Travel Picks: Top 10 places to spend Christmas

Fri Dec 4, 2009 11:48am EST
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Whether your ideal Christmas is about snow and magical lights or a beach and a seasonal cocktail, travel website has come up with a list of 10 of the best places to spend Christmas.

This list was compiled by editors at travelandleisure ( It is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Taos, New Mexico, United States

This remote village on a high desert plain is especially magical at Christmas due its rich mix of cultural traditions. Don't miss historic Ledoux Street all lit up with luminarias or paper lanterns, the ceremonial re-enactments of Mary and Joseph's search for shelter, and the dramatic American Indian Christmas Eve celebration that takes over the main square in Taos Pueblo. Plus, you can ski all day on Christmas Day at Taos Ski Resort.

2. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The Spanish colonial gem and cultural hot spot in central Mexico is electric at Christmas, with theatrical processions around town, numerous nativity re-enactments, and fireworks, live music, and dancing in the main square, El Jardin. Don't miss a taste of ponche, a kind of Mexican hot toddy made of fruits and brandy, or the sweet bread rosca de reyes, both Christmas specialties.

3. Tromso, Norway

The snowy city island of Tromso offers unparalleled views of the Northern Lights and a chance to say you've been to the North Pole -- well, the Arctic Circle, anyway -- for Christmas. Plus, there's dogsledding, great food, and a mountaintop cable car.

4. Key West, Florida, United States   Continued...

<p>People ride a ski lift at Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, December 2007. REUTERS/Christa Cameron</p>