The best Christmas holidays for family and friends. Is never too early to plan a well-deserved holiday. Christmas is that time of the year when you are too excited to offer and receive presents, cook fancy dinner, decorate your home and Christmas tree and visit your family members.
Yet, every year, you follow the same Christmas rules, especially if you have kids that want to meet Santa Claus, you dedicate your time to give them the best experiences.
Are you going to spend Christmas at home or you planning a holiday already?
As we all know many people tend to celebrate at home by decorating the Christmas trees and exchanging gifts while some people plan to go out of town to celebrate. In my opinion, you can enjoy the festive season when you go out and explore different ways of celebrating Christmas in any part of the world.
Every year, more and more people tend to break the traditional way of celebrating Christmas and New Year by going on all-inclusive holidays, maybe to a hot destination or a ski resort; either way you choose is a great way to create wonderful memories.
If you are tired of the Christmas rush and busy shopping centers, stuck for gift ideas, and want to skip cooking turkey, start planning a Christmas holiday right now. The earlier you book your holiday, the better.
Here are the top families’ Christmas holidays destinations:
Bethlehem, West Bank
Christmas is celebrated all across the globe on the 25th of December, and this day, the Christmas parties are in full swing, but nothing compares to the celebrations at Bethlehem, West Bank, where Jesus Christ was born. The most famous thing about this family Christmas holiday destination is the energy and celebrations at Manger Square and in the old city of Bethlehem.
This is a popular holiday destination where people light thousands of Christmas trees. Just as the clock ticks 12, Saint Catherine’s Church lights up, and many watchers see the amazing fireworks before a massive Catholic mass service.
This is a popular holiday destination where people light thousands of Christmas trees, just as the clock ticks 12, the Saint Catherine’s Church lights up and many watchers see the amazing fireworks before a massive Catholic mass service. Many people gather at Saint Catherine’s Church in West Bank Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas evening.
Where else can you spend Christmas other than Santa Claus Village?
Santa Claus Village, Finland
This is one of the most popular 2019 Christmas holiday destinations where you can take gifts from Santa Claus all 365 days a year. If you do not know where to spend the Christmas holidays, head up north and go to Finland’s arctic circle.
The best way to feel the Christmas spirit is here at Santa Claus Village in Finland, with reindeer slopes rides, magical snow, and various activities for families with children.
There is so much to do at Santa Claus Village, from taking amazing photos with Santa Claus and his elf’s, to Northern Lights Tour, Moomin Snowcastle ( tickets start from 30Euro/ per adult, and 18 Euro for children, Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park, you will have to spend quite a lot if you choose this destination, so make sure you arrange a monthly installment for such a great holiday.
New York City, United States of America
New York is another popular Christmas holiday destination. The most important thing to do in New York is a sightseeing tour by bus. Start your visit with a comprehensive city overview-type tour, which include stops at all the top sights and landmarks throughout the city and feature live narration on every bus.
You won’t know what Christmas feels like unless you visit Times Square on Christmas eve. But, thanks to Hollywood movies, we know what Christmas looks like in New York City, cheesy music, Christmas lights, fireworks, and a light snowfall throughout the evening.
Every year millions of tourists visit New York City at Christmas for its spectacular decorations and attractions. You can also witness the world’s largest Christmas tree being lit at the Rockefeller center at the start of December.
Moreover, enjoy the ‘The Nutcracker Christmas show’ and do not forget to ice skate and shop at New York’s largest departmental stores. Of course, you cannot visit New York, without seeing the Liberty statue by cruise, a panorama that you will never forget.
There are also plenty of museums to visit in New York, so book your holiday for as many days as you can to have time to explore everything this city has to offer. If you travel with family and kids, ice skating is the number one choice to have fun and lose some calories.
Forget about winter coats, gloves, and snow, and try something more exciting for Christmas
Bondi Beach, Australia
Fancy spending Christmas day in a bikini, eating turkey on the beach? Head out to one of the most unique Christmas holiday 2019 destinations in Australia, Bondi beach. As you know that Christmas in the northern hemisphere comes in the summer season so beach, sand, and great BBQ parties are great for spending Christmas cheerfully.
Who said you have to spend the Christmas holidays in knitted jumpers, watching tv, and drinking hot chocolate?
Bondi Beach is a famous family Christmas holiday destination as the most famous and popular DJs and singers rock the pavilion. Moreover, you can also find your soul mate here and enjoy loud festive songs in a prevailing festive atmosphere.
Bondi Beach is not just to laying in the sun and swimming in the Pacific Ocean. Here is a list of many other things you can do while visiting this destination:
► Private Sightseeing Tours in Bondi by walking, cycling, or motorbike
► Surfing Lessons on Sydney’s Bondi Beach
► Dare to try delicious street food at Bondi farmer’s market
► When not on the beach, visit the Bondi store and treat yourself to some cool fashion items
► Bondi Open-air Cinema located on 1 Queen Elizabeth Drive | Bondi Pavilion, Bondi, New South Wales 2026, Australia, this is a special experience and you should try it while visiting Bondi Beach.
► Dive Centre Bondi – Boat Tours & Water Sports, Classes & Workshops, Scuba & Snorkeling, Lessons & Workshops. Learn scuba diving and water sports while on the Christmas holiday.
► Yoga By The and Saltsoak Float Studio, but also plenty of Massage Studios to relax your body and mind.
► For people who love art, there is Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery.
Can you imagine yourself spending Christmas on Bondi beach purifying your body and mind through yoga?
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Midnight Mass, The Vatican, Italy
The Vatican is known as the spiritual heart of Catholicism. For religious and non-religious people, this city is a Christmas holiday destination where you can celebrate and embrace the festive season spiritually. The entire city of the Vatican is magical 365 days a year, but December brings in some extra frisson and festive atmosphere.
You can enjoy eating the roasted chestnuts and almonds, being sold at every corner of the city. The majority of Vatican people tend to spend the Christmas holidays spiritually by attending the massive Catholic service or known as the midnight mass service in Saint Peter’s church or Basilica on the commencement of Christmas Eve.
The Christmas affairs in the afternoon would surely be memorable for you. Besides attending Saint Peter’s church, you can explore museums, castles, and hop-on bus tours.
Step into a magic land rich with traditions – Brasov Romania
Brasov – Romania
This destination is surely something you should consider if you want to have a magical Christmas evening. Just in case you don’t know yet, Christmas is an extremely important celebration in Romania, and the locals from Brasov know very well how to celebrate no matter what.
If you’re after traditions, exceptional food, homemade cakes, and drinks that will shake the core of your body, then Romania must be on your Christmas holiday destinations list.
There are specialized tour packages that will schedule your entertaining program for each day. Some Christmas activities you can enjoy in Brasov or any other part of Romania are learning about the life of locals who craft traditional costumes and the process of Palinca (a very strong alcoholic drink created with natural ingredients, such as plumes, apples, or grapes).
Take some folk dance lessons, experiment with cooking, learn the process of glass and clay vases, and watch the locals dressed in special costumes for the New Year festival ( the bear dance is something you won’t see anywhere else in the world)
Things to do in Brasov:
► Ski is the main sport during the winter season.
► Climb the mountains by cable car – you will have a superb panoramic view of the entire city of Brasov
► The Bran Castle ( known as Dracula Castle)
► The Sphinx, located 40km from Brasov, is a must-see attraction. This symbolic place is the subject of many stories, as locals believe this whole area has a special vibration that cannot be explained. More information about The Sphinx you can find here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx_(Romania)
► Listen and learn carols on Christmas Eve, some hosts will take you through the village to sing carols from house to house, and in exchange, you will be greeted with baked apples and walnuts, cakes, and mulled wine.
► Some holiday packages include horse sleigh riding, making sure you dress properly, and wearing fluffy gloves and hats because temperatures can drop below -15/20 in December in Brasov.
► Some other mountain areas in Romania have winter photo tours, rode by steam train, which is known as Mocanita. The train passes through spectacular landscapes of mountains and valleys and with the winter snow adding a touch of magic.
► For relaxation, choose the hot pool with a mountains view, steam, and hot sauna and spa services. Most of the hotels around Brasov will have tailored packages, so make sure you get all information before you book your Christmas holiday in Brasov Romania.
Germany has some of the best Christmas markets in Europe
This is one of the popular holiday destinations because of its Christmas market. You can enjoy shopping from 180 stalls that sell toys, candles, chocolates, gingerbread, trinkets, coffee, mulled wine, candies, and sizzling bratwurst.
It is preferable to visit the Christmas market after dark as the colored Christmas fairy lights create an enchanting festive atmosphere. You will never forget this kind of Christmas shopping.
Zurich in Switzerland is the best families Christmas holiday destination because of the world-famous chocolates and the tourist attractions. Zurich organizes some of the best Christmas markets and Christmas singing festivals. Also, do not forget the Christmas carols and performances by youngsters on the streets of Zurich.
As Brasov, Zurich has horse sleigh riding services through some of the best rustic areas that will fill your heart with joy, refresh your lungs with pure air and give you the opportunity to create remarkable memories along with your friends and family.
For those who dream of creating glamorous photos, you can book a hotel room in Zurich with a jacuzzi and Alps view, champagne, and Swiss chocolate for romantic moments. Sounds good this option, but it comes with a fat price, so book from now your dream Christmas holiday 2019 to get the best offers.
Christmas is not just about eating good food, exchanging gifts, and singing carols. Christmas is a period of reflection and relaxation.
These destinations are just a fraction of where you can spend your Christmas. If you have any other ideas or have already been to the places listed above, share your experience with us and let us know what you like most or don’t recommend.