Vienna offers the chance for a delightful old-fashioned Christmas with the smell of gluhwein in the air, twinkling holiday decorations covering imperial architecture and three outdoor Christkindlmarket. Of course, the Vienna Boys’ Choir concerts are a must during the holidays too.
Woodstock in Vermont is one of the best places in the U.S. to celebrate Christmas; It includes a parade featuring over 50 horses and riders donning holiday costumes and period dress, along with wagon and sleigh rides as well as a 19th century Christmas celebration at the Billings Farm & Museum.
Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland is adorable for Christmas; Here, children can make cookies with Mrs. Claus and even enroll in Elf School. Other highlights during this time of year include husky-dog rides, tobogganing in the deep, pristine snow, viewing the Northern Lights, or even taking a sled-led reindeer safari at the Sirmakko reindeer farm.
Germany’s Nuremberg Christmas market draws over two million visitors each year with its 200 select vendors putting up incredible displays while competing for the Most Beautiful Staff Design award. The market council is said to be very serious about making sure that only traditional handmade toys and holiday goods are sold.
Strasbourg offers a series of themed Christmas villages that transform the city into a fantastic wonderland of holiday sights and gastronomic delights. The city’s Christmas program is filled with concerts and all types of cultural events.
6- Medieval Bruges
Medieval Bruges, Belgium is stunning all year round, but it truly comes alive in winter, with its center transformed into a Christmas parade, partially sliding on its large ice rink. This year’s festival will be based on the “land of the hobbits,” with 40 artists making amazing creations out of 300 tons of ice and some 400 tons of snowflakes.
Amsterdam doesn’t have just one Christmas market – visitors can browse or buy at 26 different markets. Many feature additional attractions, such as Leidseplein with its ice skating rink. You can also try delectable oliebollen, or Dutch doughnuts; Dutch tradition says they help to ward off evil spirits.
Breckenridge, Colorado is transformed into a beautiful Victorian-style Christmas town during the holidays. Throughout the holidays visitors can enjoy carriage rides, lots of shopping opportunities, and the chance to feel as you’ve you stepped into an old-fashioned holiday painting.
Prague is well-known for its magnificent Gothic architecture and unique folkloric traditions. In the Old Town Square, you’ll find a stable, complete with goats, donkeys and sheep set around a traditional nativity as well as lots of holiday lights and music.
10- The North Pole
The North Pole may be the most obvious Christmas town of all. Here in this community of 2,200 residents, it’s always Christmas with holiday decorations up 365 days of the year. This is also the place where you’ll have the chance to mail your postcards from Santa’s official zip code so that friends and family receive mail postmarked from North Pole, Alaska.