Christmas is a well-loved season by many all across the world, and for the keen traveler, spending the holidays abroad may be the way to go. From sunny to snowy, we bring to you 5 amazing places that bring back that Christmas magic.
Swedish Lapland, Sweden
Complete with it’s very own Ice Hotel and bundles of snow, this destination looks like the white Christmas that we all dream of. Add to this the aurora borealis (northern lights), dog sledding, and reindeer rides, and you’re sure to have an amazing time. Furthermore, you can also check out the Jokkmokk winter market, the tree hotel, or snow-trekking. Swedish Lapland is perfect for those who want to get away somewhere new whilst staying away from the hustle and bustle that accompanies so many locations at this time of year.
If you fancy flipping many festive traditions on their heads, then ‘down under’ is the place to go. All over Australia, from Perth to Brisbane, Melbourne to Sydney, you will find Christmas celebrated in the summer sun and that December 25th is full of barbecues and surfing instead of turkeys and snow. Whilst the day itself is often spent on sunny beaches, there are enough familiar traditions to keep the Christmas spark alive – just one of these are the Carols by Candlelight services that are held all over Australia throughout the season.
New York City, USA
Everything about New York City in December screams ‘Christmas.’ There is something festive for everyone, whether it’s ice skating in the park, seeing Radio City’s ever-popular Christmas Spectacular, or simply absorbing in the atmosphere in Times Square, it truly boasts all that is festive. Other places to visit include Macy’s Christmas display and the holiday markets sprinkled throughout the city.
Disneyland Paris, Paris, France
Disney knows how to do Christmas for all the family. They put on extravagant parades and deck the parks in decorations galore. Music pours out of every nook and cranny and the characters are all in the yuletide spirit! Combine this with the close proximity to the beautiful European city that is Paris and this is a destination not to be missed, especially for families. The City of Lights does not disappoint and boasts a superb Christmas market for those who fancy a dose of festive shopping.
This capital city is like a fairytale the whole year through, but when Christmas hits, something magical happens. Festive European market stalls line the streets, singers and bagpipers play as shoppers walk by, and rides are set up right in the middle of the city. There is ice-skating to be had, as well as a plethora of shows that span everything from comedy to the Nutcracker. To top this all off, there are light shows and fireworks displays all the way through December. Edinburgh is definitely a great contender for a yuletide city break!
So if you fancy somewhere a little different over the holidays, then perhaps one of these destinations has whet your appetite and spurred you on to have a Christmas that will create memories that will last a lifetime.
Bethan Newman is an English girl trundling through life and jaunting to places the world over.