Top 5 Christmas Destinations

Thinking of going away for the festive season? Here is Marco Polo's pick of the Top 5 Christmas Destinations: 

 

New York, America

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New York at Christmas is an extremely picturesque sight with Christmas trees, lights and decorations everywhere. Some of the main attractions are the world-famous ice skating rink and the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center. The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is also a very popular place to visit, providing visitors with a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach! There are carriage rides through Central Park and spectacular department store displays to see - a walk through Macy’s Santaland is a must do! It is completely free and features talking trees, skiing penguins, dancing bears, model trains and most importantly… Santa and his elves!

 

Nuremberg, Germany  

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Nuremberg is home to the world famous Christkindlesmarkt, which opens on the November 29th until December 24th. Nuremberg is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, with more than 180 stalls selling Christmas decorations, clothing, delicious food, toys, games and much more. Visitors can take a ride in horse-drawn carriages through the old cobbled streets and see the beautiful sites that Nuremberg has to offer. At the Christkindlesmarkt you will create your greatest Christmas memories of all time with candle lit streets, the smell of cinnamon and gingerbread and the overwhelming spirit of Christmas.  

 

Lapland, Finland

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Lapland is said to be the home of Santa Claus himself and is renowned for its world-famous Santa Claus Village. It is an enchanting place to visit and is situated in the wilderness amongst snow-laden forests. There are endless magical adventures to embark on including husky-sled rides, reindeer sleigh-rides, tobogganing, ice fishing, snow hockey and cross-country skiing. Another amazing attraction is the Ranua Wildlife Park, which is home to wolverines, baby polar bears and reindeer – visitors can take a sled-led reindeer safari here too!

 

London, England

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Central London is buzzing with Christmas spirit during the festive season and sparkles with bright lights wherever you go. There is a massive Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, which is surrounded by fountains, Christmas lights and carollers! From the Winter Wonderland and Christmas market in Hyde Park to the Nut Cracker ballet at the Royal Opera House, there really is something for everyone to enjoy! There are also many outdoor ice-skating rinks and even just a walk down the street of Oxford Circus will make you feel the festive vibe!

 

Strasbourg, France

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Strasbourg is host to a series of Christmas-themed villages during the festive season when the city morphs into a winter paradise. The old-fashioned villages are covered in lights from top to bottom, which makes the place look even more picturesque (if that’s possible!). Strasbourg is also home to one of the most famous markets in the world - due to the sheer size of it! Shuffle from chalet to chalet and enjoy the delicious food on offer as well as events, concerts and exhibitions that take place around the market. If you wanted to learn more about the history of Strasbourg, there is also a tour of its Christmas traditions that takes place throughout the festive season.

 

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Bryony Whitlock - November 2013

 


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