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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.