Spending Christmas Abroad: Top Five Christmas Destinations
If you want to spend Christmas abroad for that extra-special touch, but can’t quite decide which destination to invest in, then fear not, we have whittled the worldwide Christmas list down to the Top Five best places to jet away to this Christmas. Now all you have to do is get it down to one…
Whilst this list is in no particular order, it can’t be denied that New York prevails as one of the most iconic Christmas destinations. Even the locals can’t help but join the camera-slinging crowd gazing up at the enormous Christmas trees with baubles as big as your head and tinsel luxurious enough to trim a royal stole. The window displays along Fifth Avenue and at Bloomingdales are sights in themselves. And each district has its own unique flavour, so it’s a great time to get your map out and explore.
Father Christmas may have been born in Amsterdam (and it’s a great place to visit, particularly if the canal freezes over, offering the chance to ice skate over it), but Prague just pips St Nick’s birthplace to the post for this Christmas list. Prague is a city to fall in love with. If you get there a little early, you can see the streets filled with tubs full of carp, the traditional Czech Christmas fare, and pick your own to roast. Grab a cup of grog (a kind of honey liquor) and enjoy the carol singing around Wenceslas Square, and the beautiful Christmas lights.
For old-world charm, and a fireworks display that lights up the whole city from Edinburgh Castle to Holyroodhouse, there really is nowhere quite as charming as Edinburgh. After a hearty meal (instead of a turkey, try some of the alternatives on offer – rabbit wrapped in parma ham is a real treat if done well, along with all the traditional trimmings), find yourself a cosy pub with a traditional roaring fire, enjoy some well-earned festive beverages, and soak up the culture. Don’t forget to visit the Sir Walter Scott Monument for the annual bagpiping of ‘Amazing Grace’. You’ll never have heard anything quite like it.
No winter holiday list would be complete without a little slice of winter sun. And that’s precisely what Jersey offers, without compromising on traditional seasonal cheer. Of course, if it’s full-on sunshine you’re after, you’re better of visiting New Zealand or Bali. But if you’re more of a holly and ivy type than a December beach bod, then Jersey delivers in bundles. La Fête dé Noué in St Helier has to be one of the best Christmas markets in all of Europe. Cute Normandy stalls, dazzling lights, and plenty of mulled wine.
If cost is no issue, then another great winter warmer is Puerto Rico. Their two-week Christmas celebrations offer a veritable feast of culture, starting on Christmas Eve and carrying on until January 3. Everyone joins in, houses and streets are decorated, and the streets are filled with music and spices. Try the pernil, the baked pork shoulder usually served up as a main at Yuletide here in Puerto Rico. You won’t regret it.