There are many of us ditching the traditional Christmas in favor of going away on a vacation. For us, we are located thousands of miles away from both sides of the family, so more often than not, Christmas is a quiet affair. This, coupled with mandatory shut down at work, means we are able to travel anywhere around the world . Some places we have traveled for our Christmas vacation had marvelous Christmas vibes while some places- well, you wouldn’t know that it’s Christmas! Either way, it is still a vacation and we are blessed to be afforded the opportunity and time. To those who are looking for magical Christmas destinations to go to, with splendid Christmas vibes (so you won’t feel like you are missing Christmas) this article is for you! Here are 10 amazing destinations to visit for your Christmas vacation.
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Down the southern hemisphere, Christmas day is sunny and warm. It’s bloody fantastic mate! No one does it better than Sydney. Come December, all of Sydney turns into a magical summer wonderland with beautiful lights, beach barbeques and festivities, Christmas Carols and Boxing Day Shopping Spree. With the beautiful Mediterranean like weather, you won’t feel homesick, we promise. Watch the Darling Harbour fireworks on New Year’s eve and lay back with the locals on Bondi Beach eating barbeque crayfish on New Years Day.
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Okay, so New York is pretty much already awesome, with tons of things to do and explore right? Then there are Christmas seasons in New York. For non- New Yorkers, I am sure plenty of us grew up watching many many holiday movies which feature New York as this magnificent Christmas town where everything is fun and awesome! From musicals, lights to windows display starting from November, things are really done in full swing here. Marvel at the Rockerfeller Centre Christmas Tree, shop for Christmas gifts and decorations at the Christmas Markets and end your holiday watching the ball drop at the Times Square New Years Eve celebrations.
Vatican City / Rome
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If you would like to experience a more religious Christmas experience, spending your Christmas Vacation in Rome and the Vatican City would meet that criteria. Join thousands of others to remember where it all began at the Midnight Mass with the Pope on Christmas Eve at the Basilica of St. Peters. If you missed the pope during the midnight mass, catch him on Christmas Day for his annual speech. This is held at the Balcony of St Peters at noon. On top of that, there are plenty of things to do in Rome at Christmas. From the Christmas markets to the Christmas Day Tour there is something here for everyone.
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Singapore may not be the first place you think about when deciding on a destination for Christmas Vacation but this city turns into a spectacular magical wonderland with plenty of lights this Yuletide season. The Singaporean don’t skimp on anything this time, from fantastic shopping malls decorations, beautiful Christmas light-up, and decors along Orchard Road, and non-stop festivities in all of its main attractions (think Sentosa Island, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands) that goes well into the New Years.
Is it me, or Christmas just looks one kinda amazing against the Wintery European backdrop? Christmas in Cologne, Germany is no exception. Cologne just explodes with amazing Yuletide vibes in December with many amazing Christmas Markets. Cathedral Christmas Market tends to be the most popular with close to 4 million visitors flocking into the market during the Christmas season. On top of that, watch the nativity scenes at more than 100 locations around Cologne.
Christmas in London is cold and glorious. From Christmas shopping to enjoying the Christmas show, everything is marvelous and amazing. Take the whole family and catch a London Christmas show on the West End or the Annual Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. If shows and musical is not your cup of tea, be dazzled by the Christmas lights all over London, go ice skating or meet Father Christmas and the elves for a memorable photo op.
For some, having Goa, India in this list may be a bit odd, given that India’s population is predominantly Hindu. But be sure to find unique Christmas experiences in Goa, home to 400 churches. Attend the midnight mass, indulge in Indian-Portuguese influenced Goan Christmas Dinner, explore rural Goa, enjoy the beach, partake in the Burn the Old Man fest and party hard and fast at hundreds of clubs and pubs here throughout the holiday season. You simply won’t run out of things to do here, your Christmas vacation in Goa will definitely be colorful and memorable.
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Being one of the two predominantly Christian countries in Asia, the Filipino takes their Christmas seriously. The Philippines celebrates the world’s longest Christmas seasons, with festivities starting as early as the month of September, only ended at the end of January. So, as you can imagine, there will be plenty to do and see here. Activities ranging from Christmas Symphony of Light to Christmas Bazaar, the quintessential Christmas Tree to much many fun-filled, free family activities all over the town.
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As if Copenhagen isn’t stunning as it in on normal days, try it during the Christmas seasons. You know those enchanting magical – wintery-snowfall-reindeer- Christmas you read in books? yeah, that’s Copenhagen. This Danish capital is lit during the Christmas seasons. Explore the Tivoli Gardens with Christmas delicacies, lights, rides and tunes. On top of that, beautifully decorated stalls – much like how I imagined Santa’s Village would look like in the North Pole.
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Christmas in Cape Town is beautiful and warm. And the South Africans? they know how to celebrate the holiday festivities. Enjoy hundreds of fancy festive lights as the sun sets along one of Cape Town most famous historic streets, the Adderly Street. Not just that, there are many more activities to do around here, such as the flower market and a pedestrian mall. Enjoy Christmas lunch, South African style with some Christmas style braai in some of Cape Town amazing restaurants.