Top 10 Christmas Destinations Around The World
It’s not too late to book yourself a Christmas break this year. Whether you want to go for something exotic & interesting, festively fun or a winter wonderland, our list of the top 10 Christmas destinations will help you decide on where to spend the holidays.
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Top 10 Christmas Destinations Around The World to Say “Merry Christmas!” At Least Once in a Lifetime
New York City, New York
Being in New York City around Christmas time is, for many, a match made in heaven. Blame it on the tens of Hollywood movies that depicted Christmas in the Big Apple or in the magical atmosphere that surrounds NYC around this joyful season, but whichever the reason, it is definitely worth it to battle the crowds and be part of New York during the days around Christmas.
The city really takes decoration seriously. You just have to check the store windows along Fifth Avenue and the impressive holiday decorations on Sixth. Christmas markets, especially those in Union Square, Columbus Circle and Bryant Park, invite you to enjoy delicious treats and listen to joyful carollers!
Needless to say, a visit to “the tree” in Rockefeller Center is a must! However, if you’d love to take a great picture of it (and go ice skating more comfortably) go to Bryant Park.
Spending Christmas time in New York City is both romantic and magical. Windows displays will just make you drop your jaws, not to mention the traditional performance of The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet!
Joyeux Noël in Paris is a glamorous, romantic and never-ending Christmas-themed experience. There are Christmas markets in almost every corner, ice-skating rinks scattered here and there and beautiful cathedrals and basilicas hosting Christmas mass.
If you love ice-skating, Paris just knows how to take it to the next level: what about skating on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower? It’s definitely an experience of a lifetime!
Paris invites you to enjoy Christmas in the way that suits you most. Those looking for a more relaxed but festive experience will enjoy the Trocadero Christmas Markets that are settled just across the Seine. Roasted chestnuts, vin chaud and a joyful atmosphere all contribute to a picture-perfect Christmas experience.
Attending the Christmas Eve midnight mass at the Sacré Coeur Basilica is a memorable experience as you enjoy instrumental ensembles and choirs. We dare you to climb the 300-step spiral staircase to the basilica’s dome and enjoy breathtaking views of the city!
Department stores are exquisitely decorated. Galeries Lafayette, Bon Marché or Printemps will surprise you with charming window displays! Walking along Champs Elysees during Christmas time is simply delightful. Trees are sparkling, the views of the Arc de Triomphe all build up a delicious moment!
If you rent a car, it will be easier for you to visit surrounding cities that, though smaller, also celebrate Christmas time in a joyful and charming way. Renting a car in France is easy and, if you’re American, you can hire an affordable and reliable car rental insurance policy.
Bethlehem, West Bank
December usually finds us running errands, browsing online stores for presents and planning the family vacations and we tend to forget about the real meaning of Christmas. That said, visiting Bethlehem during Christmas time is a great opportunity to remind you and your loved ones of its true meaning. There’s isn’t probably a more striking experience than being in the birthplace of Jesus around the 24th December! The mere thought of celebrating Christmas on Manger Square and in the Old City will feel you with a delightful heavenly bliss.
What about spending Christmas on an African safari? That definitely is an experience of a lifetime! Tanzania is the place to be if you’ve always dreamt about being in close contact with nature and taking great photos of wildlife up close.
December is the dry season and the best game-viewing time. You can be at the heart of the Katave, Selous or Ruaha game reserves. We suggest you to visit Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, while you’re between the Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
London ranks as one of the most attractive tourist destinations and it is a festive destination around Christmas time. If you’re luckily spending Christmas time in this city, you can’t miss the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. It’s an annual event that features warming water food, various Christmas markets, festive fairground rides, two circuses and a stunning ice skating rink. There are also various themed bars where you can grab a booze to drink, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee or have lunch or dinner.
Take a casual night-time walk along the Southbank on the River Thames. You’ll be able to enjoy a wonderful view and indulge yourself in the festive Christmas atmosphere while strolling along the many German-style Christmas markets that can be found along the river bank.
Tokyo takes Christmas decorations to the next level. During the festive season buildings and trees are covered with beautiful LED bulbs and they organize astounding light shows.
Christmas lights are simply mesmerizing. On 23rd December they celebrate the Emperor’s Birthday and you can enjoy a cheerful atmosphere and plenty of sushi. If you can stay in Tokyo by New Year’s Eve, don’t miss the celebration and rituals in the Meiji Temple. It’s a beautiful experience indeed!
In Tokyo, shops put up their own show during Christmas time. Shopping malls want their decorations to be bigger and better than the rest while passers by enjoy in delight their stunning windows.
What about being as closest to Santa Claus as you can possibly before Christmas? Napapiiri is located in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland and it is the closest thing to the real Santa Claus Village that you’ll ever see.
Children and adults alike will have a blast at the marvellous Santa Park. Get ready to pet real reindeer, tour Santa’s workshop and meet even meet Santa! Napapiiri has all the ingredients needed for a memorable and unique lifetime experience!
We know it, Brisbane doesn’t seem to be the destination to frolic during the Christmas season. However, if a snowy white Christmas is not in your plans, the Australian city of Brisbane can be your best option under the sun. Brisbane welcomes visitors with fantastic sunny and warm weather. It’s not too hot either!
The city organizes plenty of events for Christmas and, in fact, the whole month of December is filled with a festive atmosphere. Buildings are decorated with LED lights, parades are organized and there are various light shows organized!
The city’s Christmas Tree is impressive and the Enchanted Garden is an event that families really enjoy! Located in Roma Street Parkland, you can walk through the gardens and enjoy the twinkling lights and the charming Christmas decorations!
The medieval city of Bruges, in Belgium, is a magnet for tourists all year round. It’s romantic and beautiful and it’s just a pleasure to walk along its cobblestone streets and by the riverbank. But Bruges can be even more fantastic and magical during Christmas time. This Belgian city welcomes visitors with beautifully lit buildings and Christmas markets centered around a large outdoor ice rink.
The cobbled main square is the place to go if you’re looking for traditional gifts, fine festive foods and, of course, delicious chocolate treats. Don’t miss the spectacular Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival! You can admire the frozen statues while sipping a hot cocoa!
If you’d like to spend Christmas time abroad but you wouldn’t like to travel across the ocean, Montréal in Canada can be a good destination for you.
Montréal offers visitors the perfect balance between the European and the American continents and it’s just magical around Christmas time. There’s a stunning night parade and buildings are decorated with multi-colored LED lights. There are plenty of outdoor activities as well that children and adults can enjoy alike: Christmas concerts, parades, Christmas markets… you mention!
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