Christmas is a celebration often associated with family gatherings, carolling, exchanging presents and delicious feasts with your loved ones. However, the former “home for the holidays” has been replaced with “travelling for the holidays” as families often travel to different destinations seeking a merry time with their loved ones. Many of those who work full time, find it easier to take off during the holidays to explore a world beyond their hometown. Here are the top 10 travel destinations to visit this Christmas and bring out the festive spirit in you!
As one might imagine, Christmas in the town where Jesus was born is a huge event! The celebrations involve the streets to be adorned in Christmas lights, Christmas markets and even Christmas plays are performed! What better way to celebrate Christmas than in the birthplace of Christ himself! There is no way you can get more Christmassy feel than this one!
Castleton is a honey-pot village in the district of Derbyshire, England. Consisting of less than 1000 residents, this small town in the south of England celebrates the season by cheerfully lighting up Christmas trees and caroling by the candlelight inside caves! This place is perfect if you want to celebrate the festival quietly with a loved one, tucked away in peaceful tranquility!
The windy city spreads Christmas cheer with a million holiday lights alongside bustling Magnificent Mile. The Christkindlmarket is a huge outdoor German crafts market with beer and fare with attractions like sausages to stoke your fire, a towering handmade Christmas tree, Navy Pier’s Winter Wonder Fest, a holiday-themed amusement park and indoor skating rink.
4. Key West
Although Christmas is often linked with snow, how about traveling to this subtropical paradise! Located close to Cuba, this island decorates palm trees with string lights, decks up the local inns and spreads Christmas cheer through the positive atmosphere! The warm temperatures and people’s friendly attitude is what makes Christmas in this island city one to cherish! Also, be sure to catch a view of the Annual Lighted Boat Parade!
5. New York City
Christmas in the Big Apple is a treat to one’s eyes. The city is completely lit up. The famous Rockerfeller Center Christmas tree, standing at a towering 80 ft is placed annually in Midtown Manhattan. Tie up your laces and pull on those skates as you go ice-skating while admiring this beautiful sight!
A stroll around the streets of this city and admire the beauty of its architecture while visiting the holiday markets that are set up to celebrate the season of joy! Apart from the architecture and holiday markets, catch an opera or ballet in this beautiful city.
Christmas in Provence is like a fairy tale! The villages come to life as music from the medieval churches fill the streets, women and children crowd the markets to sniff out the freshly made pies and the spirit of Christmas is spread among all!
8. San Juan
“Jingle Bells” set to a salsa beat will get you dancing and caroling. This Puerto Rican city is known for fun Christmas celebrations by the beach! The warm temperature and cool sea breeze make this a must visit spot this Christmas! Top your day off with an evening stroll through a 500-year-old Spanish colonial city on the Atlantic!
The city of Vienna is beautifully lit and decked for Christmas! A special warmth envelopes the city and brings about a special holiday cheer! Vendors sell crafts and ornaments, while visitors fuel their shopping with finger food and amazing wine!
The snowy city of Tromso offers a spectacular view of the northern lights! This place is the perfect destination to spend a romantic winter night with a loved one! The island also has fun activities during Christmas like dogsledding, a mountaintop cable car and lots of yummy food! Here, “day” is just a couple hours of twilight blue.
So, this Christmas, travel to a place you’ve never been before and discover how the season is celebrated in a different community! Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!