borealis to light your way Christmas Eve. The city has caroling and tons of lights. Think of it....a sleigh ride pulled by reindeer! Can't beat that can you???
5. San Antonio
Yep, it is one of the amazing Christmas Cities in America. The famous River Walk, starting the day after Thanksgiving, has over 125,000 lights that form a canopy over the river. The barges fill with people singing carols on the hour long ride through this magical world. As you walk along the river front to shop there are over 6,000 luminaries glowing in the night. Christmas Eve there is a procession along the path of the river that is spiritual and simply wonderful.