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5 destinations for unforgettable Christmas

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Christmas is a unique period of the year. Lights, events, music, games, and food create the Christmas spirit offering magic, joy, and enthusiasm to adults and kids.

And what best to celebrate Christmas with your friends or family in one of the below towns.

Vienna

vienna chriTraveling to Vienna during Christmas is perhaps one of the dreams of thousands of people. Stroll in the biggest market Christkindlmarkt on the Rathausplatz, feeling the Christmas spirit offered by artists, cooks, shopkeepers, candles, lights, and food should be one of the first things to do in Vienna. The traditional choir singing and brass bands add some magic, and the doughnuts, pastries, and roast chestnuts should not be missed from your selections. You can enjoy the musical gala “Christmas in Vienna” in Konzerthaus and the atmospheric concerts in the city center churches and cathedral. And if you want to learn some history, the Vienna Museum, the Schönbrunn Palace and other attractions will be open to show you their history facts and architecture. Christmas shopping shall be in your schedule. Make a note though that shops are closed on 25th and 26th December but don’t worry; restaurants and other venues will offer the best food and the best entertainment.

Paris

paris christmasThere is so much to say for the city of Lights! 150,000 Christmas lights adorn the Champs Elysees Street, and the shop windows are aglow! What to do in Paris? Well, a Christmas Day Lunch or Dinner Cruise along the Seine River, enjoying French wine and course after course, could be turned out one of the most romantic trips. Enjoy a Christmas Classical concert at La Sainte Chapelle and try the traditional French Christmas cake and the chocolate and pastry special Christmas editions. Stroll in the markets Saint-Sulpice and Saint-Germain-des-Pres, in the 6th Arrondissement, and don’t miss a tour in Versailles. The access to main attractions such as Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Palais Garnier, Place Vendome, the Pantheon, and Museum d’Orsay gets easier because of fewer lines.

Sydney

sydney chriChristmas in summer! How does that sound? Here, you can celebrate Christmas on the beach with Santa Claus or spend the New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Enjoy nightly Choirs in the city center or do your shopping at the Pitt Street Mall under the sweet melodies of the Martin Place choir. In the Domain, next to the Royal Botanic Garden, you can also enjoy Australia’s largest free Christmas concert. A visit to The Rocks Market, the Carriageworks Farmers Market, and Paddington Market is a must, and a festive lunch on a cruise on Sydney Harbour is a different experience. And if you want more, you can visit the Zoos Taronga and Wild Life Sydney and discover the sea life at Sea Life Sydney aquarium.

New York

new york chriThe Christmas period is a particular time in the city; thus, you will live the Christmas magic as only New York can offer. A visit to the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center and ice-skating in the most famous ice rinks such as Bryant Park, Rink at Rockefeller Center, and Wollman Rink should be added to your experience diary. A visit to markets The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (6th Ave. between 40th and 42nd street) and the Columbus Circle Holiday (Central Park South at Central Park West) is a must. If you want to indulge in dancing, keep some space in your schedule for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Radio Music Hall, where over 140 dancers perform for 90 minutes.   Do you want more? Christmas holiday cruises and the celebration of New Year’s Eve in Time Square should not be missed from your experience. More? Don’t stop yourself from strolling in the streets to admire the creative Christmas decoration of shops. Each one has a theme, and the locals put much effort into this.

Amsterdam

amsterdam chriChristmas and Christmas markets go hand in hand. You can find unique gifts, mulled wine, and warming winter snacks at Amsterdam’s biggest market on Museumplein at the Ice Village.  Additionally, you can have some fun in the ice rink located in front of IAmsterdarm sign. Experience the Amsterdam Light Festival by taking a boat tour and discover how the wealthy 19th century Willet family celebrated Christmas at the Museum Willet-Holthuysen. What makes it interesting is the unique “Christmas in Willet” exhibition. Explore the Red-Light District, which is an attraction for a lot of tourists and enjoy live concerts and shows, restaurants, and shops which are prepared to offer the visitors the best experience.

Which city do you choose for your next Christmas vacation?

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