The Holidays on Holiday – the Best Places Around the World to Spend Christmas
Sometimes, it can be good just to get away for a while. And what better time to get away than at Christmas? You already have a bit of time off work, and hey, it’s usually all cold and miserable here anyway. So really, what have you got to lose?
Here are some of the best places on the planet to get away to if you’re hoping to enjoy a wonderful Christmastime abroad somewhere. Merry Christmas!
Christmas Markets in Europe
One of the best ways to enjoy the Christmas spirit is to visit one of Christmas markets in Europe, drink a mug of mulled wine and try some traditional local cuisine. The Christmas Markets have been a part of the Christmas celebration in the majority of European countries for several centuries and the tradition has still remained.
Nowadays, a Christmas market is an indispensable part of the winter leisure time. The markets provide a wide variety of artisan wares, decorations and diverse cultural program, including concerts and fairs. The markets take place almost in every European city or village. Germany, Austria and France have been famous for the being the host countries of the best and most famous Christmas markets in Europe.
The Christmas Market of Strasbourg, called “Christkindelsmärik” is one of the oldest market in Europe held annually since 1570. It is also the largest market in Europe with about 300 stalls over 12 areas within the city. Every year the Strasbourg market attracts more than 2 millions of visitors.
The most famous Christmas market in Germany is the one that takes place in Nuremberg, in Bavaria. With more than 180 stalls, the Christkindelsmarkt offers a great variety of traditional food, where one can taste the famous nuremberg sausages, drink some mulled wine or Eierpunsch (egg punch), and of course try the Lebkuchen, traditional German Christmas cookie.
The Eastern European markets are somewhat less famous but offer a more familiar atmosphere. Tallinn, a city famous for being the home of the world’s first Christmas tree, is absolutely charming in winter. The Christmas market is located next to the Town Hall, one of the bestpreserved medieval town centres in the world the stalls covered with the snow will make you feel like you’re in a winter fairytale. Unlike the majority of christmas markets that tend to close at the end of December, this Christmas market is open during the month of January.
Chicago in Illinois
Also known as the Windy City, Chicago is a real haven for any lover of Christmas. Thousands upon thousands of fairy lights are strung up all along the Magnificent Mile, and the Christkindlmarkt – a huge, traditional German Christmas market – is a fabulous place to spend an evening or two.
And for a beautiful night’s activities, you’ll want to head down to the Navy Pier. The Winter WonderFest is a Christmas-themed theme park with its own ice skating rink.
Reykjavik in Iceland
If you want the full, wintry, chilly, snowy white Christmas experience, then the capital of Iceland is the place to go. Just remember that you’ll need a scarf and a coat – a big one! The Yule Town Christmas is simply delightful, and the Icelandic holiday traditions are unique, including the thirteen Yuletide Lads, a bit like scruffy Santas.
Quebec City in Canada
Another ultimate white Christmas destination, Quebec City is for those tourists who want a little more from their winter weather than just snowmen and snowball fights.
Indeed, Quebec City is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, offering its visitors a great deal of opportunities for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, in addition to hiking and even travelling by snowmobile!
Trømso in Norway
This beautiful city really knows the true meaning of the word “winter”. If you like your heat and sunshine, Norway is not the country for you – in December, there’s only a couple of hours of sunlight each day, and even that is more like twilight than mid-afternoon.
The real reason to come here is for a spectacle of natural beauty – it’s one of the best places to see the aurora borealis, or the northern lights. It’s a wonderful thing to take in, and it will leave you with a great Christmas memory that you’ll cherish for many years to come.