“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”~ Margaret Thatcher.
This Christmas, plan a secret getaway with your loved ones, to the best Christmas cities and towns of the World. For the best of all gifts around any Christmas tree, is definitely the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. So, here is a list of the Top 12 Places to Visit this Christmas!
12. Vienna, Austria
Vienna is one of the leading contenders of on the list for Christmas vacations. The old-age Christmas Markets near the Beveldere Palace, sausages, chestnut stands and the famous Weihnachtspunsch or popularly known as the Christmas Punch make up the perfect Christmas eve. Furthermore, the lighting spree from the Graben and up to the Kohlmarkt and the Hofburg palace are a sight to behold. Don’t forget to catch hold of the Nativity scenes at the St. Peter’s Church.
11. Riga, Latvia
Another famous Christmas destination is the European city of Riga in Latvia. The Old Riga Christmas Market attracts numerous visitors. It is essentially known for its old-school charm that transports you to the Biblical times. The Latvian scene includes unique architectural settings, the mesmerizing Town Hall Square, horse carriages, log dragging, wooden arts and craft. It has a huge variety of delicacies such as the glazed ginger-bread and honey mittens.
10. Zurich, Switzerland
Christmas at Zurich is definitely one of the high moments of one’s life. The Swiss Alpine settings,shopping sprees, mulled Christmas wines with tints of cinnamon and spectacular fireworks make the Christmas evenings blissful. Switzerland’s picturesque snowy peaks for Tobogganing and ski are just perfect for an extraordinary Christmas vacation.
09. White Christmas at Woodstock, Vermont
The American town of Woodstock is one of the best places in the world, to celebrate Christmas at. The globally famous Wassail Weekend, is a pre-Christmas festival. This along with the 19th-century Norse culture tradition offer the perfect Christmas aura you would have wished for. The celebrations here include the great wassail feast, local shops and their holiday-window displays, parades, sledge-rides and costume-dressings.
08. North Pole, Alaska
The first name to pop-up in our minds regarding Christmas, has to be Santa’s official address, the Alaskan town. It is all about the dreamy Christmas joy of the snowy peaks, ice sculpted reindeer and Santa’s fancy sledge. Apart from these, Alaska offers the best street strolls through Kris Kringle Drive, Mistletoe Lane or Santa’s Lane and the Santa-land RV Park. In addition, there is a National Live Broadcast from Santa’s house itself.
07. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is known for its unusual Gothic architecture and folklore traditions. These make one of the best combinations for a dream Christmas destination. Christmas markets, incredibly decorated streets and wooden huts and art and craft fetes that Prague has to offer. Moreover, delicacies such as spit-roasted hams, trdelnik and Prague’s famous hot sugar-coated pastry are irresistible.
06. San Juan, Puerto Rico
For a warm Caribbean Christmacy-break, you should undoubtedly head to Puerto Rico. In fact, the town of San Juan is one of the top rated Christmas towns in the world. The celebrations here are traditional and spiritual. The major attraction is the Caribbean delicacies as Puerto Rico is no less than a culinary capital. Don’t forget to try pasteles de hojas , crispy plantain fritters with shrimp to peril and the most popular coquitos.
05. Tokyo, Japan
One of the most unusual entrant on this list, is Tokyo. It has no obvious connections to Christmas per say. But when it comes to Christmas and New Year celebrations, Tokyo ranks among the top best always. One of the world’s best lightnings, decorations, festive spirit and street festivals are a sight to behold. The celebrations here start early in the month of December and continue till the New Year.It reminds me of the Christmas Carol,“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go; Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again. With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.”
04. Christmas Midnight Mass, The Vatican City
The Vatican City of Italy offers the famous Midnight Mass with the Pope every year on the 25th of December. Poe’s annual lecture, titled Urbi et Orbi, which translates to To The City [of Rome] and To The World, brings in the Christian aesthetics of the christmas day. The St. Peter’s Square, Via della Concilazione, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, etc offer the best celebratory scenes.
03. The Christmas Market in Tallinn, Estonia
The capital city of Estonia, Tallinn is one the most sort after places for Christmas. It is essentially known for its Christmas decorations and markets. It is one of the most medieval cities of the European continent. Therefore, it offers the old-styled fused with the modern Christmas celebrations.It was started in the year 1991. The celebrations are held in the Old Town Square of the city, where a mighty Christmas Tree is held. This tree is of great importance because it the first ever Christmas Tree every put on display in Europe. This market opened for this year from the 17th November till the 6th of January,2018.
02. Bethlehem, West Bank
West Banks is the Palestinian territory that celebrates Christmas with much vigor. It attracts tourists from all over the world. The crowd gathers here from December 22nd – December 30th. The main site of action during the month of December is the Manger Square that has the Church of the Nativity. This trip will offer a complete spiritual and cultural essence that Christ’s birthday is all about. You shall get to visit the all the places of Biblical importance.Such as the shepherd fields, the famous Dead Sea, Hebron City and much more. Plan a trip here.
01. Santa Claus Village, Finland
“Dashing through the snow,On a one horse open sleigh. O’er the fields we go,Laughing all the way. Bells on bob tail ring, making spirits bright.What fun it is to laugh and sing, A sleighing song tonight. . . ” The truest Christmas feel is bound to come only at Santa’s own hometown. The Santa Claus Village is a Santa-themed amusement park. It is located in Rovaniemi of the Lapland region of Finland of the Arctic Circle. Founded in 1985, this park attracts hoards of people during the winter season. The first original house of Santa Clause was Korvatunturi. A lot of people still do not know this fact. It features as the Top World International and the second best Travel Adventure in Finland. Since 2008, it holds the second position as the Top 10 List of Adventures.
With this list handy, plan a getaway to the Christmas towns in the various towns of the world, as soon as possible. Wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. ‘Tis the season to be jolly!