The world's best Christmas destinations
Top places around the world to celebrate Christmas.
Christmas is a magical time of year the world over and each destination celebrates in its own unique way.
If you’re looking to celebrate your Christmas a little differently, try one of these destinations.
New York, USA
You’ve seen the Big Apple in countless Christmas movies, so why not experience the big screen come to life? Travellers can enjoy a white Christmas and ice skate below the world’s tallest Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre. Don’t forget to check out the renowned window displays in New York’s largest department stores.
Nativity scenes are an integral part of Christmas culture in Malta, with residents proudly opening their shutters and homes to display their creations to the public. The capital city of Valletta also comes alive with Christmas spirit, featuring carollers singing outside the Baroque St. John's Co-Cathedral and dazzling displays of Christmas lights on Republic Street.
You haven’t experienced an authentic Christmas market until you’ve visited the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market in Berlin. Wander alleys lined with handmade Christmas ornaments, spiralled potato skewers, bratwursts and much more. The markets are decorated and lit each night to get into the festive spirit.
A peculiar Christmas destination, Iceland celebrates Christmas a little differently and has the Yuletide Lads (scruffy Santas) bring gifts to nice children in the 13 days leading up to Christmas. Don’t miss the Yule Town Christmas markets where artisans and designers set up stalls for one day each offering Christmas ornaments and local treats.
The closest you’ll get to celebrating Christmas with the Clauses. Finland is home to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, which has the enviable title of the ’Official Hometown of Santa Claus‘. Travellers can see reindeer, decorate cookies, go on husky rides, snowmobile safaris and see the Northern Lights if they’re lucky.
Christmas in Japan is unique in that they don’t technically celebrate the event. Christmas day isn’t a holiday but, despite the lack of time off, their celebrations are spectacular with the country getting on board with Christmas lights, decorations and presents. Travellers should stay until New Year celebrations which locals view as more important than Christmas.
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