SC has among best Christmas vacation spots in world

The Christmas season is a time a fellowship, family and presents. But for some, it’s also a time for vacation to get away from work life and see how other places celebrate the holiday.

But where should one visit this year to get a solid Christmas vacation?

U.S. News & World Report suggests South Carolina has one of the best Christmas vacation spots in the world — the city of Charleston.

A new ranking from U.S. News & World Report shows that Charleston is ranked 13th out of the 17 best Christmas vacation spots on Earth.

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Shoppers and students experience part of King Street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, August 29, 2021. Joshua Boucher [email protected]

The national publication wrote that Charleston “appeals to holiday vacationers who want to experience classic Christmas festivities without bundling up.”

Charleston temperatures tend to stay in the 50s and 60s in December, letting visitors better enjoy outdoor festivities such as the Holiday Festival of Lights, the national publication wrote. Eating at one of the many award-winning Charleston restaurants before or after stopping by the Holiday Market in Marion Square are also options.

And visitors can do this all while taking in Charleston’s historic charm, complete with centuries-old mansions, cobblestone alleys and gas lamp-lit streets, U.S. News wrote. Those who would enjoy diving deeper into history could also visit nearby Fort Sumter to learn about the Civil War or Emanuel AME Church, the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a historic speech, the publication adds.

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, snagged the top spot for best Christmas vacation. U.S. News wrote that the city becomes “a winter wonderland” and that it has some of the best Christmas markets in the world.

Munich, Germany was ranked last on the list. The report states that visitors can embrace the cold as they tour the city, then warm up with a steaming mug of mulled wine from the annual Christmas market. You can also visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella castles at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, the report states.

Here are all 17 of the best Christmas vacation spots, according to U.S. News & World Report.

  1. Prague
  2. Rome
  3. Aspen
  4. Maldives
  5. Salzburg
  6. Tromso
  7. Jerusalem
  8. Honolulu-Oahu
  9. Quebec City
  10. Vienna
  11. Park City
  12. Cape Town
  13. Charleston
  14. Reykjavik
  15. Edinburgh
  16. Rio de Janeiro
  17. Munich

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Patrick McCreless is the service journalism editor for The State, where he and a team of reporters write about trending news of the day and topics that help readers in their daily lives and better informs them about their communities. He attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama and grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL.