Time is fast approaching until the World prepares for the big celebrations leading up to Christmas. Destinations across the globe deck halls and streets with bells, holly and various festive objects. Light parades, markets, food stalls and attractions lure in tourists from across Europe.
The UK and in particular London does a grand job in attracting overseas guests to celebrate the period leading up to the big New Years celebrations just a week after Christmas. I have decided to take a look at five places that are rated highly by guests on where to visit for a Christmas holiday overseas.
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With the canals and streets lit up with colourful lights, the city turns into a magical atmosphere attracting visitors from across the Netherlands and Europe. With many concerts, markets and festive parades to mark the occasion, the highlight is definitely the Christmas Tree on Dam Square. The 20m tall tree towers into the air and it’s decorations are switching on with an illuminating parade. Just like the traditional markets spread across most of Western Europe, these are surrounded by the architecture that is one of the most impressive aspects of the city.
Disneyland Paris, France
Perfect for families hoping for a break not too far away and with lots of entertainment on offer. Disneyland is made more magical by the celebrations, extra parades and attractions on offer across the parks and hotels. With the weather also turning colder and chances of snow falling onto Sleeping Beauty Castle. Paris itself also has also lots to offer especially for romantic castles.
Picture the home of Saint Nicholas, snow surrounding warm chalets and all the magic surrounding a trip to Finland. With a reindeer park, ski resorts and sledging through the snow, there is plenty to get up to in December. Another highlight is the Northern Lights that are easily visible over the sky in Scandinavia.
Germany is the home to Christmas markets and Munich is one of the best places to enjoy them. With dozens littered all over the city and stein glasses drank from right across the period, Bavaria is a place everybody should try and see at Christmas time. Neuschwanstein Castle is also just couple of hours and looks great in the snow.
New York, United States
It would be a daft decision to leave out New York from this list. The City is littered with ice rinks, shops open late and plenty of decorations making it one of the most festive cities in the world. NYC is also home to some of the most popular Christmas films in cinema history including Home Alone II, Elf, When Harry met Sally and Miracle on 34th Street. New York also throws some big parties on Christmas Eve as well.