White Christmas Not Your Thing? Try These 4 Sunny Holiday Destinations

by Z Living Staff

Is the lack of sunshine and beach weather turning you into Grinch? Does sitting on a warm beach in your flip-flops drinking a cocktail sound better than cozying up near a fireplace? Christmas need not be about snowflakes and cozy bonfires. This year, make some exciting plans by ditching the snowmen and reindeers for some sunshine. Here are some places you can enjoy a warm and sunny Christmas:

1. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: If you want to eat, drink and be merry, there’s no better place than Puerto Vallarta, a hidden jewel on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The tropical town is famous for a variety of cuisines making it one of Mexico’s premiere culinary destinations. Add to this the beaches and a great nightlife and you know you’re all set for Christmas festivities. There’ll be live music, festive food and posadasa—a tradition that re-enacts the birth of Christ through song.

Puerto Vallarta is also known for its eco-tourism. So if you want to do something different, you can also take a tour to see migrating Humpback whales in Banderas Bay.

Click on http://www.puertovallarta.net and  http://www.banderasnews.com for things to do.

2. Key West, Colorado: Imagine decorated yachts with roasting pigs, think grinches in grass skirts and people sipping on warm apple-jacks or wait for Santa to arrive while watching his elves do the limbo. If you like the sound of this version of Christmas with a dash of Mardis Gras, Key West is where you should be heading this Christmas. Parades, parties and masquerades go on till early hours; be very prepared to party hard. You can also attend the Annual Lighted Boat Parade, a throwback to 19th-century schooners that in December were decorated with buntings and flags. You can attend wine tastings, take an evening cruise, get a picture with Santa, attend concerts, participate in a Holiday Lights Tour, or just enjoy your Christmas day with some snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, or kayaking.

Check http://www.keywestchristmas.org/ and https://www.keywestinfo.com/ for things to do.

3. Maui, Hawaii: Hawaii is a great holiday destination any time through the year, but more so during Christmas. One of the better places there–home to tree-lighting ceremonies, Christmas parades and fun fairs is Maui. The region has some lush rainforests, waterfalls and the Haleakala National Park (with its dormant volcano). The weather is fantastic for surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, exploring caves, diving and fishing.

Activities at this time include Lahaina’s famous sprawling banyan tree cloaked in lights, free holiday shows at Whaler’s Village, ice-skating on a fake snow rink, Fish-mas at the Maui Ocean Centre or the multiple Christmas concerts lined up across the island.

For a list of activities, visit http://www.govisithawaii.com/ and http://gohawaii.about.com/

4. Los Angeles, California: For a sunny, Southern California-style Christmas, visit Los Angeles. Expect beach celebrations around the Santa Monica Pier, outdoor skating, shopping at holiday markets, parades including the famous, annual Hollywood Boulevard Christmas Parade or boat parades from Marina del Rey to Newport Beach, performances of The Nutcracker Ballet, or a lights show at the LA Zoo. The shopping centers here pull out all stops; there are traditional tree and menorah lighting ceremonies, ice palaces, falling snow and other activities to keep you entertained.

If this doesn’t excite you then head to Disneyland that has Christmas Fantasy Parades, fireworks, candlelit processions and much more.  Disneyland is still able to conjure up a magical snowfall for their guests each night. Universal Studios Hollywood does an adaptation of Grinchmas with a crooked tree and a group of Whos performing musical numbers.

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