An old-fashioned rocky mountain holiday. Explore Pueblo dwellings, ski the slopes, or just sip rum toddy in an authentic Western saloon. Lay back and chill.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
The Spanish colonial gem sparkles at Christmas, with theatrical processions, numerous posadas reenactments, fireworks, live music, and dancing in the main square, El Jardín.
The most flamboyant “honkytonk” ode to the holidays east of the Mississippi. Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas showcases winter wonder for all ages.
Taos, New Mexico
This remote village is especially magical at Christmas, thanks to its rich mix of cultural traditions. Historic Ledoux Street is aglow with paper lanterns; there are ceremonial reenactments of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter; and a spectacular Christmas Eve celebration that takes over the main square.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Christmas Caroling set to a salsa is sure to get you jingling. Palm trees basking in sunlight and exotic flora in the El Yunque rainforest replace your typical snowcapped pines. Wrap up your Caribbean days with an evening stroll through a 500-year-old Spanish colonial city on the Atlantic.
Quebec City, Canada
Alighted 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 cold weather.
Key West, Florida
Good cheer and warm temperatures are typically Key West’s winning attributes, and Christmas is no exception. The trimmed palm trees, done-up historic inns, and four festooned blocks of boats along the historic waterfront (the “Bight Before Christmas”) only amplify the town’s merriment.