If you and your family are planning a holiday vacation, the process of deciding where to go can be a difficult one. If you’re traveling alone however, refer back to my previous blog post here. There are countless destinations around the world that can enhance your Christmas experience, and those listed below are just a few of many.
The gothic and baroque architecture in this beautiful country can set the scene for a winter wonderland when covered in a light dusting of snow. Both Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square host holiday markets around this time of year, while also providing luxury housing with Hotel Josef; a massive 109-room hotel with 24-hour concierge service. Additionally, both the State Opera and National Theater have a variety holiday shows and ballets.
One of the most popular New England cities, Boston embodies the seasonal ambience with snowy conditions, cobblestone streets, and holiday decorations lining several neighborhoods. At the Sanders Theatre in Harvard, shows like Christmas Revels, detailing the ghosts of Christmases past, will surely put any visitor in the holiday spirit. Restaurants like No. 9 Park offer holiday lunches with French and Italian influences, and several desserts.
In the city of Malmö, the tradition of leaving Santa Claus milk and cookies has a bit of a twist. Rather, locals leave a meal of aquavit and herring by the fireplace, showcasing their flare for large helpings and buffets. The Grand Hotel Garden Malmö serves traditional Swedish Christmas dishes on Christmas day, which are part of an all-you-can-eat buffet. Decorations, lights, and Christmas trees line the city, with ice skating rinks to match.
Key West, Florida
For those seeking warmer climates during the holiday season, Key West offers palm trees covered in Christmas lights, historic inns and hotels, and plenty of restaurants offering holiday dishes. Perhaps one of the more unique celebrations during this time of year is the city’s “Bight Before Christmas.” This includes covering boats in Christmas lights, lining harbors with trees and decorations, holiday parades, and even classic car shows.
Quebec City, Canada
Yet another European-esque city lining cobblestone streets with Christmas lights, Quebec offers a truly ideal holiday atmosphere during this time of year. With French restaurants serving seasonal dishes and traditional Québécois cuisine, places like the Aux Anciens Canadiens are open Christmas day. It would be difficult not to embrace the holiday season with 17th-century inspired meals like grilled pheasant breast, much like what characters ate in Charles Dickens’ piece A Christmas Carol.
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