Four Places to Spend an Unforgettable Christmas
We’ve already started seeing the usual Christmas ads on television and kids are beginning to write their letters to Santa Claus. The reality is that, before we realise it, we will yet again be watching the clock, that every year draws us close to those we love, in order to welcome in the New Year. But before that happens, surely you’ve already thought about taking a holiday over Christmas; so have you thought of doing something different?
Today, we’ll show you a few destinations that will make you enjoy the holidays 100%:
This is surely the land of Christmas, and it’s also where Father Christmas lives. It is an area in Finland where the dividing line of the North Pole passes. If you’re travelling with children, it will truly be like taking a trip to paradise for them, where the houses are made of wood, there’s a toy factory, and a post office that is dedicated to distributing the cards from all the children.
There’s even a Santa Claus in charge of greeting all the tourists. You can ride a sleigh, visit the Ranua Zoo, home of the polar bears, and even explore the house of Santa Claus! If you don’t yet have a place to stay, an option is the Arctic Snow Hotel, a hotel made entirely out of snow and ice…so take warm clothes because it will be very cold!
2. New York
This city is already much loved by Americans, especially during Christmas, a holiday that begins with the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Centre; a ritual that attracts thousands of people to see its 30,000-plus coloured lights and the massive Swarovski crystal star that tops it. And when you’re there, we recommend skating on its ice-rink, though it will be difficult to move as it tends to be quite packed and has a capacity of up to 150 people.
You can also do some festive shopping in the famous Christmas markets, the best of which you’ll find in Bryant Park.
And, of course, you can enjoy the show put on by the Americans with their super-decorated houses, which is why we recommend also visiting Brooklyn where neighbours compete with each other to see who can light up their house the brightest.
At this time of year, this is usually the chosen destination for believers, since it is the birth place of baby Jesus. Here, the focal points are not Christmas trees or lights, or markets, except for religious ones. You can visit Manger Square where the Church of the Nativity is located, which is the oldest church in the world, dating back to 335 A.D.
About 15,000 tourists visit Jerusalem at this time of the year, in order to attend the midnight mass at the Church of Saint Catherine or to visit the Shepherds’ Field, where the birth of Jesus was announced.
The renowned New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, without a doubt, is one of the main attractions of the Austrian capital, an event that draws thousands to enjoy just the music. In fact, getting a ticket is almost impossible. You can also get lost in the multitude of snow parks and markets, the most popular of the latter being the Christkindlmarkt.
Now all you have to do is choose your ideal Christmas destination; then prepare yourself for a holiday full of magic and a chance to recharge your batteries so that you can welcome in the New Year the best way possible.