10 Most Festive Destinations to Visit this Christmas
If you are hoping to visit a truly magical destination this Christmas, you’re in luck, as we here at The List Love have compiled the best places to book this festive season.
1. Vienna, Austria
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There is nothing more beautiful than Vienna at Christmas, as the city’s stunning imperial architecture is impressively adorned with colourful Christmas decorations, offering a sight that is bound to take your breath away.
Not only will the decorations give you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside, but you can also visit three Christkindlmarkts, which offers all sorts of artisan ware and decoration ornaments. Delicious food and warm mulled wine also won’t be in short supply, creating a simply amazing Christmas that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
2. Prague, Czech Republic
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People across the world travel to Prague year-after-year to experience the magic of the city at Christmastime. The cultural city transforms into a winter wonderland come December, as it’s filled with festive lights, a variety of Christmas markets and you and your soul mate can even step aboard a romantic boat ride to take it all in.
3. North Pole, Alaska
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It is Christmas is the North Pole, Alaska, 365 days per year – because the holiday decorations never come down. This is a destination that loves Christmas, so much so that the streets are named after the holiday season. You can wander down Santa Claus Lane, take a drive down Mistletoe Lane or can just journey to Kris Kringle Drive.
So the best time of the year to visit the North Pole has to be in December, obviously. You and the whole clan will love the North Pole Christmas in Ice Contest, which takes place annually, with some of the biggest ice sculptors in the world competing to win the competition. Don’t forget to send your postcards from the North Pole to your loved ones, so they’ll receive a note from Santa’s official postcode.
4. Tallin, Estonia
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If there is one destination that is jam packed full of Christmas spirit, it has to be Tallin in Estonia. It was right here where the world’s first ever Christmas tree was erected, way back in 1441 – and you can still see the famous tree on Town Hall Square.
Surrounding the tree are cute little Christmas market huts that sell all sorts of decorations, souvenirs, street food and more. You can also go skating on the outdoor ice rink, view the incredible snow sculptures or pay a visit to the Estonian Open Air Museum’s Christmas village.
5. Leipzig, Germany
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Germany is world famous for its amazing Christmas markets, and one of the best places in the country to visit has to be Leipzig. Offering 250 stalls, beautiful architecture and plenty of activities for all the family, it’s the perfect place to celebrate the festive holiday with your loved ones. It also offers amazing street food that will linger on your tongue well into New Year, including Pulsnitz gingerbread and Reindeer sausage.
6. New York City, New York
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Who doesn’t want to experience New York at Christmas? We all wanted to be Kevin in Home Alone 2 as he explored the City That Never Sleeps. Take in a festive show on Broadway, see the famous Rockerfeller Christmas Tree or just embark on a spot of seasonal shopping at Macy’s.
7. Bruges, Belgium
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Bruges is beautiful place to visit every single day of the year, but it is simply exquisite during the festive months. Tourists who visit prior to Thanksgiving all the way through to New Year can experience the magic of the city, which offers a large ice rink, seasonal parade and an unbelievable Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival.
8. Salzburg, Austria
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It’s not just winter sports that Salzburg do well, because their Christmas markets are something special, too. The city is steeped in ancient customs and age-old traditions, and offers awe-inspiring mountains that will will make you want to have a warm glass of mulled wine. You can enjoy plenty of tasty Austrian delicacies, as well as some sweet festive treats you’ll want to munch right away.
9. Lapland, Finland
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Want to pay a visit to good ol’ Saint Nick before he makes his rounds? You’ll find him in his official home of Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland. The kids will have a chance to speak to Santa Claus, informing the jolly character what they’d like to receive on Christmas Day.
There are also a plethora of activities for all the family to enjoy, including a ride on a reindeer sleigh, a husky safari, and you can even stay the night in the popular Igloo Hotel. You never know, you might just be lucky enough to see the Aurora Borealis, too.
10. Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Do you love Christmas markets? Well, you will love Amsterdam, as it has 26 of them. Not only does it offer some of the most varied festive markets, but you can also visit many of its top Christmas attractions, including Leidseplein with its amazing ice rinks.
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