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12 December, 2012

Best Places to Celebrate Christmas

Holiday season has started yet again, first comes Christmas followed by New Year; Christmas is nearing and I am sure many of you would be wondering where to go this year to celebrate Christmas. How about giving some choices to you to choose from? Isn’t that a great idea? Yes…my choices of 7 best places to celebrate Christmas this year.

1. New York city, United States of America

Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center

How about visiting a place where the Christmas tree is put every year for the past 79 years? Yes…Rockefeller Center puts up a large Christmas tree every year and this tradition is followed since 1933. The tree is generally 69 to 100 feet tall and the lighting is broadcasted nationwide on NBC. Rockefeller Center holds the record for erecting the tallest Christmas tree by erecting a 100 feet tall Christmas tree in the year 1999. “The Nutcracker” ballet is one that you must not miss when visiting New York for Christmas. 

2. Paris, France
Night view of Champs-Elysees during Christmas

Courtesy: Wikipedia
How can one forget a city that is dubbed as “City of Lights” when it comes to Christmas? What city am I referring to? Of course, it is Paris, France. During the beginning of the Christmas season, do not miss to visit Champs-Elysees; this is one of the most important places where Christmas lights are lit in the presence of hundreds of people and the French President. Try going for an ice skating below Eiffel Tower to catch up the spirit of Christmas.

3. Zurich, Switzerland
Singing Christmas tree, Zurich, Swtizerland

Is Switzerland famous only for chocolates and snow-clad mountains? Nah…they are famous for Christmas celebrations too. Zurich is the best place for Christmas markets and to witness the “Singing Christmas Tree.” The best place for Christmas market is at the SBB railway station as it is not subject to the closing hour laws. Visit Wiehnachtsmart and enjoy the “Singing Christmas Tree.” It is here where small children sing Christmas carols. You can also be a part of guided Christmas tours. There is a special tour called “Guided tour with the night watchman” where you can understand a lot about Christmas as well have a slice of backed tirggel.

4. London, United Kingdom
Lights glowing in Regent Street, London, United Kingdom for Christmas

London is a very popular tourist attraction almost all through the year; how can one forget London during Christmas? If you are literally in love with Christmas lights, there is no better place than London to view it. You don’t have to shell out money to see these Christmas lights; just walk through Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street or Trafalgar Square to witness the beautifully decorated Christmas lights. If you feel like playing in the ice during Christmas, you can always visit the ice skating rinks Hyde Park or Somerset House.

5. Melbourne, Australia
Christmas tree decorations in Melbourne, Australia

It’s summer in Australia during Christmas and will definitely offer a different Christmas from the way it is celebrated where Christmas is celebrated during winter or in other words White Christmas. Melbourne is the best place to witness giant Christmas decorations, carols at the Myer Music Bowl, Christmas celebrations at Scots’ church, visiting Santa at the Christmas Square, etc.  

Merry Christmas!


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