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A Magazine for Travelers Celebration Edition Europe’s 5 Most Enchanting Christmas Markets Discover what sets these apart from the rest Cruising through the Holidays These top cruise lines are redefining holiday fun Take Time for


“ To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote,

To travel is to live.”

- Hans Christian Andersen

The holiday season is steeped in excitement and anticipation. There’s something utterly magical about twinkling lights, crisp air, warm drinks, and being surrounded by the ones you love. In this edition of On the Go, we’re going around the world to discover the unique ways that cities celebrate the holidays. You’ll learn about traditional Christmas desserts – and, more importantly, where to find them when traveling. Read which European Christmas markets are the most enchanting (including one completely dedicated to fairytale storyteller Hans Christian Andersen). Find out how you can ring in the New Year like a celebrity. And, discover easy ways to incorporate self-care into your next vacation. This holiday season is going to be the best one yet. Together, with GOGO Vacations, we can deliver a vacation full of memorable experiences.


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Christmas Markets The holiday spirit comes alive in Europe through the many festive outdoor Christmas markets that begin setting up as early as November. Here, visitors will find everything from traditional sweets to one-of-a-kind gifts, family friendly activities and even visits with jolly old Saint Nick himself. While each market is special in its own way, set against a backdrop of dazzling lights and sparkling Christmas trees, these five are endlessly enchanting. Discover what makes these five markets so mesmerizing.



Nuremberg, Germany



Nuremberg, Germany

Prague, Czech Republic

Germany is where the first Christmas market opened (in the 1400s!), so visitors here will have their pick of some of the world’s favorite shopping plazas. Head to Main Market Square to discover Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the most popular, which dates back to the mid-16th century. Here, more than 180 market stands come together to create a magical atmosphere.

The brightly decorated wooden stalls nestled amongst Prague’s beautiful centuries-old architecture, open for the season towards the end of November in Old Town Square near the Jan Hus Memorial. Grab a mug of hot mulled wine and make your way through the many vendors selling handmade items such as ornaments, embroidered lace, and jewelry.

Shop for handcrafted toys, teddy bears, music boxes, glass objects, and more special gifts. Warm up with famous Nuremberg grilled pork sausages, seasoned with flavorful spices like cardamom, ginger, and marjoram. Hop aboard the historic, horse-drawn stagecoach for a fun tour of the market while listening to live holiday music played on a golden horn. Guests waiting to board are kept warm by fluffy blankets. WHY IT’S ENCHANTING: While children will have fun at any Christmas market, Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt goes above and beyond with a dedicated section called the “Kinderweihnacht.” Located on Hans-Sachs-Platz, there are crafts, a two-tier carousel, steam train, mini Ferris wheel, and a variety of special programs just for children.



Sample freshly roasted ham, sausages, and spicy gingerbread. Carolers and school choirs perform daily on the open-air stage and a petting zoo provides entertainment for the little ones. When you’re ready for a change of scenery, the equally charming market at Wenceslas Square is within walking distance. WHY IT’S ENCHANTING: Like many outdoor holiday celebrations, the Christmas tree lighting at Old Town Square is a top attraction. But unlike others, this towering tree – brought in from the Liberec region’s forests – plays host to a tree lighting ceremony EVERY afternoon.


Vienna, Austria With Vienna’s spectacular Town Hall glowing brightly in the background, the Viennese Dream Christmas Market gets extra points for its beautiful atmosphere. Set in gorgeous Rathausplatz Square, this Christmas market is BIG, colorful, and busy. So, be prepared to go there with enough time to experience it all. Sip some warm Gluhwein and discover treasures like hand-painted nutcrackers, fresh wreaths, and wooden puzzles. Embrace the wintry weather and take a spin around the outdoor ice-skating rink, lit up beneath the numerous, vibrant light displays. WHY IT’S ENCHANTING: The excitement continues inside. The Town Hall has an area on the first floor just for the littlest market goers, with hands-on holiday programs such as candle making and Christmas cookie baking.


Trento, Italy Beginning in November, the Italian city of Trento becomes known as Città del Natale, or “Christmas Town.” Located in Italy’s northernmost region, just south of the Dolomites, this Alpine town is rich with Austrian influences, old-world charm, and breathtaking views. The Christmas market is held in two public squares, Piazza Fiera and Piazza Cesare Battisti, where artists and merchants sell handmade gifts, holiday décor, and clothing from behind quaint wooden stalls. Trento’s shared Italian-Austrian heritage can be witnessed (and tasted!) in the many food and drink offerings at this Christmas market – from the traditional Panettone holiday cake to the fresh apple strudel. WHY IT’S ENCHANTING: This Christmas market is also “green market.” Environmental sustainability has a strong presence and is emphasized through clean energy, local products, and ecocertified paper bags.


Odense, Denmark Held in the hometown of the world-renowned Danish writer, this Christmas market takes a heaping dose of his classic fairytale magic and sprinkles on a dash of seasonal whimsy. Located in the square near the author’s childhood home and museum, visitors will experience what the holiday season was like in the 19th century. The setting is authentic as it gets, and shoppers will find themselves surrounded by beautiful townhouses and half-timbered houses built long ago. Though this market is smaller in size, its offerings are just as grand as any of the bigger Christmas markets. Shop for porcelain tableware and knitted scarves, then watch wood workers craft holiday décor right before your eyes. WHY IT’S ENCHANTING: Inspired by Andersen’s fairytales, jugglers, costumed characters, horse-drawn carriage rides, a carousel, and a goose parade are just some of the merriment visitors may encounter.




St. Kitts & Nevis

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sparsely populated beaches combine in the sister islands of St. Kitts and Nevis to make them one of the Caribbean’s most seductive destinations. The twin islands are separated by a two-mile-wide channel, with ferry services that help visitors easily enjoy them both in a single trip. The islands are uncrowded, unspoiled, and famous for their excellent preservation of the environment. Nature lovers can tour through lava formations, tropical forest areas, and seaside lagoons. Boating and scuba diving are also favorite activities. Quaint shopping areas and beautiful architecture draw visitors to the small towns. Here’s how to take advantage of it all in five days.

DAY 1 Transfer from the airport to your hotel. After checking in, explore St. Kitts’ lush interior rainforest from the saddle of a horse on a guided adventure. Ride on trails through cane fields leading into the verdant forest and experience the beauty of the island’s flora and fauna. Amble over gentle slopes and listen to the chattering and chirping of green velvet monkeys and exotic birds like Royal Terns and Black-whiskered Vireos. From an elevated vantage point, you can enjoy a magnificent view of villages and the Caribbean Ocean on the horizon.



DAY 2 After breakfast at your hotel, hop into a Land Rover and begin a spectacular journey to the “top” of St. Kitts. Upon arriving at the base of Mount Liamuiga – a dormant volcano and the highest point of the island – set off on a vigorous 2½-hour guided hike up the mountain and through the rainforest while observing giant trees, beautiful flowers, and swinging vines, and learning all about the island’s flora and fauna. At the summit, you’ll be able to see the entire island, the sea, and neighboring islands. Later on, head to Serendipity for dinner, where local dishes like creamy conch chowder, Caribbean seafood bouillabaisse, and Cajun sautéed shrimp are served on a hillside terrace restaurant overlooking Basseterre Bay.



Head out early today to discover your favorite among the island’s famous beaches, all of which are public. Palm trees and exotic black sands line Dieppe Bay Beach on St. Kitts, bordered by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. A large reef keeps the waters calm for swimming and alluring to divers, and a nearby bar and restaurant are perfect for refueling. Friars Bay lures families with calm, clear waters to what’s considered by many to be the finest beach on St. Kitts. There’s plenty of room for secluded sunbathing, and water sports gear is available for rental. Food and drink are nearby, as are beach chair rentals. For pure tranquility, head to Turtle Beach on the southeast peninsula. After soaking up the quietude of the sands, don your flippers and go snorkeling amid a kaleidoscope of dazzling fish.

Today, sail to sister island Nevis today aboard a 52- or 70-foot catamaran, which boasts a full bar that’s open all day. Although smaller than its neighbor, Nevis has plenty of enchanting attractions. Stop at a calm bay for snorkeling (equipment is available on board), then disembark at romantic Pinneys Beach, where a barbecue lunch will be prepared. Spend a couple of hours soaking up the sun or enjoying the shade under a magnificent coconut palm before your return.

DAY 5 Make this your day to discover the quaint island capital of Basseterre – which just happens to boast one of the world’s most unique Christmas celebrations. In St. Kitts, Carnival takes place over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, making it one huge party that lasts for weeks, with concerts, feasts, parades, and street parties. It’s everyone’s time to drink rum, dance to calypso music, and savor potent, freshly baked rum cakes. Join in!




Like a Celebrity Celebrities know how to ring in the New Year—whether they’re hitting the club in Miami, performing before thousands in Las Vegas or New York, or enjoying some quiet time with family. At these incredible hotels, you can ring in the new year like a VIP, and maybe even spot a celebrity or two along the way.



NEW YORK MARRIOTT MARQUIS Every year, New York City throws the most watched New Year’s Eve party in the world. One million people pack Times Square and over a billion people around the world tune in to watch the famous ball drop to ring in the new year. New York City’s New Year’s Eve celebrations feature celebrity guests and world-renowned musical performances. Revelers begin to pack Times Square from the early morning hours to get their spot near the center stage, but if you’d prefer a little elbow room and one of the best seats in New York City, make a reservation at the New York Marriott Marquis’ New Year’s Eve Party at The View Restaurant and Lounge. Party the night away with an open bar, dinner, and live music at one of the top spots to see the ball drop in the city. This eatery is New York City’s only revolving restaurant; wherever you sit, you’re sure to enjoy incredible views. After midnight, avoid the challenge of fighting the subway crowds or trying to hail a taxi by spending a night right at the New York Marriott Marquis. Enjoy incredible service, spacious accommodations, and all the amenities only Marriott can provide. Inspiring views of Times Square and Broadway blend seamlessly with sophisticated and simple design to create rooms that inspire and relax.



INTERCONTINENTAL MIAMI Warm nights, beautiful art, and hot DJs shape Miami’s nightlife. Celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Paris Hilton, and others have all been spotted partying the night away in the city Will Smith immortalized in a rap song. It’s no surprise that Miami throws one of the best New Year’s parties in the world. At the leading South Beach clubs, some of the world’s top DJs spin into the wee hours, and crowds spill out onto the beach to watch the fireworks over the sea. In the Wynwood district, join the free block party, surrounded by Miami’s epic street art murals. Stay at the InterContinental Miami, where the city celebrates its own version of New York’s City’s ball drop—Miami-style. Every year, the city’s own Mr. Neon Orange is custom-built and dropped from the side of the hotel. Leading performers bring Miami’s Latin American flavor to ring in the new year. Overlooking Biscayne Bay, the InterContinental is just a short walk away from the Peréz Art Museum Miami, the American Airlines Arena, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. South Beach, Wynwood, and the Miami Design District are just a short drive away. Beautiful rooms bedecked with marble bathrooms and large windows overlooking the Atlantic, Biscayne Bay, and the Port of Miami offer an inviting place to relax and unwind after your late-night revelries.



BANYAN TREE MAYAKOBA Celebrities like privacy, and the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya delivers. Each of the hotel’s 107 private villas is a refuge with its own walled garden, private pool, and sun deck. So, whether you’re looking to escape from the paparazzi or just want to get away from it all, you can find it at Banyan Tree. The resort is designed around nature, preserving and conserving intact mangrove forests, dunes, lagoons, and coral reefs. Banyan Tree Mayakoba throws its own yearly New Year’s Eve party, but what sets the resort apart is its seclusion, natural beauty, and sense of escape. Enjoy the party, but when you’re ready to get away from it all, retreat to your private villa and pool, where you can sip champagne and ring in the new year with loved ones and friends, without the crowds. Need to detox after a night of celebrating? Book a New Year’s Day treatment at the Banyan Tree Spa and start your new year with self-care.




THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAKE TAHOE Celebrities have always been drawn to Lake Tahoe’s otherworldly blue water, breathtaking Sierra Nevada views, and wintertime ski slopes. The likes of Howard Hughes, Marilyn Monroe, Larry Ellison, Henry Kaiser, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, and more have made their homes and their reputations in Tahoe. Many celebrities reside in Tahoe, but for those who don’t already call Tahoe home, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is a favorite hotel for A-listers to relax, ski, and unwind for the holidays. Guests enjoy convenient access to the ski slopes of the Northstar California Resort. You just might see a star on the lifts. After a day on the mountains, ring in the New Year’s at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s Manzanita restaurant. Sit by the cozy fireplace for an elevated New Year’s après ski experience, fit for a celebrity. Enjoy a special holiday menu, or party the night away later in the evening with Dom Pérignon, specialty cocktails, music, and dancing. Manzanita is a favorite Tahoe restaurant, and the well-heeled can often be spotted sitting beside the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows or taking a peek into the open kitchen where the culinary magic takes place.



THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS When celebrities want to let loose, many head to Vegas. For New Year’s Eve, the Vegas Strip is closed to traffic, transforming the Strip into a “block party” 300,000 people strong. The casinos join forces to create a fireworks display that ignites the desert sky. Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Bruno Mars, Gwen Stefani, and Calvin Harris have rung in the new year with star-studded performances from their casino residencies. Roll the dice or try your luck at the tables, and people-watch for celebrities in the VIP section. For a truly opulent experience, celebrate the New Year from the luxurious Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This unique resort is home to several event venues, including The Chelsea, Marquee Nightclub, and Clique Bar & Lounge – which means revelers will have plenty of places to party. Opt to stay in a decadent private terrace studio where you’ll have a perfect view of the Strip and the dazzling fireworks display. The Cosmopolitan has its own casino as well as several dining options, such as the modern supper club “Rose. Rabbit. Lie.”

Whether you want to catch a performance, join the party in some of the world’s leading cities, or peoplewatch all night, these hotels put you in the heart of the action. If you plan to celebrate the New Year in popular destinations across the globe, now is the time to start planning your New Year’s Eve vacation.






Nothing says Christmas quite like food, and nothing crowns a festive meal quite like the perfect dessert. Whether you’re traveling this season and are looking for the perfect local bakery or want to bring some new festive traditions to your holiday table, here are some desserts to put you in the Christmas spirit.

GERMANY Christmas Stollen Stollen is a fruit bread loaded with nuts, spices, and dried or candied fruit. A properly-made Christmas Stollen takes time. Raisins and nuts must be soaked in rum, and then added to a sweet yeast dough flavored with citrus and spices. The process of proofing the dough takes several days. A perfectly-executed stollen is a mouthful of rum-soaked fruit, held together loosely with delicate cake. To trace the origins of this Christmas dessert and to enjoy it in its classic form, make your way to Dresden’s Christmas Market where you’ll find the cake for sale in the food stalls. FRANCE Bûche de Noël In France, Christmas dinner culminates with a bûche de Noël, or Yule log. The dessert’s foundation is simple: sponge cake, coated in pastry cream, rolled up and coated again in chocolate or coffee buttercream. Décor of the bûche de Noël can get rather elaborate, with mushroom-shaped meringues and almond paste leaves. If you’re visiting Paris for Christmas, Pierre Hermé’s offers several modern interpretations of the French classic. Expect original flavors as well as unconventional ones such as rose-litchi-raspberry or black lemon. Pierre Hermé won the distinction of the World’s Best Pastry Chef, 2016. GREECE Melomakarona Mediterranean cuisine is known for its health benefits, and Greece’s Christmas dessert gift to the world is no different. Dripping with honey, melomakarona are made with olive oil, orange juice, sugar, cloves, cinnamon, and cognac, creating a sweet, sticky confection coated in almonds and walnuts. For a modern twist on the old recipe, sometimes the cookie is coated in chocolate. Visit Takis Bakery, one of Athens’s most celebrated bakeries for melomakarona, kourabiedes butter cookies, and Christopsomo Christmas bread—and sample the panoply of Greek Christmas dessert traditions.



MEXICO Buñuelos Buñuelos are fried balls of dough or tortillas covered in cinnamon or sugar that are served around Christmas time and New Year’s in many Mexican homes. This dessert is so popular throughout Latin America that there are many variations for you to discover. Find your favorite buñuelos for sale from street vendors and at the many outdoor holiday festivals throughout Mexico. ITALY Panettone An authentic panettone is nothing like the Christmas loaves sold in supermarkets during the holidays. A properly-executed panettone melts on the tongue, with a texture reminiscent more of cotton candy than bread. The starter needs to be just right, the temperature just so, the mixture, perfect. When the proofing is just right, the great cupola of the panettone rises like the Duomo of Florence. The recipe heralds from Milan, where expert bakers craft breathtaking panettone using time-honored recipes. Stop by Cova in Milan for a coffee and panettone where opera singer Maria Callas once took her coffee, and re-discover this Italian Christmas dessert while sitting in one of Italy’s oldest pastry shops. UNITED KINGDOM Christmas Pudding “Oh, bring us some figgy pudding…” goes the Christmas Carol, We Wish You A Merry Christmas. If you’re in the United Kingdom for the holidays, a staple of any Christmas feast will be the Christmas pudding. The recipe calls for dried fruit, dark sugar, rum, stout, walnuts, almonds, breadcrumbs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and spice. Christmas puddings date back to medieval England, when many dishes were made in pudding form so that they could be preserved as long as possible. England’s Marks & Spencer sells a 12-month matured vintage Christmas pudding that is not to be missed. UNITED STATES Pecan Pie For many Americans, pecan pie is a Christmas and Thanksgiving tradition. While pecan pie is more of a southern Christmas delicacy (the pie traces its origins to the American south), you can find it served on Christmas tables across the nation. Pecans are native to North America, making this sweet dessert a true American original. While you can find many versions, head to Baked & Wired in Washington, D.C. for a sticky and sweet pecan pie. Or, visit Tartine Bakery & Café in San Francisco, for a pecan maple pie served with a dash of bourbon for a little holiday cheer. From the decadent displays of France’s Yule logs to the honey-soaked Greek melomakarona, there’s a Christmas dessert for every destination and taste. If you plan to travel this holiday season, make time to savor these authentic Christmas desserts. When the original recipes of many Christmas classics are put in the hands of local masters, the results are absolutely spectacular.




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Cruising THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS A holiday cruise is a great way to create new festive family traditions. Instead of toiling over Christmas dinner this year, let professional chefs take care of every detail from appetizers to desserts. Forget the holiday party prep and, instead, invite your family to thrilling adventures at sea. Put away your heavy coat and slip into a bathing suit. Here are three cruise lines that celebrate the holidays in style.




Create New Christmas and Holiday Memories Travel to the Caribbean and bask on beautiful beaches while enjoying incredible holiday festivities about the ship. Royal Caribbean goes all out for the holidays. Join Santa’s elves on deck for fun-filled activities, story time, and photo opportunities. Best of all, Santa’s sleigh always finds its way to the ship, with goodies and gifts for the kids (and kids at heart). Take part in a beautiful tree-lighting celebration, and enjoy festive décor throughout the ship. Decorate ornaments and gingerbread cookies, and bring home recipes and Christmas treasures that will remain with your family for years to come. Partake in an “ugly sweater” decorating workshop and then wear your campy creation to the ugly sweater party on the ship. Go caroling with ship musicians, write letters to Santa, or play Christmas-themed games and trivia. Pause to reflect on the spirit of Christmas over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day mass on the ship. Immerse yourself in the spirit of joy, generosity, and peace with Royal Caribbean’s special Christmas sailings. And then there’s the food and parties. Let Royal Caribbean’s professional chefs craft your delicious holiday-themed meals. Spend New Year’s Eve at sea, where Royal Caribbean will take care of the party planning. Ring in the New Year with a balloon drop on the Promenade, Esplanade, and Centrum. Or, host a private party just for your friends and family at one of the ship’s bars and venues.


On These Ships, It Snows Want to travel to the Caribbean for the holidays, but still want to partake in all the festivities? On Princess Cruises, it snows in the Atrium. Cruise for Thanksgiving and leave the turkey feast to your onboard culinary team. Celebrate Hanukkah with special kosher meals crafted by the ship’s chefs, including potato latkes and gefilte fish. Sip eggnog by the pool, decorate a gingerbread house, and enjoy a Christmas dinner handcrafted by professional chefs. Or, ring in the new year with a champagne toast and balloon drop on the ship. Discover destinations as far-reaching as the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Australia and New Zealand, South America, and the South Pacific, all while celebrating the holidays with family and loved ones. Whether you need to order a special kosher meal, want to host a New Year’s party on the ship, or would like to give your family the gift of travel for the holidays, Princess Cruises has an itinerary for you.




Celebrations at Sea

Celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, or the new year with Norwegian Cruise Line. With cruises that can take you to spectacular destinations around the world—reconnect with each other, with family, and with loved ones on a special holiday cruise. For this year’s Thanksgiving, give yourself one more thing for which to be thankful—let Norwegian Cruise Line’s professional chefs craft you an elaborate Thanksgiving feast. Wake in the morning to a delicious Thanksgiving breakfast. With no meal to plan, spend the day at the spa, relaxing by the pool, or exploring your port of call—from the breathtaking Hawaiian islands to the white-washed architecture of Greece, and the pristine beaches of the Caribbean. Norwegian Cruise Line also broadcasts the big game on the big screen in the atrium. Or grab a beer at one of the ship’s many bars and cheer on your team. Instead of fighting the crowds on Black Friday, enjoy some leisurely shopping on the ship or at your port of call.

Say Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian for Merry Christmas), and celebrate Christmas with Norwegian Cruise Line in Hawaii. Trade in your white Christmas, for white-sand beaches. Holiday meals include delicious Black Forest ham, roasted Maryland Turkey, pumpkin soufflé, and a pear and chestnut torte. Norwegian Cruise Line decks the halls with shimmering lights, poinsettias, Christmas trees, and decked out palm trees. Sing Christmas carols at the piano bar. Best of all, Santa always makes his way onboard for photo opportunities with the kids and the kids at heart. Bring your family and friends to a New Year celebration in Hawaii or the Caribbean. Or, venture further to Thailand, Monte Carlo, or Rome. Kick off 2020 in style—with a celebration of travel.

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the lighting of the menorah each night and attend holiday services with the onboard rabbi. Best of all, the celebration continues onboard and ashore. Marvel at the Na Pali coast on a Hawaii cruise, bask on a Caribbean beach, or visit a synagogue on a Europe voyage and connect with your Jewish roots.

Give your family the gift of travel this holiday season with a Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year’s Eve cruise. Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Princess Cruises offer special touches that make celebrating the holidays truly special. Cruise itineraries and cabins sell out fast. If you are thinking of cruising over the holidays, contact your travel advisor to begin planning.




Festive Cities

Travel can take you on journeys of discovery and help you explore new traditions and cultures. The holiday spirit ties together cities around the world—but each city and country offers its own unique flavor of festive fun. From the spirit of Christmas past in London, to the actual reindeer of Iceland, to New York City’s iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting celebration, travel advisors can help you create new traditions with a Christmas vacation to one of these iconic cities.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Visit London to celebrate the spirit of Christmas past, present, and future in the city of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Bundle up and walk a mile-long path where more than one million lights illuminate the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. The young and young at heart can visit Warner Bros. Studios London to experience Christmas at Hogwarts at the Making of Harry Potter. At Trafalgar Square, admire the Norwegianstyle Christmas Tree—a London icon. Then, put on a pair of ice skates and glide in front of the Natural History Museum’s ice rink. Or, celebrate the Christmas spirit with a service at Westminster Abbey for a Christmas carol performance.



REYKJAVIK, ICELAND Christmas around the world is known for its twinkling lights and artificial reindeer, but there’s no light show on Earth quite as spectacular as Iceland’s Aurora Borealis and there are few places in the world where you might spot a real reindeer along the way. To see the lights, leave behind Reykjavik and see the wonders of the Golden Circle, including Þingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall. Hire a guide and venture below Iceland’s glaciers, entering blue glacial caves—but book ahead for this popular experience. Soak in a natural hot spring, or explore Iceland’s Christmas market in Heiðmörk Woods or the Yule Town Christmas Market downtown, where the Yule Lads (Iceland’s 13 mischievous Santas) will be up to no good with their pranks.

TOKYO, JAPAN Unlike other parts of the world, in Tokyo most stores and restaurants remain open on Christmas day. In fact, in Tokyo, Christmas is considered a romantic date night, with many of the city’s leading restaurants offering beautiful candlelit dinners. The city decks the halls with stunning Christmas light displays. The areas around Tokyo Station, Harajuku’s Omotesando Street, Roppongi, and Odaiba are considered among the most beautiful. Enjoy Tokyo’s Christmas sales as you browse the shopping areas of Ginza and Shibuya and the city’s Christmas markets.



NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA From Creole Christmas traditions to modern light spectacles, New Orleans throws a holiday party like no other. LUNA Fête offers a unique interpretation of Christmas lights, inviting installation artists, musical performers, filmmakers, and other artists to create one-of-akind light projections and displays that interact with New Orleans’ architecture for the season. Visit the city the Sunday before Christmas

to go caroling around the breathtaking spires of St. Louis Cathedral. The city’s leading restaurants host Réveillon dinners, a Creole tradition of serving a sumptuous meal that could last through Christmas Eve. Dinners are offered throughout December and include meals that span three, four, and even five courses. Catch a jazz show while enjoying a meal that could go all night long.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Christmas in the southern hemisphere means you get to trade in your snow boots for flip flops. Go to Martin Square to admire the summertime Christmas tree. Or visit the Queen Victoria Building to view the Swarovski Christmas Tree bedazzled with over 80,000 Swarovski crystals. In Sydney, Christmas celebrations can include a swim in the sea or a barbeque at Bondi Beach. Sing carols by the beach to get into the holiday spirit. Sydney comes alive with Christmas markets like the Finders Keepers Market known for its handmade crafts and The Big Design Market which highlights Sydney’s local designers.

COLOGNE, GERMANY Germany is known for its historic Christmas markets, with the city of Cologne having the distinction of being home to some of the most stunning holiday shopping plazas in Europe. Each Christmas market exudes its own unique style—from the market at Cologne Cathedral with the cathedral as its elegant historic backdrop to the Harbour Christmas Market in front of the Chocolate Museum which unites Christmas and maritime themes. And then there’s the Old Town Christmas Market with its ice-skating rink and food stalls.



NEW YORK, NEW YORK New York City transforms into a Christmas wonderland over the holidays, with iconic attractions that are recognized around the world. There’s the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, with its yearly treelighting ceremony. Glide under the tree at the iconic Rockefeller Center skating rink. Admire the famous window displays on 5th Avenue. See the Nutcracker with the New York City Ballet, or marvel at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the famous Rockettes. Re-live your own Miracle on 34th Street and visit the big guy at Macy’s 13,000-square-foot Santaland. For shopping, if you venture beyond 5th Avenue, you’ll find the Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park and the Union Square Holiday Market. Ride a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park. Attend Christmas mass at breathtaking St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

BRUGES, BELGIUM Browse the cobblestone streets of Bruges, exploring the city’s celebrated Christmas markets. Enjoy a Belgian waffle, have a sip of Belgian beer, and don’t miss some of Europe’s famous Belgian chocolates, all while enjoying a stroll through one of Europe’s most beautiful old towns. Warm up with a mug of rich, hot cocoa while admiring the tinsel and decorations. Or, put on a pair of ice skates and glide around the Christmas tree at Grote Square. With the historic Belfry Tower as your backdrop, you’ll think you’re skating right into a Christmas fairy tale.

PARIS, FRANCE Paris is known for its romantic ambiance, shopping, art, and food—and Christmas in Paris embodies all these things. Go ice skating in front of the Eiffel Tower. Browse the haute couture shops along the Champs-Élysées, where designers like YvesSaint Laurent, Chanel, Dior, and Hermès, deck their shops with

Christmas spirit. Pick up a box of homemade chocolates or macaroons at À la Mère de Famille candy store, which has been open since the 1700s. Visit the Louvre and other iconic museums over the holiday season or attend a Christmas service at one of the city’s breathtaking churches.



MÁLAGA, SPAIN Málaga is celebrated for its festive lights showcase. Tens of thousands of lights illuminate Calle Larios, turning the street into an outdoor cathedral of carols and twinkling colors. The Christmas light show is world-famous, and the display extends throughout the city. Christmas here is a time of light and music, with Christmas carols and flamenco shows. Browse the city’s Christmas markets, go for a stroll by the sea, and enjoy tapas at a local restaurant to celebrate in true Spanish style.

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA Old Quebec’s Christmas Village will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy-tale Christmas story. The city’s breathtaking ornate architecture and snowy streets create an old-world backdrop filling the city with Christmas cheer. From Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church down to Rue du Petit Champlain, holiday lights and décor offer a romantic atmosphere for your holiday shopping and sightseeing. At the German Christmas Market, enjoy a bite of gingerbread and a sip of mulled wine while listening to carols and meeting Santa. Indulge in a sumptuous holiday meal at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Even if you can’t stay the night, this iconic hotel opens its doors to the city so that all can enjoy its festive display.

LEAVENWORTH, WASHINGTON If you don’t want to travel as far as Germany to experience an authentic European Christmas market, visit Leavenworth. Nestled in the Cascade Mountain, this quaint, Bavarian town comes alive every Christmas with its “Village of Lights” where half a million lights twinkle nightly from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day. Visit the celebrated Christkindlmarkt for delicious Bavarian food, Bavarian entertainment, and stalls selling crafts and Christmas gifts. The fun continues after Christmas with the Bavarian Ice Festival. Here, guests can watch live ice carvings and enjoy outdoor winter activities such as snowmobile sled pulling and ice fishing.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional European Christmas celebration or prefer to spend the holidays on the beach, the world’s most festive cities each have their own unique way to celebrate this magical season. It is never too early to begin planning your festive travel celebrations with your travel advisor.



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Self Care YOUR

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION? Over the holidays, it’s easy to get so busy taking care of work, family responsibilities, and holiday planning, that your own needs keep getting pushed to tomorrow’s “to do list.” December can bring a full social calendar that can include hosting extended family, attending holiday parties, and making sure that the gifts, food, and decorations are just right. Even if you plan to take a vacation and get away from it all this year, it’s important to schedule some time for yourself. If better self-care is your New Year’s resolution, what better way to get yourself started than with rituals, treatments, and practices at some of the world’s leading hotels and spas? The best part about these practices is that they are based on simple concepts you can carry with you into the new year. Make self-care your New Year’s resolution and start 2020 with inner balance with these six self-care vacation ideas.


Practice Yoga & Stay Active

Yoga can strengthen your core and increase your flexibility, but its benefits extend to your mind as well as your body. Yoga can reduce stress, increase mindfulness, relieve anxiety, and may be able to help those with depression and chronic pain cope better with their symptoms. Want to jump-start your yoga practice for the new year? At Azul Beach Resort Negril, join an accredited yogi on the beach for an energizing, destressing, and re-balancing morning yoga session.


Reconnect with Loved Ones

Connecting with loved ones not only improves emotional health, but it can also strengthen your immune system, reduce the risk of developing depression and anxiety, and can even lead to a longer life (social isolation has been known to reduce lifespan). What better way to connect with your partner than by booking a romantic dinner for two at one of the most romantic destinations in the world? At the Four Seasons Bora Bora your romantic dinner begins with a private canoe ride to your own white sand motu where you’ll enjoy a personalized dinner for two as the sun sets and the stars flicker through the dark sky. At the Four Seasons, escape to your own private stretch of whitesand beach and create a date night that truly inspires.


Indulge in a Spa Treatment

Make a date with yourself over the holidays with a spa treatment at the Quintana Roo, El Dorado Maroma’s Náay Spa Experience. The Náay Spa incorporates ancient Mayan elemental energies into its treatments, infusing its massages and aromatherapy experiences with ancient wisdom. Enjoy a massage in the Ocean Palapa, and soothe your mind and body to the sound of the sea. Using herbal remedies and elixirs, the simplicity of sea salt, rosemary, mint, and chamomile, and even innovative tequila and melon skin treatments, your massage therapist can guide you on a healing journey, with ideas for skin care, aromatherapy, and relaxation you can carry with you into the new year.




Take a Long Hot Bath


Enjoy a Healthy Meal

Nothing says self-care quite like a fresh, healthily-balanced local meal. Eating well-balanced meals of fresh fruits and vegetables not only can increase your energy level, but can also keep you healthy and help you meet your weight loss goals. Avoid breaking your diet over the holiday at Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana, where locally-produced organic options await you. Have dietary restrictions or are you looking to find new ways to eat healthier? Let Zoëtry’s staff craft you personalized meals that will inspire and tantalize your taste buds.

6 Hot baths are not only relaxing, but they are also great for your health. In any given day, we are bombarded by stimuli. Taking a daily bath can be an excellent way to enjoy some muchneeded “me” time, while giving your brain time to rest and reset. If you love baths or are just looking to get yourself into the habit, book yourself a night at the Presidential Suite at The Cove at Atlantis Paradise Island. Soak in a bathtub overlooking the sea with beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows. Light a candle and relax under beautiful two-story vaulted ceilings. Get away from it all in a sanctuary overlooking Nassau, the resort, and the breathtaking Atlantic.

Try Something NEW!

Fear can hold us back from trying new things and from achieving our full potential. Learning a new skill can inspire and help you grow. With Royal Caribbean, you can get your PADI® SCUBA diving certification right on board for a fee. Professional PADI dive instructors lead various course levels for everyone from newbies to experienced divers. Once you’re certified, experience some of the best dive spots at sea.

The best thing about many of these self-care rituals is that they give you something to take home with you long after your vacation is over. Bring home some Mayan healing aromatherapies from Quintana Roo. Learn some new moves from a yogi in Negril to expand your yoga practice. Get some tips for healthier eating in Punta Cana. Relax with a warm bath in Nassau, reconnect with your partner in Bora Bora, or try something new on a Royal Caribbean cruise. When you combine self-care with travel this holiday season, you give yourself the gift that can keep giving.





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