Top 5 Christmas destinations

By Sergio González | 11:15
Ice rink at Rockefeller Center in NY

Ice rink at Rockefeller Center in NY, the top of top Christmas destinations

It’s Christmas again and among all the arrangements, holidays are usually consigned at the bottom of our own draw of worries. You keep on thinking about  if aunt Virginia likes raisins in the stuffing and that endless gift wrapping lingers in the back of your mind. Don¡t worry!  You’ll only need a couple of minutes to get cool ideas for your Christmas holiday destinations. 

A funny Christmas starter

There’s a village in Northern USA, in Indiana, that claims to be America’s Christmas hometown, maybe because its name is Santa Claus.  Their catchy name was changed from Santa Fe by a local board in 1856 as US Mail thought it would be very confusing with Santa Fe, California. 2000 inhabitants –you can tell by their web page–  and it’s in the middle of nowhere. Take a chance and check it out for some different Christmas holidays.

Christmas Eve in the open air

One of the most impressive phenomena Mother Nature can set forth are northern lights.

In the middle of the Arctic night, the sky gets neon powered in red, blue and the more common green while ohs and ahs of human origin are the soundtrack. It should be on everybody’s wish list.

They’re almost impossible to predict but you can improve your chances at the beginning of winter, aka Christmas time. If you pick Iceland as your viewing spot, you’ll have the chance to trek through some of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth or enjoy a hot swim in a natural volcanic pool.

The Royal Christmas you deserve

Just a glance at Vienna’s Christmas celebrations -traditional markets, centennial Christmas lights, royal dance balls…- it’s enough to understand these are the home to the classiest an  fanciest Christmas celebrations in the world.

Salzburg, a small town close to the German border, it’s the perfect place to get a slice of it but without wearing out your credit card. Its UNESCO World Heritage Old Town can be walked around in a morning, but allow yourselves some time to see the three astounding Austro-Hungarian palaces -yes, Empress Sissi style- which is  home to this beautiful Alpine location: Mirabell, Leopoldskron and Hellbrun.

It’s Christmas and no matter how far you travelled from home, it’s the time when you should feel as you never left. Stay with us to enjoy excellent personal service and modern comfort just a few steps from Salzburg’s historic downtown.

Salzburg i’s best known for seeing Mozart’s first steps and operas, all at the same time. His figure is still quite present so don’t be surprised if you listen to string quartets playing the genius in the streets or if you are taken to 19th century patisserie Fürst to have Mozartkugel, Mozart balls.

American classic

Austria is to European Christmas as New York to the American ones. The most fabulous city in the world knows every eye is on her during Christmas and New Yorkers are ready to dazzle us once more. Fancy some ice-skating under Rockefeller’s  famous Christmas tree? Have a look around -lovely atmosphere for families and couples- but consider skating in Central Park, it’s much cheaper and equally cool.

If you’re looking for something funny to do while spending Christmas  in New York, try a costless visit to FAO Schwartz. If naming the most traditional toy store of New York doesn’t ring a bell in you, let me tell you it’s where Tom Hanks played the foot-piano in Big. It’s free and you can’t miss the place, it’s encircled by a large queue. Avoid weekends or hit the store first thing in the morning!

In the very heart of Manhattan, Madison at 38th, NH Jolly Madison Towers  is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for classic New York Christmas. Its impressive 20’s architecture has been updated with high-tech facilities but the warmth you feel when you stay there is still from the old good school.

Northern lights in Iceland

Northern lights in Iceland, different Christmas holidays

Ski, relax, shop!

In the middle of the Pyrenees lies one of the smallest and less known countries in the world, Andorra. Very famous as a ski destination for Spanish and French people, it’s also a shopping paradise. You not only have the best boutiques at a stone’s throw in Andorra la Vella, the capital of the tiny Principate, but they’re also tax free. Serious deals here, especially perfumes, fine jewelry and haute couture.

Your ski-shopping weekend in Andorra can be upgraded by delicious mountain food, very hot stews to help you recover, and a stunning spa resort, Caldea, to swim in hot waters while it’s snowing outside.

These are just 5 suggestions for your incoming Christmas holidays! What’s your top five? Let us know where are you going!

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  • posted by veronica bell | 14 December 2012, 8:13,

    Christmas is coming soon and everyone want to celebrate it with full of enthusiasm and excitement. I am also excited to plane my Christmas vacation to some interesting place. I am thinking to celebrate it in Goa which is also a perfect place for Christmas celebration. You can also add this place in your list of Christmas destination. Here you can find more detail on Goa Christmas destination http://www.topindiaplaces.com/goa-the-best-christmas-and-new-year-destination/

     
  • posted by Courtney Imel | 14 December 2012, 13:07,

    Hi Veronica! Thanks a lot for sharing that! Enjoy your holiday getaway! 😉

     

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