Thinking of getting away this year? Not so keen on the cold climate of the UK during the festive period? From Malta to New Zealand, sunny skies to the northern lights, where will you be visiting at the end of the year?
When you visit Malta, you’ll need to sample the nativity scenes while in town as this is an important part of Christmas for the locals here. Every single year without exception, the Maltese proudly open their shutters and garage doors to show their holy crib confections to people walking by.
You should venture to Valletta on your trip too. It’s home to a lively Christmas spirit during the festive period. Head to Republic Street for an impressive display of Christmas lights or head to Baroque St. John’s Co-Cathedral for the carol singers.
If you’re here with the family, then head to the Malta Toy Museum. The kids will love it! Filled with soldiers, dolls, train sets and more, your little ones will be in their element.
Go To New York City
At the core of a New York Christmas is the Rockefeller Centre. The decorated tree on their famed ice rink has been a tradition for over 80 years.
Venture to Central Park, on the southwest corner at Columbus Circle where you’ll see many vendors selling snacks, drinks, clothes and gifts at the Holiday Market.
If you’re into skating, the frozen ponds are great for this and horse drawn carriage rides too, to get you into the Christmas spirit. For the shoppers of the world, the big brands have impressive shopping Christmas window displays to draw you in also.
Why Not Visit Bath, England
It’s here in this picturesque English town you can celebrate the birth of Jane Austen and celebrate Christmas with lots of fanfare.
2017 marked the 200th anniversary of the writer’s death so head to the Jane Austen Centre and the Regency Tearoom to learn more about her.
In late November, visit the Bath Christmas Market, enjoy your surroundings and visit the wooden chalets that offer various crafts in a uniquely British style. Take your time around here as it’s the only city in the whole of the UK that’s been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Head To Nuremberg, Germany
A German institution, the Nuremberg Christmas market gains more than 2 million visitors every year. Some of the highlights of the market are the old-fashioned carousel, the steam train and the giant wooden Ferris wheel.
The Christmas market team are serious about their job, making sure that only handmade holiday goods and toys are made here, no mass production.
The hundreds of vendors complete each year for the ‘Most Beautiful Stall Design’ award with eye-catching displays during the Christmas market season. Inside tip: try the spicy gingerbread and mugs of mulled wine. The wine will warm you up for sure!
Surfs Up In Honolulu, Hawaii
Celebrate Christmas in beach wear this year in Hawaii. The Aloha state may lack snow but it makes up for it in good vibes, that’s for sure. Centred around the Honolulu City Lights, it’s a month-long display – so check it out.
Get Cosy Quebec City, Canada
This place is worth a visit if you’re environmentally friendly and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the outdoors. Quebec offers Christmas programmes of all types – so you’ll find something you like here.
Head to Old Quebec, where the village is transformed into something out of a story of Charles Dickens.
The German Christmas markets are great for people who are fond of roast chestnut and sausage. If you want family hiking time and try some winter spots then had to the nearby Setier des Caps de Charlevoix.
A Real Christmas In Reykjavik, Iceland
Head to Iceland for a Christmas experience like no other. In Reykjavik, head to Yule and sample what Christmas is like in the far north of Europe. The Christmas market here is made up of small hunts that are worth a visit on Ingolfstorg. Get some Christmas gifts, treats and decorations to take home with you.
Reykjavik is special at this time of year with the capital covered in snow, northern light displays and of course, Christmas lights.
The Real Santa In Santa Claus, Indiana
No, the town is really called this. Head to the United States to enjoy Christmas this year in the town with fewer than 3000 people. Many children’s letters were sent here looking for Santa Claus and supposedly, a group called Santa’s Elves were created in the 1930’s to reply to each and every letter that arrived here.
Head to the Land of Lights display that’s not far from the Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. In the first three weeks of December enjoy a variety of Christmas themed events such as the buffet dinners at Santa’s Lodge.
This part of France turns into a visual and gastronomic wonderland at this time of year. The themed villages make it really feel like Christmas.
With over 250 stalls at over 10 locations, you’ll find the right photo opportunity at these Christmas themed villages. Just over the border in Luxembourg, they have their own dedicated location too.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Head to Queenstown at this time of year for the warm Christmas temperatures. The warm weather means you can enjoy Lake Wakatipu and the river surf, paraglide or go on the jetboat. Enjoy a hearty meal along the lakefront; lamb, chicken and seafood are popular here.
Valkenburg, The Netherlands
Visit here to sample the proper Dutch Christmas. The town’s velvet cave is transformed into a great Christmas Market. Santa also stops by where visitors can see his reindeer sleigh and mass of presents.
So where will you be visiting for Christmas? Let us know. Also, stay up to date on the blog and if you’re looking for a brand new real Christmas tree for 2017.