Christmas has always been the most wonderful time of the year but in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic made most families and friends celebrate this festive holiday in the most unusual way- away from each other. From travel restrictions to safety concerns, and series of lockdowns, most people had no choice but to celebrate from home. Winter wonderlands, Christmas markets, and family dinners were canceled to flatten the curve. Now, people around the globe are being vaccinated against the virus, offering hope for a merry Christmas in 2021. Looking for the most picturesque places in the world to travel for Christmas this year? We’ve got you covered!
Here are the top places to inspire your next Christmas holiday.
1. New York, USA
A thousand rom-com and iconic Christmas movies can’t be wrong. New York is the epitome of a Christmas holiday destination, especially in movies. The biggest street fashion retailers join in the festivities, setting up splendid Christmas window displays. Another exciting thing about New York during Christmas is the displays at Macy’s from the movie Miracle on 34th Street, the iconic Rockefeller tree from Elf, and the steps of the Plaza Hotel from Home Alone 2.
2. Reykjavik, Iceland
It is no surprise that Iceland is one of the most amazing holiday destinations for Christmas. In Iceland, you will discover a true winter wonderland filled with so much do and experience. On the Ingolfstorg square downtown are rows of decorated huts making up the lively Christmas market. Listen to angelic-sounding choirs and popular Iceland musicians by attending one of the Christmas concerts in Reykjavik.
Picture by Óli Haukur Mýrdal
3. Rovaniemi, Finland
This is a great Christmas travel destination for everyone, especially for children. Instead of having them wait for Santa’s Nick to arrive on Christmas Eve, why not take them up north to pay Santa a visit. Rovaniemi is a beautiful small town in Finland that is known as Santa Claus’s official hometown.
Experience the festivities at Santa’s Village by taking a sleigh ride through the snowy northern forests and not to mention baking gingerbread with Mrs. Claus. Can you think of a more magical Christmas treat for you and your family? Neither can I! You might also experience the magic of the Northern Lights if you’re lucky! Visit A Christmas Blog for more festive inspiration.
4. London, England
A must-visit place in London during this festive holiday is the winter wonderland in Hyde Park. Experience Christmas in the most delightful way by stepping into the beautifully decorated streets in London’s Oxford Street and Regent Street. London sparkles with breathtaking Christmas lights and festive decorations every year.
Visit the traditional Chinese Market in Hyde Park and marvel at the Windsor castle Christmas decor fit for a Queen. There are also many opportunities for ice skating in places such as Canary Wharf, Natural History Museum, Tower of London, and Hampton Court Palace.
5. Vienna, Austria
Vienna is a magical and romantic place all year long, but even more so during the festive period. Wondering why Vienna is a very popular holiday destination during the festive season? This city expresses its love for Christmas like no other. The traditional Christmas markets bring Christmas spirit and old-fashioned charm to the city.
The must-visit places in Vienna during the holidays are the Hofburg palace, Giant Christmas bow (found directly opposite the Vienna State Opera House), and the Demel.