Most of us think of going home for the holidays. But getting away can be just as fun and without the added stress that extended family can sometimes bring. Since I enjoy travelling so much I thought I’d share my top five favorite places to visit for the holidays. The list is comprised of places my family and I have visited over the years. Travelling is a great way to make life long memories and to start new traditions. My top 5 list of the most cheeriest places to visit for Christmas. Enjoy!

1.Biltmore Estate.

We loved it so much we did it twice! Prepare to be wowed and taken back in time. You can do it all here and never leave the estate. They have an amazing winery , several 5 star restaurants , and of course the estate tour. Christmas is simply spectacular here.

George W. Vanderbilt’s iconic French Renaissance château features 250 rooms, lavish gardens & tours and authentic southern cuisine .

* Note, we stayed on site and shared a joining suites with our son’s.

2. New York City

New York, is especially gorgeous at Christmastime, making it a favorite destination for many holiday travelers. In addition to having superb shopping – it’s a great place to find unique gifts as well as find everything on your own wish list – New York City also boasts many holiday traditions. There is the giant tree at Rockefeller Center, the lighting of which is celebrated with a special ceremony and musical performances, and the holiday-themed windows at New York’s famed department stores. Another attractions that brings scores of tourists to New York City during the holidays is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a Broadway-style show put on by the famous, high-kicking Rockettes at the even more famous Radio City Music Hall. If you can swing it, a trip to New York City at Christmas is well worth it at least once in your lifetime.

* Note we stayed at infamous Plaza Hotel New York

3. Puerto Rico

Why go to Puerto Rico at Christmastime? Besides the fact that you’ll enjoy a break from the cold weather up north, Puerto Rico is a very special place to spend the holidays. As is typical of islands, Puerto Rico has its own set of Christmas traditions, ranging from decorations and storytelling to wonderful, wonderful food. While the Christmas season in Puerto Rico can begin as early as November, Nochebuena, or Christmas Eve, is Puerto Rico’s most anticipated holiday event.

* Note : We stayed at the luxurious Gran Melia Golf Resort

4. New Orleans

There are so many reasons to visit New Orleans during the holidays, Reveillon Dinners is among one of the reasons we’ve gone three times! If you love good food this will seal the deal and is well worth the trip. Another great reason… many hotels offer “Papa Noel” rates, some of the best lodging deals of the year. Amazing attractions include ,

Riverfront bonfires, the brilliantly lit Celebration in the Oaks, the Cathedral Concert Series and free cooking demos from esteemed chefs – the Christmas and holiday season gets a whole lot more interesting in New Orleans. Visitors and locals alike enjoy an authentic New Orleans twist on the holidays each year.

* Note : We stayed at impeccable Hotel Mazarin

5. Colorado

Christmas in Colorado – A magical season for families in a state that enchants its visitors any time of the year.
At Christmastime, the charms of snowy peaks, swishing pine trees, fresh air, family fun, and fairy tale villages captivates kids and their parents.

Frosty days and sparkling nights are full of beautiful ways to celebrate the winter holidays, both inside and out. Activities include , Open-air Ice Skating

Evergreen Lake Park and Lake House. Parade of Lights, For two magic nights in early December, the streets of downtown Denver fill with 3-story-tall floating balloons, waving sugar plum fairies, fire swallowers, dancers, horse brigades, marching bands, and glorious fairyland floats. They flow along a two-mile course and all are covered in millions of tiny, twinkling lights. The baton twirlers have lights, the drums and trumpets and tubas have lights, the big clowns on their little bikes have lights, and the elves throwing candy into the crowds have lights.
This is one of Denver’s most popular events and the streets fill with spectators early.
and finally, Nutcracker Suite Ballet with the Colorado Ballet
The classic of Christmastime ballets, The Nutcracker Suite is ideal for young audiences. This is a chance to get dressed up, put on your company manners, and experience one of Denver’s most beautiful holiday events. The Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with its striking design and huge seating capacity is as much an experience as the live orchestra, soul-stirring score, and mesmerizing dance. Of course skiing is always very popular as well.

* Note : We stayed at The Brown Palace in Denver.

Where ever the holidays take you this year remember to enjoy and savor the beauty of the season.

Happy Holidays!