Christmas, a festive season for many families to get together and celebrate the wonders of Christ. Besides getting too commercialised and think Christmas is all about surviving the mad crowds and rush discounted shopping, it is also about giving and sharing, under the blanket of snow on a magical night, in front of a warm fireplace. Here are some of my personal favourite locations for Christmas.
The Bavarian capital- is a great way to spend a traditional Christmas. With the city dating back to 1158, there seems to be a story behind every building. The Christmas gem, what gives this place its charm during the holidays, is their famous city markets. Marienplatz (St. Mary’s Square) is Located in the centre of Munich. The shops start on November 25th and lasting until the December 24th. At this century-old event buyers can find Bavarian wood carvings, local food, clothes, carved nutcrackers, homemade soaps and much more. Along with this, the scene is illuminated by a 100ft Christmas tree and during the afternoon live music can be heard.
New York, U.S.
With a population over 8 million, everyone can find their holiday niche in the big apple. For the more touristy people, Rockefeller Center Plaza should be the first stop. With their 80ft Norway Spruce decorated with over 45,000 lights topped off with a 550lb star, this iconic sight fills spectators with holiday spirit. Next take a trip over to a Broadway performance or check out the Rockettes at Radio City Christmas spectacular. For more local visitors, try driving through the city’s boroughs to check out neighbourhood competition for better decorations or if the weather permits, go to one of the many parks for some sledging.
Most popularly known for their midnight sun, northern lights and ski resorts, Napapiiri makes this fairy tale come true. With Santa Claus Village, an amusement park that opened in 1985, tourists can walk to the Arctic Circle, talk with Santa or visit their mail post where over 15 million letters have been received. For the older crowd, this place is great for skiing and snowmobiling or maybe you’re looking to take a sledge ride with reindeer. For the more laid back, trying spending the holidays with savoury finish food after a candle lit saunas out looking a snow white landscape. But be warned, this area only has 5 hours of sunlight during December and temperatures can reach far below freezing.
As the 3rd most popular place in the world to visit, the city of lights does not disappoint coming Christmas time. With the colourful carousels and markets that come to life and decorated stores competing for the best window displays, this location exudes the holiday charm. Some of the most recommended places to visit include making a trip to the Notre Dame Cathedral, exploring the dazzling light displays and ice skating on the first level of the Eiffel tower, at 200 ft. Maybe even stop at a before bakery to grab a famed pastry.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Christmas is not always the picture-perfect winter wonderland, but even so, places like San Juan still pull it off. This Spanish capital is known to have the longest Christmas celebration, starting the day after Thanksgiving and ending January 14th. The music is different, the food is different, the traditions are different, but the man in the red suit is still the same. One great tradition is the parrandas you might hear after night. Friends will gather together and surprise one of their buddies by spontaneously playing music. After they are done sometimes more will join sparking parrandas that last the whole night. Another, one of the day’s highlights occurs on Jan. 6th when the wise men, three locals riding horses, ride into San Juan, signifying the start of gift giving.
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Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedIn, Upwork or Facebook.