Christmas and the holiday season in general is by far the most magical time of the year. If you are tired of spending the holidays within the same quarters ever year, this is your time to shine. So take a peek at our top picks which will make this year that much more special. Whether an independent traveller or part of a group, these places are sure to light your fire.
#1 LONDON CALLING
The spirit of Christmas has never been so alive as in the midst of London. The festive air filled with crisp temperatures will give you a whole new holiday experience. Try the hot chocolate at a little place called Said in Soho or do some window shopping and check out some of the most theatrical window displays on the planet. Go to the Christmas market on the South Bank or go ice skating in front of the Natural History Museum. The options are literally endless. If nothing else, you must walk all over and just take in the magic of the street lights all over London and you are set. Make sure to pack something warm though, as winter in London is well on its merry way during the silly season.
#2 FROM PARIS WITH LOVE
One of the most popular travel destinations during Christmas is the magical city of Paris. This is not a chance destination. Paris during this time has magic written all over it. From the obvious places you would think to visit such as the Eiffel Tower, which is extra festive during the Advent, there are other picturesque sites that you must not forgo. The dreamy decorations that cover the suburb of La Marais are divine. The department stores seem to have a battle between themselves as to which store will have the best Christmas arrangements. Check out the fabulous food and ride some of the many carousels that pop up around the place. Lastly take a stroll down the Champs-Élysées and pick up handmade goods from the markets for yourself and loved ones.
#3 DREAMING OF MOSCOW
Like a destination straight out of a Disney movie, Moscow has all the sites that will help get you into the Christmas spirit. A particularly great traveling spot for children, or those of you who feel like that. The castles and churches are draped in lights and there are endless options for ice skating throughout the centre. If possible make sure to book tickets for the theatre or for one of their world famous ballet shows such as the nutcracker. Once again, Moscow is quite cold in winter so be sure to pack a scarf and some gloves.
#4 NEW YORK, NEW YORK
The city that never sleeps offers countless things to do during the most magical time of year. See the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, check out the Sacks Fifth Avenue light show, send a letter to Santa Clause (which get sent to the North Pole) and go skating in Central Park. Hit the rooftop bars for some of the best hot chocolate on the planet.
#5 TRØMSO, NORWAY
Take a look at the glorious northern lights of Norway during the Christmas season and you can tell everyone you have been to the North Pole (it’s actually the Arctic Circle, but nobody needs to know). Grab a cable car and head to the mountain top or go dogsledding for an adventure you will never forget.
Step out of your comfort zone and enjoy some of the best sites the world has to offer during the most magical time of the year.