Christmas is the best time of the year for many. Spirits are lifted, a chill is in the air, variety of foods are cooked and shared… but most importantly, this is the best season to travel! Whether you’re going simply to meet up with family members or wanting the whole tourist experience, different major cities across the world have different Christmas traditions that are celebrated every year. Why not try and experience them all! Get ready to hear how cities such as New York, London, Berlin, Miami, Melbourne and Paris celebrate the Christmas season. You’ll be booking your trip before you know it!
New York City is one of the most Christmas-like feeling cities during the November-December period. It tops the list for one of the liveliest places to visit, considering it’s always a touristy destination to begin with. The crowds are worth the experience. Here, you will see Rockefeller Center- where the biggest Christmas tree you’ll ever see will come to life on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving with its thousands of multi-coloured lights and a star on top. Right beside it, sits the skating rink. It’s small, but if you’ve made it this far, you have to say you’ve done a lap or two. Throw on some skates and enjoy the view; it is the most spacious square you’ll ever be in, in this crowded city. Glide around the rink and enjoy the views. Christmas time in the Big Apple is one of the most wonderful things to experience.
Moving your way right on down the east coast, down to the very tip of Florida, you will find that if you spend your holidays in Miami, life truly is a beach! Being a huge tourist destination round the year, Miami celebrates and takes the Christmas season to the next level every year as the crowds draw up to be bigger and bigger. Every holiday season, “Santa’s Enchanted Forest” takes over the Miami area filled with lights, rides, fried foods and the best yet, fake snow! Typical Florida. You’re going to want to do it all, but remember to dress lightly. No scarves and gloves will be needed for this trip. Bringing in the Christmas Season wearing a bathing suit on the beach sounds like a pretty good idea, doesn’t it?
Now, hopping on over to the other side of the pond, there are an incredible amount of cities to celebrate the season. Starting with London, you’ll really see Christmas everywhere you go here. Even the tube stations go all out with different holiday lights and trees. Something special that London does, is create a “Winter Wonderland” in its very own Hyde Park, with free admission to walk through the ultimate transformation of the greenery to a never ending light site. Here they have the ultimate combination of skating rinks to rides to photo ops and more. Lines here are so long that they recommend you ordering your tickets online before actually arriving on site. By doing this, you’ll get a fast pass! This park is one of the most magical places in all of London. Nothing beats it when it comes to Christmas!
If you’ve seen London, you have to see France! Paris is another great destination to spend your holidays in. Disneyland Paris is a popular tourist attraction during the holiday season. The park is bursting with Christmas colours and you get to meet Father Christmas at the Santa Claus Village!
Next, we move on to Berlin. If you’re not entirely over the Christmas season when December 26th hits the calendar, head on over to this city! In many parts of Germany, they continue to celebrate Christmas until January 6th, as this is the day of the arrival of the Three Kings. Also, you’ll find that it’s the best place to do all of your Christmas shopping! Belgium is known for its Christmas markets all over the World, allowing you to buy the most original presents for your friends and family.
Finally, if you’re in the crowd that likes to escape the snow during the holidays, Melbourne might just be your one stop to a beautiful, warm Christmas time. Melbourne has something called “Candles by Candlelight”. A strong Aussie tradition since 1938. Essentially, people gather outside in a park or other outdoor spaces to sing together a song called “Carlos”, a Christmas carol, by candlelight. This is normally accompanied by a band. Although many cultures have adopted this tradition around the world, the biggest and best place to experience this, is in the country that it started in. Every year, this event is located right in Melbourne at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
There are so many cool places to experience around this Christmas season. Experiencing different Christmas cultures and celebrations around the globe makes for a more diverse you. So get out there and see the world during the holidays! Create your own Santa’s Sleigh and travel till your heart feels content.