Now I’m one of those people that can’t imagine spending Christmas anywhere else but with their family, as it’s the one time of year everyone can spend full quality time together. However, that’s not to say that I wouldn’t ever consider being away for a Christmas, so with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of places I would love to visit at Christmas time!
Probably the most dreamt of Christmas destination for most of us! New York just looks so magical at Christmas, with the city basically transforming into a Winter Wonderland. Everything from the Bryant Park Winter Village complete with an ice rink and over one hundred kiosks filled with shopping and food, to the Rockefeller’s gorgeous 75 ft tree, just makes you want to hop on a plane right now to see it for yourself. If I could spend Christmas in New York I would definitely visit the ice rink based in Central Park, then take a stroll through Time Square to look at all of the Holiday store windows, then visit the Top of the Rock (which has amazing views of the city) to take a picture of the festively lit Empire State building, which is red and green for Christmas!
Essentially the home of all things Christmas, including the actual Santa’s Village! Lapland is a dream Christmas destination with its cosy log cabins, reindeer sleigh rides through the snow, ice hotels, a chance to see the Northern Lights (which is on my bucket list!), and the opportunity to visit Santa Claus himself. There is also the Santa Park, a festive theme park nearby which features Santa’s Office, the Elves Workshop, a Magic Train, a Gingerbread Bakery, and all other things festive! I would love to spend Christmas here, or even the build up to it, because it would definitely get you in the festive spirit! Everything just looks like a Christmas dream and straight out of the Elf film. Adding it to my bucket list!
Barcelona is one of my favourite cities, and when I went a couple of years ago with my boyfriend in November, they were setting up their Christmas markets, but we weren’t there long enough to see them. I’d love to go back in December and join in on Barcelona’s Christmas festivities, as there is so much to do! First up, as I mentioned earlier, the Christmas Markets, situated in front of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s most famous landmark. Here you can pick up decorations, hot drinks, and the usual Christmas Market trinkets. There are also the Fira De Santa Llucia Markets, Barcelona’s oldest and largest Christmas Markets, and these are located in the Gothic Quarter. There are also nativity scenes, Christmas parades, and Port Aventura, a theme park situated an hour outside of Barcelona which transforms into a magical festive wonderland.
I have visited London a few times, but have never been over Christmas time. The Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park looks amazing; I have seen so many pictures and would love to visit one year. The Winter Wonderland looks to have everything, from Christmas Markets, an opportunity to view the city from the top of the London Eye, an ice rink and Christmas shows! London has so many Christmas Markets, situated in the popular areas of Kensington, Greenwich, Leicester Square, and by the river which features views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. If I was in London over Christmas I would definitely make a stop at the ice rink outside of London’s Natural History Museum, do some Christmas shopping in Covent Garden, and Oxford and Regent Street, and as a big Harry Potter fan, I would make a stop at the Warner Bros Studio to visit Hogwarts in the Snow- that is the dream!
I’ve always wanted to visit the home of traditional German Christmas Markets, so if I could pick one I’d love to go to it would be the Christkindl Markt in Munich, which is situated in the centre of the Old Town. The Christmas Markets serve all of the traditional treats such as mulled wine and chocolate, Christmas trinkets and decorations, but stood above the wooden huts is a 100 ft Christmas tree! There is also the Tollwood Winter Festival, held on the same grounds where Oktoberfest takes place, which also features a Christmas Market, and show performances. Munich is already on my travel list, but it would be amazing to visit over Christmas and grab a Bavarian beer!
If you could spend Christmas anywhere, where would you go? Let me know!