The 18 best places to go for Christmas

New York City, USA

YC is a traditional holiday destination, and with its assortment of department stores, markets, and bazaars, there is still nowhere quite like it for shopping.

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New Orleans, USA

Alternative Christmas customs abound in New Orleans, from bonfires on the Mississippi River banks and delightfully redecorated streetcars to vibrant carol performances and glitzy hotel lobby displays.

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Lapland, Finland

Few places are as famously Christmassy as Rovaniemi, which serves as both Santa Claus' official home town and the capital of Lapland.

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London, UK

 By the time the end of December comes around, Christmas vibes hit a fever pitch: 

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London, UK

the already-very-romantic UK capital finds itself lined by fir trees, twinkling with Christmas lights and sound-tracked by jangly festive tunes.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik offers markets, ice skating, and wonderful opportunities to see the Northern Lights throughout the holiday season.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

It is also simply a generally delightful time to travel there.

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Nuremburg, Germany

One of the oldest, biggest, and nicest Weihnachtsmarkts in Germany is located in Nuremburg. 

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Nuremburg, Germany

A miniature city of wooden shops filled with candy canes, delicious lebkuchen, and handcrafted ornaments is filled with the aroma of gingerbread and mulled wine.

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Sydney, Australia

Despite having toasty average high temperatures of 25C, Sydney has all the Christmas decorations, ice skating, and holiday lights of a typical Christmas-celebrating city.

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Tokyo, Japan

The nation is conveniently cut off from the worldwide Christmas frenzy, but there are still a ton of holiday-themed sights and activities to enjoy, 

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Tokyo, Japan

from Tokyo's stunning winter illuminations to the long-standing Japanese custom of eating KFC on Christmas.

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Caracas, Venezuela

From December 16-24 before 8am, roads are closed in the Venezuelan capital so that churchgoers can roller-skate to mass. 

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Caracas, Venezuela

It’s also common for rollerbladers to dress up in Santa gear... does it get much cooler than that? 

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Marrakech, Morocco

Since so few people in Marrakech celebrate Christmas, it's the ideal place to escape the usual holiday spirit.

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Vienna, Austria

Whether you’re watching Krampuses (a sort of nightmarish Austrian anti-Santa) roam the streets, 

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Vienna, Austria

munching on toffee apples at one of the city’s many Christmas markets or simply soaking in the very, very pretty street decorations, 

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Vienna, Austria

we challenge you not to get totally swept up in Vienna’s all-encompassing Chrimbo vibes.

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Greenland

The festive period in Greenland is best known for its food:  specifically mattak (essentially a strip of whale skin) and kiviak (a kind of fermented seabird).

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Phuket, Thailand

Thailand, which is predominately a Buddhist nation, doesn't really celebrate Christmas,

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Phuket, Thailand

so you can enjoy a drink at a beachside bar or hit the clubs like it's any other day of the year.

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Prague, Czech Republic

At any season of the year, Prague is one of Europe's most dazzlingly beautiful cities. But around the holidays?

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Prague, Czech Republic

The Czech Republic's capital has, in some strange way, improved. The main draws in this area are the markets, 

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Cape Town, South Africa

The beauty of the southern hemisphere in December is that the climate is precisely the opposite of the chilly north.

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Cape Town, South Africa

Festive picnic atop Table Mountain or in the lush Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, anyone?

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Singapore

Christmas in Singapore has a distinct New Year's Eve feel to it thanks to the celebration on Xmas Eve on the city's main drag, Orchard Road, which includes fireworks and a countdown.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Every year on December 7, Guatemalans celebrate the "Day of the Devil" (also known as "Devil's Day")

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Guatemala City, Guatemala

by lighting a devil effigy to usher in the Christmas season. The action is meant to represent the expulsion

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Colmar, France

Colmar, a town from the thirteenth century in the Alsace area 

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