It’s December and that means only one thing – Christmas is around the corner! woohoo! To celebrate the festive season here are 24 of the best Christmas vacation destinations you should consider visiting.
24. Santiago, Chile
Since the arrival of the Spanish, Chile has been predominantly Catholic, so Christmas is celebrated by the majority of the locals. Because, Chile is in the Southern Hemisphere, and the summer months fall in December, so Christmas here is very hot unlike the winter snow one would associate with the conception of Christmas.
In Santiago, most of the streets and homes will be decorated, traditionally with a Christmas tree or ‘Arbol de Pascua’ adorned with lights, garlands and the nativity scene. Chileans start celebrating Christmas once they have attended midnight mass and it carries on all night. It only stops the next morning when they go to get breakfast at the Central Market.
23. Goa, India
Goa is home to 400 churches which may be strange given that India’s population is predominantly Hindu, giving visitors a unique Christmas experience. Attend the midnight mass, indulge in Indian-Portuguese influenced Goan Christmas Dinner, explore rural Goa, enjoy the beach, partake in the Burn the Old Man fest and party hard and fast at hundreds of clubs and pubs here throughout the holiday season. You simply won’t run out of things to do here, your Christmas vacation in Goa will definitely be colorful and memorable.
22. Tallinn, Estonia
If you looking for a white Christmas, then look no further than Tallinn, Estonia, where snow during the holidays is always guaranteed! The Tallinn Christmas Market is colorful and with a touch of a fairy tale. It is open from 17 November to the 6 January and held every year at the Town Hall Square, where you will also find a huge Christmas tree, the most important one in Estonia. It’s simply majestic! The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in the Town Hall Square dates back to 1441, making it the first one of its kind in Europe!
21. Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa is an amazing country to visit for family Christmas breaks. Like Chile, the weather is usually conducive to enjoy as many summer activities as you like. Christmas in Cape Town is beautiful and warm. And the South Africans know how to celebrate the holiday festivities. Enjoy hundreds of fancy festive lights as the sun sets along one of Cape Town’s most famous historic streets – Adderly Street. Such a fantastic destination for family Christmas holidays.
20. Manila, Philippines
Fact – Filipinos take their Christmas seriously! They celebrate the world’s longest Christmas seasons, with festivities starting as early as the month of September and only ending at the end of January. FIVE months of Christmas means there will be plenty to do and see here. Activities ranging from Christmas Symphony of Light to Christmas Bazaar, the quintessential Christmas Tree to many fun-filled, free family activities all over the town.
Singapore will not be a place most people think about when deciding on a Christmas Vacation Destination for but Singaporeans turn their city into a spectacular magical wonderland with plenty of lights for this season. The city doesn’t skimp on anything, from fantastic shopping malls decorations, beautiful Christmas light-up, and decors along Orchard Road, and non-stop festivities in all of its main attractions that go well into the New Year.
18. San Miguel De Allende, Mexico
When you think of Mexico you think of the beach, humidity, and drugs but not a white Christmas. But when you visit this Mexican cultural capital during the holiday season, San Miguel de Allende knows how to celebrate Navidad. Throughout the entire month of December, the warm-weather holiday destination comes alive with feasts, parades, musical performances, and fiestas. Donkeys, pietas, colorful lights and tinsel fill the streets, and people sing and dance in the town squares.
17. Copenhagen, Denmark
As if Copenhagen isn’t stunning as it in on normal days, try it during the Christmas seasons. Do you know those enchanting magical wintery-snowfall-reindeer- Christmas you read in books? yeah, that’s Copenhagen. This Danish capital is lit during the Christmas seasons. Explore the Tivoli Gardens with Christmas delicacies, lights, rides and tunes. On top of that, beautifully decorated stalls much like how I imagined Santa s Village (more on that later) would look like in the North Pole.
P.S. – As someone who spent close to 20 years working in insurance, I strongly recommend buying travel insurance if you are going on holiday. It costs a fraction of your holiday but covers the potential risk of the entire holiday.
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