It has been a tradition to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ every December 25. Christmas is the perfect day to spend most of your time with your family and loved ones. It is the time of the year when you can hear Christmas carols, Christmas decorations hanging everywhere, and the sharing and giving of gifts.
Christmas time is the merriest time of the year which unites the human race as they celebrate the holiday with love and giving. Hence, it is one of the most colorful holidays of the year. Most of the people celebrate their holiday in their different ways. But some of them spend their Christmas vacation traveling into a foreign place.
This season, try out different ways to spend the holiday. Discover and explore new places, traditions, culture and food. And to make it easier for you to choose your exciting vacation destination, here are the Top 10 Best Cities to Celebrate Christmas.
10. Nashville, Tennessee
Known as the center of the music industry, Nashville has also been recognized as the ‘Music City.’ Experience the magical Christmas in Nashville. As early as the mid-week of November, the city is already preparing for the Yuletide season.
From your favorite Christmas melodies to the usual Christmas carols, the music city changes its lights from honkytonk neon gold to the holiday’s red, greens, silver, and gold. Although the city rarely experiences white Christmas, there are a lot of fun activities the city offers like parades, shows, and events.
9. Edinburgh, Scotland
The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh offers a new unique experience during the holiday season. While the city promises fun and exciting activities and events, beautiful fireworks from the Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood house illuminate the sky.
Explore The Royal Mile, St Andrew Square, and East Princess Street Gardens; listen to the bagpipes while they play songs around the Sir Walter Scott Monument. Have fun at the Big Wheel, Star Flyer, the ice rinks, and the busy Christmas markets. Fill your sack with Christmas goodies.
8. Boston, Massachusetts
The largest and the capital city of Massachusetts, Boston turns into a city of flickering lights and beautiful decorations during the Christmas season. The city boasts off special holiday music shows and events.
Spend the weekend at the Boston Common and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Attend The Nutcracker or Black Nativity, experience a Holiday Pops concert at Symphony Hall, and enjoy the Christmas Eve events, celebrate Christmas with the Christmas Revels at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.
7. Santa Barbara, California
Known for celebrating year-round, Santa Barbara also offers a fantastic chance to experience the Christmas spirit. In the winter, the city mixes New England-style refinement and old California qualities with a blend of holiday events.
Attend the annual holiday festival at Santa Barbara Public Market, and the holiday party at the Historical Museum. Experience snow at Paseo Nuevo, and spend the holidays with the city’s various activities and shows.
6. Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik promises a colorful city which enables the displays with its stunning Northern Lights. The city has attracted many visitors during the yuletide season from the winter attractions to the city’s breath-taking Christmas decorations.
The city is a great holiday destination for those demanding tourists who want something new and unique as it is expected to exceed the expectations of the visitors. The liquid green aurora borealis lights the nighttime sky with the city’s four-hour daylight time. 12 Yule Lads are all over the window, and every corner of the shop is peering out.
5. Zurich, Switzerland
The largest city in Switzerland, Zurich is the central area for railways, road and air traffic. In the mid of November, the city displays 12,000 crystal lights marking the beginning of Christmas.
You can hear Christmas carols all around the city, and you can already smell the scent of cinnamon and mull wine and enjoy the firework displays. During this season, visit the galleries at Rämistrasse, stop by the Conelli Christmas Circus, and attend a holiday concert at the Romanesque-style Grossmünster church.
4. Charleston, South Carolina
The oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston offers a Christmas in a more interesting way. During Christmas, the city roasts pecans instead of chestnuts and provides a plenty of fun-filled activities.
Try their eggnog spiked with bourbon, listen to the choirs at Drayton Hall plantation as candlelight twinkles at the weather worn bricks and Gullah spirituals ascents through the night air.
3. Lapland, Finland
Known as the homeland of Santa Claus, Christmas is the merriest time in Lapland. It is a magical year for your family as you get to meet and greet Santa Claus. Experience your own fairy-tale in the city with its architectural designs ensemble from a storybook.
Within the city, it is very usual to city Reindeers more than people. Experience reindeer sleigh riding through the woods, say Hello and take a ‘selfie’ with Santa Claus, snowmobile and ski on the Saariselkä trails and enjoy your action-packed getaway with Santa’s elves.
2. Trømso, Norway
Every December, it is a common circumstance that the sun barely shows up in Tromso. Although the city receives no visitors during the Christmas season, the locals enjoy the holiday in their unique ways.
When in Tromso, attend Christmas concerts, visit cafes and restaurants full of merrymakers, go shopping, and try the traditional quivering lutefisk. Go dogsledding, enjoy the delicious cuisines, and try the mountaintop cable car.
1. Prague, Czech Republic
On top of the list, Prague is one of the best cities to celebrate Christmas either with your family or with your special someone. During this season, you can see the place illuminated with lights, shop windows brightly flickering through the night; Christmas trees are donned with beautiful ornaments and the people smiling at each other with glee.
Walk around the historic Nerudova Street in Mala Strana and enjoy the view of the city’s Gothic and Baroque architectural designs. Book an opera or ballet at the State Opera or National Theater and troll around the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square.