There are some places around the world which visiting in the Christmas time is especially charming experience. Where to go to feel an amazing atmosphere? Take look at our list and book a hotel room for next Christmas!
Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
Everyone knows Santa. What some people don’t know, however, is that it is possible to meet him in person all year round in Finland. Santa’s official office is situated on the mysterious Arctic Circle and it is open to each and everyone. Moreover, Lapland is home to over 200,000 reindeers. You can meet them (and fed with yummy lettuce) on one of many reindeer farms. Last but not least, while in Lapland you cannot miss Northern Lights! If the weather on your visit will be bad you can still see them at the Artkikum. This museum is devoted to aurora borealis and they have an exhibit where you can lie on cushions and watch a short video taking viewers on a virtual journey focused on these beautiful light formations.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
You don’t like to feel frozen? No problem. For your Christmas holidays choose hot Mexico! The Spanish colonial gem and cultural hot spot in central Mexico is electric at Christmas, with theatrical processions around town, numerous posadas reenactments, and fireworks, live music, and dancing. Christmas activities in San Miguel begin with a colorful Christmas market set up in the Plaza Cívica. On or about December 16th, the town Christmas tree is lighted in the Jardín. That night also begins Las Posadas, the traditional processions that take place every night for nine nights in different neighborhoods. Be sure to sample ponche, a kind of Mexican hot toddy made of fruits and brandy, and the sweet bread rosca de reyes.
Reykjavík’s growing reputation as an alternative Christmas destination. In this otherworldly landscape, daylight is a four-hour affair and the liquid-green aurora borealis illuminates the nighttime sky. Statues of the 12 Yule Lads (the Icelandic version of Santa Claus) peer out from every corner shop and window. Leading up to Christmas, various concerts and events are held around town as well as small Christmas markets and pop-up stores. Locals pack their bellies with various well prepared food during the advent. Smoked and cured meat, smoked and cured salmon, specially brewed seasonal ales, Christmas cakes, gingerbread cookies, mulled wine, buffets of cured herring and, on the 23rd, a special feast of fermented skate. Smoked pork, lamb or game of various sorts is usually what’s on the menu on the eve of December 24th, a night where most families, meet for a special Christmas dinner, exchanging gifts and unwrapping them that same evening rather than the morning after. A taste of the season goodies is definitely something you’ll want to try.