Christmas has a lot of different meanings to people around the world, which is why every culture celebrates the holiday in its unique and wonderful ways.
As the time is flying really fast and Christmas is approaching really quickly; I’ve decided to put together a list of the most awesome Christmas destinations around the world; and to make things easier for you guys, you can check down below some of the most awesome deals available now on Booking.com
Here are the top 12 Best Christmas Vacation Destinations
1. Lapland, Finland
I made sure to have Finland as the default Destination in Booking.com search box, just trying to use the Law of Attraction here 😀
There is no Christmas without Santa, everybody knows that.
And where can you find Santa if not in his own house?
The official hometown of Santa is Rovaniemi (Santa Claus village). This destination is simply wonderful, and not just for children.
There you will find a holiday themed amusement park that takes Christmas to a whole new level.
Santa Park, Christmas house, Santa Claus office, Santa Claus main post office and more holiday shopping than you could ever imagine.
If you want something new, you can sleep in an igloo hotel, or you can try fly-fishing. You can also experience a husky safari, if you have enough money in your pocket.
For 2 hours you may spend almost 150 euros per adult. (100-110 euro for kids).
Oh, and if you are lucky enough you may have the opportunity to see the northern lights. This is one of my dreams and it’s on the top of my bucket list.
2. Leipzig, Germany
Considering that Germany is one of the most well-known countries, especially when we talk about Christmas markets, it would be a pity not to be on your travel list for an awesome Christmas holiday.
An option for spending Christmas in Germany could be Leipzig.
Why Leipzig? Because beside the fact that it’s a city with an important cultural load, it has a stunning architecture and it is also great for kids.
Nearly 250 stalls will offer you the best Christmas gifts for your loved ones and the tastiest traditional Christmas food will pick your nose (Pulsnitz gingerbread, reindeer sausage, fresh salmon, oven-fresh pretzels).
Children will be fascinated by fairytale forest while you can indulge yourself with a mulled wine or a coffee in Europe’s oldest coffee house, Coffee Baum.
3. Prague, the Czech Republic
They celebrate Christmas with a different theme every year so visitors can enjoy different decorations.
Time stands still in Prague during winter holidays. Tourists all over the world choose to have a magic Christmas enjoying all the wonders of this beautiful city.
A winter wonderland is unleashed within the street of Prague starting December, and Christmas markets spread all over the city; the old town square is the largest and most popular.
TIP: If you want to enjoy a memorable Christmas with your partner, try a romantic boat tour. You won’t be disappointed.
4. Krakow, Poland
If you want to make a white Christmas and be surrounded by cultural treasures, you can draw an X on the map near Krakow.
Beside the old customs, you may find it very interesting to know that Poland has a specific and unique tradition in Christmas: Christmas cribs (locally known Szopki – pronounced shop-key), which is something of a strange cross between a nativity scene, gingerbread house, and dollhouse, these unique structures resemble colourful, foil-covered castles or cathedrals.
This tradition started back in the 13th century in Krakow, Poland, and remains an annual tradition offering major prizes for the most elaborately decorated and designed Szopki.
Every year the most interesting Szopki will be sent to the Krakow History Museum.
5. Copenhagen, Denmark
A cup of rich Danish hot chocolate and so many treats to choose from, what more can you ask for! 😉
Copenhagen could be a great choice for you and your family.
Let your kids wander through Tivoli’s ‘Land of Elves’ while you enjoy an Aebleskiver( traditional Danish pancakes balls filled with applesauce)
6. Amsterdam, Netherlands
The best part about spending Christmas holiday in Amsterdam is that museums and other tourist attractions are open and ready to share Dutch culture and history with you.
If you plan your Christmas in Amsterdam, here are some activities you can indulge yourself in:
Witnessing the Amsterdam Light Festival, Classical music performances and ice-skating throughout the city.
7. Rome, Italy
Remember the old saying that “all roads lead to Rome”? Leaving behind the real meaning of this statement, Rome would be an interesting destination to spend your winter holidays.
You can’t miss Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori. Here you will find lots of Christmas stalls where you can buy souvenirs for your loved ones.
8. Strasbourg, France
This city transforms into multiple Christmas villages each with their own charm and personality.
The Strasbourg Christmas market is one of the oldest in Europe, and as you move from village to village you can sample and purchase various holiday treats.
9. Zurich, Switzerland
Crystallites are strung from the buildings of Zurich to prepare for the approaching holidays.
Numerous Christmas markets, Advent concerts and other festivities such as floating candles on the Limmat River events will all create a fairytale atmosphere in the Swiss city.
10. Edinburgh, Scotland
The city’s Christmas light display includes fireworks that light up the sky from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Around the Writers’ Museum, bagpipe players perform all of your favorite Christmas songs.
11. Indiana, United States
Known as America’s Christmas hometown. You can visit the Santa Claus Museum and village, Santa Claus Church, Santa Claus post office and a statue of the man himself made 82 years ago.
You can also inject some adrenaline into your visits with the rides at Holiday World & Splashin Safari.
There’s also the Land of Lights display, a 1.2-mile long drive featuring glowing tunnels, religious displays, iconic characters, and winter scenes.
This event claims to be the largest drive-thru light show in North America, and it is located inside the Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.
12. Leavenworth, Washington, United States
It is a Bavarian themed town on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains.
The town’s Nutcracker museum houses over six thousand nutcrackers.
Holiday festivities include the Bavarian style Christmas market and the Christmas lighting festival that includes five hundred thousand lights.
Which of these destinations did you like the most?
Please comment below and share your experience with us if you’ve been to any of these destinations or any other destination that I haven’t mentioned on the list.