Best Places To Celebrate Christmas:
Christmas being the global festival is celebrated worldwide with enthusiasm. With the festival of Christmas on the way, here is the list of some of the best places to celebrate Christmas:
Bethlehem, West Bank:
If you want to experience the real essence of Christmas, then why not be at the place where it all started. Bethlehem, being the birthplace of Jesus experiences enthusiast masses. The energy of the Christmas Eve can be seen on Manger Square and in the Old City. When the clock strikes 12, St. Catherine’s church is full of cheerful masses gathered together for the Midnight Mass service.
Santa Claus Village, Finland:
What is Christmas without Santa Claus. There is an amusement park in Finland namely Santa Claus Village. It is a Santa-themed park with some attractions like:
- Arctic Circle: The Arctic circle cuts right through the village. A white line is painted in the park denoting the Arctic Circle. Whenever the visitors cross this line, they enter the arctic area. This is a popular spot amongst the visitors for clicking pictures.
- Santa Claus’s Main Post Office: A variety of Christmas stuff like Christmas cards and CDs are sold here. The mails sent from this post office has a special Santa Claus postmark on it. Visitors can visit the post office and send mails for next Christmas anytime in the year.
- Santa Claus’s Office: There is a dedicated office for Santa in the main building of the village. Visitors can visit Santa in their office and chat with him there. There are specific office hours for Santa, and he is not available after office hours.
- Others: There are shops and restaurant in the village selling items related to Santa.
New York City, USA:
Every Christmas we sit together and watch a Christmas themed movie. We wonder if we could also see the World’ s largest Christmas tree lit at the Rockefeller Centre or if we could do ice-skating with our friends/family. New York City, being one of the most glamorous city lets us enjoy these things during this festival. From the Christmas lights and cheesy music to a light dusting of snow and to end with a ballet performance of “The Nutcracker”, New York has everything.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands:
Amsterdam being a beautiful city itself is a must visit during Christmas. The city is full of 16th and 17th-century houses with the Christmas trees decorated in the porch. The city is filled with lights and all sorts of festive ingredients making it the perfect place to visit this Christmas. Christmas is divided into two parts there: on 5th December, St. Nick gives toys and presents while 25th is all about family and food.
During Christmas, there is an event in Woodstock namely Woodstock Wassail Weekend. Everyone gathers together for the lightening of the town tree. The historic homes and farms open for celebrations of rural and small town holiday heritage. It would seem like a dream come true with all the parade of horses circling snowy village.
Paris, the city that is filled with lights, also made up its way to this list. The streets are covered with lights and the Eiffel tower shining radiantly. People enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of this beautiful city. It just like a destination which shines on a festive day as well as a non-festive day. One of the destinations that make its way on the list of every traveller.
The Vatican, Italy:
The Vatican city is filled with the Catholicism spirit, and no one knows how to celebrate this festival better than the Catholics. The festival seems like a magic during this time of the year, with the roasted chestnuts sold on every corner. Peter’s Square, Piazza Navona, and in the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli on the Capitoline Hill is filled with lights and enthusiast masses. It’s like an experience to be cherished for the lifetime.
The Catholics in Dublin have their different way of welcoming the festival. It starts with the morning swim on the 25th at the forty foot water pool. Then in the afternoon, we can see markets filled with life and laughter. There are a special 12 days Christmas Market at the Docklands, cheesy pantos, lights of Christmas, ice skating and cheers at the Temple Bar. The carol’s at St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a must attend if you visit Dublin during this time of year.