'Tis the season to be jolly. Whether you like to cozy up by the fire at Christmastime or just experience the magic of a winter wonderland, these seven places are sure to get you into the spirit.
Prague, Czech Republic
This red-brick city is the perfect compliment to Father Christmas' costume. Boasting festive markets, adorned in fairy lights and overflowing with delicious Christmas treats, Prague cultivates the Christmas spirit like no other. Make sure you pack your hats, scarves and gloves before heading to this charismatic city. With colourful atypical architecture dotting the Old Town, wander around the array of red-roofed markets, displayed against the backdrop of Prague's iconic Jan Hus memorial that beams in canary yellow. Feast on traditional delights and hearty food and drink in a real-life winter wonderland.
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New York, USA
No one does Christmas like the Big Apple. With a gigantic Christmas tree dominating Rockefeller Center, New York brings the nostalgic Christmas movie of Home Alone to life. With a multiplicity of carol singers creating an eary ring to the city, and snowfall embellishing Times Square, get into the Christmas spirit by indulging in some hot cocoa, go ice-skating, or witness the incredible amount of colourful lights adorning the Rockefeller Christmas tree.
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Where better to enjoy the holiday season than the city of delicacies itself! This charming city is flooded with Christmas markets, from the notorious Grand Palace to Place St. Catherine, creating a magical Christmas ambience. With an ice skating rink, a Ferris wheel, a light show, a grand Christmas tree and a Christmas market with over 200 stands, the Belgian Christmas fever is infectious. With Christmas lights shaped like Christmas trees gracing the Grand Palace and festive decorations adorning the Old Town, even the Grinch would be stopped in his tracks.
Paris romanticizes Christmas like nowhere else. Boasting a wealthy display of Christmas decorations in the city's most aesthetic shopping centre, Galleries Lafayette, feast your eyes on the giant candy canes and wrapped presents that create a magical aura in this divinely-domed shopping mall. Get into the Christmas spirit by visiting fairs, indulge in a multiplicity of heart-warming crepes and see the city's iconic landmarks in their wildest beauty amidst the snowfall at Christmas time.
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A real-life winter wonderland, Lapland brings iconic childhood Christmas tales to life. Think Father Christmas, mountains of snowfall and Christmas-y activities to get into the festive spirit. Go sledging with wide-eyed huskies and reindeers amidst the aurora borealis. This enchanting and magical experience is a must for anyone of any age. Where to stay? The Arctic Snow Hotel allows guests to wine and dine in an ice-adorned restaurant, where even the interior décor, plates and glasses are curated from ice.
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