The month of December has arrived, and the calendar is steadily moving closer and closer to Christmas. The joyous spirit of the holiday season has begun to take hold. Additionally, you are all set to resound with hallelujahs once the New Year arrives. Yet, hold on! What are you thinking about when it comes to what Santa Claus is doing right now? He packs gifts in his red goodie bag, checks driving directions, pulls the sleigh out of the attic, and crosses the world in one night.
That stout guy who wears red, sings a guttural hohoho, and has the best job in the world is the one who has the finest job in the world. But if you had a few nights off prior to Christmas, where would you travel to celebrate the holiday? Listed below are the top ten cities in which people celebrate Christmas.
- Lapland (Finland)
Come and visit Santa Claus in his settlement. You are to send a letter from the post office of Santa Claus. Enjoy some husky sledding. Proceed to a sauna. On a reindeer sleigh, it is possible to go through the frozen tundra. Attempt to traverse the Artic Circle. There is a chance that you will see the Northern Lights.
When the sun goes down, take a snowmobile ride along a frozen river. Visit a snow hotel for a meal. In an amethyst mine, you can dig your own amethyst rocks. The Ranua Wildlife park is the zoo that is located the farthest north in the globe.
Must eat: The Christmas pastries known as Joulutorttu, gingerbread, and glog (mulled wine) are available.
- Prague (Czechia)
These are the Christmas Markets in the Old Town Square. Explore the Vltava River at night on foot. Obtain a vantage point from the top of the Charles Bridge Tower and the Old Town Tower. Castle Hill is home to a number of Christmas markets. Cafe Slavia is the place to go to indulge in a hot chocolate. The Hotel Aria offers a view of the Vrtba Gardens area.
Must-eat: Potato salad, Christmas bread, mushroom soup, Jaternice (Czech sausage), Pečená Kachna (roast duck), and Medovník (Honey Cake) are some of the dishes that are included on the menu. The “tdelník” is a pastry dough that has been hollowed out and sprinkled in cinnamon sugar.
- New York City (the USA)
Take a look at the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center. There are Christmas lights in Dyker Heights. There is a Winter Village located at Bryant Park. GingerBread Lane is the largest gingerbread hamlet in the world, so make sure to check it out. At the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, there is a lightscape. Grand Central Terminal is the location of the Holiday Train Show. Fair for the Holidays at Grand Central. The holiday light spectacular at the Bronx Zoo. Luna Park in Coney Island is the location of Frost Fest.
Must-eat: Christmas cookies, including chocolate chip, sugar, fudge, M&M, and snickerdoodle varieties; roast beef; pigs in a blanket; snickerdoodle pizza; a dinner at a Christmas Market; coffee from Ralph’s Coffee Truck, which is decorated with a Christmas motif.
- London (the UK)
You should go see the Christmas lights, which begin on Oxford Street and continue all the way up to Regent Street and Carnaby Street. At the Covent Garden Christmas Market, you may see a Christmas tree that is sixty feet tall. The Southbank Centre Winter Festival held a Christmas Carol performance at St. Paul’s. A hop-on hop-off bus excursion scheduled for Christmas Day. You can skate on the ice rink at Hampton Court Palace. Cruises on the River Thames for lunch on Christmas Day are a longstanding ritual.
Must Eat: The traditional British Christmas pudding, the Christmas chicken, the British ploughman’s lunch, the cranberry orange relish, the fog pudding, the mincemeat tarts, and the British brandy butter are all included in the menu.
- Dublin (Ireland)
Pay a visit to Dublin Castle and the Neapolitan Crib, which is located in the center of the Chapel Royal and is designed in the style of the 18th century. You should go to the Stillgarden Christmas Market, which is located in the Liberties. The National Botanic Gardens will be hosting a Christmas Craft Market.
The window displays of Arnotts and Brown Thomas are as follows: Taking a bath in the ocean during the holiday season may sound intimidating, but it is really a very popular activity in Dublin. The Guinness Storehouse possesses a Christmas Wonderland that is located in the courtyard.
Must eat: Turkey and stuffing roasted in the oven; baked ham infused with cloves; potatoes fried in goose fat; Brussels sprouts steamed in butter; delicious carrots flavored with butter Parsnips that are browned and crispy.
- Vienna (Austria)
Go to the Hofburg Palace and see the Christmas Bow that is enormous. Stop by the Demel Bakery, which was initially established in 1786 as a tea salon. Enter the Vienna State Opera House and have a look around. Get a glimpse of Vienna at night. The Rathausplatz is home to a Christmas Market. Explore the city in a horse-drawn carriage.
Must eat: Traditional apple strudel, knodel (bread dumplings), maroni (roasted chestnuts), kletzenbrot (Austrian fruit bread), and Sachertorte are some of the desserts that are available.
- Nuremberg (Germany)
The Christmas markets might be toured by stagecoach. Smartphone game based on the Christmas Market. Stroll in the historic district. Game of Crime for Xmas Tour that is self-guided. The Imperial Castle is worth a visit.
Must eat: Gingerbread, also known as Nuremberg Lebkuchen; Feuerzangenbowle, a combination of red wine and rum punch; and Mulled wine. During the Feuerzangenbowle, a sugar cube that has been soaked in rum is lit on fire, and the molten sugar flows into the mulled wine that is at the bottom of the bowl. The largest feuerzangenbowle in the world may be found in Nuremberg; it has a capacity of 9,000 liters and requires two days to heat up.
- Rome (Italy)
On December 25, at noon, the papal urbi et orbi will be presented in Vatican City. Admission to Vatican City is free of charge. The message of the Pope will be delivered there. At Piazza Navona, there is a Christmas market. Take a bus excursion to observe the Christmas lights that are put up across the city. Pay your respects during the Pantheon Mass. You should take a picture of the Christmas tree at the Colosseum. Visit Castel Sant’Angelo and go ice skating there.
Must eat: A dish called abbacchio, which consists of lamb that has been roasted with garlic, rosemary, and ham, and is served with potatoes and veggies; The supper that is traditionally known as the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” is served on Christmas Eve. Pangiallo is a type of sweet bread that is loaded with honey, dates, chocolate, and walnuts respectively. The sweet bread known as Pandoro is fashioned like a star, while the fruit dessert known as Panforte is flavored with cloves and other spices.
- Hong Kong
From now to January 1, 2024, the Hong Kong WinterFest will be held at the West Kowloon Art Park. At Pacific Place and Starstreet Precinct, there will be a Christmas in a fairytale. Arctic bear mountain located within the Landmark Atrium. This is the Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival.
One of the digital light shows is called “In-Between the Sky: A Festive Beacon.” There are Christmas markets in both Stanley Plaza and Discovery Bay. Be@rbrick figurines with a Disney motif can be found at Harbour City. The China Hong Kong City Car Boot Market is located in China.
Must eat: There are a variety of Christmas buffets available at various hotels, including pumpkin soup, lobster bisque, maple-glazed roasted turkey, slow-cooked beef Wellington, honey-glazed Gammon ham, and more.
- Montreal (Canada)
Here at the Atwater Market, there is a Christmas market. During your time at the market, make sure to pay a visit to the Kingdom of the Elves, which offers a wide range of activities suitable for people of all ages. It is the well-known rendition of The Nutcracker that was performed by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) band. A. Brown, Charlie The holiday season at Bourgie Hall. At the historic Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, there will be carols performed by candlelight.
Must eat: The traditional Christmas turkey, meat pie, ragoût de boulettes, ragoût de pattes de cochon, and deep-dish Tourtière du Lac-St-Jean composed of cubed meat, wild game, and potatoes are all examples of traditional Christmas dishes.