Friday, December 2, 2011

10 Best Places to Spend Christmas This Year

We all love Christmas at home with our delicious mincemeat pies, roasts and eggnog especially the mistletoe ! However  Christmas is also a time when we spend time with our  family and distant relatives like great aunt Hilda! This year get away from it all and go to a different place this Christmas.
Below is a selection of all the best places to visit this yuletide season! So don’t  stay at home and party with your folks in a distant locality for a Christmas experience like never before.

North Pole 
Santa Claus, reindeer’s and snow. what could be more christmassy than going to where Santa lives. It is THE place to be this Christmas as it is one of the most beautiful location. You can also enjoy the majestic northern lights in the sky.
London, United Kingdom

Head to London for the Dicksenian holiday experience with a Christmas carol tour. Oxford Street offers one of the best (and most crowded) Christmas shopping experiences in the world, with thousands of shoppers jostling to get into 300-odd shops while baking in the glow of Christmas lights.
Bethlehem, West bank
Nothing  beats spending  Christmas at Jesus birthplace. The energy on Manger Square and in the Old City on Christmas Eve could light a forest of Christmas trees. The place to be as the clock strikes 12 is St Catherine’s Church, for the Midnight Mass service. A Christmas spent here would be a a holy  festival indeed.
Sydney, Australia
Want to have fun in the sun this Christmas then head to Sydney. Enjoy the beautiful beaches and lung out in your swimsuit instead of covering up in the snow. Trade your eggnog for a SteinLager beer ! Go to Bondi beach for the best summer Christmas experience ever.
Portland, Maine
Portland is a fun destination year-round, and you’ll really enjoy visiting the Old Port’s gift shops and restaurants at Christmas time. There’s an 83 percent chance you’ll need your boots on a snowy Christmas day, and a 13 percent chance you’ll be wading through 10 inches or more of frozen crystals.
Nuremberg, Germany
If present buying makes you think of heaving department stores, maybe you should experience the magical (Christmas Market), in Nuremberg. Here, 180 stalls proffer toys, trinkets, candles, gingerbread and sweets to shoppers warmed by sizzling bratwurst and mulled wine. Visit after dark, when the colored lights create a fairy-tale spectacle. Christmas shopping never looked this enchanting.
Zurich, Switzerland

All those famed chocolate-box attractions — mountains, snow, cobbled streets — make Switzerland extra-appealing come Christmas. Zurich wins our vote for its oodles of Christmas markets, guided Christmas-themed city strolls, and the enchanting all-singing Christmas tree that comes alive on Werdmuhleplatz.
New York, New York

Savvy shoppers know to visit London for its after-Christmas sales but for pre-Christmas spending sprees, New York City is tops. Deep markdowns have already begun in city stores, and the window displays at department stores such Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman are also not be missed; they cheerfully skew traditional holiday scenes.
Montreal, Canada

Described as a mountain of churches Montreal is a great place to spend Christmas. Another bonus is that it also offers a lot of winter sports such as sledding and skiing, so there is never a boring moment and Christmas is more adventurous than before.
Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic

“Jingle Bells” set to a salsa beat .Instead of pine trees, palms and exotic flora in El Yunque rain forest.Evening strolls through a 500-year-old Spanish colonial city on the Atlantic. This Christmas experience an exotic vacation in the beautiful country and chill with the spicy Latino beats.

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