4 amazing cities to visit during Christmas holidays

If you are looking to explore a city during your Christmas holidays, here are four very different, but equally beautiful places in their own unique style that you should consider checking out.

If you are looking to explore a city during your Christmas holidays, here are four very different, but equally beautiful places in their own unique style that you should consider checking out.

Venice

During Christmas, Venice is the city as it exists for locals: organic, calm and beautiful. Canals twinkle with holiday sparkle; squares, streets, churches, and museums are empty. The enchanting Venetian light is even more hypnotic in winter, when moisture from the sea hits the chilled air, creating a fog off the lagoon that filters the sun into pink or gold. The desertion of the streets is simply magical and makes for a welcoming change for those who have only been to Venice in the warm months of the year.

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New York

This is perhaps the most spectacular city during Christmas time. Christmas season starts after thanksgiving with the tree lightning ceremony of “The tree” at Rockefeller Center, probably the most famous Christmas tree in the world. 21 meters tall, decorated with 8 km long strings of Christmas lights and a Swarofsky crystal star on top, it is simply a thing of sheer beauty. One can go ice-skating while enjoying the impressive view of the tree which towers above the rink. The entire city with all its streets and stores is covered in Christmas decoration. If, even after Christmas, you can’t get enough of the holiday vibes – then this is exactly the place for you.

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Vienna

With frequent blue skies and a crisp layer of snow, Vienna is often at its most beautiful during this time of the year. Here you will find some of the best, most charming Christmas markets in the world. Although it does get quite cold during winter (temperatures below zero), there is plenty of life on the streets and markets where people warm up with mulled wine. If it does get a bit too chilly, you can always visit one of the many renowned Viennese cafes and enjoy a delicious Hot Chocolate or a melange coffee together with a tasty homemade slice of cake.

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Reykjavik

In this characterful city you will find many Christmas festivities that focus on peace, harmony and true Icelandic traditions. The squares of Rejkjavik come to life with concerts, markets and extravagant lights and, according to legend, in the days leading up to Christmas the mischievous mountain ogres come into the town to cause a bit of chaos. You can eat until you pass out at Jalakras Street Food Christmas Market where the city’s finest chefs collaborate to create fine dining Christmas themed street food. All this amidst the clean white lines of Icelandic architecture, under a sky in flames with the intense colours of The Northern Lights, this surely must be Christmas paradise?

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