If you could travel anywhere this Christmas where would you go?
Aside from Edinburgh, which is always my favourite and where I’ll be this Christmas, I’ve been thinking about different places that give you an awesome Christmas experience! In my mind, the perfect Christmas would involve amazing Christmas markets, snow, somewhere that would give me a unique Christmas experience, or maybe somewhere with awesome Christmas shopping. For my friends and family of course…
So where might some of these magical Christmas places be? If I had to narrow it down, here’s my top five destinations to travel to this Christmas.
Germany knows how to do Christmas, and Berlin has to be one of my favourite places to experience it! There are actually SIXTY Christmas Markets in Berlin, with everything from the classic currywurst, to giant donuts and plenty of glühwein (that’s mulled wine). One of my favourites is Potsdamer Platz Winter Wonderland where you can ride giant inner tubes down an ice hill.
Even if you only plan to hop from one Christmas Market to another, you won’t be able to help but see the plentiful historic sites in Berlin as well, from Checkpoint Charlie to the East Side Gallery of the Berlin Wall. It’s hard to imagine a divided Berlin now, especially when you see everyone mingling together in the Christmas spirit.
I grew up with Christmas in the summer. It’s normal for me to imagine both a beach and a barbeque and snow and ice skating when I think of Christmas! I think everyone should experience a summer Christmas at some point in their life. There’s just something about wearing a santa hat in the sun, playing some backyard cricket and having an outdoor summer adventure on Christmas Day.
Bondi Beach in Sydney is a popular spot for backpackers to go on Christmas Day. At one of Australia’s most popular beaches there’s barbeques, swimming, and sunbathing. If you stay on in Sydney for New Year you can see one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the Sydney Harbour.
New York, USA
It’s kind of hard to beat the 94 foot Christmas tree outside the Rockefeller Centre in New York. As if that’s not spectacular enough, they’ve covered it in 50,000 lights on 5 miles of wiring, with a star on top that weights 550 pounds. Ice skating in front of it seems to pop up on many a bucket list, but check out the ice skating in central park too for smaller lines!
If you’ve ever seen the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street, then you’ll know about the elaborate Santaland at Macy’s department store. New York is always known for it’s shopping, but at Christmas time it’s an even more extravagant experience, and there are definite bargains to be had. Check out this New York Christmas Shopping Guide to see what I mean.
It seems that these days a snowy Christmas Day is more rare than it used to be, and even those of you from the northern hemisphere may not have experienced a true winter wonderland Christmas Day. That won’t be a problem if you head to Iceland this Christmas! Seeing the Northern Lights, a bucket list item for so many of us, is possible at Christmas time too, which would just be the icing on the cake. Just make sure you pack your warm clothes!
Prague, Czech Republic
Speaking of cake, trdelnik is reason enough to travel to Prague at Christmas time. It’s a delicious cake also known as “chimney cake” because of it’s cylinder shape and they dust it with different sugars or cocoa (cinnamon sugar is my favourite!). All the usual tourist attractions like the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square just seem better at this time of year. There’s decorations everywhere, and the Old Town Square has to be one of the most perfect places for a Christmas Market. Don’t forget to try the honey mead wine, as well as the usual mulled wine!
So there you have it, the top five places I’d be this Christmas if I could! Where are your favourite Christmas destinations? Or what’s on your wishlist?
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This post was in collaboration with Cheapflights, but all opinions are my own as always.