Christmas has a lot of different meanings to people around the world, which is why every culture celebrates the holiday in unique and wonderful ways. Here are the most awesome Christmas destinations around the world.
1. Santa Claus Village, Finland
There you will find a holiday-themed amusement park that takes Christmas to a whole new level. Located in the Lapland region of Finland, attractions include SantaPark, Christmas House, Santa Claus Office, Santa Claus Main Post Office, and more holiday shopping than you could ever imagine.
2. Strasbourg, France
This city transforms into multiple Christmas villages, each with their own charm and personality. As you move from village to village, you can sample and purchase various holiday treats. And it has the oldest Christmas market in France.
3. Zurich, Switzerland
12,000 crystal lights are strung from the buildings of Zurich to prepare for the approaching holiday. With numerous Christmas markets, Advent concerts, and other festivities such as the candle-floating event create a fairy tale atmosphere in this Swiss city.
4. Leavenworth, Washington (lav-un-worth)
It is a Bavarian-themed town on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains. The town’s Nutcracker Museum houses over 6,000 nutcrackers. Holiday festivities include a Bavarian-style Christmas market and the Christmas Lighting Festival that includes 500,000 lights.
The most spectacular Christmas display is a life-size nativity scene and Judean village covering over 20,000 acres. More than 150 actors recreate life in ancient Judea over 2,000 years ago. Additionally, visitors will love all the Christmas spirit in downtown Valletta.
6. Santa Claus, Indiana
Called America’s Christmas Hometown. Guests can visit the Santa Claus Museum & 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 visit with the rides at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. There’s also the Land of Lights display, a 1.2-mile long drive around the Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort.
7. New York City, New York
From ice skating at the base of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree to catching the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, NYC hosts some of the most awe-inspiring holiday displays and shows that you’ll ever see.
8. Honolulu, Hawaii
Shaka Santa, (shark-ah) a 20-foot tall statue of jolly St. Nick in his favorite shorts, resides over downtown with Tute Mele, his muumuu-wearing wife. You can also enjoy Honolulu City Lights, a month-long holiday celebration including a parade, live music, and giant Christmas tree.
9. Prague, Czech Republic
They celebrate Christmas with a different theme every year. So visitors can enjoy different decorations and the holiday markets that depict monumental moments from the city’s history. There are also Christmas markets spread all over the city, the Old Town Square is the largest and most popular.
10. Edinburgh, Scotland
The city’s Christmas light display included fireworks that light up the sky from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of the Holyroodhouse. Around the Sir Walter Scott Monument, bagpipe players perform all of your favorite Christmas songs.
Which of these destinations liked you the most?