Christmas is a time to be with family, loved ones and friends, it's among the busiest times of the year to travel. People travel to different regions and international destinations to share Christmas dinners, exchange gifts and recall warm memories they have of the season. There's also travel for entertainment reasons that are made by tourists inside the country or from abroad. And still on Christmas Day, the highways are filled with vehicles as relatives and friends travel between towns and states to spend the day together.
The monumental and speedy shift away from an agricultural society to one of commerce with the growth of cities and suburbs made family members to move farther and farther away from one another, therefore making it important to travel by land, air or rail to be together for holidays like Christmas and other special occasions. And with some countries being economic powerhouses in the world, people have moved farther as they migrated to other countries to make the best of better opportunities to better their lives.
Therefore, air travel has amplified in modern times to take people to international destinations.
Travel during Christmas and the holidays is not restricted to visiting relatives and friends. Many people travel for amusement, including families who are interested in seeing interesting sights at Christmas and delighting on world-renowned entertainment that are in far-off places from wherever they live. Travel to a destination that is far-off, within or outside a country, may only be done once by a family and which creates a special memory.
Within the United States, it is common for families and groups of friends to visit New York City to see the cosmopolitan sights of the city and to shop at Christmas. Some of these sights are recognized all over the country and are celebrated each Christmas. The yearly lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a good example.
The lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, which is situated west of Fifth Avenue from 47th Street to 51st Street in New York City, has been an custom since the time of the Depression. The first tree was located at the site in 1931 but it wasn't adorned with any Christmas ornaments. In recent years, more than 25,000 Christmas lights and other ornaments have been laid on the tree.
Also in New York City, it is very popular for tourists to travel at Christmas to see the prominent Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall with the signature high-kicking Rockettes. The show is a favorite of both grownups and kids as it is very festive, full of life and filled with the spirit of Christmas. Tourists also travel during Christmas to international destinations for amusement. Because the Nutcracker Ballet developed in Russia and that country has world acclaim for some of the most technical and artistic ballet performers, it is a popular destination at Christmas. The legendary Tchaikovsky wrote the music for the Nutcracker Ballet, which was first performed in Russia's Mariinsky Theatre that is home to the heralded Kirov Ballet. The story is about a little girl's dream on Christmas Eve about a dearest Nutcracker toy she got as a present.
Travel to international destinations is also popular at Christmas time to get away from the cold of a 'White Christmas.' For those who do not like the cold but like to be out and about at Christmas, the solution is to go somewhere with a more tropic climate. Travel to destinations in the Caribbean, where Christmas is highly celebrated, is popular during the Christmas season.
One of the fascinating places to travel on Christmas season is to a place where Santa can be watched over. There's such a place in Finland at a village where Santa Claus has his shop. Travel to see and perhaps talk to Santa Claus is an enjoyable adventure for children. But such a trip has to be made prior to Christmas Eve when Santa, his elves and reindeers start a trip themselves to every house in the world.