As the cold wind comes knocking at your door, bringing in the joy of Christmas, it’s time to plan one of the biggest festivals of the year. While you might have already planned your Christmas or you might still be planning, this piece is for both the category of people. Christmas is the festival of joy and happiness and there is no better way to celebrate it than travel to some of the best places in the world. From the alluring alleys of Spain to the mesmerising canals of Amsterdam and Venice to the enchanting beaches of Sri Lanka and Thailand. While you have been celebrating every year with your family, maybe it’s time to celebrate it in a news alien land with your loved ones. Travelling during Christmas won’t only give you the much-needed break but it’ll also be a new experience in a new country with new people. This Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019, celebrate the festive occasion in style and make it your best Christmas and New Year celebration. So, check out the list of places to go on this Christmas and New Year from India.
Comes as a surprise? Well to the contrary belief, Jordan has turned itself around to be one of the most friendly tourist destinations in the world. While some countries shed their cultural identity to embrace the modern advancements, Jordan has managed to preserve its cultural heritage and identity. It’s that what makes Jordan so special. A land of numerous man-made and natural wonders, Jordan is a surprise that awaits you. From its metro cities flocked with tourists, Jordan also has numerous surprises that are hidden to common eyes but you can very well explore it. From the rejuvenating Red Sea to the famous ancient city of Petra and the vast land of Desert, Jordan is the perfect getaway you seek. A budget-friendly Christmas destination, Jordan will be an experience of a lifetime.
Top Places to Visit in Jordan: Dead Sea, Petra, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Jerash, Amman, Jordan Valley, Ma’in, Al-Khazneh.
Our neighbour next door, Sri Lanka quite literally is a hamlet of heaven amidst the vast Indian Ocean. Unknown to many, Sri Lanka is one of the most serene and picturesque destinations in Asia and thanks to its geographic diversity and natural beauty, Sri Lanka is slowly making its presence felt in the travelling community. An Island nation sanctified by pristine beaches and cultural heritage, Sri Lanka is the place to be this Christmas vacation. Would you rather go for the usual Christmas celebration or spend the night with a local and vibrant culture as we together step into a new year? A Buddhist country at heart, the Buddhist preachings of peace and tranquillity is quite visible as you traverse across the country. A perfect blend of heritage and modern cities, Sri Lanka provides the best of both the worlds. Explore the cities or savour the precious memories down by the beach, Sri Lanka would be the vacation you always dreamt of.
Must Visit Places in Sri Lanka: Colombo, Kandy, Dambola, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Horton Plains, Matara, Galle.
The picturesque destination of Thailand is an ideal winter destination in Asia and one of the best places to spend Christmas vacation. Blessed with picturesque scenic beauty complimented by azure waters and a plethora of adventure activities, Thailand is the perfect way to see of the near perfect year. Would rather spend New Year doing the usual celebration or start the new year on a secluded Island with your loved ones as the waves crash on the shore? Thailand is a land of geographic and cultural diversity, yet a visit to Thailand will make you feel like Thailand is your second home. A budget destination for Indian travellers, Thailand is the escape you need to rejuvenate your mind and body while making the use of the occasion.
Best Places to Visit in Thailand: Krabi, Bangkok, Pattaya, Phi Phi Island, Ko Tao, Phuket City and Island, Ko Phi Phi Don, Phang Nga Bay.
Political differences aside, Russia is one of the best winter destinations in the world. A country always surrounded by mystery and air of suspicion, it’s about the time when Russia is explored and brought into the travellers’ radar. The largest country has a rich history, filled equally with both – turmoil and glory. Home to some of the coldest places on Earth, winters in Russia is an adventure in itself. From freezing temperatures to unorthodox methods of welcoming, Russia is the place to be if you really want to explore a new and alien culture. The rich history and heritage are exhibited in a grand fashion in the architecture of Moscow, St. Petersburg and many other places. After the recent FIFA World Cup, Russia has made a name for itself to be an absolute heaven on Earth. The snow-laden cities and a vibrant culture make it one of the best Christmas destinations from India. Global media has made us aware of many unsettling things about Russia but the royalty, hospitality and culture of Russia are mostly overshadowed by other issues. Sharing its border with Europe and Asia, Russia is a blend of many cultures which deserves the visit of every traveller. Christmas in Russia is a royal affair and a walk on the streets of Moscow will fill your heart with festive joy.
Places to Visit in Russia: St. Petersburg, Moscow, Sochi, Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal, Vladivostok, Oymyakon, Yakutsk, Irkutsk, Kaliningrad.
The ultimate Christmas & New Year Vacation Destination, Switzerland needs no introduction or glorification. As we all know, Switzerland is the dream come true travel destination in the world and every year millions of tourists visit Switzerland in a hope to carry a little bit of Switzerland back with themselves. From lush green meadows amidst the breathtaking mountains to a train ride amidst the snow-capped mountains, Switzerland is heaven like none other. If you are wondering where to travel for Christmas then look no other way and pack your bags for Switzerland. Christmas time is all the more special in Geneva in Switzerland with the entire city being lit up for the festival. The whole lake of Geneva is flocked with shops, stalls and million lights to celebrate the festive occasion. A treat for food lovers, Geneva offers some of the best cuisines and street food during the Christmas time.
Places to Visit in Switzerland: Genève Marché International de Noel at Place de la Fusterie in Geneva, Zurich, Interlaken, Zermatt, Grindelwald, Lake Geneva.
If you wish to celebrate Christmas away from the home, celebrate it like it was meant to be. Amidst the land of midnight sun, Northern lights and reindeers, Christmas in Sweden is a romance with nature. Home to Vikings, Sweden has never gained the recognition it deserves in the travel sector, yet every year many fanatic travellers set sail to explore the land of infinite beauty. One of the best holiday destinations for Christmas, Sweden’s beauty can’t be explained with words, you have to be there to experience it. Tale of two cities, in Sweden you can experience the best of nature and modern cities. One of the most peaceful countries in the World, Sweden is also a country known for their vibrant, outgoing culture. From House music to meatballs to shopping giants like H&M, Sweden is a mystery that can only be solved by visiting there. One of the best places to go on a Christmas Holiday Destination, Christmas in Sweden would be one you’ll remember for ages.
Places to Visit in Sweden: Stockholm, Gothenburg, Kiruna, Øresund, Abisko, Visby, Åre, Södermalm, Öland.
Destinations in Europe are known to be a winter wonderland but no other country comes close to the beauty that the country of Finland is. One of the five countries making the Scandinavian territory, the lore and history of Finland is one to witness. The land of pristine beauty and the midnight sun, Finland is also believed to be the universal symbol of peace and harmony. From northern lights to astonishing and vibrant Finnish Culture, Finland is a land of hidden surprised. Christmas in Finland is a romantic affair to witness. From the famed Christmas market hub of Helsinki to the famous Santa Claus Village, Christmas in Finland is one of the must-experience things. Finland is also one of the most romantic destinations for Couples with infinite hideouts to explore in nature.
Best Places to Visit in Finland: Northern Lights, Santa Claus Village, Turku, Helsinki, Inari, Kuusamo, Oulu, Saariselkä, Saimaa, Naantali.
The already famous Spain was first acquainted with Indian masses by the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and since its release, Spain Tourism has seen a rise in Indians visiting Spain. By no means consider Spain to be an over-hyped destination, because Spain is the festive carnival you always wished to be part of. From its grand festive celebration to its picturesque, quaint roads to the mesmerising beaches, Spain is the heaven for travellers who seek sunlight. In sync with its vibrant culture, the Christmas and New Year Celebration in Spain is 6 days royal extravaganza which seem to last forever. Barcelona during Christmas can’t be explained with the words present in the vocabulary. One thing is for sure, you will return hungover after your visit to Spain and people might be able to you out of Spain but not Spain out of you.
Top Places to Visit in Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Toledo, Valencia, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Costa Brava, Menorca.
A country which has seen the worst of nightmares and pulled itself back from the verge of extinction to be one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Europe, Hungary is a land of tales of glory and bravery. Hungary is a cultural paradise with people of Hungary taking pride in the exhibition of eccentric culture and traditions. Hungary has one or other cultural festival taking place every month so there is no bad time to visit Hungary yet winters in Hungary is one of its kind experience. From snow-laden streets of Debrecen to the colourfull alleyways of Szentendre to the vibrant nightlife of Budapest, Hungary is a country of absolute bliss. One of the most exotic destinations in Europe for Christmas holiday vacation, Hungary is a feast of picturesque places. Experience scintillating Hungary and return back with a bag full of memories and a camera full of pictures. Christmas in Hungary, especially Budapest, is a blend of religious traditions and modern celebrations with a party that never stops.
Top Places to Visit in Hungary: Budapest, Szentendre, Debrecen, Eger, Lake Balaton, Aggtelek, Lillafured, Tapolca.
Also known as Dutchland, Netherlands is most commonly known for its city Amsterdam. One of the most liberating destinations in the world, Netherlands is an absolute bliss. Tales of two cities, Netherland is the picture-perfect blend of nature and modern tourist cities, fused into one packed destination that is the Netherlands. A liberal country at heart, the Netherlands is a country you would love to call home. From picturesque countryside to adventure activities to a walk amidst nature, the Netherlands is the liberation we all seek. A country which has managed to incorporate nature in its modern advancements, in the Netherlands you don’t have to traverse across to find a solitude amidst nature. Vibrant lifestyle fused with alluring cultural heritage, Netherland makes up to be an excellent Christmas destination. Christmas celebration in Amsterdam begins a month in advance, with the city square being lit with lights. It feels like Christmas right from the month of November.
Famous Places to Visit in the Netherlands: Amsterdam, Haarlem, Utrecht, Leiden, Edam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Volendam.
Nestled amidst the backdrop of Alpes, Austria is another good choice for Christmas & New Year vacation destination. An all the year-round destination, each season in Austria offers pristine beauty but it’s the winter which makes Austria more alluring. With snow-capped Alpes standing tall, the landscape of Austria in winter resembles that of a winter wonderland. An ideal destination for snow adventure like Skiing and snowboarding, Austria also exhibits a carnival-like exhibition during the Christmas and New year season. Vienna is Austria is the epicentre of all Christmas celebration and Salzburg is one of the most visited Christmas destinations in Europe. Salzburg is of great cultural and historical significance for Austrians and the emotion is greatly reflected in the grand Christmas celebration at Salzburg.
Places to Visit in Austria: Vienna, Salzburg, Danube Valley, Kirchberg, Kalvarienberg Church and market square in Hallstatt.
Looking for Best Christmas holiday destination from India, it has to be France, hands down, for its festive Christmas celebration in Strasbourg. Christmas season in France is a joyous occasion and France proves every year that it knows how to celebrate it. The most famous celebration is in the city of Strasbourg which exhibits more than 400 years old markets and the winter breeze of Christmas bring a sense of joy and peace. France has been referred to be the land of rich history and culture and that is evident in its every cultural celebration but Christmas has to be the cherry on top. A land of an infinite tourist attraction, France is on every traveller’s bucket list and what better time to explore the mesmerising city than the festival of Christmas and New Year.
Places to Visit in France: Paris, Fench Riviera, Nice, Versailles, Cannes, Chamonix, Marseille, Mont-Saint-Michel, Lake Geneva.
To be honest, nothing can beat the magic of Prague in the Czech Republic. Home to the world’s oldest market, Prague is a universal symbol of allure and charm. Prague is an admirer’s dream come true. Every street in Prague seems to have taken a page taken from the book of travellers’ dream journal. With its old rustic charm, the city of Prague entices tourists from all over the town. Christmas is all the more reason you should visit Prague immediately. The Czech Republic is a country which has made its mark with its cultural heritage and rich traditions. Initially, all of it might seem alien to you but give it some time and the country will rub on you. Prague is also one of the most romantic destinations in the world and the Czech Republic is ideal for lovebirds looking to start the New Year together.
Place to Visit in The Czech Republic: Prague, Český Krumlov, Karlovy Vary, Pilsen, Moravia, Bohemian Paradise.
We dare you to name a better Christmas vacation destination than Italy. There is no other place to celebrate the birth of Jesus than the epicentre of Christianity, Vatican City. Italy is home to some of the oldest Christian traditions and culture and Christmas is a festival that Italy knows how to celebrate. A perfect holiday destination for Christmas, Italy is not just about its culture and traditions. The ancient cities of Italy which have made themselves at par with modern marvels, Italy is a land of changing sceneries. From sky-high mountains to meserising beaches, Italy is a romance with diversity.
Places to Visit in Italy: Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, Pisa, Naples, Siena, Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii, Lake Como.
The country down under is one of the best Christmas holiday destinations from India. The weather in Australia is totally opposite of what we experience in Northern Hemisphere. Christmas in Australia is celebrated in the popular Australian summer. The summer starts in Australia during the usual winter season. The Australian summer is known for vibrancy and believed to be one of the most happening and lively places on Earth. Chances are you would be invited to the much-talked open house summer barbeque by one of the locals. One of the most friendly countries in the world, Christmas in Australia is a giant gush of happiness and joy. Be it Sydney New Year Celebration or Melbourne Christmas Carnival, Australia will be your new home away from home.
Places to Visit in Australia: Sydney Opera House, Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef, Lord Howe Island, Uluru, Great Ocean Road, Fraser Island, Bondi Beach.
So, have you decided on a place yet? Don’t wait for long as the Christmas is about to come knocking at your doorstep. We’ll see you in these amazing Christmas and New Year Holiday destination. Have we missed any location? Do let us know in the comment section below.
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