Best Destinations To Celebrate Your Christmas Holidays - Don't Miss Out!

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With Christmas around the corner, excitement levels must be rising inside you, especially if you love to travel. Well, there isn’t any dearth of places in the world for spending your Christmas holidays, solo or with family. This is the season to have fun and indulge in binge eating and exploring the Christmas markets.

 

Here are 10 amazing destinations around the world for celebrating Christmas holidays.

 

  1. New York

Location: Located in the USA.

 

How to reach?

There are many ways to reach New York. New York has a number of international airports such as JFK International Airport, LaGuardia International Airport, etc. They receive regular flights, direct or indirect, from almost all the major airports of the world. New York also has an extensive network of railway connections to major cities of USA. Roadways are the best way to reach New York if you’re in USA and love road trips.

 

Things to do

New York City for Christmas is simply incredible. The sparkling city lights, the hustle and bustle and the decorations will definitely make you feel Christmassy. The city starts to get crowded by the time of Thanksgiving, and the celebrations remain on till New Year.

 

  • Time's Square and Rockefeller Centre are the busiest squares bustling with people, Christmas trees, lights, deviations, and markets.
  • You can’t go to New York and miss the Rockefeller Christmas tree.
  • Book, an NYC Christmas tour, to enjoy the best of New York during Christmas.
  • Enjoy the snowfall in Central Park where you feel getting teleported to a snow world.
  • See Christmas shows which are overflowing with a variety of shows you don’t want to miss.

 

Places to visit

There is no dearth of places in New York to visit. Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Observation Deck (especially for Christmas), Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan, and many more.

 

Shopping

Being an active fashion centre, New York City has a good number of boutiques and apparel shops that have unique collections. Supermarkets are catering to every need of customers. Since you are planning to visit during Christmas, don’t miss the Christmas markets beautifully decorated and selling a variety of souvenirs to bring back with you.  

 

Accommodation

Well, there are a lot of accommodation options in NYC starting from five-star hotels to budget-friendly hostels. You need to book them in advance to avoid the rush and unavailability of rooms during the holiday season.

 

Local cuisine

The must-have foods in New York are bagels, new york style pizza, clam chowder, corned beef, pretzels, etc. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods treat your taste buds memorably.

 

Budget

Airfares and train tickets may cost a little costlier during the holiday season, and you must book 6 months in advance. Accommodation and food are definitely more expensive in New York, especially during Christmas holidays as compared to regular days. A 5 day trip to New York may cost approximately $2,000-4000 per person.  

 

 

  1. Florida

Location: Located in the USA.

 

How to reach?

There are many airports in Florida like Southwest Florida International Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport, and many more that receive regular flights from significant places all over the world. Florida also has many railway terminals with trains running from stations of USA. You may also choose to come to Florida from any region of USA by roadways which are beautifully smooth.

 

Things to do

Christmas in Florida is a beautiful sight to behold. The towns in Florida become full of spectacular activities, dazzling decorations, and elating holiday tunes.

 

  • Experience a memorable Christmas celebration at village Baytowne Wharf and get indulged in ice skating, admiring beautiful fireworks and dancing to the Christmas tunes.
  • Visit the Miami wonderland during Christmas. Catch up the fun in Santa’s Enchanted Forest, enjoy the lights and decorations at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami and visit the beautiful churches.
  • Witness the pure magic in Orlando which turns into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. Visit the beautifully decorated winter parks, and churches to get the best of Florida during Christmas.

 

Places to visit

Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Pensacola, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Universal Orlando, Disneyland are the must-visit places in Florida during winter. Don’t miss the fun and excitement during the holiday season in these places in Florida where you can lose yourself to the tunes of Christmas songs.

 

Shopping

There are hundreds of malls and shopping centres, outlets and boutiques in Florida for shopaholics. They sell a variety of items catering to the needs of every kind of customer. Check out the fashionable dresses, fresh produce and handicrafts that you can bring back as lovely souvenirs.

 

Accommodation

From Airbnb and five-star hotels to budget-friendly hotels and hostels, Florida has them all. You need to book in advance since you will be visiting during the holiday season when thousands of tourists from over the world come to witness magical Florida. You can easily find out the accommodation of your choice according to your budget.

 

Local cuisine

A visit to Florida is incomplete without indulging in the sweet tart-dessert called a key lime pie made from fresh lime, eggs and condensed milk. Stone crabs, lobsters and many other kinds of seafood are also famous in Florida and a must-try.  

 

Budget

Well, places like Florida are undoubtedly crowded and costlier during the holiday season. Booking the flights and accommodations in advance greatly helps. A minimum of approximately $2,000-3,000 per person is required for a 5 day trip to Florida.

 

 

  1. Lapland

Location: Located in Finland.

 

How to reach?

The major airport in the capital city Helsinki receives flights from all the major cities of the world. There is also a well-developed railway network getting trains from neighbouring countries and one direct train from Russia. Taxis and buses are available from airports and railway terminals to Lapland.

 

Things to do

It is believed that Finland especially Lapland is the Homeland of Santa Claus or Father Christmas. And thus, no doubt the Christmas celebrations in Finland must be the best from the rest.

 

  • Visit the famous theme park 'Christmas Land' and fill your heart with true joy.
  • Indulge in fantastic dining with the Finns and treat your taste buds with delicious dishes.
  • Visit the extraordinary churches decorated beautifully with lights and flowers.
  • Visit the Christmas markets selling beautiful items.
  • Spend a night in an igloo and make memories.
  • A visit to Finland is incomplete without witnessing the fascinating Northern Lights.
  • Other activities like snowboarding, dog sledging, ice fishing and many more are also available for tourists in Finland.

 

Places to visit

Some must visit places in Finland are Santa Claus Village, Ylläs, Helsinki Cathedral, Suomenlinna, and Sibelliius Monument.

 

Shopping

The Market Place located in the capital city, Helsinki is the best for shopping. Shops are selling a variety of items and souvenirs along with delicious Finnish foods.

 

Accommodation

Finland has a variety of accommodation options for tourists. There are luxury hotels and resorts, Airbnb, budget hotels, hostels and boutique hotels that give you a comfortable stay during your visit to Finland.

 

Local Cuisine

Fried vendace, fried Baltic herring, etc. are the local cuisine of Finland. The beginning of festivals and holidays marks the best days for indulging in fine Finnish foods which shouldn’t be missed out.

 

Budget

Reaching Finland especially during the holiday season is quite costly given its location. While accommodation and food are available in a wide price range suitable for each type of traveller, it may require approximately $3,000-6,000 per person for a 5 day trip to Finland.  

 

 

  1. Quebec City

Location: Located in Canada.

 

How to reach?

Jean-Lesage International Airport is the nearest airport to Quebec City regularly getting flights from major cities of USA, Canada and Europe. The railway network also facilities the railway services from major Canadian cities. The city is well connected to major cities by road. You may also choose waterways to reach Quebec City.

 

Things to do

Quebec City becomes wonderfully decorated with the lights and trees during the Christmas season. The villages turn alive with food, music and colorful lights that never fails to entertain.

 

  • Walk through the beautiful Christmas village which is a true winter wonderland during Christmas.
  • Visit the Notre-Dame-des Victoires Church and witness the beauty of that place.
  • Shop in the ample Christmas markets in Quebec City.
  • Don’t miss out on activities like ice skating which definitely adds more fun to your trip.

 

Places to visit

There are a number of places to visit in Quebec City which become more beautiful during the holiday season. Places like Rue du Petit-Champlain, Place-Royale, City Hall, Place d'Youville, Fairmont de Château Frontenac, Parliament Building, Avenue Cartier and the churches, cathedrals are a must visit during Christmas in Quebec City.

 

Shopping

To the delight of a true shopaholic, Quebec City has various markets selling a variety of items. Two major Christmas markets- German Christmas Market and Old Port Christmas Markets become crowded with people from all over the world. These markets sell more than 1000 local products and beautiful souvenirs for tourists.

 

Accommodation

From luxury and five-star hotels to Airbnbs and budget-friendly hotels and hostels, Quebec City has them all for different kinds of travellers. Booking in advance helps to get a room of your choice and within your budget as well.

 

Local Cuisine

Canada in general and Quebec City, in particular, has a French influence on their architecture, language and food as well. There are a significant number of restaurants serving delicious French-Canadian cuisine. Poutine, bagels, Maple sap candy, are must-try foods in Quebec.

 

Budget

Quebec City isn’t a too expensive city to explore. While prices may be a little high during the holidays, approximately $1,000-$2,000 is required for a 5-6 days trip to the winter wonderland of Quebec City.

 

 

 

  1. Vatican City

Location: Located in Italy.

 

How to reach?

Vatican City doesn’t have an airport of its own. Rome Ciampino International Airport is the nearest airport to the Vatican. The Vatican City has the world’s smallest national railway connecting major neighbourhood cities. The well-developed roadways are the best way to reach here by bus or car. Buses and taxis are available from the airport to reach the Vatican City.

 

Things to do

Adding the beauty of Vatican City to your Christmas holidays makes it more charming.

 

  • Attending the Vatican Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Square is the topmost thing to do during Christmas in The Eternal City.
  • Visit the beautifully decorated churches in the city.
  • Roam in the colorfully lighted streets of the Vatican City while exploring the city during Christmas.

 

Places to visit

St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Square, Castle Sant'Angelo and the lush green gardens of Vatican City are the must visit places.

 

Shopping

Mandatory Christmas markets are filled with shops selling local products as well as souvenirs for the tourists to take back along with the lovely memories they make.

 

Accommodation

There are luxury hotels as well as budget friendly hotels, and guest houses that provide excellent services to the tourists.  

 

Local Cuisine

Cannoli, special pasta, Tiramisu, gelato and chicken and mushroom risotto are the unique dishes that you must not miss during your visit to Vatican City. Indulge in a wide range of desserts that win your heart and taste buds.

 

Budget

3-4 days of a trip would cost approximately $2,000- $3,5000 per person during the holiday season.

 

 

  1. Zurich

Location: Located in Switzerland.

 

How to reach?

The Zurich Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Switzerland receiving flights from almost all the major airports of Europe and major international airports of other countries of the world. The Swiss railway network is also very efficient connecting various places of Europe. The roadways are also a great option to consider if you’re travelling from nearby countries of Switzerland to Zurich. Buses and local trains can be availed easily to reach Zurich from airports and railway terminals.

 

Things to do

Zurich has all the essential elements that one needs for spending a memorable Christmas- the blanket of white snow, cobblestone streets, decorated trees and ample Christmas markets.

 

  • Visit the beautifully scented and decorated Christmas markets.
  • If you are an adventure enthusiast, then go for ice skating in the snow-clad Zurich town.
  • Enjoy fine dining and relaxing over a mug of hot chocolate.
  • Bahnhofstrasse is popular for it’s colourful Christmas lights and decorations that win the hearts of everyone.
  • Experience the illuminating process of candle making in Zurich where you can also be a part of the produce.

 

Places to visit

Limmatquai, Grossmünster, Fraumünster, Lake Zurich, Rennweg, Bahnhofstrasse, and Swiss National Museum are some of the popular places to visit in Zurich especially during the Christmas to witness them glowing in beauty.

 

Shopping

The trip to Zurich during Christmas is incomplete without visiting the Christmas markets. The Zurich main station has the largest covered Christmas market in Europe with a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the center. Sechseläutenplatz is another quaint Christmas market with shops selling a variety of sweets, scarves and souvenirs. There is no dearth of Christmas markets in the city of Zurich.

 

Accommodation

Being a romantic honeymoon destination all around the year, Switzerland never fails to win the hearts of its tourists by its hospitality. There are several hotels and hostels of several types according to the need of the travellers. The hotels provide comfortable services to their customers as well as memorable stays.

 

Local Cuisine

Cheese fondue, rösti, raclette are the must-try foods in Zurich. There is a touch of French in some of the Swiss dishes which are a delight to the taste buds.

 

Budget

3-4 days are enough to absorb the beauty of Zurich, especially during the holiday season. Approximately $1,500-2,500 is required for a couple for 3 days trip to this beautiful place in Switzerland.

 

 

  1. Vienna

Location: Located in Austria.

 

How to reach?

The Vienna International Airport located in Schwechat serves to connect various places of the world with regular flight services. There are two major railway stations in Vienna with trains running from different neighbouring places of Europe. You can also reach Vienna from cities like London, Budapest by bus.

 

Things to do

Vienna is a popular Christmas destination in Europe where the celebrations occur in a pompous manner.

 

  • Visit the picturesque lake in front of the Upper Belvedere Palace where the glimmering lights of sunset and Christmas make it a popular photogenic place.
  • Hop into the beautifully decorated Christmas markets in the town.
  • Drink the popular Christmas punch and treat your taste buds.
  • Stroll in the streets of Vienna from the State Opera Building to the St. Stephen's Cathedral where you witness the glittering golden chandeliers hung above as you walk.
  • Visit the St. Peter’s Chruch which is a beautiful sight to behold especially during  Christmas.

 

Places to visit

Belvedere, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Graben, Kärntner Strasse, Rathausplatz, are some of the must-visit places in Zurich that are sure to mesmerize you as a Christmas tourist.

 

Shopping

Christkindlmarkt in the Rathausplatz is a famous Christmas market in Vienna that makes you feel like you are in a shimmering land of decorated shops selling a variety of items with a gorgeous Christmas tree at the center.

 

Accommodation

The wide range of hotels and hostels provide fantastic facilities and comfortable services to their customers. Enjoy a relaxing stay at the cozy rooms in Vienna.

 

Local Cuisine

Sausage, snacks like roasted potatoes and roasted chestnuts recharge your taste buds along with other delectable dishes of Vienna like cakes and pies.

 

Budget

The prices may rise during the holiday season, but Vienna is a pretty much affordable place to spend Christmas. Take days trip to Vienna with your loved ones for a memorable Christmas holiday at approximately $1,600-$2,000 per person.

 

  1. London

Location: Located in the United Kingdom.

 

How to reach?

London Heathrow Airport is one of the busiest airports with more than 100 airlines connecting all the major airports of the world. London has an extensive railway network with trains running regularly from national and international places in Europe. The excellent roads of UK make it a great experience when travelled by cars or buses.

 

Things to do

The busy city of London becomes much more alive by crowds from all over the world, the big Christmas trees decorated with crystals and lights and the squared with well-lit chandeliers.

 

  • Admire the beautiful Christmas trees placed at the entrances of big hotels and malls and the squares of London.
  • Do ice skating in the snowfall.
  • Visit Hogwarts in Warner Bros Studio and get your fantasies fulfilled.
  • Visit the churches and take part in the church ceremonies during Christmas.
  •  Don’t miss the Royal Botanic Garden in Kew glimmering with all kinds and colors of lights.

 

Places to visit

Somerset House, Hyde Park, Oxford, South Bank, Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens, Charles Dickens Museum and the famous London Eye are much more fun during the Christmas holidays than any other time of the year.

 

Shopping

Pack your bags and light when visiting London since you can’t stop yourself from buying things from the plenty of markets in London during Christmas. Harrod’s and Dover Street Market are colorfully decorated and have shops selling clothes, gift items, jewelry, shoes, winter apparels and perfect souvenirs to take back home.

 

Accommodation

London has every kind of accommodation options for budget travellers, not to mention the luxury hotels, villas, Airbnb and resorts providing excellent services to their customers. Hostels and cheap accommodation options are also available for solo student travellers as well.

 

Local Cuisine

A trip to London is incomplete without treating yourself with the posh English breakfast at a restaurant. Yorkshire pudding, fish, chips, roasted beef, pies, desserts are also a must try while in London.

 

Budget

Approximately $100 is required per person to survive a day in London. Plan a 5-6 days trip to London which may cost roughly $2,500-$3,000 per person. Prices may rise high during the holiday season which is why it’s wise to book your hotels and flights in advance.

 

 

  1. Tokyo

Location: Located in Japan

 

How to reach?

A number of airlines operate flights from across the world to Tokyo. The railway network is also firmly established with trains running from almost all the cities of Japan. You may also take the smooth well-connected road to reach Tokyo from any city of Japan.

 

Things to do

Although most of the Japanese are Buddhists and Shintos, and there is no declared holiday on 25th December, Christmas is celebrated with the same glamour and grandeur. The streets are decorated with colorful lights with Christmas trees placed in major squares, and markets in plenty of numbers.

 

  • Visit Tokyo Station and Marunouchi Area where the public spaces are decorated lavishly with the Kittens building having the largest Christmas tree of Japan.
  • Wander in the streets of Harajuku to enjoy the festive lights and decorations.
  • Enjoy dining out with your loved ones during Christmas where all the restaurants are decorated beautifully.

 

Places to visit

Tokyo Station, Marunouchi Area, Imperial Palace, Harajuku Omotesando Street, Roppongi, Odaiba, Decks Tokyo Beach, Diversity Tokyo are some of the must visit places during Christmas in Tokyo to witness the beauty and love with which they celebrate Christmas.

 

Shopping

Shopping in Tokyo is one of the favorite activities of tourists especially during the festive season when the stores run year-end sales with sumptuous decorations. The departmental stores in Shibuya and Ginza sell a variety of items and souvenirs for taking back home.

 

Accommodation

There are luxury hotels, hostels, capsule hotels, café stays, homestays, volunteer accommodation options and many more when it comes to where to stay in Tokyo.

 

Local Cuisine

The most popular local cuisine of Tokyo is Sushi which is a must try. Apart from that, you may try out the other delicious foods like ramen, monjayaki, tempura, mak-guksu, kabayaki and many more.

 

Budget

Tokyo isn’t much expensive as one thinks of. Booking your tickets and accommodations in advance helps a lot especially during the holiday season.  3-4 days of a trip to Tokyo may cost approximately $1,000-$2,000 per person.

 

 

  1. Brisbane

Location: Located in Queensland, Australia.

 

How to reach?

The best way to get to Brisbane is by air. The Brisbane Airport receives regular flights connecting almost all the major airports across the world. The super fast trains also connect all the major cities of Australia. These are also bus and rental car services available to ferry people from any city in Australia to Brisbane. They also have well-developed waterways from nearby countries.

 

Things to do

Brisbane during Christmas comes alive with the festivities. The Christmas trees along with streets become beautifully decorated with all types of lights welcoming people from all over the world.

 

  • Visit the Brisbane City Hall to witness it light up glamorously a week before Christmas Eve.
  • Witness the enchanted beauty of the Spectacle Garden at Roma Street Parkland which teleports you into a fairyland.
  • Watch movies in the open sky Amphitheatre at Roma Street Parkland.
  • Catch the Christmas beach movies which are a unique experience for travellers.
  • Don’t miss the Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime lights in the Queen Street Mall and King's Square.

 

Places to visit

Gold Coast, South Bank, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Glass House Mountains, and Roma Street Parkland are some of the must-visit places in Brisbane during Christmas.

 

Shopping

Bring back home your favorite souvenirs from the wonderful Christmas markets of Brisbane with shops selling a great variety of items from home items to clothes and showpieces.

 

Accommodation

From hotels to hostels and homestays, Brisbane has many accommodation options that provide excellent services to their customers. Well, the prices may rise during Christmas break, but booking in advance helps to keep your budget in check.

 

Local Cuisine

Garlic bread, lasagna, chocolate chip cookies, Prosciutto pizza, burger, gnocchi, coconut lobster curry and a variety of delicious seafoods are sure to delight your taste buds.

 

Budget

Australia being a little more expensive than London and New York, the prices rise higher during the holiday season. It’s wise to book your flights and hotels 6 months in advance to avoid the price hike and rush. A 4-5 days trip to Brisbane may cost approximately AU$1,200 AUD- AU$1,500 per person.

 

 

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags for a fantastic winter and Christmas gateway to these beautiful Christmas wonderlands of the world.

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