Top 10 Christmas Destinations in the World, 2016
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Top Ten Christmas Holiday Destinations
The year is about to end and winter is just gorgeous. The world looks like a Hallmark card and you can hear bells jingling around the corner. The kids are on a break from school and you don’t mind loosening your money belts. What better than to plan a Christmas vacation? The question however, is where to spend this vacation. Be it Europe’s famous Christmas markets or Santa’s hometown or a picturesque white Christmas, here is a list of the top ten destinations where you can spend your Christmas vacations.
- Vienna : Vienna in Austria is known around the globe for being home to one of the world's oldest Christmas markets. Famous for the intricate and traditional handmade Christmas decorations, Advent wreaths and elaborate Christmas tree ornaments,the Christmas Market in Vienna is a must-visit during the holidays. The birthplace of the musical maestro Mozart, Vienna also puts on a grand show with classical music concerts and caroling.
- Paris : What better place to spend Christmas than the “City of Lights”? Paris lives up to its reputation and grandeur with extravagant Christmas lighting and decorations. Touted to be the most romantic city in the world, it’s the ideal place to spend quality time with loved ones. The animated window displays at departmental stores along the Champs Elysee, ice skating or just shopping with Parisians in their beautiful city is a treat in itself.
- London : One of the most visited cities in the world, London has no dearth of festive cheer for its holiday tourists either. The city gets dressed in a mind numbing array of Christmas lights and bustles with Christmas markets all along Thames river and Hyde Park. Ice skating rinks spring up in all of the city’s landmarks. A must have while in London during Christmas is the traditional Christmas pudding – a symbol of English tradition and culture.
- Vatican City : Being in the Vatican for Christmas just makes the most Christian sense. There are few things that celebrate the birth of Christ than participating in the Christmas mass with the Pope himself. The Christmas service held at St Paul's Cathedral around 10 pm and then again at midnight on Christmas eve features readings, blessings and prayers.
- New York : The ultimate holiday destination gets even better during Christmas. The entire city gets a makeover for the festival. The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center with its startling 30,000 fairy lights, the dressed up shops along Fifth Avenue, ice skating at Central Park and Macy’s Santaland are just some of the special holiday spots to visit.
- Budapest : Discover the Old World among the beautifully lit-up ancient buildings during Christmas. The city’s bathhouses act as the perfect antidote to the frosty weather outside. Following it up with warm strudel and toki pompos at one of the city’s Christmas markets has become a holiday tradition with tourists here.
- Brussels : With a culture that boasts two Santas – St Nicholas and Pere Noel, there is no dearth of festivities in the Belgian capital. The annual Christmas market named “ Winter Wonders” is an absolute must for any visitor. It features stalls, ferris wheels, an ice rink, a sledding track, music concerts and light shows and of course lots of delicious Belgian chocolates to satisfy the sweet tooth!
- Tallinn : For those who like a nice quiet and homely Christmas, the capital of Estonia would strike the right chord. A medieval town, with its lanterns along the cobblestone streets it makes for a pretty cozy picture for the holiday season. A historically relevant fact is that the world’s first ever Christmas tree was erected here in 1441 and is still very much a part of the holiday celebrations on the Town Hall square.
- North Pole : Did you know there's a town called “North Pole” in Alaska? Everyone who has ever read a book on Christmas or seen a holiday card or watched a Christmas movie has wanted to experience the typical snowy all-white Christmas. Alaska is the place to do that, with its snow blanketing the landscape this time of the year. A visit to Santa Claus House in the “North Pole”, with its reindeer and candy is a must-see for everyone who seeks a rendezvous with the bearded man of the hour himself. You can also see the World's largest Santa here – it's a statue over 42 feet tall!
- Bethlehem : Nothing says Christmas more clearly than the birthplace of Christ itself. Every year, hundreds of people make the pilgrimage to Bethlehem to attend the traditional mass which is held at the Church of the Nativity, at the very spot where Jesus Christ was born.
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Last Updated : December 26, 2016