There’s no better time of year to travel than Christmas. Whether you’re traveling internationally or domestically, every city has its traditions and customs to offer. Each culture has their own food, music, toys, and decorations to celebrate this joyous holiday and the locals love to share their Christmas traditions. While there are many fantastic places to go for the holidays, these are our favorite places to spend Christmas.
New York City, New York
It may seem like a cliched Christmas vacation spot, but you can’t miss this Northeastern bucket list city. New York City, combined with twinkling Christmas lights and a dusting of snow, looks like a winter wonderland. NYC is world-renowned for its food and shopping. There’s no better place to purchase some Christmas gifts, and get a little something for yourself. No trip to NYC during Christmas would be complete without seeing Radio City Christmas Spectacular or the Nutcracker. Families of all ages will love everything NYC has to offer.
Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
If you’re looking for an international winter adventure, then Finland is the place to go. Legends claim that Rovaniemi, Lapland is the official home of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. This magical city offers a year-long Santa Claus village for those who want to see Jolly Saint Nick in the off-season. The village is also home to the Santa Clause Main Post Office, a real post office where you can send a postcard to your friends and family back home. This is the perfect spot for those with young children or those young at heart.
Cologne is world-famous for their Christmas markets. The markets sell anything you would possibly need to celebrate Christmas. They offer everything from music, art, toys, and food. The scent of roasting chestnuts and fresh gingerbread will fill the air. Live music and art demonstrations will keep you entertained as you stroll, shop, and explore everything these extravagant markets have to offer. It’s undoubtedly one of the best places to spend Christmas.
Each city has traditions that will wonder and amaze you. You’ll love wandering the streets taking in the festive decorations and munching on local delicacies. Don’t forget to attend the local shows and activities. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet the locals and learn about local Christmas traditions. Whether you head to New York City or Cologne, Germany, you’ll love spreading some holiday cheer in these Christmas wonderlands.
Where’s your favorite place to spend Christmas?