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Top 5 Places to Visit This Christmas

6 Dec 2018 14:30 PM
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Photo Credits: Flickr | Randy Watson

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Christmas is a celebration that happens in many countries and across cultures and traditions. If you want to get away this festive season then there are no shortage of places to visit. Soak up the Christmas spirit and get in the mood with our top 5 places to visit!

1. Nuremberg – Germany 

This old city has a wealth of history and a picturesque setting near the Alps. In December however, it is perhaps most famous for its Christmas market. Featuring over 180 wooden stalls selling festive treats like Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, bratwurst and glühwein, all to be enjoyed as you stroll. If you’re looking for gift ideas, the market also sells candles, toys, tree decorations and lots of handmade traditional arts and crafts. 

Photo Credits: Flickr | davidpc_

2. New York – USA 

This iconic city has plenty on offer from ice skating in Central Park to countless shops selling you everything you need (and don’t) until you drop! Without a doubt though, you can’t visit New York at Christmas without seeing the famous Rockerfeller Center Tree – quite a sight!

Photo Credits: Flickr | scottbphilp

3. Rovaniemi – Lapland Finland  

Officially the home of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi is the place to visit to satisfy your inner child. Complete with 190,000 reindeer, the Artic Post Office, Santa’s helpers and reindeer sleigh rides, Santa Claus Village is your one stop shop for a “classic” Christmas experience. If you’re looking for an escape, you can witness the best light show nature has to offer – The Northern Lights. 

Photo Credits: Flickr | Jukka Kervinen

4. Hong Kong 

If you’re travelling to Asia this Christmas be sure to visit Hong Kong. Their daily 10 minute light show in Victoria Harbour, known as the Symphony of Lights, will have a wintery theme during the month of December. It is not to be missed! If you’re looking for more, visit the Statute Square Christmas tree to witness a Christmas tree amongst skyscrapers. If you plan on staying a little longer, be sure to check out the legendary (and free) Countdown to New Year’s Celebrations which happen along the harbour starting on the 31st of December at 11pm. 

Photo Credits: Flickr | Eddie Wong 

5. Sydney -  Australia

If you’re looking for an alternative Christmas experience why not try it in summer? Christmas in Sydney is characterised by sunny weather, seafood beach barbecues and Christmas carols. Martin Place in Sydney is where all of action starts with nightly carol singers all the way to Christmas Eve. The Domain also hosts Australia’s largest free Chistmas Concert which is not to be missed. Christmas Day is also worth getting out and about for as you could spend it lounging on Bondi beach or visiting the animals at Taronga Zoo. 

Photo Credits: Flickr | Sacha Fernandez

So there you have it, if you’re looking to escape this Christmas there are plenty of options across the world! 

By Ignatius-Roy Hillcoat-Nalletamby - Online Journalism Intern 

Frontier runs terrestrial & marine conservation, community, teaching and adventure projects in over 50 countries - join us and explore the world!