Best destinations for Christmas 2019

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November 13, 2019 1:40 pm

December, a month of festive spirit and celebrations all across the globe, whilst the northern half of the globe are wrapping up warm and sitting in front of the fire those in the South are seeing warmer days, whether you fancy some mulled wine and Christmas markets in Europe, a snowy week in busy New York or an escape to the tropics, these are the places you should be adding to your list this December


Christmas in Europe is a time for centuries-old traditions.  If you want a traditional holiday and experience it to the fullest German Weihnachtsmarkt is the place to go. Snow coated market stalls selling handmade ornaments, and unique gifts, the cinnamon aroma of glühwein and german hot dogs in the air, the holiday spirit truly comes alive. There has been much debate about who has the best Christmas markets with Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt continue ranking at the top of the list.

Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City is absolutely magical all throughout the year, but the festive period makes it even more so. Old Quebec with its European-style streets completely transforms into a gorgeous festive Christmas village. Magical lights cover the city with the German-inspired Grand Marche Christmas Market selling lovely unique gifts. The Aquarium Light Festival, La Parade des Jouets (“The Toy Parade”) are both winners and make the kids happy with the chance to meet Santa at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and other spots around the city. There is also the chance to attend Christmas concerts, eat delicious and distinctive foods, you could even stay until the new year to get the chance to experience the fireworks over Quebec City’s Grande Allee

North Pole, Alaska

If there was a town that was completely Christmas themed this is it. Its a great destination for the whole family, just make sure to wrap up warm, Get the holiday started with visits to Santa in ‘Santa Clauses’s House’ where over 400,000 letters every year are sent addressed to “Santa Clause, North Pole”, fun fact; local volunteers actually respond to each letter with the streets named Kris Kringle Drive and Mistletoe Lane

The town completely comes alive during the festive months with the annual North Pole Christmas In Ice Contest which attracts the most incredible sculptors from around the world and The Winter Festival which draws huge crowds with festive activities and fireworks!

Dubai, UAE

If you want to escape the cold dreary weather why not spend Christmas in the sun, Dubai combines warm toasty weather with a sprinkle of Christmas sparkle and festive cheer, whether you want to relax on the beach with stunning sea view or even  fancy a dose of snow theres endless things to do.

In fact, if you do fancy a dose of snow, head to Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates – an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of snow and a stunning mountain-themed wintery setting. There’s even a Twin Track Bobsled run, a Snow Cavern and an Avalanche Café where you can grab some delicious refreshments.

Dubai’s biggest malls are also given a complete festive makeover, with enormous Christmas trees, extravagant decor, and snow falling scenes. With countless stores both high street and designer and delicious restaurants to eat at. The Irish Village is also a very popular annual tree lighting event, along with Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah and Winter Festival, both incredible festive events enjoyed by thousands.

Why not stay until the new year so you can enjoy one of the best atmospheres celebrating new years, there’s everything from incredibly extravagant buffets, the most glamourous 5 star hotel parties and to top it off a spectacular firework display at 3 of the most iconic landmarks, The Palm Jumeirah, The Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab.

New York

Christmas time in ney york just sounds like a movie, the period where the best New York attractions transform into spectacular festive winter extravaganzas!, With everything from Christmas markets, family-friendly shows such as The Radio City Christmas, the incredible holiday displays on Fifth Avenue and Dyer Heights.

Whilst in New York you have to go to Bryant Park, which boasts a huge ice rink, so don’t forget your skates to get in for free, the arena is also surrounded by festive Christmas stalls selling everything from ornaments to traditional foods. And of course whilst in New York you have to go to see the Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree with the family, or even enjoy a romantic stroll at Central Park. New York truly has everything festive to do making you feel like your in a movie, so if you want a real Christmas escape this is the place to go.  

Christmas markets- grand central station indoor market, union square holiday market

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This post was written by Sara Dakri

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