December is here and the calendar is fluttering fervidly towards Christmas. The festive cheer has set in. And you are all prepped to sing hallelujahs to the New Year. But wait! Have you thought about what Santa is doing at the moment? That stout fella who wears red, sings a guttural hohoho and has the world’s best job – he packs gifts in his red goodie bag, checks driving directions, pulls the sleigh out of the attic and travels the world in one night. But if you had a few free nights, where would you go for Christmas? Here are the 5 top cities to celebrate Christmas.
1. Lapalamd (Finland)
Best Things to do: Meet Santa Claus in his village. Post a letter from Santa Claus’ Post office. Go husky sledding. Visit a sauna. Cruise through the frozen wilderness on a reindeer sleigh. Hop across the Artic Circle. Catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Ride on a frozen river at night on a snowmobile. Dine at a snow hotel. Dig your own amethyst in an amethyst mine. Visit Ranua Wildlife park, the world’s most northernmost zoo.
2. Prague (Czechia)
Best Things to do: The Old Town Square Christmas Markets. Walk the Vltava River at night. Climb to the top of the Old Town Tower & Charles Bridge Tower. Christmas markets at the Castle Hill. Indulge in a Hot Chocolate from Cafe Slavia. View the Vrtba Gardens from Hotel Aria.
3. New York City (the USA)
Best Things to do: See the Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree. Dyker Heights Christmas lights. The Winter Village at Bryant Park. Visit the GingerBread Lane, the world's largest gingerbread village. Lightscape at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Holiday Train Show at Grand Central terminal. Grand Central Holiday Fair. Bronx Zoo Holiday Light show. Frost Fest at Luna Park in Coney Island.
4. London (the UK)
Best Things to do: See the Christmas lights (start at Oxford Street, then up to Regent Street and Carnaby Street). See the 60-foot Christmas tree at Covent Garden Christmas Market. Christmas Carol at St Paul’s. Southbank Centre Winter Festival. Christmas Day hop-on hop-off bus tour. Skate in Hampton Court Palace ice rink. Christmas Day traditional lunch cruise on the River Thames.
5. Dublin (Ireland)
Best Things to do: Visit Dublin Castle & the 18th-century style Neapolitan Crib in the heart of the Chapel Royal. Head to the Liberties for the Stillgarden Christmas Market. Christmas Craft market at National Botanic Gardens. Window displays of Brown Thomas, and Arnotts, A Christmas dip in the sea might sound daunting but it is a wildly popular activity in Dublin. Christmas Wonderland in the courtyard of the Guinness Storehouse.