The Christmas period in December can be a brilliant time to take a holiday and have a unique festive experience – with these being five fine destinations to consider.

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1. Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital city really celebrates the festive season in style, offering no less than six weeks of activities. Among those happening this year are a host of family-friendly options – including a carousel and ice skating rink in St Andrew Square. This makes it a great December holiday destination if you have children – and if you don’t mind the weather being a bit chilly!

2. Las Vegas

On the other hand, if you are not keen on cold weather, Las Vegas will certainly offer you a warmer Christmas. Aside from the climate, Vegas also has lots to entertain both adults and children during Christmas – with casino gaming and great bars and nightclubs for adults and comedy and magic shows for the children. Vegas is non-stop entertainment and really pulls the stops out at this time of year. Even if you don’t fancy dressing up for the casino try your hand at mobile casino on sites like Mobilecasinocanada to keep yourself entertained.

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3. Chicago

You might not think of it as a classic Christmas destination, but Chicago has lots going on during that season. The Magnificent Mile sees millions of festive fairy lights illuminating the area, while Winter Wonderfest at the Navy Pier has indoor ice skating within its amusement park. Adults should enjoy browsing the festive stalls at Christkindmarket, which is an outdoor market featuring German crafts. It can be a bit cold, but that will help get you in the Christmas mood.

4. Taos

This village in New Mexico is located on a desert plain and is another place you can enjoy a warm December. It will also give the whole family a festive season quite unlike anything they have experienced before, including luminaries lining the streets, re-enactments of the nativity story and a celebration on Christmas Eve inspired by Native Americans.

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 5. Amsterdam

This city in Holland takes a very traditional approach to Christmas, making it great for those who relish these traditions. Ahead of the main day itself, Amsterdam hosts Sinterklaas in early December, which your kids will love as it sees the youngsters given presents. Furthermore, Amsterdam is truly beautiful at this time of year, with the whole city lit up by coloured lights that shimmer in its canals – making for a memorable visual experience.

Your family can have a memorable December holiday, making the festive season truly special.