It is that time of year again…with Christmas just around the corner many are already anticipating presents and Christmas dinner. So why not sprinkle a little magic into your life this Christmas by exploring some of the most enchanting Christmas displays the world has ever seen. From the dreamy snow coated Santa Clause Village, to the sun-worshiper’s paradise in Sydney, there is a magical place for everyone to celebrate this festive season.
We have handpicked the ten most dazzling Christmas destinations to help you celebrate throughout this exciting period, so grab your passport and let the mulled wine, Christmas delicacies and a thousand twinkling lights lead the way.
SANTA CLAUSE VILLAGE, LAPLAND FINLAND
For those dreaming of a magical winter and a beautiful white Christmas, look no further! Santa Claus’s legendary village enters the Arctic Circle, allowing guests the chance to experience an enchanting winter and meet Santa Clause himself. The village features a wide range of entertainment including themed shops and an exciting opportunity to chat and take pictures with Santa.
Santa’s Village is only 2km away from Rovaniemi Airport
The enchanting streets of London glow with magical lights and decorations as the festive season takes hold. There are so many beautiful Christmas displays to explore, including Oxford and Regent Street’s famous displays. Alongside the many glittering shopping streets, London invites explorers to enjoy various Christmas markets, beautifully decorated ice-skating rinks and a chance to see Trafalgar Square’s notorious giant illuminated Christmas tree.
Regent Street, Oxford Street, Winter Wonderland Hyde Park, Somerset House and Trafalgar Square
As the festive season falls upon Germany, streets and popular landmarks are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours. Cologne’s world famous Christmas markets are filled to the brim with festive sounds and seductive smells that lure in travelers and locals alike. These hot spots cater to all needs including original Christmas gifts for loved ones, good food and fun filled activities such as ice-skating.
Cologne Cathedral, Cologne’s Old Christmas Market, Christmas Market at Stadtgarten, Rudolfplatz, Neumarkt and Rudolfplatz.
This iconic city of love is glowing and filled with romance during the festive season. Christmas in Paris is a magical experience, with the legendary Eiffel Tower more beautiful than ever. Streets and boulevards are wrapped in Christmas decorations and shimmer with strings of twinkling lights. Parisians and visitors can enjoy a range of entertainment including an ice-skating rink situated within the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower itself, further establishing a chic yet intimate atmosphere.
Best places to visit include…
Eiffel Tower, markets in Champs Elysees, Disneyland and Montmartre.
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Christmas in Amsterdam is definitely a sight for sore eyes. This festive season sees the city come to life with celebrations including the much anticipated Sinterklaas parade where Santa Claus visits around mid November. In Amsterdam, Dutch folk and visitors can enjoy streets and waterways decorated with enchanting light installations at ‘The Light Festival’ in Plantage, where they are free to explore beautiful works of art, Christmas markets and many more.
Where to go…
Plantage, Dam Square, Westergasfabriek, Amstelpark.
As November starts to make way to December, the streets of Vilnius in Lithuania are a sight to behold. Twinkling lights and beautiful Christmas decorations create what can only be described as a magical atmosphere. The largest square in Vilnius, Lukiskiu Square is a treasure trove of entertainment, filled with markets, ice skating rinks and many more activities for visitors and locals. Since this festive season is never quite complete without the finishing touches of a Christmas tree, the main display can be spotted in Cathedral Square alongside other wonderfully decorated trees.
Lukiskiu Square, Cathedral Square, Town Hall, Gedimino Avenue.
The city of Sydney is living proof that the spirit of Christmas lives on even in parts of the world where this festive season falls during summer time. Visitors and tourists can enjoy glorious music from an interactive Christmas choir on Pitt Street Mall and stunning Christmas projections on the walls of Sydney’s town hall. To add to the already glorious festive charm, beautiful decorations wrapped around the Queen Victoria Building enhance the city’s viewing pleasure.
Experience the magic of…
Pitt Street Mall, Queen Victoria Building, St. Mary’s Cathedral and Town Hall.
Although Japan traditionally practices the Shinto and Buddhism religion, they have managed to beautifully capture the the Christian Christmas spirit. Japan itself is famous for its enchanting Christmas displays, with shopping centers in constant competition to create the biggest and most magnificent displays. One of the most mesmerizing Christmas displays is located in Midtown, here travellers and locals have the opportunity to visit the Startlight Garden to enjoy the display of a thousand dazzling lights.
Visit the dazzling…
Roppongi Hill, Ginza, Marunochi, Shinjuku, Yurakacho and Tokyo Midtown
QUE BEC, CANADA
Canada’s second most populated province, Quebec is well know for being one of the most European-like cities in North America. Christmas lights, decorations and snow transform Quebec into a setting like no other. It is no wonder this city is ranked within the top ten of the world’s best Christmas destinations. Visitors and locals can take a stroll through the enchanting Old Quebec streets where the snow, stunning displays and Christmas spirit combine to create an irresistible atmosphere.
Take a stroll through…
Old Quebec, Rue Saint-Joseph, Place Royale and Rue du Petit-Champlain
LAS VEGAS, USA
When it comes to Christmas, the city of entertainment, Las Vegas really knows how to celebrate. The whole Vegas strip is drenched in holiday spirit as casinos battle it out to be the biggest and bestest, so visitors and locals are spoilt for chose when it comes to entertainment. Since it is well known for doing everything on a large scale, the entire city comes to life during this festive season, as hotels and streets are covered with Christmas decorations and bewitching light installations.
Bellagio, Lake Las Vegas and Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall
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