Interesting places worldwide

23 Awesome Places To Spend Your Best Christmas Yet

0

At this time of the year when most people are getting set for the holiday season, it is little wonder that folks are eager to learn of the best places to spend Christmas. The 23 cities on this list are sure to warm your heart as you enjoy your vacation.

1. New York, USA

Ice skaters fill the skating rink under the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
Ice skaters fill the skating rink under the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a popular holiday tourist attraction in Midtown Manhattan. | lazyllama / Shutterstock.com

The Big Apple is home to the world’s tallest Christmas tree which has been featured in countless movies. In early December, it is lit at the Rockefeller Center with wintertime visitors not failing to ice skate below it. As you go around the City’s large department stores checking out their window displays, do not fail to see other special Christmas offerings such as a ballet performance.

2. Chicago, USA

Chicago Christmas Tree on the Magnificent Mile - North Michigan Avenue
Chicago Christmas Tree on the Magnificent Mile – North Michigan Avenue

The Windy City offers visitors lots of places to stay during the yuletide period and the locally sourced menu with some cozy wine. Along the Magnificent Mile which is ever bustling lines a million holiday lights and a handmade Christmas tree which towers above. You will not regret visiting its holiday-theme amusement park among other beautiful places.

3. Boston, USA

Urban street with Christmas illuminations. Quincy Market, Boston
Urban street with Christmas illuminations. Quincy Market, Boston

During holiday periods such as this, you will feel close to the Old World throughout your stay in this city. There are gas lamp-lit streets to navigate as you seem to travel back in time all the way to the huge tree located right in front of Faneuil Hall.

4. Aspen, USA

Ski resort in Snowmass near Aspen Colorado
Tourists getting ready for skiing; Ski resort in Snowmass near Aspen Colorado | The World in HDR / Shutterstock.com

This may offer you the best time to see the scenic mountains and historic streets of Aspen. You are sure to witness a white Christmas here as you slide down mountains and wander along Cooper Avenue. This Rocky Mountain town offers its visitors lots of holiday cheer filled with holiday music events, wintery strolls, and so on.

5. Miami, USA

Miami Beach Welcome sign in Christmas holiday
Miami Beach Welcome sign in Christmas holiday decorations and palm trees

There is a magic feeling during the Christmas holidays in the City of Miami. At this time of the year, you will find Christmas trees made of sand and garland-wrapped palm trees. Some great events to attend while in the city are Christmas caroling on Lincoln Road, Kiwanis Christmas Party, and so on.

6. Sydney, Australia

People relaxing for Christmas day at Bondi beach
People relaxing for Christmas day at Bondi beach | Visun Khankasem / Shutterstock.com

Christmas is celebrated city-wide in Sydney allowing you to join in the fun. Sydney Christmas lasts a full month right until December the 25th. It begins in late November when a tree is lighted at Martin Place.

7. Quebec, Canada

Quebec Lower Old Town (Basse-Ville) at night
Rue du Petit-Champlain at Lower Old Town (Basse-Ville) at night | Diego Grandi / Shutterstock.com

There is no better incentive for visiting Quebec during Christmas than to experience its European-like atmosphere. Enjoy French recipes such as Aux Anciens Canadiens on Christmas day in this 400-year-old walled city. Besides the great food, you will simply fall in love with the local good cheer.

8. Rome, Italy

Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome at Christmas
Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome at Christmas

Rome has been around for ages and has been able to evolve into a modern and vibrant city fit for a Christmas vacation. Attend Midnight Mass in this city which is more than two thousand years old without failing to enjoy its food and culture.

9. London, UK

Christmas fair in Hyde park
Christmas fair in Hyde park

Sparkling festive lights come to life during Christmas in the Capital City of London. Some of the magical things to do include ice-skating and Christmas shopping as you make the most of this beautiful city. Enjoy the best of London whether you are a visitor or live in the city.

10. Vienna, Austria

Traditional Christmas market in Vienna
Traditional Christmas market in Vienna

The old-fashioned warmth associated with Vienna during Christmas seasons is all the encouragement visitors need to keep coming. Enjoy tasty dishes like beef tenderloin with potato, spinach, and shallot among others as you admire twinkling decorations that soften the city’s imperial architecture. There are lots of crafts and ornaments to buy from vendors as you visit.

11. Lapland, Finland

Santa Claus village in Lapland, Finland
Santa Claus village in Lapland, Finland

Get a chance to enjoy a private chat with Santa in his office by visiting Lapland where Christmas fantasies abound. Do not pass up the invitation to join thousands of visitors who converge here to revel in two Santa-themed attractions – Santa Park and Santa Claus Village. This place is considered to be the Christmas capital of Europe.

12. Copenhagen, Denmark

Deutsch's Christmas Market on the Hojbro Plads square in evening
Deutsch’s Christmas Market on the Hojbro Plads square in evening | Mikhail Markovskiy / Shutterstock.com

Apart from the fact that this Scandinavian capital is affordable, it is a preferred choice for visitors because its people are welcoming. Navigating this city is a breeze because the pace is set more by people than cars. During the Christmas period, thousands of trees and half a million lights transform Tivoli Gardens into a place perfect for your festive meandering.

13. Cologne, Germany

Christmas market in front of the Cathedral of Cologne, Germany
Christmas market in front of the Cathedral of Cologne, Germany

Guests are always at home in this German city which boasts of eight different Christmas markets that create an irresistible vibe. You can snuggle up in any of its cozy hotels and take in its festively illuminated half-timbered buildings. It is a beautiful city which captivates visitors with its rich history as they take wine fresh from the local vineyards.

14. Prague, Czech Republic

Christmas market at Old Town Square, Prague
View from above on traditional Christmas market at Old Town Square | Rostislav Glinsky / Shutterstock.com

The city of Prague in the Czech Republic retains most of its architecture as old as six hundred years because it remained untouched by any form of natural disaster or war. This results in visitors having a spellbinding experience as they navigate their way through this city. It straddles the winding River Vltava while its medieval layout remains almost the same.

15. Zurich, Switzerland

Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich decorated for Christmas
Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich decorated for Christmas

Join most people who visit this Alpine city to explore the galleries on Rämistrasse and the Conelli Christmas Circus. The season is not lost on Zurich as 12,000 crystal lights bring it to life. You can visit the Romanesque-style Grossmünster church to enjoy a holiday concert.

16. Strasbourg, France

Festive Christmas illumination and decorations on streets of Strasbourg
Festive Christmas illumination and decorations on streets of Strasbourg

You will find the oldest Christmas market in France here. You cannot miss the tallest surviving structure which was built in the Middle Age beneath Strasbourg Cathedral which is equally stunning. They have been around for over four centuries and are filled with delicious goodies to choose from.

17. Edinburgh, Scotland

Christmas market, Edinburgh prepared for Christmas time
Christmas market, Edinburgh prepared for Christmas time

In this city where sorceresses were burned at the stake in the 16th century just beside the gates of Edinburgh Castle, you can savor Gartmorn Farm duck and Loch Duart salmon dishes during Christmas. You will marvel at the fireworks which illuminate the skies from Edinburgh Castle right till the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

18. Bruges, Belgium

Christmas decoration and lighting Old Market Square of Bruges
Christmas decoration and lighting Old Market Square in the historic center of Bruges, Belgium

This Belgian city will not fail to charm you because it was made for Christmas. Its visitors get a treat of a picturesque medieval city fit for holidaymakers.

19. Málaga, Spain

Christmas decoration in shape of a light tunnel in Malaga
Christmas decoration in shape of a light tunnel in the historical center of Málaga | trabantos / Shutterstock.com

Some of the best lights of this city located in the southern part of Spain can be found along the shopping street of Calle Larios. It is lit in late November and runs through December. Seasonal attractions include the Verdiales Music Festival and free concerts which you can catch at the Plaza de la Constitución.

20. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Capitol (Capitolio de Puerto Rico) and Castillo de San Cristobal, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Capitol (Capitolio de Puerto Rico) and Castillo de San Cristobal, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Considering the size of this island, its personality is huge. Make yourself available on Christmas Eve to take part in their big feast which is followed by a Midnight Mass. There is a side dish of a spit-roasted pig to look forward to and the dawn masses with Christmas carols starting from mid-December.

21. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christmas tree of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Christmas tree of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | alexandre durao / Shutterstock.com

On offer is de Presépios, or “Crib Festival,” in this city with stunning beaches. Rather than hanging around the fireplace sipping hot drinks, take part in this festival and enjoy an icy caipirinha. The sight of the world’s largest floating Christmas tree on the Rodrigo Freitas Lagoon will forever remain in your memory.

22. Cape Town, South Africa

Christmas preparation at the famous Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront at Cape Town
Christmas preparation at the famous Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront of Cape Town with the Table Mountain in the background | Frank Gaertner / Shutterstock.com

In this city located in the Southern Hemisphere, you are going to enjoy Christmas without the winter typically associated with it. One of the best places you can be on Christmas Day is the fine-looking Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where you can catch an outdoor screening of a holiday movie. Also, indulge yourself with a five-course meal at the ocean side.

23. Bethlehem, West Bank

The Church of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, Bethlehem
The Church of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, Bethlehem

Get the real meaning of Christmas as you take a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Jesus. You will definitely feel the energy when you visit Manger Square and also take part in the Midnight Mass service at St. Catherine’s Church. Lots of Christmas trees are lit up in this Old City on Christmas Eve.

Do not hug yourself at home in an ugly sweater this Christmas. Give yourself a wonderful treat by spending this holiday at any of the wonderful places listed above.

 

Have you ever been to any of these Christmas destinations? Do you have suggestions or something to add? Don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments below.
Did you like this post? Share it with your friends and family!

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.