Christmas is the perfect time to spend quality time with friends and family at home but it can be hard to get in the spirit sometimes when you are stuck in your everyday routine. Luckily, many cities make it their mission to provide as much holiday cheer as possible and a quick trip to one of them can get anyone in a festive mood.
10. Quebec, Canada
Quebec has a very unique approach to Christmas. Their Christmas markets are set up in the historic district of the city which gives them a nostalgic feel. Although Quebec has one of the coldest climates, most of the Christmas activities are held outdoors to truly experience everything that winter has to offer.
9. Strasbourg, France
France is one of the most charming and romantic countries in the world and Strasbourg is no exception. During the holidays, this city is adorned with gorgeous Christmas decorations that make visitor not only fall in love with the city but also each other.
8. Santa Claus, Indiana, US
Leave it to the United States to name a town after Santa Claus as there is nothing more festive than celebrating with the man himself. This quaint Indiana town specializes in making every day of the year seem like Christmas by hosting cozy Christmas buffets and decking the whole town in festive lights.
7. Taos, New Mexico, US
Its catholic background gives Christmas in Taos, New Mexico a traditional touch. However, the city also celebrates a vast mix of cultures during the holiday season which gives Christmas here a fresh and exciting twist.
6. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to ring in the new year with a blast. Barcelona’s celebrations last well into the new year with jovial street parades and festive parties.
5. Reykjavic, Iceland
The cold capital of Iceland, Reykjavic, is a great fit for anyone looking for a good old fashioned Christmas. Here visitors can enjoy traditional food and shop for locally handmade trinkets. Not to mention, this city is guaranteed a white Christmas.
4. Nuremberg, Germany
The Christkindl market in Nuremberg is the most popular Christmas market in the world with over 2 million visitor each year. The exquisite German food and specialty drinks as well as heaps of fun activities make this come as no surprise.
3. Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg is yet another popular Christmas destination. Its beautiful castles and romantic atmosphere make it a perfect place to celebrate any occasion.
2. Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
Being the original home of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi is especially exciting for kids. Here they can visit elves, ride in a reindeer sleigh and let their imaginations go wild.
1. New York City, US
New York is the city that never sleeps and the holidays are no exception. With extravagant parades and decorations, there is always something new that catches the eye.