Every year on December 25, people celebrate Christmas to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, the most revered figure in all of Christianity. Christmas is one of the most celebrated festivals in the world, with an estimated 45% of the world’s population participating!
Christmas is a season of exchanging gifts, singing Christmas carols, and enjoying excellent baked goods. So what better way to spend the holiday with your special someone than while on vacation? Now that we know some of the best Christmas travel destinations worldwide let’s examine what they offer.
- New York City, USA
Unquestionably, one of the liveliest destinations to visit is New York City. The city is decked out with Christmas lights, and beautiful shows are going on. If you’re in New York at the end of the year, you should visit the Rockefeller Center since their well-known Christmas celebrations offer a breathtaking holiday experience. You can also visit one of the many holiday markets around the city, from uptown to downtown, to find the best gifts for your loved ones.
Visit one of the light festivals organized throughout New York over the holidays if you enjoy gorgeous lights and décor. Some are the Dyker Heights Christmas light show, the Brooklyn Garden Lightscape, and the Glow at the New York Botanical Garden.
- Jerusalem, Israel
The city of Bethlehem in Jerusalem is one of the top choices for the most incredible places to celebrate Christmas because it is thought Jesus Christ was born there. However, if you’re traveling to Jerusalem this Christmas, remember to stop in Nazareth, where Christianity first began.
Because it is believed that Jesus Christ was born there, Bethlehem, a city in Jerusalem, is one of the best destinations to spend the holiday of Christmas. However, remember to stop in Nazareth, the birthplace of Christianity, if you’re heading to Jerusalem for Christmas.
- London, England
London, one of the top travel destinations in the world, is fantastic during Christmas! Look at the events scheduled in some of the most well-known Christmas destinations, like Trafalgar Square (home to the largest Christmas tree in the world), Westminster Abbey, and Hyde Park.
In addition, if you enjoy Christmas carols, make a quick journey to the Royal Albert Hall and take in one of the hall’s well-known carol concerts. Finally, take the Harry Potter bus tour of London at night if you’re a Potterhead, or take a detour to the Scottish Highlands to see the wonderful world of Hogwarts coated in snow!
- Zürich, Switzerland
Are you a passionate shopper? If so, Zürich is among the top destinations to visit throughout the holiday season! There are three prominent Christmas markets in Zürich. These include the Zürich Hauptbahnhof Christmas Market, the Weihnachtsdorf Market, and the Niederdorf Christmas Market, all located at Switzerland’s most crowded train station, the Old Town.
The Zürich Hauptbahnhof Christmas Market is one of Europe’s biggest indoor Christmas markets, and it runs from November 24 to December 24 every year. A 49-foot Swarovski Christmas tree with many crystals hanging from its branches is the main draw of this market.
- Tokyo, Japan
Even though Christmas is not a recognized official holiday in Japan, you should celebrate it in style! You may celebrate Japanese Christmas while on vacation in Tokyo, including a hearty fried chicken bucket and strawberry shortcakes. Sounds unusual. The Japanese have added flair to this holiday by creating several fascinating, original traditions!
Along with the unforgettable Christmas dinner, the Japanese people also observe their version of Valentine’s Day on December 24 every year, which is an intriguing custom. So, if you and your significant other are in the city at this time, spend Christmas Eve celebrating the “most romantic day of the year” the Japanese way by dining outside, seeing the city, and spotting the lovely holiday decorations.