18 of the best places to visit during the Christmas season
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… And I’m so ready for it!
No matter where you are in the world, the festive season is always a time that fills me with joy, happiness and contentment. It’s a time for spending extra quality time with your loved ones, reflecting on the previous year, and projecting dreams, goals and ambitions for the year ahead.
Many people choose to spend Christmas snuggled up at home, but that doesn’t have to be the case. I’ve spent quite a few Christmases in Australia, embracing their summer to escape from the dreaded UK winter. But, in the name of exploring somewhere new and spreading my wings even further, I’ve put together a bucket list of places to spend the Christmas season, to inspire you to get away at the most wonderful time of the year…
Here are 18 places you should visit at Christmas time…
Germany is Christmas market central! I really enjoyed exploring the Christmas markets in Munich, and would love to go back and see the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg and Cologne too! Think of all the glühwein you could drink if you did a trip combining all three…!
3. London, England
If you haven’t experienced London at Christmas, you must. With lights everywhere, little huts selling mulled wine, and the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping (if you don’t mind the hustle and bustle), it’s the most magical place to be at Christmas!
4. Prague, Czechia
With some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, Prague is the perfect destination for travellers on a budget – it’s so cheap!
5. Lapland, Finland
Home to Santa himself, Northern Finland is a beautiful place to explore at this time of year. Chalets, snow, husky rides & even the chance of seeing the northern lights will make this the trip of a lifetime.
7. Kiruna, Sweden
Located in the Arctic Circle, Kiruna is the perfect snow adventure destination! Snowmobiling, spas, ice hotels and more give you the perfect opportunity for a winter adventure!
8. Vienna, Austria
This city is full of culture every day of the year, but add in some Christmas markets and festive cheer and it looks like a great weekend away! Good for a solo travel weekend too because Vienna is so safe.
9. The Alps
A chalet in The Alps would be the perfect cozy holiday for Christmas! Ski by day and snuggle by night (after a cheeky après-ski drink of course). Spanning Austria, Switzerland and Germany, there are plenty of chalets to cozy up in!
10. Bath, UK
Bath holds an award-winning Christmas market every year which attracts thousands of visitors. Explore the markets and picturesque side-streets followed by a cuppa in a local cafe – bliss!
11. Bruges, Belgium
Another stunning city with an amazing Christmas market, make sure you wash some typical frites down with a large glass of mulled wine!
12. New York, USA
Just like the movies! While you’re Christmas shopping, try and find a Christmas miracle on 34th street or go ice skating at the Rockefeller Center.
A typical destination for Brits escaping the dreary winter, Christmas time is the perfect time for backpackers to explore Australia! The sun is shining, the people are lovely… and who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas on the beach?!
One of the most cultural places to be at Christmas. If you want to learn more about the Christian festival, rather than the commercial side, Jerusalem & Bethlehem should be on your Christmas travel bucket list!
15. Tokyo, Japan
For a less religious experience, head to Japan. Most Japanese people aren’t Christian, but still celebrate Christmas in a commercial sense. They go absolutely crazy for lights and luminous displays here, so expect everything to be lit up!
17. Queenstown, New Zealand
Another sunny destination for the time of year! Loads of restaurants open for Christmas dinner and the New Year’s fireworks attract thousands of people from all over NZ. Start the summer season off in New Zealand with a bang!
Why not try somewhere that doesn’t celebrate Christmas? As a predominantly Buddhist country, Christmas is only a national holiday in certain provinces. December is also a great time to visit Thailand weather-wise, with little to no rain and glorious sunshine!
Have you travelled at Christmas?
Where did you go? I’d love to know!
Love as always + happy adventuring,
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