With a Christmas tree in place and your candy socks ready for Santa, it can feel like Christmas anywhere. However, there are some places around the world that go all out and celebrate Christmas like you’ve never witnessed before.
Vienna is one of those places that are overflowing with Christmas sparkles and cheers. The festivities are at an all time high and the city appears magical with the holiday lights which are glowing from every tree and building. The city has a Christmas market which is brought to life with stalls of hand-crafted gifts and vendors selling mulled wine and street food. The markets also include Austrian treats like gingerbread, waffles, sweet chestnuts and spiced warm wine. You can experience a winter wonderland at the ice skating rink at the Rathausplatz plaza which is overlooked by the town hall building also covered in vibrant Christmas lights. The Christmas Mass has tickets which take place at the Hofburgkapelle chapel featuring the Vienna Boys Choir. What more could scream a perfect Christmas?
New York, New York
New York is the next destination in line to spend the best Christmas. For the Americans, the beginning of Christmas celebrations is marked by the decoration and lightening up of the gigantic Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center Plaza. People from all over the world visit the plaza to look at this beautifully decorated Christmas tree covered in 30,000 LED lights. Macy’s Santaland is one of those places where the little ones can enjoy with real life toy trains, elves, more Christmas trees and so much more which will leave you in wonder and awe.
Nuremberg in Germany is one of the places where the Christmas markets are ranked as one of the best in the world. It consists of more than 200 vendors all squeezed in the Hauptmarkt Square with stalls ranging from traditional goods to mulled wine to gingerbread to handmade Christmas tree ornaments and angels. The markets have around two million visitors each year where the adults wander the stalls while the kids enjoy the carousel, the wooden Ferris wheel and the steam train.
Taos, New Mexico
Taos in New Mexico takes on a completely unique take on the Christmas celebrations which involves a multicultural twist to the celebrations due to the integration of Native American and Hispanic influences. The Ledoux Street is lit up along with the streets lined up with lanterns and the shops and galleries offer music and food to the visitors. The Christmas tree in Taos is lit up at the end of November when the arrival of Santa Claus along with the carol singing takes places. One the day of Christmas, the pueblo dwellers carry a processional of the statue of the Blessed Mother and bonfires are lit and the performance of the tribal dances take place.
Reykjavik in Iceland is full of an overwhelming Christmas vibes. It is true that they go wild in order to celebrate the festivities in the best possible way. The celebration begins at the end of November when the towns Christmas tree is lit up which is located at Austurvollur square. Along with this, the celebration involves choirs singing carols and 13 Santas who appear throughout the town. One of the other places to visit is the Christmas Village is a town which has holiday gifts along with traditional foods and even live performances. A Christmas exhibition takes places at the Reykjavik City Museum which allows for a more old-fashioned Christmas vibes which involves exhibits where the way fried breads are made is displayed and visitors also have the opportunity to learn Yuletide dances and songs.
Keeping in mind these beautiful places all lit up for a beautiful season, it is time to take your pick,
And indeed tis the season to be jolly where you take a trip to one of these places to have a very Merry Christmas.