Christmas, the holy festival of Christians, is the most joyous time for any Christian family. It is also called Noël, Nativity, or Xmas in many parts of the world. People share gifts, greet others for their well-being and prosperity and arrange social gatherings at their place. Apart from this for kids, Christmas is a festival of decoration and lighting when they can decorate the Xmas(pine or fir) tree with vivid color lights, frills, tinsel, and baubles. They also put an angel on the top of the tree or stay to give a unique touch to their decoration. Apart from the tree, houses are also cleaned and decorated with garlands, candles, and ivy. Wreaths and mistletoe are hung on the door to welcome guests on Christmas eve. Christmas is generally celebrated in those parts of the world with an intense population of Christians, but the celebrations are not limited to only those countries. Even in the other parts of the country where there are few Christians, Christmas is celebrated with the same excitement. Non-christans decorate their house, arrange social gatherings with their relatives and friends and cook delicious food at their homes. If Christmas is a very popular festival to celebrate worldwide, then why not know about some places where you will get the best glimpses of it.
List of Famous Places in the World to Celebrate Christmas
1. New York City, New York
New York City, on the shore of the Atlantic ocean, has excessive numbers of Christians; hence Christmas is celebrated there with extreme joy. This festival has unique importance for the people of New york. Besides the low illumination of Christmas lights, preparation of tasteless muzak, and a light dusting of snow on the Christmas tree and all over your place make the ambiance more festive. The entire city turns into a snow-covered village to welcome Jesus to their house. Families with the tallest Christmas tree on their lawns get greetings and awards from the government authorities to participate in the celebrations.
Places to go: Central Park, Macy’s Santaland, Holiday Train Shows, Try Ice Skating, Empire State Building, Watch The Rockettes show, Union Square Holiday Market.
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2. Bethlehem, West Bank
With the chaotic timetable of your life, people forget to celebrate the actual happiness, and Christmas in Bethlehem actually came to remind people of this happiness. If you have no idea about the genuine significance of Christmas, then go to Bethlehem to experience the same. People here are so excited to join the family getaway in Bethlehem on Christmas eve. Before dinner, visit the local market in Bethlehem and welcome Jesus with a grand celebration. Apart from this, join the mass chanting at the St. Catherine’s Churches at midnight. Bethlehem is undoubtedly the best place to visit at Christmas.
Best places: Church of the Nativity, St. Catherine’s Church, Manger Square, Milk Grotto, Palestinian Heritage Center, Mar Saba Monastery
3. Dublin, Ireland
Dublin is the place on our list to visit on Christmas. There are a lot of opportunities for the visitors coming to Dublin for Christmas celebrations. You can plan an itinerary for your entire week at the time of Christmas. From shopping to night outs with friends, strolling the street with your kids, and there is a never-ending list of activities that you can do on Christmas in Dublin. In 12 Days of Christmas Market, you can shop for Docklands, pantomimes, Christmas lights, and other decorative stuff. These streets of the city are finely adorned with lights. Finally, I recommend that you Don’t miss the night carols at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Places in Dublin to visit on Christmas: Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Attend Carols of the National Concert Hall, Enjoy watching Marvel characters under Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo.
4. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, a beautiful city in the Czech Republic, is also famous across the world for its Christmas scenes. This place is quite famous for its picturesque Christmas destinations across the world. Either wander on the historic Nerudova Street or capture the street views of the Baroque and Gothic architecture, everything in Prague is so satisfying to watch on Christmas. In the evening, you can enjoy opera with some ballet dance at any cafe or visit the Wenceslas Square market to shop for some antiques. Christmas is an absolute fun festival in Prague where you can enjoy unlimited mulled wine, roasted ham, and sticky pastries.
Places to go: Wenceslas squares market, St Salvator Church, Watch The Nutcracker Ballet performance, try mulled wine at Svařák.
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5. Lapland, Finland
Santa has the spotlight all around the Christmas season, and everyone loves to watch snow-covered Santa riding on a sled with gifts in his hands. If you want to see a real Santa, visit the Arctic Circle of Finland on Christmas for the best experiences. Here you will see a joyful plumpy man in a red and white dress who is the most admired person in the city tonight. Lapland is the best place to go on Christmas as the snowfall in this area amplifies the ambiance up to thousands of times. Lapland also features a unique Santa-themed park decorated by the local people. So, if you are in Finland during Christmas, then don’t skip visiting this Santa Park with your kids to make their Christmas memorable.
Places to go: Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi Central Square, Arktikum Museum, get a Husky Safari ride, Play with polar bears at Ranua Wildlife Park,
6. The Vatican, Italy
The beauty of the Vatican City in Italy is already breathtaking the entire year, but it geet magically beautiful during Christmas. The alluring beauty of the Vatican at the time of Christmas makes this an ideal place in the entire world to visit on Christmas. Apart from the decoration, roasted clichés selling on street corners are the best food to try here at Christmas. Grab parcels of clichés from any street vendor and stroll the local market is among the best experiences here. Too many pilgrims visit Vatican city during Christmas, and the city gets overcrowded with visitors. SO, if you are planning to visit The Vatican in December, then we would suggest you go there one week before Christmas. You might fail to get the best view of the city at peak Christmas time.
Where to go: St. Peter’s Basilica Church, Church of Santa Maria, Vatican Garden, Capitoline Hill, Egyptian Museum, Sistine Chapel.
7. Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City in Canada is the oldest North American city in the town. The French colonial architecture of Quebec looks magnificent on Christmas when decorated with colorful lights and tinsel. Only the look of the ancient colonial architecture of the city is enough to give you the royal feel on Christmas, and on the top of its decoration makes it even more fantastic to look at. There are many rituals associated with Christmas for the people of Quebec. Some cook traditional dinner, fruit puddings, ham, candy canes, and many other sweet dishes at their home to welcome guests.
Where to go on christmas in Quebec City: Rue du Petit, Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, Place D’Youville, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Avenue Cartier
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8. Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg is a beautiful city in Austria with Germany on its border. This peaceful city is also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites because of its enchanting beauty. Not only on Christmas, but the city remains clean throughout the year. Whereas on Christmas, the low Sound of Music fills the atmosphere with serenity everywhere. Apart from decorating eggshells, Knieküchle (fried pastries) from the local markets taste good with mulled wine. Salzburgians also consider this as a part of the Christmas celebration.
What to do in Salzburg during Christmas? : Attend Mozart concert, Mozart Square, Salzburg Christmas Museum, Gasteinertal, Silent Night Chapel.
9. Zürich, Switzerland
The chocolate city Zurich in Switzerland has many other pivotal things that make this a beautiful city, and the Christmas celebration is one among them. The already snow-covered mountain matches the ambiance during Christmas. The place is already a stunning destination to visit on Christmas. The crowded markets, with singing Christmas trees on the midway, enhance the decor of the area. People in Zürich celebrate Christmas with extreme enthusiasm and joy. They invite friends and relatives to their house on Christmas eve, prepare plum cake, pastries, roasted chicken, cookies, and mince pies for dinner. After dinner, everyone dances till the countdown for Christmas begins.
Where to go: Visit a Christmas Market, Sukkulenten Sammlung, City Ice Rink, Uetliberg, Visit Museums, and Art Galleries, Waisenhausplatz, Einsiedeln Schwyz Christmas Market.
10. Cape Town, South Africa
Christmas is the best excuse to plan a winter vacation in any African country. If you are already searching for places in South Africa to celebrate Christmas, we recommend you go to Cape Town. After all, there is summer in the southern hemisphere, and the weather is pleasant enough to visit the entire day without getting tired. Also, you can visit multiple markets and shop for Christmas decor without wearing a coat or a scarf. Isn’t it exciting that you can celebrate your Christmas in cape town without burying yourself in the burden of woolen clothes? Also, the decorations in the market and streets of cape town are worth watching.
Where to go in Cape Town at the time of Christmas? Santa’s Village at the Waterfront, Kirstenbosch, Silvermine, Galileo Open Air Cinema.
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Christmas is uniquely important for every citizen, regardless of religion. Though, Christians celebrate it with supreme joy and enthusiasm. Some celebrate this festival to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, while others take this as an occasion for family gatherings. Besides, kids and old age people have some other plans to celebrate this global festival. All the above-mentioned places are the best locations across the world to celebrate Christmas. From local shops to shopping malls, rich to poor, everyone is submerged in the joy of Christmas.