The next time you tell someone about your Christmas adventures, tell them you’ve visited the North Pole for Xmas. This snowy city island offers unsurpassed views of the northern lights, there’s dog sledding, delicious food, and a mountaintop cable car. Here, “day” is just a couple hours of twilight blue.
New England’s old-world ambience and cosiness make Boston a natural choice for the holidays. Enjoy Beacon Hill’s cobblestoned streets dusted with snow, and celebrate the ghosts of Christmases past with the Christmas Revels at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.
The Windy City has a million holiday lights along bustling Magnificent Mile; Christkindlmarket, a huge outdoor German crafts market with beer and fare like sausages to stoke your fire; a towering handmade Christmas tree; and Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest, a holiday-themed amusement park and indoor skating rink.
Lit-up cobblestone streets, 16th- and 17th-century stone houses, and lots and lots of snow make Quebec’s 400-year-old walled city an atmospheric and European-like place to be at Christmas. The local good cheer and great food could make even a skeptic love winter after all.
A Provençal winter is always fairy tale–like: the villages gone silent at summer’s end come back to life; music from medieval churches fills the cobble stoned streets; women crowd around market stalls to sniff out the freshest foie gras. ( A luxury food product made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened )