Of course, nothing compares to being at home over the holidays. However, what if you could spend Christmas in a stunning location covered with snow instead? There is nothing more enchanting than exploring a new location at the most delightful time of the year, from beautiful winter family holiday destinations to little communities that will make you feel as though you have entered a scene from a Hallmark Christmas movie.
We have a list of some of the greatest Christmas destinations right here for you, whether you're searching for a fun, family-friendly getaway or a romantic getaway spot for two.
This city is the embodiment of Christmas, particularly in films like Macy's (Miracle on 34th Street), Home Alone 2 (The Steps of the Plaza Hotel), and Elf (The Rockefeller Tree). Christmastime in New York means enormous window displays that resemble free galleries, with the retailers going philanthropic. Begin with the glitzy atmosphere at Saks, then go past Tiffany's and onto Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue. Go to the Rockefeller Center next to have a mulled wine and take a closer look at the tree. Bryant Park becomes a Winter Village during the Christmas season, complete with vendors offering reasonably priced goods like soaps and scarves crafted by hand.
The city of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi, is home to Santa Claus Village and SantaPark, where you can meet Santa Claus and his reindeer companions. The northern terrain is blanketed in a thick layer of beautiful snow during the winter. Also, this will be your best opportunity of the year to see the northern lights. Glass igloo lodgings are available at a number of the area's hotels, and they offer breathtaking inside 360-degree views of the aurora borealis.
North Pole, Alaska
It turns out that you can truly see Santa Claus at the North Pole, as every child has dreamed of doing! The world's largest Santa statue can be seen in the "Santa Claus House," which is located in this charming Alaskan hamlet. You can also take a trip along Santa Claus Lane and see real reindeer there.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is a town right out of a Hallmark film, located in the Lehigh Valley about an hour north of Philadelphia. Just thinking about the Christmas celebrations in the Old City and on Manger Square may give tourists a delightful sense of energy. Attending the midnight service of Bethlehem at St. Catheroine's Church makes the Christmas season even more amazing. Main Street in Bethlehem is lined with classic Christmas markets, some of which are indoors, and guests are serenaded by choir singers.
There has been a Christmas market in Frankfurt since 1393. It has, and it's rather significant—each year, almost 3 million people travel just to attend this event. After taking a spin on the ancient merry-go-round, you'll understand why as you savor mulled wine, grilled sausages, and gingerbread. And while you browse for unique presents and treasures, there's nothing more charming than the sounds of church bells and carols.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is especially lovely during the Christmas season. It's one of the world's most lovely places to spend Christmas. You may take in the sights of the city's Baroque and Gothic buildings by taking a stroll down Mala Strana's renowned Nerudova Street. Attend a ballet performance and an opera at the National Theater or State Opera. Visit the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square festive markets as well. Here, Christmas is a whole lot of joy.
Do you want a place that embraces Chrimbo to the fullest yet isn't overly, well, chilly? Your best bet is probably Australia. With average highs of 25C, Sydney has all the Christmas lights, trees, and ice skating of a normal city enjoying the holiday. This location is among the greatest to celebrate Christmas since it has beaches, sun, and surf. Many travelers are drawn by the seaside to leave their homes and partake in the most amazing Christmas festivities.
Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is the most amazing city, especially during the Christmas season. Prepare to see buildings lighted, storefronts adorned, and Christmas music everywhere. You can pamper yourself and your kids to the most at the Hong Kong Ocean Park. You might witness some amazing international Christmas events and performances here. A 40-foot-tall Christmas tree and a variety of roller coasters to suit every taste are also there.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
At Christmastime, Santa Fe is simply breathtaking. Here, your family will never run out of things to do, with events like the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, The Nutcracker production, and dances in the Indian Pueblos. Children of all ages love the New Mexico Art Museum's annual Christmas Open House. The Winter Santa Fe Indian Market is a great place to shop for jewelry, ceramics, weavings, and other crafts in December.
More than two million people attend the Nuremberg Christmas market (Nurnberger Christkindlesmarkt) annually, making it a German tradition. A steam locomotive, an antique carousel, and a massive wooden Ferris wheel are among the attractions. The Christmas Market Council of Nuremberg takes great care to ensure that only customary handcrafted toys and festive products are offered for sale. No mass-produced garlands made of plastic here. Remember to get your hands on their delectable gingerbread spice.