So the annual Christmas ads have been fully unleashed on us, so I guess now it’s ok to start talking about the festive season? Some of you may be thinking its still November; do we have to talk about it? Well the answer is yes, and I’m hoping by the end of this post you’ll be right into the spirit of things. So, without further ado, here’s my list of 5 destinations to make you feel festive!
Rovaniemi is otherwise known as Lapland, which is otherwise known as Santa’s home. Yep you really can visit Santa in his natural habitat in this beautiful, artic area of the country. You can visit Santa Claus Village every day of the year, and enjoy a guided tour of the workshop where you can meet the big man himself. You can reach the village either by car, reindeer sleigh or snowmobile. Rovaniemi also offers husky and snowmobile safaris as well as ice skating. What could possibly be more festive than this?
Probably a bit predictable here but look how lovely it is! The Christmas markets start from 27 Nov and last up to 24 Dec. This is the oldest and original Christmas market destination so worth a visit. A trip to the city will be filled with mulled wine and bratwurst, as well as traditional gifts such as candles, music boxes and other homemade gifts. There are over 20 Christmas markets located in the city, so plenty to explore, drink, eat and buy! Each day from the balcony of the city town hall there is a special Christmas market carol concert.
Yes NYC is the place to be over the festive season and a visit to the Rockafeller Centre is bound to soften any scrooge. You can see the impressive tree and skate around the ice rink. The shops around Fifth Avenue really go to town on the window displays and you could spend hours marvelling at the details that go into them. Also famous is the Grand Central Station Laser Light Show, which sees the station host a light show on its ceiling. It’s also free which helps! Finally, not forgetting the shopping, do make sure you visit Macy’s. It provides plenty of choice when it comes to buying gifts, either for yourself or for others.
Not only does Iceland look stunning in the snow, but it’s also home to the Northern Lights. The city plays host to various Christmas markets, where you can expect the usual food, drinks and treats. A trip in the snow around the stunning Golden Circle is really picturesque at this time of year. Of course a trip to Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights are a must do. Reyjavik is a wonderful place all year round, but it really does have an extra feel of magic to it this time of year.
Amsterdam is a pretty city all the time, and if you’re lucky enough to enjoy this city in the snow, it really does look the part. Amsterdam has a range of lovely Christmas markets , the main one being at the end of Leidsestraat. There is also an ice rink alongside the markets so you can burn off all those calories you’ve consumed! The Bloemenmarkt is a floating flower market which sells Christmas trees. It is a lovely trip even if you can’t buy a tree (your hotel might not appreciate it). You can also visit the World Christmas Circus, where you’ll be entertained by various performers (all in festive costumes of course). Throughout the whole city you’ll find plenty of lights, carols and market stalls, which will no doubt get you into the spirit of things!
Feeling festive yet?