The Christmas season is upon us once again, and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than treating yourself to a getaway to the most magical places in the world. While there’s truth to the notion that there’s no place like home for the holidays, a destination Christmas is a great way to do something different for a memorable celebration, sure to capture a place in your memory forever and a day.
Celebrate the cheery season better than the rest with our roundup of 5 best Christmas destinations.
Christmas finds Vienna brimming with a delightful old world charm; brightly lit markets, aroma of mulled wine in the air, ornamented imperial architecture, traditional baked goods, and Christmas carols. Basked in twinkling lights, spending Christmas in picturesque Vienna can’t be beaten.
Expect panoramas of snow-frosted Christmas trees and snowcapped mountains from every window of your car if you happen to take a scenic self-drive road trip through the winter wonderland of the Austrian Alps between Salzburg and Vienna.
One of the continent’s most festive destination come December, Germany’s Christkindlmarkts – Christmas markets – draw over 2 million visitors each year. The medieval town of Nuremberg turns into a winter fairytale with lavishly decorated stall an aroma of gingerbread, sausage and sweet roasted almonds. With the festive glow, all the wonderful sounds of the season and delicious yuletide treats, Germany’s Christmas will appeal to every one of your senses.
Christmas in Edinburgh is a magical time of year with holiday light shows and fireworks. Getting bigger, brighter and better every year, the second most populous city in Scotland is home to a sparkling festive Funtime guaranteed to thrill, entertain and delight all ages. Everything from traditional European markets to Christmas cabaret shows transforms Edinburgh into a winter wonderland.
North Pole, Alaska
Probably the most obvious choice on the list, Alaska offers you a magical white Christmas that you have only dreamed of so far and a town called the North Pole. Now how do you beat that? The official “Santa House” in Juneau, glistening white trees, the sound of sleigh bells in the snow, folks dressed up like Eskimos, green pine, warm fire, hot cocoa, and eggnog – do we need more jolly reasons to spend Christmas in the North Pole?
Take a cross-country self-drive to add some adventure to your Alaskan Christmas – perfect for wildlife enthusiasts seeking some snowboarding, skating or skiing.
New York City, USA
Even you haven’t experienced first hand, you are sure to know what Christmas in the Big Apple looks like, thanks to countless movies. Rockefeller Center that lies at the core of the New York Christmas, lights the world’s tallest Christmas tree. The impressive Christmas window displays. at the Fifth Avenue flagships, blowout NYC concerts in December, festive holiday markets, – ‘Tis the season to be merry in NYC with plenty of yuletide fun.
If you know any other places that can be an absolute delight to visit during Christmas, do let us know in the comments below