The holiday season can be a great time to travel by private jet charter. This time of year might be busy and crowded when you fly commercial, but by flying private you can avoid the travel rush and still visit the most magical holiday locations in the world. The following destinations are the ultimate holiday destinations, whether you’re looking for shopping, warm weather, holiday celebrations, or something else.
Rovaniemi is considered the official hometown of Santa Claus and this modern city, which is also the capital of Lapland in northern Finland, is filled with Christmas-themed sights and attractions. This means it can be a fantastic destination for families interested in a magical holiday experience. The city is located right on the edge of the Arctic Circle, so you can explore the Arctic with Rovaniemi as your base. Plus, it’s a prime location for viewing the northern lights.
New York City, New York
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York City is well known for its Christmas attractions. There’s the enormous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, shopping at FAO Schwartz, ice skating in the middle of the city, and more. Shopping during the holiday season is an event unto itself as stores go all-out with Christmas-themed displays in their front windows. Never has window shopping been more exciting. If you have children, consider staying at the Plaza Hotel, which is a particularly magical experience for little ones at this time of year.
Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland, and here, in the northernmost capital city in the world, the festive season lasts a full 26 days. Instead of just one Santa Clause, Iceland has 13! Reykjavik offers ice skating on a lake in the middle of the city. On top of that, the northern lights can be seen from here and you’re almost guaranteed to have a white Christmas.
Rotorua, New Zealand
If you prefer a warmer destination, Rotorua in New Zealand is an excellent choice. This city on New Zealand’s North Island is best known for its thermal hot springs and mud baths. Local spas can help you to relax and wash away the cares and worries of your day-to-day life. It’s also a hotspot for learning about local Maori culture. The area is also home to some absolutely gorgeous scenery and visitors can go hiking around the city to immerse themselves in it. The city does celebrate Christmas with a parade and decorations, but it’s a Southern Hemisphere Christmas, meaning that you’ll get to escape the colder temperatures of the north.
Hawaii combines the best of both worlds. There’s easy access to beaches and warmth during the colder months of the year, but it still feels like Christmas when you’re there. Honolulu is fully decorated for the holiday and Santa Claus arrives on Wailea Beach in a Hawaiian outrigger canoe. You’ll still have all of the joy of Christmas by celebrating it in the Hawaiian islands, but you’ll also escape the cold and have the opportunity to experience pristine beaches and amazing scenery.
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