Looking for the perfect holiday destination? Then here are five places that you must visit, Christmas or not – but seriously, these places are simply perfect during this season, so why not take advantage of them?
We’re talking about the Arctic Circle here. There’s nothing more “Christmasey” than being this close to the North Pole (Are you imagining my hand gesture going like this? Good.) and witnessing the northern lights, while riding on sleds. What’s more is that the Christmas dinner over at the Clarion Hotel Bryggen is just divine. Basil-glazed Filet of Catfish. Whole Roasted Filet of Pork. French Salt-baked Rosewald Potatoes. And more. And a whole lot more.
Dreaming of a perfect winter wonderland? That’s the perfect description for Lapland this time of the year. You can even go for a ride on an actual reindeer-pulled sled! The igloos of Hotel Kakslauttanen are made up of thermal glass, making sure that you can still enjoy that warm and cozy feeling while still getting to enjoy the northern lights.
Want to walk by old and lit cobblestone streets just like Ebenezer Scrooge? Then why not enjoy the 16th to 17th century old houses of Quebec while you’re at it as well? History and holidays always go so perfectly well together, don’t you think?
Here’s a perfect destination for skeptics. Munich and its hundred-foot-tall Christmas tree. If that doesn’t get you in the mood, then maybe the numerous Christmas markets can do the trick. That, mulled wine, and freshly-baked gingerbread.
Warning, this is definitely not the place to go to for those who HATE Christmas, else risk increasing your chances of performing a hara kiri in this town’s historic streets. Why, you ask? It’s a tiny romantic village with Christmas trees as lampposts, plus there’s caroling inside candlelit caves. I’m pretty sure the Grinch would love to steal Christmas from this town any day soon.