It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Perhaps you’re looking to spend the holidays somewhere new and exciting this year; here are five of the most romantic places to spend Christmas 2017.

New York City, USA

It’s the city that never sleeps, and it’s one of the most magical places on earth during Christmas time. It’s the setting of some of the iconic romance films, and every year, the Big Apple is transformed into a winter wonderland. The streets are adorned with an array of colour, sparkling lights, and decorations to celebrate the festivities.

Central Park is one of the most romantic places regardless of the time of year, but during the holidays, you can skate hand-in-hand across the ice rink, or enjoy the views from an enchanted carriage ride through the park. You and your other half can also see the extraordinary Rockefeller Center Christmas tree with is decorated with more than 30,000 twinkling lights. Why not take a stroll down Fifth Avenue and admire the extravagant festive window displays, or climb your way to the top of the Empire State Building where you can see the greatest views of the city!

Paris, France

Paris is the city of love, and even more so during the holidays; the city is ablaze in lights; with buildings and streets draped in them from head to toe. Christmas choirs resonate throughout the city, and the air is rich with the smell of festive spices.

Trees shimmer and sparkle with Christmas lights down the amorous Champs-Elysees, here you can experience a particularly passionate moment with eachother on the popular Ferris wheel which overlooks the enchanted city. You can also enjoy a romantic moment together as you ice skate beneath the stars of Paris, and take a snowy trip up the Eiffel tower. Paris is also home to some of the most beautiful Christmas markets where you can purchase precious gifts for loved ones; you’ll certainly feel the Christmas spirit in this beautiful city.

London, UK

London is a city thriving with culture which really comes to life with colour, lights and decorations over the festive period.

Take a stroll through the Natural History Museum, or make your way through the hustle and bustle of Christmas time in Leicester Square. Christmas trees line the pavements and lights drape across the alleyways; you can really feel the magic in this city. You can enjoy a range of activities from ice skating to sight seeing from the London Eye. Or maybe a spot of Christmas shopping on the city’s famous Oxford Street will satisfy your festive needs.

Riga, Latvia

Latvia is home to the Riga Christmas Market and is located in a beautifully unique and obscure architectural Town Hall Square.

With the carousel of wooden figures, horse drawn carriages, and a animal petting corner, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Everything is locally sourced and crafted, including the glazed gingerbread, the decorations, and the fluffy mittens. You can also meet all the cats from Riga’s animal shelter, and witness many Latvian traditions such as log dragging. So if you’re an animal lover, and enjoy all things crafty, Riga could be the perfect festive holiday for you.

Rome, Italy

A city rich with history and culture, and also loves Christmas!

Outside the Colossuem you’ll see giant Christmas trees dominating the Spanish Steps and Piazza Venezia. Nativity scenes are one every corner, with St. Peter’s Square hosting a rather impressive one in particular. Rome truly lights up during the holidays and the atmosphere is like no other, not to mention it’s a city filled with romance and fine wine! It’s the perfect city to spend Christmas this year.

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