With the onset of winter, the ideas and plans for Christmas Break are well in motion. While some may want to spend it in the comforts of their own home, others might find it a great opportunity to head out and discover new places. It is the perfect time to travel to an exciting place to mark the year end. There are several places buzzing with festivities and celebrations this time around. Here’s a list of winter holiday destinations to help you decide from the most exciting places to visit at this time of the year!
New York, USA
Christmas in New York has been etched in history as vivacious thanks to numerous movies shot in that period such as the iconic Home Alone. The Big Apple is famous for being dipped in festivity with every shop and mall decorated for the occasion. The city also has the tallest Christmas Tree to visit while shopping through the numerous stores. If you are looking to spend your time enjoying the cold winter and the festive celebrations all in a happening city, New York is the place to go!
Heading down under is a good idea for all those who aren’t keenly fond of the cold winters. December is the time when summer onsets in the southern continent and to those up north, a chance to relive summer again. Discover all new side to Christmas and New Year celebrations in a Summer backdrop in Australia. If your mantra is Sun, Sand and Surf, then head to Bondi Beach and take a dip in it’s turquoise waters and tan in the sandy beach.
Quebec bustles with winter activities and festivity. The cobblestone streets and decorated 17th Century houses count for a perfect picturesque Christmas Village. This place is a must visit for those who want to celebrate with a zeal and fervor. Enjoy the season with ice skating, skiing and snow boarding. Even after Christmas is over, the city has the Quebec Winter Carnival to offer.
Reykjavik is the place to go up north, for those who have an irk to discover and experience something new. The city is decked up in festive celebrations as Statues of the 12 Yule Lads (the Icelandic version of Santa Claus) peer out from every corner shop and window. The place is bustling with festive cheer but what really attracts tourists here are the northern lights display. With only 4 hours of daylight, one can be lucky to witness the liquid-green aurora borealis illuminates the nighttime sky.
Dubai might lead you to believe is a misfit in this list, but in reality it is one of the popular winter break destinations. The city might not have the cold winter to offer but it does have a very comfortable weather for a desert at this time of the year and hence a getaway from the cold. The Malls in Dubai buzz with festivities, and the special Dubai shopping festival is a central attraction. Visit the tallest building in the world, take a ride through the desert or shop through the world’s largest mall, Dubai has a lot to offer.
Wanting to visit Europe for the holidays? Then head to Zurich, the snow blanketed cold city which has many options to warm you up with including it’s exquisite world famous hot chocolates. The city celebrates the festival with fervor as several Christmas Markets sprout up around the city. The snow capped Alps are perfect for the adventurous and snow lovers for skiing and snowboarding.