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If you’re looking for the perfect places to go on holiday at Christmas, you’re probably hoping for holiday markets, twinkling lights and warm mulled wine? Some of the best Christmas towns in the world will offer you all of these things, but there are lots of other destinations where people can have great Christmas vacations. With just 6 days to Christmas, we are here to present you the places we didn’t show you already!
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If you’d like to do a little Christmas shopping, and pick up some one-of-a-kind gifts like traditional Polish handicrafts, Marlstone products and more, there is no better place than the Valkenburg Christmas market. It’s the oldest and largest subterranean Christmas market in Europe, set up in a labyrinth of passages of caves that are underneath the town. Children will be especially happy to find that the caves even include Santa himself, along with his sleigh and reindeer. Perfect for the Christmas season.
Vermont is one of the best places in the U.S. to celebrate Christmas season, with the ground typically covered with at least a light dusting of snow and the scent of pine needles wafting through the air. In the historic town of Woodstock, the city really does the holiday up right with its Wassail Weekend, a pre-Christmas festival with 19th century Norse culture traditions. Visitors also enjoy a wassail feast, and all the local shops, with beautiful holiday window displays, stay open late throughout the festival.
Germany’s Nuremberg Christmas market draws over two million visitors each year with its 200 select vendors putting up incredible displays while competing for the Most Beautiful Staff Design award. And, you won’t find any fake, mass-produced plastic decorations and other items – here, the market council is said to be very serious about making sure that only traditional handmade toys and holiday goods are sold. As you wander through, you’ll enjoy the tempting aromas of mulled wine along with gingerbread, sausage and sweet roasted almonds, all in an unforgettable holiday atmosphere in the Old Town, decorated in all its Christmas glory. Kids and the kid-at-heart will love the Toy Museum as well as the magnificent two-tiered carousel based on old originals – complete with reindeer and Father Christmas sleighs. And of course, Christmas lights are a must see.
The Old Riga Christmas Market awaits visitors in a unique architectural setting, the lovely Town Hall Square. There are a number of special children focused-events, like the popular carousel of wooden figures, riding ponies and a horse-drawn carriage as well as an animal corner with its sheep and rabbits. The cat house features live felines from the local animal shelter. Visitors of all ages can enjoy tasty glazed gingerbread as well as locally crafted items like warm, handmade socks, wooden candlesticks, Latvian honey, and patterned mittens. You can even learn about various Latvian traditions like log dragging, Stitchcraft, and traditional holiday cooking. Take time to enjoy the Christmas decoration here!
North Pole Alaska
The North Pole may be the most obvious Christmas town of all. Here in this community of 2,200 residents, it’s always Christmas with holiday decorations up 365 days of the year. You can drive down streets like Kris Kringle Drive, Mistletoe Lane or Santa Clause Lane and even stay the night at Santaland RV Park. It’s all about Santa here. In December, North Pole really comes alive with its annual North Pole Christmas In Ice Contest attracting ice sculptors from across the globe. National newscasts are frequently broadcast live from the Santa Clause house as well. Of course, this is also the place where you’ll have the chance to mail your postcards from Santa’s official zip code so that friends and family receive mail postmarked from North Pole, Alaska.
While it may be a bit chilly, doesn’t that make it even more Christmas-like? The capital of Iceland offers a spectacular Yule Town Christmas and all sorts of rather unique holiday traditions, like the 13 “Yuletide Lads,” or scruffy Santas, that bring gifts to kids who’ve been good for the 13 nights leading up to the big day. The Yule Town Christmas market is filled with rows of small, picturesque huts where locals and visitors can pick up some great gifts, holiday decorations and treats. Every day you’ll find something different as some of the craft-makers and artisans set up their stalls just for one day. Of course, the highlight of a winter excursion to Reykjavik is the chance to see the brilliant northern lights flash across the night’s sky with the city covered in snow and dazzling Christmas lights.
This renowned ski town is transformed into a beautiful Victorian-style Christmas town during the holidays. It kicks off with the Lightening of Breckenridge on the first weekend in December and throughout the holidays’ visitors can enjoy carriage rides, lots of shopping opportunities, and the chance to feel as you’ve you stepped into an old-fashioned holiday painting.
This old-meets-new Swedish town dishes up an incredible smorgasbord of Christmas markets, holiday concerts, and twinkling trees. Here you can shop for Modernist designs or handmade decorations at Sodertull while stopping to warm up over a nice mug of glogg – Swedish mulled wine that is. Head to Katrinetorp manor for poinsettias, festive food and antiques or Good Jul for fair trade vintage and recycled gifts. To top off a day of holiday cheer, slip on some skates and take a whirl around the open-air ice rinks at Folkets Park or Raoul Wallenberg.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
A short ferry ride will bring you to this picturesque island town with just 500 residents where everyone celebrates the holidays just like they did 100 years ago. Here, people travel by horse and buggy as motorized vehicles have been banned for the past century. At Christmas, Santa actually visits every child to their Christmas wishes, and they also feature an annual island Christmas bazaar where unique crafts and decorates filled with green, red and lots of lilac – a favorite local color.
Leavenworth, set on the eastern edge of Washington State’s Cascade Mountains, is a Bavarian village that that is transformed into a virtual snow globe of Christmas magic during the holidays. The Christmas Lighting Festival, held from December 5 to December 21 in 2014, features plenty of old-fashioned caroling, Christmas characters and practically an endless amount of dazzling lights. On Fridays, St. Nikolas himself welcomes children with song and fruit. The A&E Network even crowned Leavenworth the “Ultimate Holiday Town USA.” The perfect place for Christmas Eve.
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