Popular Winter Destinations to Spend Christmas
Christmas is a magical time of year and perfect for spending time with family and friends. Many people choose to stay at home and invite family and friends for lunch but some decide to make a true holiday of the festive season by travelling elsewhere. Continue below as we highlight some of the popular winter destinations to spend Christmas.
Rovaniemi is a city in Finland and it comes alive during the Christmas period. For a start, Rovaniemi is the official home of Santa Claus and his post office. Letters from all over the world arrive at this destination and it is a special place to spend Christmas, especially if you have young children. Santa’s Holiday Village and Santa’s Park are just two of the attractions open during the festive period and there are husky rides and opportunities to feed the reindeer. You may even catch a glimpse of the northern lights, which is a special moment, especially when spending Christmas with family. Rovaniemi is 10 hours drive from the capital city of Helsinki and if you order an international driving permit from the International Drivers Association, you could hire a car and enjoy a spectacular road trip through a winter wonderland.
Moving from Europe to the United States and Vermont is a fantastic winter destination to spend Christmas. There is plenty of snow based activities throughout the winter, tailored to both adults and children. Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and sledding, you name it, you can do it in Vermont. The small villages make for lovely photographs and there are many independent cafes and bars in the region. The food in Vermont is stunning and you can spend evenings sat in-front of a roaring fire enjoying the local cuisine.
Denmark is one of the happiest places to live in the world according to the World Happiness Report and the capital, Copenhagen, comes alive during winter. Copenhagen is a beautiful place to spend Christmas because you can visit the Tivoli Gardens. This is a theme park with rides and games but during the Christmas period, the amusement park is decorated with lights and there is an alpine Christmas market to enjoy. The Christmas tree in the park is a highlight and it is often lavishly decorated, sometimes using Swarovski crystals.
The French capital may seem an obvious choice but for those wanting a romantic getaway over Christmas, nothing beats Paris. With the squares, streets, and shops decorated with lights, simply strolling through the city is a delight during Christmas in Paris. There are hundreds of stalls across the city selling food, drink, and handcrafted products. For a truly romantic experience over Christmas, you can head to Place du Tertre in Montmartre, which is a wonderful sight as the day draws to a close.
Some of the other popular winter destinations to spend Christmas include Edinburgh in Scotland, Chamonix in the French Alps, Jasper in Canada, New York City in the United States, and Dresden in Germany.