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Best Places to Spend Christmas

Best Places to Spend Christmas: Lapland

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Lapland, Finland

Why Go: The wilderness Urho Kekkonen National Park, a 90-minute flight from Helsinki, is an actual winter wonderland: traverse the frosty landscape via a reindeer-pulled sled, or go cross-country skiing on the Saariselkä trails.

Where to Stay: Some of the igloos at Hotel Kakslauttanen ($$) are made of thermal glass—so you stay warm watching the northern lights.

Don’t Miss: A four-hour cruise on the Sampo, which served for 26 years as an icebreaker.

—Bree Sposato

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