It’s not just beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, it pretty much is with Christmas only 8 days away.A� Some places or activities make the season really stand-out.A� The following destinations are my current picks on where to go during the holiday season.A� Places that make Christmas come alive.

New York City—When you live in California, sometimes it takes a little bit longer to realize that it’s Christmas.A� I had been told many times that New York City is amazing during the holidays.A� I was told correctly.A� The bustling city becomes even more vibrant, with people enjoying the shopping, ice skating, and The Christmas Tree. Suggestion:A� Bryant Park

Holidays in NYC

Santa Barbara, California—The streets are alive with festive decorations in this town that exudes an upscale beach vibe.A� The downtown trolley buses cute-en up with displays of reindeer ears and holiday wreaths. Suggestion: The French Press

Downtown Santa Barbara

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Uvita, Costa Rica—A�To see theA�mostA�incredible December sunsets, spend some time in Uvita.A� The Lonely Planet Guidebook doesn’t give this place the recognition it deserves.A� Don’t go for the party (although, I have danced the night away here), but walk deserted beaches, swim in waterfalls, and hike through jungles while spotting various wildlife.A� You’ll definitely return from this sanctuary with post holiday blues.
Suggestion:A� The Flutterby House or Cascada Verde

Christmas in Uvita

Portland/Hood River, Oregon— Portland rarely recieves a blanket of snow, but take a drive along the Columbia River Gorge towards Mt. Hood to enjoy a winteryA�Christmas.A� The outdoor activities are endless with snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, or for thosee that would rather stay indoors, snuggle up by the fire.
Suggestion: Bagby Hot Springs

Hike to Bagby Hot Springs

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