It’s Christmas day and all over the world Christmas celebrations are brewing. But if you happen to live in one of these 25 best places to celebrate Christmas, then you are probably enjoying the holiday a little bit more than the rest of us. Nevertheless, Merry Christmas, and may this day be filled with many good wishes for you and your family.
Check out the millions of holiday lights strung up around the Magnificent Mile, enjoy the Christkindmarket; a large outdoor German crafts market, and the Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest; a holiday-themed amusement park with an indoor skating rink.
Castleton is a tiny stone English village dotted with beautiful Christmas trees. However, what makes this little town so alluring is its practice of candlelight caroling inside caves.
If you can deal with the cold, Keykjavik offers a beautiful Yule Town Christmas with a city that is filled with peculiar Christmas traditions (such as the 13 “Yuletide Lads” which are Scruffy Santas).
Key West, Florida
You can’t get any more laid back than Key West. Warm temperatures, beautiful beaches, and a crowd of people who know how to have fun make Key West a good choice to spend Christmas.
Quebec City, Canada
If you are looking for a Christmas in the wilderness, Quebec might be your stop. Described as a “Haven for environmentally friendly, outdoor enthusiasts” Quebec offers many opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
Offering a beautiful view of the northern lights, Trømso gives you the rare treat of a longer evening. The “Day” is just a couple of hours of twilight.
Pulling in over 2 million visitors each year, the city boasts of an impressive Christmas market with 200 select vendors who put up incredible displays in order to compete for the most beautiful stall design award.
Its celebration of the Christmas holiday is well worth the stay. Though this celebration starts on the evening of January the 4th, it’s a magnificent holiday experience with canons, fireworks; and an incredible parade of camels, elephants, and giraffes.
If you want a Mountain Christmas without all the hype and fanfare, Durango is your spot. Enjoy the pristine natural surroundings and have yourself a merry relaxing Christmas.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the city of lights is on this list. With streets lined with lights, the Eiffel Tower shining radiantly, and people enjoying the fantastic atmosphere of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris should be a staple for any holiday travel.
During the holidays, the tourist season for one of the world's most important tourist destinations thins out, creating a beautiful opportunity to enjoy the grandeur of Venice and its holiday decorations.
If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, Aspen is the spot for you. Not only does Aspen offers the opportunity to ski down snow-blanketed mountains, the town also hosts a series of incredible holiday music events and decorations.
The second most populous city in Scotland is home to one of the most vivid holiday celebrations which include holiday light shows and fireworks.
Santa Claus Village and Santa Park, Napapiiri in Lapland, Finland
Known as “Europe’s Christmas capital”, Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are located at the foot of the Arctic Circle. Each year they draw thousands of visitors from all over the world to tour the two different Santa-themed parks, which include real reindeer, a tour of Santa’s workshop, and a meeting with the big man himself.
Charleston, South Carolina
Christmas in Charleston is filled with Southern flair and delicious oddities such as eggnog spiked with bourbon and Shrimp with grits. Not to mention beautifully decorated streets lined with shops, Poinsettias, and good ol’ Southern hospitality.
Prague, Czech Republic
Lined with incredible Gothic and Baroque architecture, Prague sets a mind-blowing setting for dazzling Christmas decorations. Add to this the various holiday markets in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square and you have the makings of a holiday experience you will never forget.
It’s hard to beat a City that boasts of having eight Christmas markets, each packed with all manners of gifts, foods, and holiday items.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is a beautiful city in its own right with 16th and 17th-century houses adorning its streets. Add all sorts of lights and decorations, and you have the perfect ingredients for an amazing Christmas experience.
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
New York City, N.Y.
With a 69 to 100 feet Norway spruce tree decked with about 30,000 lights
attached to 5 miles of wiring and topped off with a 550-pound star, New York
boasts of being one of the best cities to experience a grand Christmas day.