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

Rovaniemi, FinlandI 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.

Attractions include:

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

Leipzig, GermanyConsidering 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

Prague, Christmas MarketThey 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

Szopka Tradition, Kraków PolandIf 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

Christmas at Tivoli, CopenhagenA 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

Christmas in AmsterdamThe 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

Christmas in RomeRemember 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

Strasbourg, France Christmas MarketThis 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

Christmas in ZurichCrystallites 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

Edinburgh, Christmas MarketThe 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

Santa Claus, IndianaKnown 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

Leavenworth, Christmas LightsIt 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.

FeedbackWhich 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.


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14 Replies to “Best Christmas Vacation Destinations – Ho Ho Ho!”

  1. What better way to spend your Christmas holiday than traveling to an awesome and fun place with your loved ones. I have never done this and hope to make this year the perfect time to try it out. These are some amazing looking destinations you have here and would make a perfect place for a Christmas holiday. I do wish I can visit every last one of them but I guess that would be pretty expensive. Would just have to stick with one and consider the others for my next holidays. 

    1. Absolutely Jay, traveling by itself is a great experience and when you combine it with Christmas, I thinks that would be the best fun you will have.

      I’m glad that you found the destinations are intriguing to explore…and as you said, you can experience one of them in Christmas time (probably the one you can feel that it offers you the kind of activities you love doing when you are on holidays) and explore the other destinations at later times…for me, Prague and Switzerland are just amazing even without Christmas 😀

      Thanks very much for your comment, Jay

  2. These are premium destinations for Christmas celebration and I see no reason why I should not pattwkr in one of these. I feel it is high time I got out of my comfort zone just to get exactly what I need which is ti reach my apex of what I have never done before. I really want to explore and anyone of the places listed here would be awesome for exploration. Thanks so much for this article

    1. Hey Tracy, thanks very much for dropping by and for your comment.

      I think traveling is the most thrilling activity which can get us out of our comfort zone, for me I LOVE the feeling when I land in a new city/country, explore different places, meet strangers, try different food…i can go on and on

      all of these things add to my life experience, make me look at things from different perspectives and definitely get me out of comfort zone. 

      Thanks for your comment, stay curious and keep exploring, Tracy 😀

  3. Yeah I agree with you that Christmas is such a big moment full of fun and merriment, it been a while I travelled for Christmas vacation but planning to go with the kids this year. Thanks for coming up with such a wonderful list of places visit, I think Amsterdam, Netherlands will be my best bet. I love the culture,weather and the country itself 

    1. Amsterdam is definitely a great choice. Woohoo! 

      Wish you an awesome Christmas holidays in advance, Charles. 

      Feel free to drop me a line if you seek any more tips in planning your itinerary for this awesome destination.

      Thanks for your comment and happy exploring 🙂

  4. Wow, this is really cool and I am somehow in across road trying to pick where to visit this year for Christmas. Every year me and my family always travel out of the country ti celebrate Christmas and last year was the first time we didn’t travel so I really want to make this years own a memorable one for all. Going my by daughters love for the Eiffel tower, I’ll go with Strasbourg, France. Nice being here.

    1. I’m glad that I’ve published this post at the right time, Dane 😀 

      France is amazing in Christmas, and especially Strasbourg market which transforms the city into different unique villages. and as far as know, this is one of the oldest markets in Europe.

      Wish you awesome holidays and please feel free to check my article on the top 10 things to do in Paris.


      Thanks for your comment, Dane.

  5. I think that I’d like to head on to time or maybe even Switzerland or France. Lol. Your list has really confused means I don’t k ow what to pick. One thing for sure is that I really want to go out and see Christmas somewhere else at the end of this year. Maybe I should go on with my family so we should choose where to go together. Tha k you for a very good list. Cheers.

    1. Hahahah I know it’s pretty confusing, because each city has its own way in celebrating Christmas.

      But my advice would be to pick the city where you feel that it offers you activities you’d enjoy even without Christmas. I think this will definitely help with the decision. Because this way, you will enjoy the city you’ve picked as a normal travel destination but with Christmas, it will make the fun double…just my point of view 😀

      Thanks for your comment, Henderson and happy travelling with the family. 

  6. Thank you for all the wonderful Christmas trip ideas! I would have never dreamed up some of the destinations on your list on my own! 

    I never knew the city of Prague celebrated Christmas with a different theme each year. That is a fantastic idea! Not only does it lead people to visit over and over but those who live in the area can experience a change each year. 

    I think the most enchanting idea on your destination list would be Edinburgh, Scotland; Its always been on my bucket list to visit the area. Seeing fireworks for Christmas would be an exciting change too! I will keep all these ideas in mind while I think on plans for the coming years. Thanks again!

    1. Hey Shan,

      So glad that you found the list of Christmas holiday destinations helpful. 

      Absolutely agree about how Prague celebrates Christmas and that’s the reason this amazing city is attracting more than 4 million visitors each year. Feel free to check my post about Prague 


        Edinburgh definitely has its unique way in celebrating Christmas with fireworks 🙂 

      Happy travelling, Shan and thanks for your comment

  7. I must commend that you have a very good list and I guess you must be a very arid traveller to be able to put this together. I am thinking of going on a vacation this Christmas somewhere else. I think your pick in Poland and Finland are good ones. I’m hoping that they will not be so crowded during this Christmas. Well, I guess that’s my pick them. Thanks for the help. Cheers.

    1. Thanks for your words, John 

      I’ve been lucky enough to travel around a bit when I used to live in Dubai, as the majority of main destination would’t take long to reach. But now that I’ve settled in Australia, it’s much more harder to travel around and more expensive for sure. But that’s fine as Australia itself is amazing and it takes ages to explore 😀

      Finland is on the top of my list as I think it will really give you the real feeling of Christmas with the variety of activities it offers, in addition to offering some unique experiences such as sleeping in an igloo hotel, fly-fishing or even experiencing a husky safari.

      Brilliant choice 😀

      Thanks for dropping by, John

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