Christmas is nearing and the entire world is gearing up to bring out their best celebration. But if you are at one of these below mentioned places to celebrate, then I bet you are having a better holiday than most of the people on Earth. If you are not making it this year, make sure you save up some money and end up at any of these places next year. Trust me, by the end of this list, you would already be making Fixed Deposits and taking up freelance jobs over and above your ‘9 to 5’ routine.
The vibe of Santa Claus is very strong on the Dutch capital. The 16th and 17th century houses that are strung with glimmering lights illuminate and adorn the beauty of the city. Consider staying back still New Year’s Eve for champagne and fireworks in the Nieuwmarkt or Dam squares. Whenever you are in Amsterdam, do not miss the opportunity to join locals as they trade their bicycles for long-bladed ice skates and take a tour of the city’s outdoor rinks.
Get ready to experience wilderness at its best at Urho Kekkonen National Park. It is a 90 minute flight from Helsinki, and is considered as a perfect winter wonderland. You can travel the frosty landscape on a reindeer-pulled sled. You can also go cross-country skiing on the Saariselka trails. Do not miss out on the four hour cruise on the Sampo, which has served as an icebreaker for 26 years.
If you ever wish to see a 100 ft tall Christmas tree, then march towards Marienplatz. The city has two dozen Christmas markets. It also features a tram that serves mulled wine and gingerbread while it crosses the old city. The major highlight at Munich is the live holiday music, which is played on the balcony of the town hall from 25th of November every evening at 5:30.
Prague, Czech Republic
Witness the gothic and Baroque architecture as you walk on the historic Nerudova Street in Mala Strana. You can also catch an opera or ballet at the state opera or National Theatre. Treat your eyes by visiting the holiday markets in Old Town square and Wenceslas Square. The most renowned place to stay at Prague is the 109 room Hotel Joesf. The interiors are outfitted with Baleri armchairs, Philippe Strack bathroom fixtures, and fluffy duvets. Prague is also famous for standout local brews; make sure you visit the homely U Pinkasu for a pint of beer.
Zurich marks the beginning of the season with the display of 12,000 crystal lights on the 21st of December. You can grab a cup of hot chocolate and take a tour of the galleries on Ramistrasse, witness the Conelli Christmas Circus and listen to a holiday concert in the Romanesque-style Grossmunster Church. The greatest draw in Zurich is on the 19th of December when children’s set candles afloat on the Limmat River near City Hall.
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