Tired of celebrating Christmas in your own backyard? If budget permits, why not skip town for the holidays instead and break the homebound tradition for a change? From Singapore to New York and Paris, we have rounded up 8 Magical Places Around The World To Spend Christmas!
1) New York City, New York
New York City a.k.a. NYC is no doubt home to many famous Christmas-themed Hollywood movies. This includes the likes of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”, “Serendipity”, “Elf” and “Miracle on 34th Street”. Which is why a once-in-a-lifetime visit to this winter wonderland of the Big Apple during the Christmas month is like a dream come true! There are plenty of exciting activities you can do here: ice skating at the Rockefeller Center or Wollman Rink in Central Park, enjoy holiday shopping at the Union Square Holiday Market or witness the wonderful decorations on Fifth Avenue. Not to forget the Instagram-worthy of the majestic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree display.
If spending your Christmas holidays in New York is too costly for you, why not make a trip to our neighbouring country instead: Singapore? Don’t miss the Christmas Wonderland 2018 at Gardens by the Bay, which happens to be the island nation’s biggest yuletide fair. Look out for highlights like “Skating Under The Stars” at the outdoor skating rink imported directly from Switzerland, meet Santa at the Alpine House in Santa’s Grotto, shop and dine at the European-style Festive Market and enjoy nonstop family-friendly fun with classic carnival games and kiddy rides. Alternatively, you can spend a whole day at Universal Studios Singapore in Resorts World Sentosa which features this year’s Santa’s Snowy Sleigh Ride and the interactive Elf Town or visit the Hogwarts-centric Wizarding World Holiday at Changi Airport.
3) Paris, France
The City of Light shines brightly on the yuletide month filled with colourful Christmas lights and decorations. Some of the must-visit places include the spectacular sight of Eiffel Tower, the gorgeous ice skating rink near the Hotel de Ville, an enchanting cruise along the famous Seine and the La Magie de Noël Christmas Market in Tuileries Garden, which houses 100 chalets comprised of local food products, gifts and wine. And while you are there, don’t leave without indulging in the must-have traditional Christmas dessert known as the bûche de noël.
4) Sydney, Australia
Shop till you drop at various Christmas markets like Carriageworks and The Rocks; hear the live sound of classic Christmas carols such as Sydney Opera House or The Domain; visit the family-friendly yuletide fair at Sydney Showground — you name it, there’s definitely something for everyone here!
5) London, England
One word: magical. This is what you get when you travel to London during the yuletide month. If you are a big fan of Harry Potter, don’t miss Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio where you get to witness the iconic film sets, props, costumes and more. Get into the festive mood at Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park, complete with fun-filled activities such as ice skating or immerse yourself at the spectacular performances of “Peter Pan on Ice” and “Zippos Christmas Circus”. There are also pop-up cinemas at various locations like The Berkeley, St Katharine Docks’ Christmas Floating Film Festival and Luna Winter Cinema to catch yuletide-themed movies.
6) Hong Kong
Hong Kong hardly disappoints when it comes to Christmas celebrations. You will find a dazzling array of Christmas decor, displays and colourful lights that line the busy streets and buildings. Some of the highlights include the live carolling of The Nutcracker at Grand Theatre in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, a 3D Light Show in Tsim Sha Tsui and the all-month-long, theme-park fun in Hong Kong’s Disneyland.
7) Tokyo, Japan
Planning a Christmas vacation to Tokyo this December? There are plenty of things you can do here to make the best use of your time: immerse in the wonderful sight of Tokyo Dome City Winter Illumination at Roppongi Hills Arena, witness the fireworks display at Odaiba, shop at the European-style Christmas market in Hibiya Park and go ice skating at Tokyo Midtown or Tokyo Skytree.
8) Seoul, South Korea
Thinking of celebrating your first Christmas holiday in Seoul? The good news is, there will be no shortage of yuletide fun and excitement. For instance, visit Lotte World for numerous indoor theme-park attractions and ice skating or enjoy live Christmas-themed shows and performances. If that’s not enough, you can also choose to sledge down the snowy slope at Everland or shop and dine at various Christmas-themed markets such as Sinchon and Seongbuk-gu.