If you’ve long been scouring the web in search of the best Christmas vacations destinations, then scour no more. Below, there can be found a comprehensive list of the world’s most wonderful places, all of which are proven to make the most magical time of the year even more magical.
To find out where you should be heading to this festive season to make it as memorable a Christmas as you and your family have ever had, make sure to read on.
If you enjoy a bit of good craic at Christmas time, then Dublin is the place for you. The streets of Ireland’s capital are filled with festive cheer during the holiday season, and you won’t come across a single person who doesn’t want to have a good time. Whether you head to the various ice rinks dotted around the city, enjoy the caroling at St Patrick’s Cathedral, check out the lights on the Ha’penny Bridge, or stop for a pint of the black stuff in Temple Bar, you’ll be sure to feel the Christmas spirit when you head to Dublin.
The Emerald Isle is as about as wild a place as there is, both in regards to its party antics and its natural world — so, if you’re not a big drinker, fear not, as there is just as much to do over Christmas time in Ireland for nature lovers as there is for party lovers. Be it horse riding that you indulge in or be it a whale-watching boat trip that you hop aboard of, when you head to Ireland, you’ll never be too far away from the natural world.
A visit to Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas market) will see you sprinkle a very healthy dose of magic over your festive celebrations. This market is that big the city of Nuremberg has become renowned for it — with over 180 stalls to look through, each offering different toys, trinkets, and treats, when you pay a visit here you sure won’t be bored.
If you’re looking to head to Scandinavia’s most affordable city over the holiday season, then Copenhagen should be high on your traveling bucket list. Denmark’s small and welcoming capital city becomes even more hospitable every time Christmas rolls around, and it really comes alive during the festive season. Lights and trees transform the city, particularly its Tivoli Gardens, throughout the month of December, turning it into a modern-day winter wonderland.
At its core, Christmas is about celebrating religious values and appreciating all the good that life has to offer — there is no more suitable a place on earth to celebrate and appreciate these things than in Rome, Italy. Built on a bedrock of faith and tradition, this is the perfect city to head to over Christmas time if you really want to get in touch with the true meaning of the festivities that we all take part in and cherish annually. If you head to a Midnight Mass ceremony in the city, especially, you’ll undoubtedly be sure to feel the holiday spirit coursing through your veins.
An additional bonus of heading to Rome during the winter months is that you can avoid the tourist season. Instead, you can relax, walk the streets without the usual crowds and witness a crisper, more festive Italy.
All the fun can’t be had in Europe, can it? There’s also a lot of holiday spirit to be found Stateside, particularly in New York City. It probably comes as no surprise to you that the Big Apple goes big at Christmas time. When you visit New York over the holidays, you’ll be able to feast your eyes upon everything from a gargantuan-sized Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center to many different vivid shop displays.
If you ever find yourself looking for particularly magical things to do with the kids during your festive stay in New York, then fear not as you’ll have plenty of choices. You and the family could go ice skating at Central Park, you could head to Santaland at Macy’s, you could look around the various Christmas markets dotted around the city, or you could take a ride on The Ride’s Holiday Experience.
Make sure to take the above destination into serious consideration if you are struggling to decide where to go for Christmas. The festive season is a glorious time of year to see the world, be it in Europe, Australia or America. Pack your bags and experience a Christmas like no other!