Looking for inspiration on Christmas destinations? We can help, with our list of the 20 top Christmas places in 2021. Some have snow, almost all have glitter and Christmas spirit is guaranteed. Take a look.
Dropdown contentPick Copenhagen Dropdown content for Christmas. The affordable and friendly capital of Denmark Dropdown content has a glittering city centre and it's easy to get around. If you want full festive fantasy, book tickets in advance for Tivoli Gardens. It's one of the world's oldest amusement parks and magical at Christmas.
Find Christmas craic in Dublin Dropdown content during December. The streets feel festive, there are ice rinks and carol singers at St. Patrick's Cathedral. And when you want to get cosy, Temple Bar Dropdown content pubs have you covered. If that sounds like fun, stay at Castle Hotel near Temple Bar.
Experience the festive and very Austrian Dropdown content city of Salzburg Dropdown content. Its famous Baroque architecture looks even lovelier with a snowy mountain backdrop. And it's the birthplace of Mozart so expect a lot of music wherever you go.
It's also home to the oldest Christmas market in Europe which is awash with charming traditions and smells like warm gingerbread. If you want to put that to the test, take a Tour of Salzburg Christmas markets with local guides.
Go Christmas shopping at the famous Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg Dropdown content. You'll find over 180 market stalls set on Hauptmarkt selling everything from toys to gingerbread. It looks enchanting after dark, so if you want to hang around, stay at the Steichele Hotel.
New York City Dropdown content rules Christmas from the outrageously famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree to its dazzling store windows and awesome ice rinks. If you want to immerse in festive New York City, book Arlo Midtown in Manhattan.
Berlin Dropdown content has over 50 neighbourhood Christmas markets, so it's a bit of a festive legend. It's also worth visiting for iconic museums, great nightlife and festive experiences. But if you want to shop most of all, stay at Hotel Neuer Fritz off Friedrichstrasse.
Rome Dropdown content mixes up its festive traditions across the entire city. So you have art collections, museums and monuments combined with Christmassy Italian food and culture. Plus, there's the Vatican Dropdown content Midnight Mass. So why not have a look around on a private Christmas tour with local guides?
Visit Santa in Finnish Lapland Dropdown content at the legendary Santa Claus Village just outside festive Rovaniemi Dropdown content. It's a kid's Christmas fantasy, and children do love it. But it's also designed to enchant adults. Plus, there's a chance of Northern Lights in December.
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Edinburgh Dropdown content does festive atmosphere from its atmospheric Old Town Dropdown content to the Georgian New Town Dropdown content. Edinburgh Castle looks magical, there are colourful Christmas markets and the New Year street party is one of the biggest in Europe. Book in for the season at Grassmarket Hotel.
Christmas is magical in Montreal Dropdown content. It's the second largest city in Canada Dropdown content and has everything from skiing on Mont Tremblant to the Vieux Port ice rink. Enjoy Christmas festivals and explore Old Montreal. Then meet ghosts of Christmas past on a haunted walking tour.
Hong Kong Dropdown content is the most extraordinary city and it dazzles at Christmas. Look forward to illuminated skyscrapers, bedecked shop fronts and Christmas music everywhere. If you want even more glitter, try Happy Hour with a light show at Sky100 Observatory.
Washington DC Dropdown content is a Christmas capital packed with heart warming traditions. Don't miss the illuminated Pathway of Peace with its 56 Christmas trees. Wrap up warm against the freezing weather to go exploring. And stay central at CitizenM Washington DC Capitol.
Boston Dropdown content is an Old World US Christmas from gas lamplit streets on historic Beacon Hill to huge Christmas trees and enchanting Quincy Market. To stick with tradition, stay at Revere Hotel Boston Common over Christmas.
Experience Cologne Dropdown content for eight Christmas markets and the Rhine Dropdown content riverbank markets. Quaint Glühwein stalls contrast with impressive urban architecture here and you'll find lovely festive traditions. Spread some cheer on a Christmas market and Kolsch Beer tour.
Festive Prague Dropdown content looks spectacular at Christmas. How could it not with architecture spanning over 600 years, medieval streets, wooded hills and the lovely River Vitava with its many romantic bridges? Immerse in the atmosphere at Old Prague Hotel.
Warm to Iceland Dropdown content at Christmas. It's where to discover 13 Icelandic Santas known as Yule Lads. The weather's snowy and there's a good chance of Northern Lights. Plus charming Reykjavik Dropdown content is great fun, so stay there at Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel.
Visit Dresden Dropdown content for sweet traditions like the Stollen cake parade. The enchanting River Elbe setting enhances Christmas markets. And if you want to see historic Frauenkirche at its finest, take a night tour of Dresden Dropdown contentwith friendly local guides. For more on Dresden take a look at Is Saxony home to the best German Christmas markets? Dropdown content
Bruges Dropdown content medieval town centre was made for Christmas. It's awash with chocolatiers and charming Christmas markets. The canals are wintery and atmospheric and you can hear the traditional carillon in Bruges Belfry. Soak it all up at Hotel Ter Brughe.
New Orleans Dropdown content does full-on Christmas with riverboat carol cruises, festive street cars and dazzling decorations. The city's historic quarters are at their most atmospheric and it's the perfect time of year to take a haunted cemetery tour.
Spend white Christmas in the Colorado mountain town of Aspen Dropdown content. One of the world's most famous ski resort it's all about alpine lodges, cosy restaurants and festive atmosphere. Indulge yourself with a stay at The Gant.
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