It’s that time of the year again…christmas carols can be heard throughout the city, the smell of gingerbread cookies and mulled wine lingers in the air and the first snow is falling. With the days getting shorter and Christmas is approaching, you may have chosen to celebrate the most festive time of the year somewhere else, to discover new christmas customs and explore a new holiday destination? We have got the perfect adventures ready for you! These 10 best things to do around christmas worldwide will set every grouch into the right spirit!
New York, New York – one of the most beautiful places to celebrate christmas. The whole city turns into a winter wonder land and you are right in the middle of it! Why not explore the city from a different setting for once? Jump on-board a cruise ship which is illuminated with beautiful christmas lights and let the journey begin! Sail around Manhattan and see the New York skyline, decked out in its Christmas clothes, and warm up with complimentary cocoa and cookies as you listen to live entertainment and carols!
This enjoyable Christmas lights tour will take you through the brightly decorated streets of Chicago in the evening. Never been to one of Germany’s famous Christmas markets? Well now is the time! Chicago is known to have one of the most authentic German markets look-a-likes set up in town. Enjoy delicious mulled wine or hot cocoa which will definitely warm you up! Otherwise, just take in the festive atmosphere and sing along the choir that gives carols to its best.
Paris, voila! You are lucky enough to be spending a few days in one of the most romantic cities in the world. But, during the holiday season, Paris even steps up a notch and presents itself in magical Christmas decoration which will take your breath away! And then there is the food…discover the magic of Christmas with this special winter gourmet tour in the heart of the bohemian Paris neighborhood of St-Germain-des-Prés. Your guide will escort you to some wonderful specialist gourmet shops, from pâtisseries to boulangeries, introduce you to chocolate makers and invite you to sample a superb selection of delicacies along the way…bon appetit!
Every year for the past 18, the city of Rio de Janeiro has built one of the country’s most enchanting Christmas trees and set it floating through the waters of the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, casting the city in a spectacle of light and sound. Hop on a kayak to experience this unique spectacle and learn more about the rich history of Rio and its christmas tree while paddling towards the floating tree. A must see for locals- and visitors, this tour provides you not only with insider-information but also offers you one of the best shows of the year here in Rio.
Prague is one of the most romantic capitals in Europe and has its very own charm, why not visit it with somebody who knows all about the fascinating city? Your guide will take you to the largest market at Old Town Square where you can see the biggest Christmas tree in Prague and many other stalls and activities. Enjoy the festive surrounds and activities and take the chance to buy some unique Christmas presents for your loved ones at home. Varying from artisanal soap to delicious chocolate and hand-knitted scarfs, the choice is yours! Apart from shopping you will also hear many interesting facts about the historic side of the city and how Christmas is being celebrated. Merry Christmas!
Discover how Romans celebrate the holiday season, and see the city’s spectacular festive decorations, from Piazza del Popolo to Piazza di Spagna!
Berlin, recently ranked as the most fun city in the world, has got much to offer not only when it comes down to partying: During Christmas season, the city itself is beautifully illuminated for the festive time of the year. Every evening the city will be ablaze with light – feel the fascinating magic throughout and hop-on a bus which will take you to the most famous sights, allowing you to take breathtaking photos of the most popular attractions. Finally, visit one of the many stunning Christmas markets in town and drink the traditional mulled wine which is also available in many different variations, e.g. orange-ginger, strawberry and much more!
Stroll through the markets at the Rathaus or the Belvedere Palace, wander over to those at Marien Theresian Platz, Schönbrunn, or Karlsplatz, or opt for the most known and largest of them all held in front of the City Hall. The unique backdrop gives this market a charm all of its own, and the delicious aroma of punch, traditional gingerbread, roasted almonds and honey is enough to lull any visitor into the seasonal joy.
9. London Christmas Bike Tour
Tour the festive lights and sights of London, with a bike tour across the seasonal displays and Christmas markets. See the lights at Oxford Street and Covent Garden, visit the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, and see the Harrods’ window displays! London during Christmas time is a must-see – while riding along the lovely decorated streets you’ll also learn interesting facts about the main sights that you will come along and learn about what the locals do on Christmas day and during the holiday season.
Stroll down the enchanted streets of Stockholm by lantern light at Christmas time. This walk offers a blend of history and Swedish Christmas traditions. Walk along winding alleys to the aroma of glögg and pepparkakor – traditional holiday treats! Take in the city during this season of the year and see how it comes to live at night, while learning about traditional Christmas celebrations and finishing up your stay in the Swedish capital with the whole family.