Christmas is just a day away, and over the years it has become a global festival. No wonder, there are some of the top cities to celebrate Christmas around the world. Each of these cities is unique in its way of celebration. Though celebrations start way before the arrival of Jesus, it is the joy of giving and families coming together which makes revives the essence of Christmas every year.
From deciding the decoration for the Christmas tree, to getting lanterns of various colors, to baking the favorite cakes for family and the people around, Christmas gets better with time. The aspect of religiosity with a tinge of celebration makes it worth enjoying. Regardless of religion or location, people want to witness Christmas celebrations at least once in a lifetime.
Hence, we bring you some of the top cities to celebrate Christmas around the world:
Bethlehem West Bank
What can be a better option of celebrating Christmas than this? The birthplace of Jesus is worth a visit during this time of the year. With time running at a fast pace, and people indulging into several illegal practices, it seems that Christmas has lost its meaning. But the aroma of Bethlehem during Christmas can attract a thousand visitors. One could pay dollars to witness the energy on Manger Square and the Old City on Christmas Eve. St. Catherine’s Church midnight mass service is a must for a newcomer to this city.
Santa Claus Village, Finland
Well, did you know there exists such a place? Well, receiving presents from Santa Claus has always been every child’s dream. If you want to experience what is it to be in a city of Santa Claus, then it is time you head over to this place. The deep winter time with reindeer dotted forests of Finland’s Arctic Circle is the reason why it stands as one of the top cities to celebrate Christmas around the world. Not only this, but there is also an amusement park called Santa Park which is not very far from Santa Claus Village. But, remember to fill your pockets well before you visit this place because it is going to be one of the best Christmas experiences.
New York City, USA
This place had to be on this list. What would you find here? From Christmas lights to cheesy muzak to world’s tallest Christmas tree which is lit at the Rockefeller Center, anyone as a visitor would not want to miss either of these. Not to forget about the fantastic ice skating during wintertime And to add the cherry on the top, do not miss finishing your celebrations with a New York Ballet performance of ‘The Nutcracker”.
Iceland has quite a few peculiarities when it comes to Christmas celebrations. What makes it special? The beautiful rows of small huts in the Yule town on Ingolfstorg square magnetize a swarm of people to pick up Christmas gifts. Besides, shopping differs from day to day because each artisan set up stalls only for one day. Reykjavik’s festival feel enhanced by the northern lights displays along with the snowy evenings.
The Vatican, Italy
The reason for finding this city in the list of top cities to celebrate Christmas is the spiritual heart of people belonging to this city. Although it can feel the same throughout the year, Christmas can get you an extra bite. Chestnuts roasting on the fire, Christmas colors in the air and the serenity of the city can compel you to extend your vacation in this city. St. Peter’s Square, Piazza Navona, and the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, midnight mass in St. Peter’s Basilica is the must visit for anyone keen on enjoying a good Christmas.
The history attached to this city is what makes it perfect for spending your Christmas in this city. It is the birthplace of Mozart, filming location for “The Sound of Music” and also the creator of “Silent Night,” the famous hymn. People during December dress up as Alpine beasts and run across the city to find naughty children to punish them.
Does buying Christmas gifts loosen your pockets? We have a pocket-friendly idea with a wide range of options. The Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg Hauptmarkt gets 180 stall proffer toys, candles, gingerbread and sweets along with bratwurst and mulled wine. Would you not be enchanted by the myriad options available at this market? Visiting this place at night time will get you to a fairytale world making it a romantic Christmas for couples.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
The city people enact the entire story of Christmas by singing “Ask for Posada” or “Beg for Shelter.” So you are likely to stumble upon Mary and Joseph on the streets. Here, Christmas is both a religious and a celebratory affair. The city is decked up in shades of beautiful colors. The grand churches, well-preserved architecture and grand zocalos undoubtedly made way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Switzerland is not just famous for the attractive over decorated chocolates but also because of the Christmas themed city strolls, the Christmas market inside the train station, a choir of local youngsters and the soothing fairy lights. Undoubtedly, the peaceful city of Switzerland leaves visitor awestruck during Christmas time.
How non-Christians indulge in Christmas practices is what Tokyo’s Christmas is known for, and One can witness some of the beautiful decorations during Christmas time. Although celebrating New Year matters for this city, Christmas has also become a big deal. Christmas Eve is another day for couples to be out and delve into the romantic mood. Also, do not miss to taste the fried chicken, sponge cake topped with cream and strawberries.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Although a small island San Juan welcomes Jesus with a sunny Christmas. Adding to this, a salsa beat and spit-roasted pig adds to the mood of Christmas. The dawn masses in the churches with groups of singers walk from one house to the other and involve everyone in the merriment. City Hall on the Plaza de Armas and Paseo de la Princesa should not be missed by anyone who is visiting this city for the first time.
Bath in England is one of those cities which celebrates the birth of Jesus and Jane Austen with the same enthusiasm. The Bath Christmas Market will provide one with more than 170 wooden chalets which sell British handmade crafts in a Georgian setting.
The Christmas celebrations of this city revolve around the lighting, the 15 meter Christmas tree and opening parade with live music in Honolulu City. Welcoming the Messiah is also accompanies by the 6 meters tall Santa Claus which is an attraction for the visitors.
Quebec City, Canada
If you are interested in witnessing a picturesque Christmas village, then Old Quebec City is the best option. This is the reason it is on the list of top cities to celebrate Christmas. Sausage and roasted chestnut lovers will find earthly heaven in this place. The German Christmas market is also an attraction for the visitors. Not only this, Quebec offers all kinds of winter activities for everyone who has come over for a vacation.
Bondi Beach, Australia
Sun, sand, and surf! That’s how a different Christmas is. This place in Australia will get you to experience a snowless Christmas. Visitors come all the way to hit the beach where you will find Bands and DJs making the environment musical and setting the Christmas vibes inside its audience. Also, add swimsuit, sunscreen, and a sunhat in your checklist.
Did you know what makes the Irish Christmas unique? Well, who would go for a morning swim on the 25th at the Forty Foot sea water pool? People in Dublin do! From 12 Days of Christmas Market at the Docklands, cheesy pantos, Christmas lights, ice skating and seasonal cheer in Temple Bar will give you a fantastic journey of Christmas in this Irish city.
If you wish to visit a wonderland, then this is the place. This city’s series of themed Christmas villages recreate the city into a visual wonderland. One can find 300 stalls spread across ten different locations.
Queenstown, New Zealand
This city of the kiwi country is dipped in hues of red, green and white during the time of Christmas. What is unique about these hues is that they are natural. Yes. The red represents the “Pohutukawa” which is New Zealand’s ruby-red flowering Christmas tree; white represents the sandy beaches and green, is undoubtedly the kiwi.
This was a list of some of the top cities to visit Christmas around the world. If ever you look forward to spending a fantastic Christmas vacation, then these cities should be on the checklist. These cities are capable enough to leave its visitors spellbound because Christmas is not just a religious affair for them!