2015 Dec 2
December is now nearly right under Rudolph’s nose and the Christmas feels are already warming up our hearts! The holiday time finally gives our hectic lives a chance to spend some quality time with your family and friends, and one main feature that makes your time even more special is where you choose to spend it. So, if you’re overwhelmed by trying to pick just one destination from practically every place in the world that lights up for Christmas this December, here are a few places that burn extra bright:
- NEW YORK CITY
The best of Christmas is definitely waking up to a mountain of presents under the Christmas tree waiting for its wrapping to be ripped apart. While the present receiving part is amazing the present buying part tends to get a bit chaotic. But in the Big Apple shopping could not get any more exciting… Christmas window displays in the shops are a work of art itself while the goods waiting on the shelf could even put Santa’s little elves to shame. Stores such as Macy’s and Bloomingdales will have you buying presents that will leave your loved ones in shrieks of excitement while they unwrap their gifts. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is another literally cool spot to visit within NYC. It not only has a 17,000-square-foot outdoor ice-skating rink but also holds 128 holiday shops that will help you get lost in Christmas décor and goodies.
One of the most unique attractions that draw tourists to visit Amsterdam during this season is ‘Sinterklaas’ who is very similar to Santa Claus, but with a twist. Sinterklaas parades through the streets with his merry helpers who throw cookies and candy to the thousands of onlookers that come to watch the iconic parade that finally ends with a special musical program. Another fantastic attraction in Amsterdam is the festive circus that displays acts done by clowns, acrobats and dancers. Artists include the world famous juggling trio Sarkozi and clown Fumagalli who will have both adults and children at the edge of their seats. Also, the many markets that take place every week leading up to Christmas lead to no shortage of seasonal shopping.
The city that is usually covered in red takes on a new bright look on various streets with jaw dropping light displays you must see at the end of each year. Regent Street, which hosts all the grand shops, is planning to feature a spectacular feature of golden sequins, cogs and coils that will flow down the length of the road. Bond Street is the glamorous part of town which is known to take on something extra special each December by adding an extra sparkle with extravagant light displays. Convent Garden’s cobble stoned piazza and market buildings are the symbols of the classic London look that will sport the theme of mistletoe with 50 new light arrangements for the year of 2015. Oxford Street is also illuminating brightly again this year for the 56th time with glowing orbs and golden baubles which will twinkle above you alongside the stars. . As London’s surroundings light up so does the smiles on everyone’s face!
Christmas tree’s play a major part in the usual Christmas traditions and a tree that stands above all others is the 100 foot tall decorated tree in Munich. This holiday destination is also known for holding the oldest Christmas market which is widely known as ‘the Original’ among the dozen other holiday markets. It’s a fascinating and classic site to see families pull sleds and trees through the streets and this is commonly seen mostly in Munich. The city takes on the month of December with such festive and traditional cheer that it is bound to create a holiday that couldn’t get any more Christmas-y for you and your loved ones.