Buckle up! We’re taking you to the best Christmas destinations around the World!
With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start planning your Christmas holidays. Whether your winter holiday trip enhances your nostalgia with traditions, sparkly lights, and nippy air or makes a radical break from it by taking you to warmer climes or a quiet, far-flung hideaway, breaking the habit of staying home will always reward you with a Christmas you’ll never forget, and that you’ll definitely need to bring the quietude and stress-free environment we are searching for all year. It’s a time for joy and sharing, for warmth and for love, so we’re giving you the best Christmas destinations to start looking into before the holidays officially start.
The Santa Claus Village – Lapland, Finland
Lapland, Finland, is the town of Santa Claus, as many know, so it’s obvious this city would take in consideration the natural presence of reindeer, snowy backdrops, and location straddling the Arctic Circle, to make this an unforgettable Christmas destination. The region boasts two major St. Nick-themed parks: The Santa Claus Village, a popular amusement park which draws families from all over Europe and Santa Park, which is geared more toward children, but features impressive ice sculptures and quaint shops that are a joy for families as well.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – New York City, USA
Arguably one of the most famous Christmas tree in the world, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is visited by millions of people during the holiday season, but it’s only the centerpiece for a city-wide Christmas display. Stores, hotels, and multiple other spaces around the city, including the streets, get ready for a Christmas to remember with spectacular decorations all around that are worth the visit. And stick around for New Year’s so you’ll watch the ball drop, a tradition in New York City that is unique and worth seeing up close.
Cologne Christmas Market – Cologne, Germany
Cologne has a variety of Christmas markets, as befits its status as the fourth largest city in Germany. The most popular and best-known is in front of the famous Cologne Cathedral – the organizers expect over 4 million visitors each year, and we can understand why. It’s a beautiful Christmas market that evokes the true spirit of this magical holiday, a sight to be seen when you’re visiting yourself.
Honolulu City Lights – Honolulu, Hawaii
If you’re looking for a warmer destination to enjoy this festive holiday, then Honolulu is a perfect choice. What the Aloha State lacks in snow it more than makes up for in festive vibes of peace and goodwill. The celebrations center around Honolulu City Lights, a month long Christmas display with an opening parade, live music and a 15-meter Christmas tree. Shaka Santa — Mr. Claus dressed down in red shorts and open shirt — takes pride of place downtown, seated next to his wife, Tutu Mele. Impossible to resist, you have to attend the Hawaiian Christmas celebrations at least once in your life.
Sinterklaas – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Want more of an old-school approach to your holiday pursuits? Book a ticket to Amsterdam, the country where Santa Claus himself was born. The Dutch Christmas celebration can be see all through the month, with Sinterklaas arriving on December 5 to bring all of the good children gifts, and Christmas being celebrated on the 25th, a time reserved for family and close friends. No matter what time you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a city that positively twinkles with white lights everywhere you look.
Christmas Village – Quebec, Canada
A haven for environmentally friendly, outdoor enthusiasts, Quebec bustles with winter activity, offering holiday programs for all tastes. This old city turns into a true Christmas village taken straight out of a dream. Sausage and roast chestnut lovers can browse the wares at the German Christmas market. And don’t forget to visit Quebec Winter Carnival in February, once Christmas ends and a New Year begins.
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