Do you want a traditional Christmas or do you want to soak up some winter sun? It’s time to make the most of this Christmas. Here are a few top suggestions for how you might wish to spend the holidays.
Singapore: Christmas in Singapore is as enormous as any other holiday, despite the lack of snow and reindeer.
Every Christmas, Orchard Road’s famous shopping belt transforms into a brilliant winter wonderland of lights and holiday decorations, making it clear that this is the season to be merry. Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay is a fantastic spot to celebrate the holidays with its spectacular lights, sound, and spectacle. This month-long celebration includes a variety of activities and carnival games in addition to the beautiful lights and decorations. You’ll have the opportunity to shop at the Festive Market, visit Santa at Asia’s largest Santa Grotto, and ice skate beneath the stars.
The countdown party at Marina Bay has become a highlight of the festive season. Thousands of people are expected to ring in the new year with music, live performances, and one of Asia’s most stunning fireworks displays.
Russia: Russia celebrates Christmas every year on the 7th of January. The event includes decorating trees, singing carols, inviting visitors, and savoring the eve to the fullest. Russia celebrates the eve of Christmas on a white snowy day with cold temperatures. Christmas instills a happy atmosphere because it is a gift-giving celebration.
Saint Petersburg is recognized for its lavish palace celebrations, while Moscow is known for its historic Christmas traditions. Suzdal, Novgorod, Lake Baikal, and Vladivostok are among other cities with grand celebrations.
It is commemorated on cool days, with activities such as burning a campfire. In commemoration of Sviatki custom, they kindle a fire. They prepare a delicious dinner and spend valuable time with their loved ones. Even the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree, which has a beautiful fairy adornment with an attractive appeal, is also significant. Every traditional ceremony in Russia is full of joy, from decorating the Christmas tree to welcoming the Russian Santa.
Goa: Christmas in Goa is all about scented candles, Christmas carols, and exchanging a lot of gifts. Plan a night out with friends, listen to church bells chime, and enjoy a fireworks display!
Old Goa is littered with historic structures, most of which date from the Middle Ages. Hit the Goan streets for the festivities, which are all over the place, and don’t miss Goa’s Christmas carnival. Midnight Mass is a famous Christmas ritual that can be celebrated in any of the 400 churches on New Year’s Eve. Nothing compares to offering a prayer at the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
Anjuna Beach is a kaleidoscope of colors and light as the entire beach area, with its chaotic population and colorful cracker display, party until dawn. Goa has a nightlife that few other places can match. Sunburn, which takes place just two days after Christmas and is better than any Christmas carnival in Goa, will keep you hooked on this town for a while and make you want to return.
Don’t miss out on the famed chocolate cakes, which are also one of Goa’s Christmas specialties!
Iceland: Christmas here lasts from the 11th of December until the 6th of January. It is a good 26 days long festive season here.
People begin decorating as early as October to combat the long hours in Reykjavik and other towns, which light up the gloomy days with unlimited amounts of Christmas lights and advent lights. Around the town, there are markets, ice skating rinks, endless concerts, and buffets where you may sample some delectable Icelandic Christmas fare. You may go to the Árbæjarsafn Open-Air Folk Museum to see how Icelandic Christmases were historically celebrated. Attend a few Christmas performances, many of which feature angelic-sounding choirs or some of Iceland’s most well-known performers.
Discover the South Coast, the Golden Circle, and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. On bright nights, the Northern Lights may even be visible, dancing in green, white, pink, and purple streaks across the sky.
Germany: The frigid conditions of winter provide the ideal opportunity to get out on the ice. Advent celebrations kick off the German festive season at the end of November or early December.
Markets are held in many German cities and towns from the beginning of December until Christmas Eve. Throughout the month of December, there is a festive mood.
Many towns have markets and kiosks selling classic German delicacies like Christmas stollen, hot and sticky sweet roasted almonds, gingerbread hearts, and other Christmas sweets, as well as traditional Christmas decorations. Nuremberg is home to Germany’s most famous Christmas market. Many vendors sell mouth-blown and artistically painted glass baubles in a variety of sizes and colors.
The Blue Danube River Cruise: Christmas on the Blue Danube is not as cheap but it is totally worth it, surfing through 3 countries – Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia.
Who wouldn’t want to spend the Christmas week in this fashion, with a live Christmas classical quartet recital on board, a Hungarian Christmas folklore entertainment onboard, guided excursions in Vienna, Salzburg or Linz, Budapest and Bratislava, and visits to Esztergom, Melk Abbey, and Schönbrunn Palace?
New York: For many, spending the last week of the year and the first week of the new year in New York City is a dream come true.
After Thanksgiving, New York City transforms into a dazzling wonderland with millions of holiday lights. The Empire State Building will be decked out for the holidays with multicolored lights and Christmas music. New York City’s pride and delight, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, is a gleaming and magnificent icon of the holiday season. Times Square is truly unique and memorable because of the hundreds of window displays and festive happiness.
These places are a must-visit with your family and friends this Christmas!