If you’re looking to spend the lead up to Christmas and Christmas day abroad this year, then here are a few destinations that are guaranteed to make your 2018 Christmas unforgettable. From looking around Christmas markets in Berlin to spending Christmas day on the beach in Cape Verde, there are a host of locations abroad that will make your Christmas just as magical as being at home. Here is a guide on where to spend Christmas abroad this year.
Where to Spend Christmas Abroad?
Although it may be traditional to spend your Christmas day at home surrounded by your close and extended family members, there’s nothing more exciting than jetting off to a spectacular new city to celebrate Christmas day. If you are thinking of spending longer than a week on holiday, then it could be worth timing the dates so that you can also celebrate the New Year. Whether you’ll prefer visiting Iceland to view the breathtaking sights of the Northern Lights, or where you prefer an adventurous skiing holiday in Austria, we have included a variety of stunning destinations worth visiting.
New York City, United States
NYC is renowned for its reputation as the hub of all things festive. There are a number of sit seeing and attractions that you must do whilst in New York City including ice skating on the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park, visit the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Square, and if you’re staying long enough to celebrate New Year, then make sure to watch the famous ball descend in Times Square. However, in order to get a good view of the marking of the New Year, it is best to head over in the afternoon and guarantee yourself a good spot.
Alternatively, you could always make your way to Prospect Park in Brooklyn and experience the New Year fireworks display. Whilst in NYC, you can forget (or miss) the incredible Christmas window displays in the stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Tiffany’s, Hermes, Macy’s and Barney’s.
Berlin is famous for boasting some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, which is guaranteed to get boost your festive spirit. If you’re thinking of taking the trip to Berlin, then you must make sure to visit the Berliner Weinachtszeit, situated just behind the Alexanderplatz. This is one of the biggest markets in Berlin, running from the 27th November through til the 29th December – it’s even open on Christmas Day. It is set against the backdrop of an impressive 50-meter-high illuminated Ferris wheel and offers ice skating, traditional arts and crafts stalls and mulled wine. All of this is set to the soundtrack of traditional, Christmassy barrel organ music.
If you are also planning to stay in Berlin right through until New Year, then this city is also known as one of the greatest party destinations in Europe. Every year, 1 million people take to the Party Mile; a free pop-up street party filled with party tents, bars, entertainment stages and midnight fireworks. You can find the Party Mile between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a more peaceful and tranquil way to celebrate Christmas, then heading to the Canary Islands could be your ideal getaway.
The average temperature that Cape Verde boasts in December is around 25 degrees, creating the perfect environment for Christmas day on the beach. Cape Verde is situated just off the coast of West Africa and takes roughly six hours of flying time from the UK. In recent years, this holiday destination has become increasingly popular due to its stunning beaches, balmy temperatures and intriguing colonial heritage. Make sure to visit either of these incredible white sand beaches including Santa Maria and Kit Beach. Between November and June, Kit Beach is packed with kite surfers, all taking full advantage of the Atlantic gusts. This year, why not spend Christmas day surfing in the bay of Santa Marina. If you’re looking for more thrill than wave-leaping, then perhaps skiing in Austria is the perfect Christmas escape for you.
Ischgl in Austria is a traditional farming village that has since become not only a sophisticated tourist retreat but a raucous party destination. It includes smart hotels and traditional, cavernous bars whilst offering high-quality, snow-guaranteed pistes. To get you properly into the Christmas spirit, carols are always sung in the centre of the village on 26th December. Visiting over the Christmas period will give you the greatest chance of experiencing the best snow for skiing. The ski area lacks a glacier, but makes up for this in its altitude. The best snowmaking period runs from the end of November to the beginning of May. There’s nothing more magical about Christmas than spending the festive period surrounding by authentic snow.
If you’re visiting Iceland in an attempt to catch a sight of the astonishing Northern Lights, then the best place to visit will be Reykjavik. The Reykjavik Excursions offers daily guided tours in search of the Aurora Borealis. These tours tend to last three hours and if you don’t get a sighting of them, then you can go again, free of charge. If you’re visiting over Christmas Day, then one of the most popular Christmas dinners is smoked lamb; a famous Icelandic dish. If you are still in Iceland by the time New year comes around, then get involved with the locals who celebrate with bonfires, singing, music and fireworks. Finish off your trip (and possibly cure your hangover) with a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon; the natural hot springs located on the Reykjanes peninsula.
Hopefully, this article has inspired you to take an exciting trip abroad this year to celebrate Christmas in a more unique way. The destinations we have suggested are just a variety of locations that make for the perfect Christmas getaway. If you are looking for airport taxi transfers Milton Keynes, to save the hassle of driving to the airport and save on car parking fees, then get in touch with Admiral Airport Taxis today.