Are you tired of the same-old stuff over the holidays and want to find unique places to spend Christmas? Lucky for you, there are several unique places for the holidays you might be interested in. Look, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut during Christmas, doing the same thing you do every year of family, presents, dinner, turkey, eggnog, sleep, rinse, and repeat. And no one wants to be a Grinch around Christmas, much less you. Thankfully, we’ve got your back and have some of the most extreme, unique, and interesting locations during the most wonderful time of the year. From the best warm places to spend Christmas to off the beaten path Christmas destinations, we’ve got something for everyone. So, why not shake things up and put one of these Unique Places to Spend Christmas on your bucket list?
Quebec City, Quebec
This city in Quebec is truly a sight to behold, transporting locals and visitors into a winter wonderland. If you’ve ever wanted to celebrate Christmas in a town that looks like it’s straight out of A Christmas Carol, then you might want to put this on your bucket list. The architecture hearkens back to old European villages, adding an extra bit of character with the Christmas decorations lighting up the streets.
If you really want to get into the European holiday spirit, why not head over to Ireland? Few countries get into Christmastime more than Ireland. With plenty of festivals and concerts to attend, plus cozy cottages to stay in, Ireland is truly a unique and wonderful place to spend Christmas.
As the birthplace of Jesus, this little town in Palestine is where it all began, making it one of the most unique places in the world. Of course, it’s also one of the more popular for tourists taking pilgrimages from all over the world. Still, you can’t beat the significance of the Holy Land site.
With historic and iconic buildings and architecture, this beautiful location will make you feel like you’ve transported into a little Christmas village model they sell at the store. They also have a Christmas Market full of food and drink and 150 huts emblazoned with lights and decorations.
It’s hard to imagine a better and more unique place to celebrate Christmas than Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland. Situated on the Arctic Circle, this town is considered the official hometown of Santa Claus. As you can imagine, it’s adorned in Christmas decorations with plenty of festivities during the season. As such, it attracts roughly 500,000 visitors a year.
Bondi Beach, Australia
Christmas doesn’t have to be all about snowy European locations or small towns in the days of yore. It can also be about golden, sunny beaches in Australia! Many skip the winter during the holidays, throwing their coat aside, and put on a swim suit in the land down under for Christmas, instead. However, I wouldn’t expect to get away from the iconic imagery; people still love wearing Santa hats and singing Christmas songs.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
If we’re really talking a unique place to spend Christmas, doing it under the African sun in Zimbabwe might take the cake. Take the whole family out to see Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world, plus do plenty of other sightseeing in the process.
The Vatican, Italy
While it’s a truly unique location, it’s also quite difficult to get tickets. You’ll need to book them months in advance, book a smaller number of people, and send a fax (Good luck with that one) to maybe get in. But, if you somehow pull it off, you’ll definitely have a fairy tale Christmas to remember.
Seoul, South Korea
While in America and abroad, Christmas is about Jesus, family, peace on Earth, and, you know, presents. It’s a little different in South Korea. There, they treat it more like Valentine’s Day with Santa Claus. Many couples use it as an excuse to go on big, elaborate dates.
As for North Korea, Christmas is banned.
Curious to know more about North Korea? You have to check out 25 Everyday Activities That Are Illegal In North Korea.
Similar to South Korea, Christmas is primarily just another holiday in Japan with no days off, big family gatherings, or massive meals. Still, that doesn’t mean they don’t celebrate it in style. Just take a stroll down Tokyo midtown to see for yourself the beautiful display of lights for the occasion.
Sometimes the only way to get away is to find the smallest island possible, making this gorgeous tropical location a prime target. Thankfully, during Christmas, the temperatures are usually a comfortable 67 degrees Fahrenheit. From a Santa Claus parade to a Christmas Walkabout, people on the Bermuda island celebrate the holiday season in ways most wouldn’t imagine.
It might sound strange, but people celebrate Christmas in Antarctica. If you think about it, it makes sense. Never could you have a whiter Christmas than at the southern most point of the Earth. There, you can see unique wild life, build plenty of snowmen, and get away from the hustle and bustle of civilization. Plus, it’s a great anecdote for the office water cooler when you get back.
Of those most extreme and unique places to spend Christmas, the Moon easily ranks at the top. Few have actually done it, though, with the exception of the Apollo 8 astronauts. On Christmas Eve, 1968, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders were the first men to orbit the Moon and celebrate Christmas in the process. On Christmas day, Lovell radioed, “Roger, please be informed there is a Santa Claus.”