Christmas time is centered around love, family and just generally rejoicing. Now, while a lot of people love the familiarity and comfort of their own home, other people love to travel. Discovering other parts of the world during such a festive time gives you a sense of freedom, and depending on where you go, can make you enjoy Christmas a lot more.
So, we’ve compiled a list of 10 places that you must visit at Christmas time...
Very few people typically associate Malta with Christmas, but it’s absolutely stunning. In particular, the Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem nativity play is impressive, and features more than 150 actors across 20,000 square metres of fields. This truly is a life-size nativity play that you must experience.
2. New York, US
We’ve all seen the famous ice rink and the huge, decorated Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center in New York. It’s been around for decades, and throughout the nearby Central Park you’ll find lights, decorations and snack stalls.
3. Nuremberg, Germany
The main reason why you should head to Nuremberg is due to their popular Christmas market. Other than traditional food and drinks, you’ll find a giant Ferris Wheel, a carousel and an amazing steam train.
4. Lapland, Finland
When you think Christmas, most envision Santa Claus, and with Santa Claus you’ll definitely refer to Lapland. Here you’ll find lots of snow, festivities and a common love of Christmas. Also, a lot of emphasis is appropriately placed around Mr and Mrs Claus.
5. Honolulu, Hawaii
While Hawaii isn’t known for its snow, it is most certainly renowned for its dedication to the Christmas spirit. Each year, the region takes pride in the Honolulu city lights, which is a month-long tradition that is comprised of live music, decorations, lights, a 15-meter Christmas tree and an opening parade.
6. Salzburg, Austria
Here you’ll find superb Christmas markets, with the snowy mountains and gorgeous buildings in the background. Plus, the well-known Christmas hymn, ‘silent night’, originated from Salzburg.
If you’re looking for colour, beauty and fantastic appearance at Christmas time, then you’ll struggle to find any place better than Strasbourg. The multitude of Christmas villages combine to create a magical wonderland effect.
8. Queenstown, New Zealand
If you’re not a fan of the cold winter temperatures, then give Queenstown a visit. You’ll be able to celebrate Christmas in a completely new way with surfing, paragliding and jetboating. Just think of Christmas in the sun!
9. Valkenburg, Netherlands
This European region is excellent for Christmas, as you’ll find it’s Velvet Cave turned into a Christmas market every single year. Additionally, a great way to get there is to use their Christmas express train.
10. Brussels, Belgium
In Brussels you’ll find everything from an original sound and light show, a marvellous Christmas Parade of RTL, a slalom, Ferris wheel and a ton of other attractions that will make your Christmas trip extremely memorable.