Why not spend Christmas abroad this year and make the festive season one to remember. Experience the traditions of a white Christmas or jet off to a sunny paradise to break the habit of staying home each holiday period. Listed below are some of our favorite destinations to spend the Christmas season.
The Christmas carols at the St. Patrick's Cathedral are an annual Christmas highlight in Dublin. Don't miss the great Christmas shopping deals in retail stores, along with the wide variety of Christmas markets. A Dublin tradition is to watch Christmas movies screening during the Naughty or Nice season at the Lighthouse Cinema.
New York, United States of America
New York is magical during the holiday season with plenty of Christmas activities. Ice skating at the Rockefeller center and horse and carriage rides through the city are a must for those visiting in Winter. The city is decorated from head to toe in stunning light displays and there are a number of Christmas shows and performances throughout the city to enjoy.
Known as the true home of Santa Claus, Lapland opens up as Santa's village during the Christmas period. Enjoy riding through the snow with reindeer or snow dogs or visit Santa along with his elves in the workshop. With unique accommodation options and the chance to view the Northern Lights, this is a festive experience you would never forget.
Nuremberg's Christkindelsmarkt (Christmas market) is what makes Christmas in Nuremberg so special. The old market takes place in the central square of town alongside the beautiful Church of Our Lady. From here you will be able to purchase traditional Christmas delicacies and goods as well as experience enchanting light displays.
Christmas celebrations start in early November, despite the festive season falling in the summer months. Christmas in Sydney features many festivities on the beach as well as shopping department store decoration displays, choir concerts and the lighting of the Martin Place Christmas tree.
During December Zurich turns into a winter wonderland filled with Christmas markets, singing choirs, traditional foods and other festivities. The railway station is a central focus during the holiday season, as it is home to Europe's largest and most expensive indoor Christmas market.
Although Christmas is not celebrated by many in Japan, the city is still filled with over the top decorations. Winter illuminations light shows are a top attraction during the winter months allowing visitors to experience different festive themed light installations throughout the city.
Quebec City, Canada
The colonial French architecture gives this Canadian city a unique European feel. The city is lined with cobble streets and packed with quaint shops, small cafes and restaurants all decorated for the holiday season. Winter activities such as skiing, snow boarding and sledging are also popular during these times.
Celebrate a relaxed Christmas in the sun where your new Christmas traditions will become a swim in the ocean and a visit to the beach. Hawaii holds boat and land Christmas displays and the hotels, shops and restaurants present incredible Christmas decorations and displays. Also don't forget to catch a glimpse of Santa arriving on his surf board!
Vienna sparkles with festive spirit during the Christmas period as snow falls on the city and a glass of mulled wine and seasonal treats are available around every corner. Marching bands fill the streets along with the abundance of markets and festive activities.