At the start of this year, I was very good about planning various camping trips and vacations for the summer. Some of those trips got cancelled because they were in state parks that have not yet reopened. Other trips are still on, but with modifications because parts of the venue are closed. With so much unknown about the future, it is hard to plan ahead for Christmas travel and beyond. So I’ve rounded up some fantasy Christmas vacations that we can daydream about for now.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is located in London and is a HUGE venue containing Christmas markets, ice skating, rides and games, three shows, parades, Santa Land, and several restaurants and bars including Bar Ice, where everything is made of ice. But not to worry, because if you have a reservation at Bar Ice, they provide you with a heavy coat and gloves! Admission to Winter Wonderland is free, along with free admission to the Santa Land and visit to Santa inside the park. This Christmas attraction is truly a vacation destination, and as I write this, they do intend to open in November 2020 if you want to make this fantasy destination come true right away.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is located in Miami, Florida, and they have been open seasonally each year for more than 30 years. They plan to reopen in 2021. This is another theme park that offers rides, games, shows, and visits with Santa. It’s a smaller venue than Hyde Park…and also much warmer! This is a great destination vacation when you want to head to southern Florida for Miami food, culture, and tropical weather at Christmas!

Ogden’s Christmas Village

Skiers, snowboarders, and other snow enthusiasts will want to spend Christmas vacation in Ogden, Utah. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the events begin with an electric light parade that culminates with Santa turning on all the lights to illuminate a beautiful Christmas village. The village is made up of 60 small cottages that represent the North Pole where Santa lives. You can tour the village and visit Santa, and in past years there has even been a breakfast with Santa event. There is also a free train ride around the village, where you can board a vintage miniature train and go through a tunnel decorated with glow-in-the-dark paint. When you are done enjoying the village, you can enjoy all the snow activities that Ogden has to offer, including skiing, tubing, and snowshoeing.

North Pole, New York

This town features a sweet little theme park called Santa’s Workshop. Santa’s Workshop is open summer-winter, so you have lots of time to visit! But they have extra special events in July (for Christmas in July!) and in December. This adorable park has various shows, rides, and attractions. If you plan to go more than once you can get a season pass. If you are planning a summer vacation, there are more outdoor activities in the area that include hiking, waterfalls, and a wildlife center. The North Pole website is very helpful. The park is currently closed due to COVID-19, so if you want to visit you might join their email list for updates on when they will reopen.

Vancouver, Canada

I wanted to include a west coast destination, and the metropolis of Vancouver has enough entertainment at Christmastime to fill your entire vacation. Where else can you cross a huge suspension bridge that is covered in Christmas lights? The Capilano Suspension Bridge is decorated with thousands of lights for the holidays. Also in Vancouver is the enormous Stanley Park, which is said to be decorated with 3 million lights at the holidays, and you can take the Stanley Park train to view the lights and costumed characters. Many other Vancouver tourist spots are lit up as well, such as the botanical gardens, and a parade of ships through Vancouver’s waterways. Burnaby Village Museum re-creates a 1920s Christmas and admission is free. Vancouver also features a large German Christmas market, and a Christmas craft fair at Hycroft Manor, a 17,000 square-foot Edwardian mansion. And even the world-class Vancouver aquarium celebrates Christmas, with SCUBA Santa Claus swimming with the fishes.

I can say that Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and North Pole, New York are definitely on my wish list. I had fun researching this and I’m sure I’ll post a followup as I research more destinations!

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