When you think of getting away for a vacation during the colder months it seems that the obvious choice would be to travel somewhere warm and sunny. Except during the holidays, there is an exception. There are many beautiful cities around the world that offer big incentives for coming from a cold climate to another cold climate.
At these locations, you will enjoy sights that will dazzle you and instantly put you in the holiday spirit, and wow you with gorgeous holiday installments and charming markets.
Here are some places you should add to your travel wishlist during the holiday season:
New York City
New York City is already one of the most coveted cities to travel to. The majority of its famous landmarks and big-box stores are decorated for the holidays with the most mesmerizing light displays. Most of these decorated displays bring in large crowds of people, but it is always worth it visiting – a least once. Feasting your eyes on the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree or lacing up a pair of ice skates in Central Park are just two of the magical things you can enjoy in the city during this time of year. Make a list of the things you must to and plan your time accordingly, taking crowds into consideration. It’s a magical place indeed.
Although it’s a very cold time of year for Quebec City, it’s the best time of year to see it. Old Quebec City is tucked away from the rest of the city and the moment you enter it, it feels as though you have stepped back in time. If you’re lucky to enjoy a fresh blanket of snow paired with the beautiful holiday decorations that accent the shops and restaurants you will feel extra nostalgic as you make your way through the romantic city. With many beautiful and iconic places to stay and delicious restaurants offering a variety of food, including traditional French cuisine, you will never want to leave this magical place.
This is Germany’s Christmas city! A place that immediately conjures up fond childhood memories with traditional sights, smells and tastes of the holiday season. The entire city is decorated and twinkling with beautiful light displays, but the Christmas market is what really draws in all the attention. Here you can fall in love with nostalgic Christmas traditions and sweets. Everything here is so beautiful!
If you want to experience the most dazzling and intricate holiday light displays, Malta will still your heart and leave you completely inspired. The island gets a complete makeover and transforms into a holiday paradise adorned with beautiful lights, and the streets echo with the sound of carols. There is tons of entertainment to enjoy as well so that if you finish looking at all the lights (if that’s even possible!) you can continue to be dazzled.
Bath has everything you could possibly think of when it comes to holiday décor and entertainment. You can enjoy ice skating, Christmas and artisans markets, carols, entertainment, Christmas trees and wonderful places to enjoy food and drink. Visiting here, you will never get out of the holiday spirit. You will find it literally everywhere you go.
Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
If it’s the holidays you’re after, you can’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Santa’s home. Rovaniemi is the official hometown of Santa Claus! Located right on the Arctic Circle, Santa attracts 500,000 visitors from all around the world. Santa Claus village is conveniently located just 3km from the airport. You can explore shops, eat at restaurants and warm up at the cafés. There are many activities you can enjoy as well!
If you love Christmas markets, you must add Belgium to your holiday travel list. There are many markets throughout Belgium to visit, so make sure you plan ahead so you don’t miss out on your most coveted. These markets feature many of the same nostalgic sights and experience other markets around the world, however, each one is unique with experiences such as ice skating, delicious food, Christmas lights and trees along lovely vendors to explore.