The perfect Christmas gift is always a nice vacation with family and friends. With the growing segment of travellers , Christmas has become a popular time to travel and there are couple of reasons for this. For some, it is easiest to take time off of work between Christmas and New Year. Further most of the families live scattered due to their personal and professional commitments, it is the best time for them to reunite and enjoy this most awaited festival together. In some cases, travelling during Christmas is quite affordable because various companies offer affordable holiday and hotel packages during this period of time. Whatever may be the reason, big questions that come into mind where to celebrate this festival?
From Finland to Mexico, Northern Lights to South America’s Amazon, Brazil’s Iguazu Falls to South Africa’s Table Mountains, the world is so full of breathtaking wonders and to select few among them is quite difficult. But here I share with you some of the beautiful places around the world which may help you to select great holiday destination to enjoy your Christmas holidays.
St. Petersburg:- Magnificent beauty of Palaces and Bridges
Russia in December is almost guaranteed to be covered with a thick and crisps coat of white powder which allow visitors of all ages to fulfill their dreams of winter wonderland fantasies. If you are at St. Petersburg during Christmas holidays then you have two chances to celebrate white Christmas on 25th December and 7th January. Russian Orthodox Church still uses the Julian calendar which celebrates the feast on 7th January. Christmas markets spring up throughout the centre of city where you can buy traditional Russian handicrafts and enjoy tasty treats. Walking on the banks of frozen Neva River is a great way of seeing the city. The architecture on display is simply stunning.
Helsinki:- A Sea-town par excellence
The Nordic countries are where snow fall comes late in December and first substantial snow usually arrives in time for Christmas in Finnish capital Helsinki, draping the city in powdery white snow and making the perfect ambience for Christmas. Christmas in Helsinki is all about light, light and more lights, with white snow the city become really magical. To watch Christmas lights head to city’s main street Aleksanterinkatu and shopper’s paradise St. Thomas’ Market which exude cheering warmth to its visitors. The Christmas season culminates with spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations held at Senate Square.
Prague:- The best in Europe
Christmas in Prague is magical and December is the nicest month to visit Czech Republic. It seems that the city was built specifically for Christmas. Christmas markets are up, mood is festive and Christmas trees adorn the town square and all of which is covered with fresh snow, what more you can you ask for? Its gothic architecture, narrow medieval alleyways, pleasant weather, happening markets makes it a great place to enjoy Christmas fun.
Vilnius:-Strange beautiful and bewitching
Come and enjoy visit to Christmas markets at Vilnius , the capital of Lithuania where festive cheer along with aromatic smells of deliciously spiced Christmas treats are eagerly waiting for you . Go ice-skating on a rink set up outside the beautiful neo-classical Cathedral in Town Square which is lighted up by festive decorations, hop on the Christmas Train that ferries you around the city, watch the lighting of TV-Tower which is decorated by 6 Km of garlands surely leave you spell bound. Don’t miss the special films displayed on the walls of Cathedral.
Zurich:- A place to enjoy the finest things in life
Be captivated by Zurich’s Christmas atmosphere that shines with blazing lights , bouquet of festive treats , vibrant atmosphere and happening Christmas markets. Switzerland is the best destination for tourists to enjoy Christmas celebrations without any hassle. Many places gather to its public places to enjoy Christmas celebrations. Christmas magic does not end at Zurich’s city limits. Baden Lake Zurich, Zug and Winterthur are other amazing places and can be reached on public transport from Zurich in a very short time will surely bring sparkle to your eyes.
Nuremberg- A powerhouse of Germany
Every year people from all corners of the world visit what is probably Germany’s most famous Christmas Market on Nuremberg ‘s Main Market Square. The market’s 200 vendors put up a fantastic display as they compete for the most beautiful stall design award. Major highlights include a giant carved wooden Ferris wheel, old-fashioned carousel and steam train. Nuremberg’s Christmas Market Council is serious about making sure only traditional handmade toys and holiday goods are sold. Adults can enjoy Nuremberg spicy gingerbread and mugs of mulled wine and for kids there’s the Toy Museum.