Los Angeles is hardly the place for the Christmas traditionalist.
With an average December temperature of 19C, you’re more likely to find Jimmy Hoffa riding Shergar over a rainbow constructed by leprechauns than you are to find any hint of snow or frost in this sprawling metropolis.
So what to do?
If you don’t mind spending the holiday season away from LA, there are a number of places you can fly to that’ll make you feel more Christmassy than Kris Kringle sucking a candy cane and wassailing (whatever that is) like a madman.
But first, here’s an early Christmas present from us to you …
Before you grab your Christmas pullover and pour yourself a mulled wine, remember to book your LAX Airport parking through Looking4.com—it’ll save you lots of time and money when trying to negotiate this bustling transport hub during the holiday season.
And now …
Check out these five exciting Christmas getaways when flying from LAX!
- Copenhagen, Denmark
Ahh, Copenhagen! There’s something oddly satisfying about just saying the name of this wonderful city, but there’s much more to it than four syllables. It’s Scandinavia’s most affordable capital, and at Christmas, the city is transformed by over 500,000 lights and thousands of Christmas trees—it really is the perfect place to fill up on festive cheer.
- New York, USA
New York at Christmas time is truly magical, so it’s little wonder scores of TV shows and movies have been set here at this time (Home Alone 2, anyone?). Our highlights include checking out the stunning tree at the Rockefeller Center, browsing the window displays on Fifth Avenue, and taking in a Christmas show at Radio City.
- Lapland, Finland
Where’s better to get your Christmas on than Lapland, a snowy wonderland where you can feed reindeer, visit the grotto of St Nick and experience the most amazing landscapes as you remind yourself how the festive season should be.
- St Petersburg, Russia
The interesting thing about St Petersburg is that they celebrate Christmas in January, so you’ll be a little early if you head there in December. However, the surroundings will make you feel like you’re in Santa’s grotto itself, with plenty of beautiful wintry weather and a plethora of stunning buildings that wouldn’t look out of place in a snow globe.
- London, UK
London is magical at Christmas time. From Covent Garden and Hyde Park to Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street, there’s something for everyone in the UK’s capital. Aside from the excellent shopping, we urge you to check out the Camden Market Christmas Takeover and the Winter Wonderland Angels Christmas Market at Hyde Park.
Now it’s over to you …
Tell us your dream Christmas location in the comments below—we’d love to hear from you.