Best Places to Spend Christmas
Are you searching for a unique way of spending your winter holidays? We’ve rummaged the world to find six ways of doing something new for Christmas.
Family Fun: Lapland, Finland
Make a visit to the birthplace of Santa Claus in Lapland’s capital, Rovaniemi. Thousands of children bring with them their wish lists to give them to Santa Claus himself. Located north of the Arctic Circle, Lapland is a place for children and parents alike, who can participate at various activities including reindeer and husky safaris, snowmobile rides and ice fishing. If you’re more of a tranquil person, you can live the thrill of a slight ride, you can warm up with some hot chocolate in a classic cottage from beams or you can make your booking for an arctic circuit. If you cannot decide, there are many packages that include a visit to the land of Santa Claus. Do not forget – Lapland is one of the best places where you can see the amazing Aurora Borealis.
For adventure enthusiasts: Mont Tremblant, Quebec
For those who prefer to venture on the slopes than to stuff themselves at dinner, Mont Tremblant combines luxury with rough terrain, being one of the top rated ski resorts in Canada. The resort offers the possibility of practicing many activities, such as skiing, escalating the glaciers, dog sleds rides and walks in the snow. With 95 tracks and almost 3 square kilometers of skiable terrain, practicing the white sport is guaranteed for all levels, from beginners to the advanced. If you want to do something else, go to Montreal. It is only an hour away by car and is the perfect place for a special dinner or shopping.
For a total escape: Luang Prabang, Laos
For a tropical vacation without any indication that Santa Clause would be in the area, go in one of the resorts in Southeast Asia because their popularity is on a rise. Included in the World Heritage of UNESCO, Luang Prabang in Laos is famous for its temples and daily religious ceremonies, during which the monks gather to collect food from the locals. At night, in the markets are sold handmade crafts and are the perfect places to practice your bargaining skills. A guided circuit is the best way to explore the city’s attractions, which include Buddha caves and the waterfall at Kaung Si.
Romance: New York
The festivities organized with the occasion of the holidays are always unforgettable experiences in the city that never sleeps. Take a romantic walk near the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and live the festive atmosphere on the 5th Avenue. Stop in the classic restaurant Serendipity, which is famous for its “frrrozen hot chocolate”. The drink that became popular due to Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O.. Skate on the rink in Central Park, or take a walk with one of the boats traversing the Hudson River.
Rather than dealing with agglomeration in Time Square, during the famous New Year’s celebration, better celebrate with fireworks in Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. And no romantic vacation in New York is complete without a ride in a horse-drawn carriage and a bottle of champagne to celebrate the coming New Year.
A classic getaway: Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen offers numerous authentic festive events. If you feel like shopping, Tivoli Christmas Fair is one of the best in Europe, but this dynamic city has much more to offer, after the completion of holidays. Take advantage of the free outdoor rinks in Copenhagen, and then warm up with a cup of tea in one of the famous teahouses like A.C Perch and Tante T. Should not be missed any walk on the city canals in Christinashavn, a former working class neighborhood, which is now a very elegant and glamorous location. For an unforgettable New Year, visit Amalienborg, the winter residence of the Danish royal house, where you can see the guard change ceremony in the courtyard.
Store the winter clothes and go in the tropical paradise of Mauritius, where December is the warmest month of the year. The cultural mix of religions – Hindu, Muslim, Creole and Catholic on the island, makes the Christmas celebration to be held here in many colorful ways. A visit to Grand Bay will illuminate these traditions, but if you want to stay away from the agglomeration, go to the Labourdonnias Orchards and take a walk amidst exotic vegetation. Or, sit in the sun lying on the beautiful Preybere beach. La Cambuse beach offers soft sand and shining water. Curepipe town has something of the spirit of English fairs and is the ideal place to buy souvenirs and gifts for our loved ones.