I’m very sad to admit that I’ve never taken a trip away across Christmas. Despite visiting Ljubljana at the start of December in 2016 where the Christmas celebrations had recently begun, I would absolutely love to spend Christmas in another city, perhaps with a blanket of snow outside while I cosy up to a warm fire indoors with a mulled wine. For my blog this week, I wanted to share a few of the cities I’d love to visit for the festive period and the reasons why I simply must go.
New York, AmericaNew York is a dream destination for me. There’s so much to see and do over the Christmas holidays, I would love to spend time walking through the snow in Central Park, go ice skating at Rockefeller centre and stand at the top of the Empire State Building with views over the city. I would also love to see the extravagant window displays in stores that I’ve only seen in movies including Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and many more choosing to show off their products and festive cheer. I could go on and on about why I want to visit New York, New York!
Munich, GermanyGerman Christmas markets are world famous but despite this, I have yet to visit this wonderful city of Munich. With the Christmas market based in Marienplatz and a majestic Christmas tree overlooking the square with twinkling Christmas lights, Munich appears to be a historic and scenic destination for the holidays. I would love to sample some Bratwurst and mulled wine with the gothic architecture in the background of my festive shots.
Copenhagen, DenmarkWhere else would you find the concept of Hygge so prominent and evident during the festive season if not in Copenhagen? With cosy settings and golden Christmas lights aglow, Copenhagen is the ideal place to get into the festive spirit. With countless outdoor ice rinks and comfort food such as smørrebrød to indulge in, there are so many reasons to visit Copenhagen at Christmas time.
Montreal, Canada With traditional winter weather and plentiful shopping options, Montreal is for those reasons alone a great place to visit over the festive period. However, one key event that attracts me is the fact that the city also hosts an annual Santa Claus parade and has done every year since 1925. With around 20 floats making their way down the Canadian streets, thousands of excited attendees and a Santa Claus appearance as the finale, I would love to see one of these grand parades.
Reykjavík, IcelandReykjavík is starting to build a reputation for being one of the best alternative locations to spend the Christmas holidays which has helped the city to attract a record number of visitors in recent years. Whether you want to go ice skating at Ingólfstorg Square, take some Instagram-worthy shots at the Reykjavík Botanical Garden or keep a lookout for a Northern Lights display, there are so many activities to get you into the festive spirit and so many memories to make.
As we all know, the holidays are the time to eat, drink and be merry with friends and family all around. That’s probably why I haven’t jetted off to another country over the festive period yet – I love experiencing our much-loved Christmas traditions at home. But for just one year, it would be such a fantastic experience to move our celebrations out of the UK, especially to dreamy locations such as these. Where would you choose to spend your Christmas holidays abroad?