It’s that magical time of the year when you’re dreaming of spending Christmas in a town that seems to have stepped out of the pages of a children’s storybook.
Whether you want to soak up the atmosphere of Germany’s typical Christmas markets, meet Santa’s elves or ride the legendary Polar Express to the North Pole, here are The 5 Most Magical Christmas Destinations On The Planet, where you can almost guarantee your dream Christmas will take place…
This mountain town serves up a magical old-fashioned holiday with stunning landscapes, great ski slopes, hot springs, Western saloons, festive music and the legendary Polar Express. Pulled by a steam locomotive, the train takes you on a ride to visit Santa Claus at the North Pole, with melodic Christmas carols and hot chocolate…
Oh, the perfect white Christmas with a thick fresh coat of snow on the ground, Santa knee-deep in snow and Christmas trees transformed in snow ghosts… All the excuses you need to cozy up to a mug of hot chocolate around a fireplace. Alaska is in full winter swing, with wide open spaces covered with snow, ice playgrounds, holiday parades and wonderful places to drive around and take in the sights…
With its magnificent location and its cluster of old stone cottages and hilltop castle, Castleton is one of Britain’s most appealing villages. At Christmas, it takes on a magical appeal with pretty lights, decorations, beautiful Christmas trees and candlelight carolers. If you’re looking for a charming Christmas in the countryside, then here it is!
In Asia, it can be hard to get a true taste of holiday cheer. However, there is a city in Japan that will satisfy your Christmas light craving… Every year, Kobe hosts a breathtaking event called the Kobe Luminarie. This fabulous light festival symbolizes hope for citizens. It’s the most spectacular light show in Japan.
5|QUEBEC CITY, CANADA
Every year in December, Old Québec is transformed into a real Christmas village, with its cobblestone lanes covered with beautiful fluffy white snow, magical illuminations and stunning Christmas trees. Markets and concerts keep the streets buzzing, whilst mulled wine keeps you warm in this cold and wonderful winter…
6|ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER, GERMANY
Longs nights and shorter, colder days: if you want to get the best out of a German tradition, then a visit to Rothenburg’s Reiterlestmarkt is a must during the holidays. This cute 800-year-old town is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Germany, and get transformed every year into a true winter’s fairytale.