If you’re tired of being cooped up inside the house, listening to another round of Jingle Bells on Christmas day, maybe it’s time to pack up the family and go somewhere more exotic. Maybe your family members are spread out across the country and have to travel to see you anyway.

Perhaps the same old Christmas tradition needs revamping. Whatever the reason, think about going somewhere that celebrates Christmas a little differently and maybe start a new family tradition this year.

Paradise Cove luau

Paradise Cove luau, Hawaii

Hawaii

Although you might not think of sand and surf when you think of Santa, Hawaiian locals do.  Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian) wishes are everywhere, from the holiday luaus with swaying dancers and the beat of the drums, to local nativity plays and performing children’s choirs.

There’s nothing quite as beautiful as the sound of Hawaiian harmonies set against the steel blue sky and gently lapping waves of the island ‘s shores. The weather is temperate during the holiday season, and swimming in the ocean is a nice luxury you wouldn’t normally be able to experience in most places in December.

For Christmastime, Honolulu is decked out in thousands of lights, and you can take a trolley tour around the city to gaze at the decorations. The best part is that you don’t need blankets, hats or gloves. If you hang out at Waikiki Beach long enough, you might even get to see Santa paddle up in an outrigger canoe. Click here to read more »