Christmas is a magical time of year, and if you’ve ever wanted to spend it in a town straight out of a postcard, these places provide the possibility to have one of the most memorable seasons of your life.
While there are many locations with luxurious settings, the affluent often search for December locations that just scream Christmas.
1. Las Vegas, America
Many people like to gamble during the festive period, but most of us will opt for the convenience of real money online gaming, which usually comes with generous promotions such as the one daily free spin on Paddy Power. While many will head to the City of Sin to gamble, there are plenty of Christmas activities to enjoy too. The iconic Fountains of Bellagio will be set to some Christmas songs that are ideal for the holiday season, and the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens go all out with the seasonal decorations.
The Cosmopolitan Ice-Skating Rink offers snow showers, breathtaking vistas of the Las Vegas Strip, and occasional special events that include DJs and skating dogs. With one of the greatest drive-through light displays in the nation including 5 million lights and 1,000 show pieces across a 2.5-mile course, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway also joins in on the holiday fun. The Strip may seem like an unusual place to spend Christmas Day, but it will be bustling with activity that day with everything open and plenty to do.
2. Vienna, Austria
With plenty of outdoor Christmas markets, the tantalising aroma of mulled drinks, and dazzling holiday decorations adorning imperial buildings, Vienna provides visitors with the chance to experience a beautiful old-fashioned Noel. Positioning yourself at the Baroque Upper Belvedere as dusk approaches and the is palace illuminated will create a fairytale vision for a memorable Yuletide.
Shopping is the most popular activity and choosing from a wide range of handcrafted goods and decorations as well as visiting designer boutiques is a must. It’s also an absolute pleasure to devour all the delectable finger appetisers, Käsekrainer or Bratwurst sausages and there’s an abundance of warm beverages to wash it all down and keep you going.
Advent concerts, including special The Vienna Boys’ Choir and Strauss and Mozart Christmas performances, overwhelm Vienna with Yule sound throughout December.
3. Bruges, Belgium
Although medieval Bruges is beautiful all year round, Winter Glow brings it to life. The city is transformed into a winter wonderland from the end of November to the beginning of January with small Christmas villages occupying three of the city’s squares, a light trail, an ice rink, and decorations all over the place.
Belgians are justifiably proud of their beverages. Take a seat at one of the city’s cosiest beer bars so you may enjoy a drink in the comfort of a traditional Belgian pub away from the hustle and bustle and freezing cold. Bruges is also the ideal location to purchase handcrafted Belgian chocolates to indulge yourself or have something for your loved ones back home.
Additionally, the city prohibits traffic on the main commercial streets for 16 days during Winter Glow and provides free public transit. These three beautiful locations make for a picture-perfect Christmas holiday.