Today we are going to take you to ten amazing places that are ideal for spending this Christmas in maybe not the grandest of ways, but surely some of the most festive ways. We are sure that most of you would have either spent Christmas in their hometowns or their native countries, but we urge you guys to give a little adventure some space in your life. We have picked with great caution, ten of the most amazing places around the world, places which you would certainly have heard of before today but might never have thought of visiting. Some are simple straight forward choices like Barcelona, Venice and all, but some places on this list of top 10 places to spend Christmas, will certainly come as a surprise to you all. So here goes nothing.
10. Strasbourg, France : 10 Places To Spend Christmas
The first place on our list of top ten places to spend Christmas will take you all the way to France but not to Paris as you all must have thought. We take you to Strasbourg, where a series of themed Christmas villages morph the city into a visual and gastronomic wonderland. Visitors can head to the Village of Alsace Farmhouse to taste prune, apricot and other holiday-inspired variations of farm-fresh foie gras.The nearby Village of Bredle is supplied with its namesake traditional Christmas biscuits and copious amounts of mulled Alsatian wine. From the Strasbourg Philharmonic to gospel to Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz, Strasbourg’s Christmas program is packed with concerts and cultural events from Croatia, the guest country of Strasbourg’s Christmas celebrations this year.
9. San Juan, Puerto Rico
If a snowy Christmas is not for you, then check out the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico for a truly tropical Christmas adventure. San Juan Puerto Rico is where we suggest you go next on our list of top 10 places to spend Christmas. Go and experience all manners of lights, foods and partying…lots and lots of partying.
8. Venice, Italy
Next up on our list of top 10 places to spend Christmas, we take you to Venice. And trust us when we say that the attached image so does not do justice to what Venice looks like in real during Christmas time! And the nights, oh the nights, are just delightful. If you need a Christmas pick me up, then this certainly is the place you should opt for. During the holidays, the tourist season for one of the worlds most important tourist destination thins out, creating a beautiful opportunity to enjoy the grandeur of Venice and its holiday decorations.
7. Barcelona, Spain
Next up on our list, we are taking you to Barcelona, Spain, as promised. Its celebration of the Christmas holiday is well worth the stay. Though this celebration starts on the evening of January the 4th, it’s a magnificent holiday experience with canons, fireworks; and an incredible parade of camels, elephants and giraffes.
6. Rovaniemi, Lapland Finland
While legends dating as far back as the 1820s cite the North Pole as the official home of Santa Claus and his jolly missus, the Finns would have us believe otherwise. For them, Rovaniemi, Lapland, located just north of the Arctic Circle, is Christmas HQ. Here, children make gingerbread cookies with Mrs. Claus, enroll in Elf School or take a calligraphy class and compose their Christmas wish lists with a traditional quill. Other area attractions include the Ranua Zoo, home to baby polar bears, wolverines and moose; Sirmakko reindeer farm, where visitors can take a sled-led reindeer safari; and the Arktikum, a science center where the mystery of the northern lights is revealed. Those in search of a truly frosty experience can stay in the Arctic Snow Hotel, made entirely of snow and ice, but equipped with saunas and hot tubs in which to thaw.
5. Bath, England
There are few cities in the world where you can celebrate the birth of Jesus and the birth of Jane Austen with the same amount of fanfare, but Bath happens to be one of them. The Theatre Royal, which Austen mentions in “Northanger Abbey” and “Persuasion,” is home to a musical celebration accompanied by mince pies and mulled wine in honor of the literary doyenne. There’s also a varied program of holiday drama, musicals, opera and concerts, including Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin. A seasonal favorite, the 18-day Bath Christmas Market has over 170 wooden chalets selling distinctively British handmade crafts in a quaint Georgian setting. Straddled between the imposing Bath Abbey and the venerable Roman Baths, the market offers a festive way to discover the character of Bath, which is the only entire city in the UK to have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bath on Ice is a great excuse to bundle up and lace up your skates, while the Thermae Bath Spa is the perfect reason to strip down and savor the steam emanating from the thermal mineral-rich waters of an open-air rooftop pool with spectacular views over the city.
4. Reykjavik, Iceland
If you can deal with the cold, Keykjavik offers a beautiful Yule Town Christmas with a city that is filled with peculiar Christmas traditions (such as the 13 “Yuletide Lads” which are Scruffy Santas).
3. Tromso, Norway
Take a deep breath and enjoy this Christmas in Norway. It offers a beautiful view of the northern lights, Trømso gives you the rare treat of a longer evening.The “Day” is just a couple of hours of twilight.
2. Aspen, Colorado
The next destination on our list of top 10 places to spend Christmas is a white Christmas wonderland. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, Aspen is the spot for you. Not only does Aspen offers the opportunity to ski down snow blanketed mountains, the town also hosts a series of incredible holiday music events and decorations.
1. Santa Claus Village and Santa Park, Napapiiri
Last but not the least, how can our list be complete without this amazing place. The last entry on today’s list is known as “Europe’s Christmas capital” and rightfully so. Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are located at the foot of the Arctic Circle. Each year they draw thousands of visitors from all over the world to tour the two different Santa themed parks, which include real reindeer, a tour of Santa’s workshop, and a meeting with the big man himself.