The streets sparkle in Christmas cheer, the ringing of the bells and carols break into the chilly winter air. Christmas is the time of great expectations, hopes, and magic. It’s time to plan the holidays, to enjoy every single moment of the most enchanting time of the year, Christmas.
Nowadays more and more people break the habit of staying home and head to different parts of the globe to meet new, unusual Christmas traditions.
Actually, travelers prefer snowy-shiny-sparkling cities to warm seas, though Santas in swimming suits have already become a kind of a tradition on warm beaches of Florida, Thailand, Australia, or the Maldives.
For those who prefer old-school Christmas traditions, here is the list of cities which boast the most traditional, magical, and snowy Christmas.
Start a fairytale journey to experience the most magical and enchanting Christmas in Santa’s homeland. Feel the magic of Christmas in Lapland, ride a snowmobile, visit Santa and his graceful reindeers, try a reindeer-pulled sleigh ride and bring back the most inspiring memories.
Finns seem to enjoy a real Nordic Christmas with a lot of snow, white landscape and dancing Northern Lights. Finnish people mostly celebrate Christmas on its eve with the family and visit friends and relatives the next day. The Christmas Eve is the day of presents, family reunions, songs, and celebrations, the time when they drink glögi – a spicey mulled wine, served hot with raisins and almonds.
Visiting a Finnish Sauna is another Christmas tradition for Finns. If you have traveled half the world to visit Santa, you’ll have to head for a small town Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle. Here you can personally ask Santa for anything you want. Make a wish!
At Christmas, the birthplace of Mozart wears the most magical Christmas lights ever. Travelers are amazed to discover one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world in this small, but extremely cozy and luminous town in Austria.
On Christmas Day, the cold winter air is filled with the awesome aroma of mulled wine fascinating gingerbread cookies, baked apples with cinnamon and Christmas carols. By the way, Salzburg is the place where “Silent Night, Holy Night” was first performed. While in Salzburg, visit Hohensalzburg Fortress, high above the rooftops of the city, the Mozart museums, the Getreidegasse, the heart of Salzburg’s Old City and Hellbrunn Palace.
Celebrate Christmas in one of the most magical and enchanting snowy cities in the world – Reykjavik.
Enjoy the warmest feelings in one of the coldest and snowy cities in the world, enchanting, sparkling Reykjavik. On New Year Eve, Reykjavik is lit up with the bonfires and the skies boast with the most beautiful fireworks. Reykjavik tour agencies offer various Christmas tours to foreigners, but renting a vehicle and exploring the city by yourself is also a good idea. You will simply have to activate internet bundles of your travel sim card and turn on navigation applications. Drive, and enjoy the magical Iceland scenery!
New York, USA
New York is one of the festive destinations for Christmas. The huge megapolis turns into a holiday wonderland, and offers its visitors to experience the magic of Christmas!
A week or even two is not enough to capture all the wonders of festive New York, but try not to miss some of the most important ones, like Bryant Park Winter Village, with its 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink, shopping boots, and food-sellers which announce the start of the Christmas season. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is a must-see, seriously.
There is not anything more awesome than the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lit up with thousands of lights at night. Hear Christmas carols at Carnegie Hall, try delicious treats at Rolf’s, admire famous Fifth Avenue with its dazzling window displays, especially Bergdorf Goodman, shop at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. Take a travel sim card with you, so as to have internet access in NY, this will ensure you won’t get lost in this huge city.
Each Year Christmas in New York is more magical than the previous one, so don’t miss the next!
Christmas comes to Quebec in the beginning of December with sparkling displays, lots of snow and joy. Quebec holiday tables boast with the diversity of delicious dishes, like roasted turkey, savory meat pie, ragoût de boulettes and pâté chinois.
At Christmas, old Quebec turns into a magical village, lost in lights, fluffy hills of snow, singing, and cheers! Here you will feel the real European charm of a German Christmas Market, complete with wooden kiosks, in the very heart of Old Québec. Old World traditions and modern culture create an outstanding mix of Christmas spirit in this cold, yet so warm city!