It’s Christmas day and all over the world Christmas celebrations are brewing. But if you happen to live in one of these 25 best places to celebrate Christmas, then you are probably enjoying the holiday a little bit more then the rest of us. Nevertheless, Merry Christmas, and may this day be filled with many well wishes for you and your family.
Castleton, is a tiny stone English village dotted with beautiful Christmas trees. However, what makes this little town so alluring is it’s practice of candlelight caroling inside caves.
Check out the millions of holiday lights strung up around the Magnificent Mile, enjoy the Christkindmarket; a large outdoor German crafts market, and the Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest; a holiday-themed amusement park with an indoor skating rink.
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).
Key West, Florida
You can’t get any more laid back than Key West. Warm temperatures, beautiful beaches, and a crowd of people who know how to have fun makes Key West a good choice to spend Christmas.
Quebec City, Canada
If you are looking for a Christmas in the wilderness, Quebec might be your stop. Described as a “Haven for environmentally friendly, outdoor enthusiasts” Quebec offers many opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
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Offering 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.
Pulling in over 2 million visitors each year, the city boasts of an impressive Christmas market with 200 select vendors who put up incredible displays in order to compete for the most beautiful stall design award.
Taos, New Mexico
A remote village on a high desert plain, Taos boasts of a magical Christmas which incorporates a rich mix of cultural traditions including: Streets lined with luminarias, a ceremonial reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter, and the dynamic American Indian Christmas Eve celebration.
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.
If you want a Mountain Christmas without all the hype and fanfare, Durango is your spot. Enjoy the pristine natural surroundings and have yourself a merry relaxing Christmas.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the city of lights is on this list. With streets lined with lights, the Eiffel Tower shining radiantly, and people enjoying the fantastic atmosphere of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris should be a staple for any holiday travel.
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.
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.
The second most populous city in Scotland is home to one of the most vivid holiday celebrations which include holiday light shows and fireworks.
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. Go and experience all manners of lights, foods and partying…lots and lots of partying.
Picture a stroll through cobblestoned streets while music from medieval churches fills the air. Lights are strung across the streets and people congregate at the big Christmas market on the Place Masséna.
Santa Claus Village and Santa Park, Napapiiri in Lapland, Finland
Known as “Europe’s Christmas capital”, 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.
Charleston, South Carolina
Christmas in Charleston is filled with Southern flair and delicious oddities such as eggnog spiked with bourbon and Shrimp with grits. Not to mention beautifully decorated streets lined with shops, Poinsettias, and good ol’ Southern hospitality.
A city boasting of strong American history, Boston decks out in holiday cheer with over 2,800 working gas lamps, trees wrapped in white lights, topped with the impressive Christmas tree located in front of Faneuil Hall.
Prague, Czech Republic
Lined with incredible Gothic and Baroque architecture, Prague sets a mind blowing setting for dazzling Christmas decorations. Add to this the various holiday markets in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square and you have the makings of a holiday experience you will never forget.
Santa Claus, Indiana
A city named after Santa Claus has a lot to live up to during the holidays, and Santa Claus Indiana delivers with all sorts of Santa-themed shops and attractions.
It’s hard to beat a City who boasts of having eight Christmas markets, each packed with all manners of gifts, foods, and holiday items.
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
With a 100 foot tall decorated tree and about two dozen Christmas markets Munich is a City you have to visit during the Christmas holiday.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is a beautiful city in its own right with 16th and 17th century houses adorning it’s streets. Add all sort of lights and decorations, and you have the perfect ingredients for an amazing Christmas experience.
New York City, N.Y.
With a 69 to 100 feet Norway spruce tree decked with about 30,000 lights attached to 5 miles of wiring and topped off with a 550 pound star, New York boasts of being one of the best cities to experience a grand Christmas day.