The most magical cities to spend Christmas
It's that time of the year and we're all preparing for the most magical holiday. After two long and difficult years, it's now the right time to take that Christmas trip you've always wanted to go to.
Read on for the top 5 Christmas destinations, book your tickets and enjoy an enchanted holiday to the city of your choice. You deserve it!
1- Zurich, Switzerland
Around Christmas time, the entire city of Zurich sparkles. Smells of cinnamon roam its streets and a handful of pop-ups, festivals and events take place. There are 7 Christmas Markets in Zurich, and 'Wienachtsdorf' is considered the largest. Every market has a different style and theme, offering international and traditional Swiss food, drinks, gifts, and more. During Christmas, Zurich also organizes numerous events, disco ice-skating in the middle of the forest and candle-floating are two events not to be missed. And as a bonus, all boutiques are open on Sundays and at night for extra shopping time offering great deals and seasonal items. You can find all the luxurious brands and festive souvenirs to take back with you.
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2- Montreal, Canada
All the way from the Mille End to Downtown Montreal will be displayed many Christmas Markets for you to immerse yourself with good food, drinks, holiday treats, candies, but also luxury shopping and unique gems to gift your friends and family. Once you're done shopping, there are many events and activities you can discover. You can participate in Santa's workshop and the traditional Santa Claus Parade, watch choir performances, go ice-skating, and much more. Quartier des Spectacles also hosts the annual Winter Gardens where you can interact with light and experience a "magical and luminous fairy-tale journey". There is a lot to do during Christmas in Montreal, so if you're in Northern America or are willing to travel a long distance, this is the perfect Christmas destination.
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3- Vatican City, Rome (Italy)
With immersive festive decorations and music enchanting the streets, during Christmas, the Vatican City has her own magic as well. From December 8th to January 6th, there will be a lot of exciting events and celebrations happening. And during Christmas Eve everyone gathers around the Christmas tree in the piazza for all sorts of religious events. You will also get to see the pope during the Christmas mass at the Basilica of St Peter.
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4- Orlando, Florida (USA)
Every Christmas, Orlando promises to offer the most incredible Christmas experience. Can you imagine more magic at Disney World? From famous resorts, restaurants, theme parks to even the Universal Studio, everywhere and everything in the city becomes festive. You can go ice skating on a synthetic rink, take train rides, watch live musical performances and light shows, go on horse-drawn carriage rides and visit Santa Claus. Some of the best places to go to during Christmas in Orlando are SeaWorld, Legoland, Hollywood Studios, and of course Walt Dinsey World. Each place has different themed parades and activities. Find out what you'd like best.
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5- Bruges, Belgium
Indulge in delicious food, cheeses and desserts, homemade hot chocolate, Belgian beers, wine and gin and Bruges' city center. A huge ice-skating rink is set up in the Market Square, surrounded by plenty of wooden chalets and stands to buy gifts, souvenirs and treats. In Bruges, you will be sure to find an original Christmas gift. A festival you shouldn't miss is the Winter Glow, "packed with fascinating experiences and sparkle-filled special moments". Follow its light trail which will take you to 10 installations through the historic part of the city center.
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