6 December 2018

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, your boss is annoying, and it's chilly in your flat.

What better time of year to go away than Christmas? And where better to go than these 10 most beautiful places in the world for the festive season? Read on to find out what these are.

The 10 most beautiful places to spend Christmas

1. Provence, France

Not an obvious choice, Provence at Christmas can be stunning. Fairy lights strung across the streets, nativity scenes in the churches, and best of all, the tradition of eating 13 desserts.

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2. Dublin, Ireland

If there's one thing you can be sure of about the Irish, it's that they know how to party. And the craic is better than anywhere in the capital city, Dublin. Whether it's sinking a few pints of Guinness in a pub with the locals, or churching it up at St Patrick's Cathedral, you can't fail to have a decent Christmas here.

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3. Nuremburg, Germany

The Germans know how to do Christmas markets properly, with massive sausages, hearty mugs of glühwein and pints of very nice beer. Nurermburg has probably the most famous, and as it's been going for 400-odd years, they probably know a thing or two about festive cheer.

Roland Berger

4. New York, USA

There's nothing like spending Christmas in New York. From the tree and the ice skating rink at the Rockefeller Center, to the beautiful window displays in very expensive shops, it's an unforgettable experience. And if it all gets too much, you can go for a walk in Central Park.

Rockefeller Christmas tree

5. Lapland, Finland

If you still believe in Father Christmas, or live with someone who does, why not go to Lapland? Finland is near enough for a short break, and you'll find a Christmas village, sleigh rides and of course, Santa himself. It's a true winter wonderland, for kids small and large!


6. Prague, Czech Republic

Like their neighbours in Germany, the Czechs know how to do a truly festive Christmas market, complete with huge portions of food and plenty of tasty beer to wash it down. If you fancy a bit of culture too, Prague has lots of classical music concerts so you can get into the festive spirit with some carols. And there's even a Wenceslas Square, so you won't be able to help singing at least one Christmas tune!

Prague Christmas markets

7. Tokyo, Japan

Not an obvious place to spend Christmas, but a good one! Japan doesn't have a whole lot of Christians, but they do like fairy lights and shopping, so you'll still find a festive atmosphere. Plus, everything stays open which is useful if you're the sort of person who tends to forget to buy stuff.

Tokyo at Christmas


8. Sydney, Australia

If you like your festive traditions but prefer sun to snow, why not head Down Under for an antipodean Christmas? Most travellers from the northern hemisphere go to Sydney for the festive season. As well as Christmas events, shopping and so on, there's also the option of a barbie on the beach on Christmas day, so you can swap your turkey for some prawns!

Bondi Beach, Sydney

9. Rio de Janeiro

If you can't decide where to go for Christmas, why not head to a place that's a melting pot of different cultures? You'll find Brazilians celebrate Christmas with a similar fervour to that with which they celebrate everything else, although Christmas day itself is more of a family time, leaving the beaches for you to enjoy. Also, if you're celebrate the religious elements of Christmas, you can't do much better than a huge statue of Christ overlooking the city.

Rio at Christmas

10. Mongolia

Finally, if you want to get away from anything Christmassy this year, head to a country that a. doesn't do Christmas and b. has lots of space for you to get away from, well, everything. Mongolia is great because it's so vast and empty that you can really find some time and space for yourself. And you might even get to sleep in a yurt!



So there you go, that's our round-up of the most beautiful places in the world to spend Christmas. Did we miss any? Tell us! Via email, Twitter or Facebook.