It’s never too soon to start planning the perfect Christmas holiday. If you really want to live it up and are looking for something exciting to make your holidays special, and if any of those plans involve travel, why, we’re more than happy to help. Every good trip begins with a great destination. So here’s presenting five of the best places you can head to if you’re looking to light up your Christmas break.
Santa Claus Village, Finland
The name says it all! However, it isn’t just the village you’ll want to visit. Make this into an exotic trip to Scandinavia, or at least Finland and who knows, you may actually sight a reindeer or elf. Considering its proximity to the North Pole, the fabled home of Santa, Finland can prove to be a spectacular destination for Christmas. In fact, tourists from all over Europe head here to enjoy a snowy December 25th and visit its many attractions. These include the two Christmas/Santa themed parks – Santa Claus Village and Santa Park. You can bet there could be no better present for your kids this Christmas!
Switzerland equals chocolates. Loads of them and there is no better time to indulge your cravings. Zurich is a great draw during Christmas, not only for all the chocolaty delights that you can bribe the family with till the next holiday, but also for several other typical festive delights – amazing Christmas bazaars or markets, which will fill any heart with hope and joy, lively carols sung by youngsters, beautiful Christmas trees with their twinkling fairy lights and of course, the stunning views of the frozen Alps. Don’t forget to make pit stops at Interlaken, Bern and Geneva.
New York City, USA
For the culturally and intellectually stimulated, there is no better place to be in during Christmas than New York. Start with the deadly shop-till-you-drop offers in famous stores such as Macys and Bloomingdales, moving on to carriage a ride through Central Park and of course the brilliantly lit up Times Square. The Rockefeller Center boasts of the world’s tallest Christmas tree and the opportunity to ice skate under it. The city is positively twinkling during this time and there are more shows, theater performances and musicals on than you will have time to attend.
Ho! Ho! Ho! You could be celebrating Christmas this year in Santa’s birthplace. The Dutch have a prolonged celebration beginning December 5 going on till the 25th. If you’re lucky and the temperatures drop enough, you could well be among those enjoying a frozen holiday ice skating on the city’s many canals. Amsterdam keeps the Christmas spirit alive with lively parties, splendid shopping and great food in its many restaurants and cafes. Cheers to an indulgent holiday!
San Juan, Puerto Rico
If the thought of a white Christmas fills you with dread, making you shiver some more under that electric blanket, then head south for a sunny one instead. The festivities on this tiny island of San Juan, Puerto Rico, last right up to early January and you can get a taste of some real Christmas feasts, which may include a roast pig. The city squares and markets are bright and inviting and the Christmas feast before the Midnight Mass.
Snowy or sunny, make your pick now and get a head start on Christmas this year!