There is something about the holiday season that brings cities to life. Twinkling lights and yuletide cheer add another level of excitement and splendor to already fascinating destinations. From the United States to Canada and Europe, Christmas vacations are an opportunity to soak in the holiday traditions and winter customs of other destinations all while ringing in the most wonderful time of the year.
Holiday packages traveling to Europe may include time in Germany, home to some of the largest and most impressive Christmas markets in the world. Travel through Bavaria, where the landscapes and cities seemingly spring from the pages of a storybook, to explore the Christmas markets in Nuremberg, Regensburg and the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Additional holiday getaways in Europe explore destinations like Scotland, where Christmas getaways take guests through the majestic Cairngorm Mountains and the Scottish Highlands on world-renowned rail lines, and Italy for Christmas on the shores of Lake Como.
Spend Christmas in Canada and celebrate the holiday season in a true winter wonderland. Admire the prairies and plains blanketed in freshly fallen snow, waterfalls frozen in midstream along the mountainsides and snow-capped mountains from the warmth of your train car as you travel to favorite winter destinations throughout Western Canada. Visit Toronto’s Christmas Markets and see Vancouver’s Stanley Park twinkle under holiday lights. Enjoy stays in cozy lodges in Jasper and Banff, bedecked with holiday décor and surrounded by pristine nature. Revel in winter activities like dog sledding, canyon ice walks, skiing and snowshoeing. And connect all of these destinations with a classic overnight train journey aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian.