A holiday at Christmas is every bit as magical as it sounds. Here’s our pick of the top 7 destinations to visit for some festive fun.
Bruges is a beautiful city at any time of the year, but the festive period has to be the best. You could fill your days simply meandering down the ancient cobbled streets alone, but why would you when it has so much more to offer?
Pay a visit to one of the master chocolatiers it’s famous for and maybe pick up a Christmas present or two.
When you start to get a little peckish, head to one of the many incredible Christmas markets to sample some of the local cuisine and when you get too cold to stay outside any longer, warm up with a stroll around one of the many museums or head to a quirky café – after all, Bruges is the hot chocolate capital of the world, so it would be rude not to try one!
New York, USA
Well we weren’t going to get very far with this list if we didn’t include the Big Apple, were we? Thanks to Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, everyone has Christmas time in New York on their bucket list, and for good reason.
A snowy Central Park visit is a must, and even a simple wander around the shops is a sight to behold with some of the most amazing windows displays ever created.
If window shopping is not your thing, don’t worry, there’s still plenty to do. Ice skating at the Rockefeller rink with the famous Christmas tree as the backdrop is always a popular choice, but you may need to book early as it gets really busy. Even if you’re not up for a skate, make sure you get there to see the tree in all its glory – it really is worth battling the crowds for.
If you love a show, don’t miss the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. With incredible dancers and glitzy costumes, it’s the epitome of Christmas in New York.
If you love a Christmas market, Germany is the destination for you. This is where the markets originate from, so even though they’re now extremely popular all over the world, Germany will give you the authentic feel.
The Nuremberg market is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1530. Tuck into their culinary delights and grab a mulled wine to keep you warm as you stroll around hundreds of stalls looking at beautiful Christmas decorations and other handmade knick-knacks – it’s the perfect place to pick up some Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
As well as the amazing markets, Nuremberg also has a fascinating history if you can stand the cold long enough to take a guided tour.
A festive trip to Lapland is a holiday many of us dream of – both adults and children alike! And if you’re no exception and have always wanted to meet the big man and his reindeer, we don’t blame you.
As well as paying Santa a visit, a Christmas getaway in Lapland usually involves a lot of relaxing in a cosy cabin with close friends and family, as temperatures can drop as low as -9 degrees Celsius in December.
If you don’t mind the cold, there’s plenty to do, such as snowmobile safaris, skiing or warming up in a one of its well-known saunas. And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the infamous Northern Lights which can be often be seen on clear nights.
St Petersberg, Russia
Another European city, another Christmas market. St Petersberg offers a whole host of different markets, all with the same family-friendly vibes complete with grottos, fairground rides and more gingerbread than you could hope for.
But that’s certainly not all it has to offer. Take a stroll around the streets, alight with Christmas decoration highlighting the incredible architecture. If you’re lucky, your visit may coincide with its International Winter Festival, featuring tonnes of fascinating local culture.
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