As Charlotte's official Christmas music station (coming soon, but not yet!), it's also our duty to serve as your total Yuletide information source and we take that responsibility very seriously. While it's only October, this is the time to make your holiday travel arrangements. If you haven't decided on your destination, allow us to share some suggestions.
U.S. News & World Report is out with their new ranking of the best Christmas vacations, based on factors such as culture, entertainment options, and reader votes. Taking the top spot is the place I visited last winter: Prague. The Czech capital is a magical medieval European city that looks like something out of a fairy tale. During the holiday season, it's even more amazing.
If you like the idea of an Old World Christmas, but not the overseas travel, Quebec City (#8) might be perfect for you. Canada is a lot closer than Europe but you'll feel like you've traveled both a great distance and a few centuries back in time.
This year, my family and I are hitting the Big Apple in the days leading up to Christmas. New York City happens to be #2 on the U.S. News & World Report list. If this pattern holds up, we'll be in Taos, NM in December 2019. Here are this year's Top 10 Christmas Vacation Destinations:
1. Prague, Czech Republic
2. New York City, NY
3. Taos, NM
4. Vienna, Austria
5. Reykjavik, Iceland
6. London, England
7. Park City, UT
8. Quebec City, Canada
9. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands