Christmas Travel Destinations – what captures your imagination?
Lucky for me, Prague tops my list for Christmas travel as this year I will have the pleasure of spending the holidays living it up in the heart of Prague. What a magical city – I have heard that the Christmas Markets are among the best in the world! A winter wonderland is waiting, with Christmas carols, hearty food and hot wine – the festive atmosphere is sure to reign. The Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square will be decked out in holiday splendour.
Wendy of Bliss Travel News has me inspired to make Paris another one of my Christmas Travel Destinations, although I really need little prodding! She says: ”Nothing says “Christmas in Paris” more than the Champs Elysee Christmas market in the afternoon and early evening, when it is lit up…Hundreds of chalets with artisans from all over the country. Strolling the market with a hot spiced wine and perhaps stopping to taste a bit of cheese or specialty chocolates as you shop for loved ones, that’s “holiday spirit” embodied. Afterwards, take your seat at a fabulous bistro and relish in the winter fare –oysters, foie gras, braised lamb, pumpkin, chestnuts…and Joyeux Noel!” Honestly, how can I resist?
For a more traditional snowy Christmas, Travel+Leisure suggests the island of Tromso in Norway, where you can view the northern lights between 6 pm and midnight. The area offers everything from dogsledding to a mountaintop cable car, and the magazine suggests the Clarion Hotel for accommodations. The hotel has a rooftop Jacuzzi, perfect for catching views of the night sky. Although the day is only several hours long, going to the arctic circle for Christmas promises to be an unforgettable experience.
4. The Caribbean
Maybe you are looking to get away from it all! Trade the snow and cold weather for sun and sand at the beach! I lived in Australia for a number of years, and the bbq chicken with bubbly wine on the beach was hard to beat! For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere with limited travel time, where Australia may be a little too far, winter salvation may be found in the Caribbean! Many of the island resorts have Christmas and New Years packages to help you get away from it all and get your relax on!!! While I am still looking for a more traditional Christmas, check out Best Caribbean Christmas to help you narrow down your Christmas retreat! Add a reggae beat to those Christmas carols cause Santa Claus is coming to town…..