The festive season is here.
If you celebrate Christmas, there’s no doubt you’re already making plans for this month.
There are gifts to be handed out, decorations to be put up, and lots of food to cook and eat.
But maybe you’ve decided you want to spend Christmas somewhere new.
Maybe your city doesn’t have a festive feel to it.
Do you want to experience a place that has that authentic Christmas cheer?
Our guide will steer you towards a Christmas paradise of your choosing.
Prague, Czech Republic
Looking for a vintage-style Christmas? Prague’s ancient architecture looks spectacular, covered in snow.
At the end of November, the Christmas markets start to open. Visit them around the city. You’ll be met with the scent of hot honey, wine and beer.
Don’t miss out on the markets in Republic Square, Peace Square and Holesovice.
If you’re a parent, you might want to arrange for a visit from Mikulas (St. Nicholas). In Prague, on December 5th, people dressed as Santa go door to door asking children if they’ve been good for the year. There are some dressed as the devil too, so hopefully, your child has been good.
Of course, you can’t visit without seeing the Old Town Square Christmas tree. It goes up on December 1st, and they light it up at night.
Traditional music is played, and everyone is always in a great mood.
Achieve “hygge” in Copenhagen, a city that lights up during Christmas. The people are friendly, and the snacks are sweet.
Hygge’s direct translation is cosiness, but it means much more than that. Hygge is about surrounding yourself with the things that make life good, like laughter, friends and family.
One of Copenhagen’s main attractions during Christmas is the Tivoli Gardens. Around mid-November, in the centre of Copenhagen, this garden opens its Christmas market. Check it out if you want to try Danish sweets, cake and glogg.
Copenhagen is also famous for its castles. When Christmas comes close, it brings a charm and magic to these great structures. Kronborg Castle, Christiansborg Castle, and Rosenberg Castle are worth the visit.
On December 13th, you can participate in Saint Lucia Day. People rent kayaks and ride them on Nyhavn Canal. If you’d rather watch by the shore, you can. The lights and singing definitely bring that Christmas joy.
Football fans will be enjoying all the action from the World Cup. There’s nothing like cheering for your nation as it competes on the biggest stage.
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London, United Kingdom
This city loves this time of the year. The brilliant decorations hang over the streets between buildings and lift the mood.
London offers many options for activities during the festive period. It really depends on what you’re looking for.
Are you the active type? Try the ice rink at the Natural History Museum.
There are several places you can go ice skating in London but none more beautiful than the Natural History Museum. You’ll have a view of the historic building and a 30ft Christmas tree in the middle of the rink while you slide across the ice.
Famous for its theatre, London offers some fantastic Christmas shows you should watch. Three of the most renowned are “The Nutcracker,” which you can see at Royal Albert Hall, “The Snowman,” performed at Peacock Theatre and “A Christmas Carol,” which you can watch at the London Coliseum.
One of London’s most well-known events is Winter Wonderland. It’s non-stop fun. You’ll find festive markets, over 100 rides, a giant wheel, live shows, live music and several bars and restaurants. It’s a must-visit.
New York City, New York
New York takes Christmas very seriously. The food, decorations, activities, all of it, so that everyone is in the Christmas spirit.
One of the best places in the world for Christmas shopping is New York City. It’s quite the experience. Stores are covered in lights and decorations. Visit Fifth Avenue and stroll around large department stores like Macy’s and Saks. You’ll find plenty of gift ideas for your friends and family.
There is no Christmas in New York without the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree. This year it will stay lit from 6 am to 12 am every day until Christmas day when it’ll stay lit all day. Make time to visit this 82ft tree and marvel at its magnificence.
Another typical New York activity during Christmas is strolling around Central Park. If you want, try out the Wollman ice rink or ride a carriage through the park. Otherwise, just walk at your own pace, maybe with some loved ones and take in snow-covered Central Park.
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You can’t help being more cheerful this time of the year.
That positive, thankful and happy energy is passed around, and everyone can feel it.
Now you know about a few places worldwide where they try making Christmas extra special.
Food markets, ice rinks, the way a city looks when covered in decorations, the Christmas spirit is strong in these places.
Which one will you visit?
You can’t go wrong with any of them.
You’ll have a Christmas you won’t soon forget.