Don’t be home for Christmas
You may love staying home and having a quiet day in on Christmas—and we totally get that. But there’s a strong case for travelling during Christmas, if only once or a few times, too. In these 17 cities around the world, Christmastime is a wintery and magical experience like no other.
The trip will certainly be worth it, but it’s no secret that travel at that time can be a headache—here are 13 things smart travel tips to make it easier.
At the head of our list is New York, the iconic setting for so many Christmas movies. See the “Believe” sign on the facade of Macy’s on 34th Street, go skating in Rockefeller Center in front of the big tree (or if lines are too long, check out Central Park’s Wollman Rink for fantastic skyline views), visit the Christmas shops at Bryant Park Winter Village, and check out the amazing holiday window displays on the stores of Fifth Avenue. And of course, make a stop to see the famous Radio City Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular.
For an up-and-coming travel destination with one of the best preserved medieval towns in the world, head to this Baltic capital across the sea from Finland. It also just so happens to be gorgeous at Christmas time, with an authentic Christmas market, Christmas festival, concerts, and Christmas tree—thought to be the oldest public display of a Christmas tree in the world.