The 10 Best Christmas Vacation Spots 10. Rome Italy: Listen to the Pope give Christmas mass at St. Peter’s Basilica or shop the Christmas markets at Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps 9. Quebec City, Canada: The city’s Old World Charm and events such as the Grand Marche Christmas Market transport visitors to a holiday wonderland 8. Israel: How better to spend Christmas than by making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land? Join the celebrations at the Church of Nativity or visit the Western Wall to see the lighting of the menorah 7. North Pole, Alaska: Nearly 400,000 letters to Santa are sent to this living Christmas village every year. If you can’t visit for the holiday, not to worry – it’s Christmas here year-round 6. Southern California: Southern California offers a warmer way to enjoy the holiday season, from Christmas in Disneyland to Kwanzaa in Pasadena. 5. The Canary Islands, Spain: Spend Christmas enjoying 900 miles of sun-drenched coastline on this island off of Africa’s northwestern coast 4. Southern Iceland: For lovers of winter weather, Iceland provides opportunities for dog sledding, ice skating, and ice cave exploration. End the stay with a viewing of the northern lights or a trip to one of Iceland’s Christmas markets 3. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Relax with a coquito, a festive rum cocktail, or enjoy the music of the parrandas, Puerto Rico’s take on carolers. Stay in Puerto Rice until January 6th to catch Dia de Los Reyes Magos, the islands largest annual celebration 2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: See the world’s largest floating Christmas tree towering over the Copacabana Beach 1. Christmas-Time Cruise: Kick back and let others do the hard work of holiday planning on a Christmas Cruise These vacation packages are decked out in holiday theming and perfect for vacations. Wherever you celebrate, happy holidays! Subscribe to SmarterTravel on YouTube!