Sometimes mixing it up a bit for the holidays can be refreshing and fun. If your budget this year is a little bit bigger (or even if that is not – there are some ways how to travel cheap) consider spending the jolliest time of the year somewhere abroad! Your Christmas memories will be plentiful and you’ll likely score some pretty amazing souvenirs from far away. Review this list of the 30 Most Beautiful Places in the World. Also consider the following five top destinations to spend your Christmas this year.
With one of the oldest Christmas markets in the world and many old Christmas traditions, Germany is worth visiting during the holiday season. Visit the oldest Christmas market in Dresden, dating back to 1435. Other must see markets include Munich’s Marienplatz market and Tollwood Winter Festival. In the capital city, Berlin make a stop at the hugely popular Christmas Market, held in the grounds of the stunning Charlottenburg Castle. And, of course, make sure you try out some Lebkuchen – delicious spiced gingerbread – and a cup of Glühwein – hot mulled wine.
Not many of us know where this small Baltic state is or that our beloved Christmas tree was firstly decorated in the capital of Latvia – the city of Riga sometime around 15th century! So travel to the country that is the real birthplace of the best Christmas tradition and spend holidays in beautiful Riga as well!
As all Christians know, baby Jesus was born is this small town, and if religion is much more to you than just Christmas, you can travel to Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of our Messiah. Really – there is no place more traditional to spend Christmastime than in this small town in Israel, which is not only the birthplace of Jesus but the center of nativity scenes worldwide as well.
If you want to meet the real living Santa Claus you must visit Lapland. Lapland is one huge region spread across the arctic regions of northern Norway, Finland, and Sweden. And it is widely known as the homeland of the Father Christmas. So, travel to Lapland and meet elves, Santa and spend your Christmas there. Both adults and children will love the abundance of the Christmas Spirit found in Lapland.
And finally, if you wish to have not a white, but a hot Christmas – Australia is just that you are looking for! Since the seasons in Australia are always opposite to what we have in the United States, Australians enjoys hot and sunny summer for Christmas. Imagine enjoying your Christmas dinner right after an afternoon of surfing! So pack your swimsuits, get some sun cream and get ready to spend your Christmas with a tan!