With the holidays underway, we can’t help but plan our next getaway. Some of us choose destinations where there’s plenty of snow and the holiday season turns cities into wonderlands full of people, markets and outdoor events. Whereas others choose destinations where the sun shines bright, jackets are not required and the weather allows for an oceanside escape. Have you decided to get away this holiday season, and if yes, where will you journey to? From the icy mountains to the tropical islands, here are our top go-to destinations where we love to spend the holidays this year.
For breathtaking views and outdoor adventures, Iceland is one of the best places to spend the holidays. Sure, it’s cold, but with so much to see and do, you’ll forget all about the weather. You can hike through glaciers and up on top of the Glymur Waterfall, feed horses and watch the Geysir explode, swim between tectonic plates and drive through small villages, warm up in natural hot springs and watch the Northern Lights. During the holidays, Reykjavik is lit up with lights (especially since the sun is only up for 4 to 5 hours), the bars and restaurants are full of life as people eat and drink to warm up from the cold, there are Christmas Pub Crawls to join, and on New Year’s Eve you can enjoy watching an amazing firework show.
To get away from the cold, we turn to Singapore, where the best weather is during the winter months. You can walk around and take pictures at the Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay, eat chili crab outdoors at the night market right next to the Gardens by the Bay, shop for gifts at ION Orchard Mall, hop on the boat at the River Safari to see thousands of animals and species, and take part in the holiday festivities. Singapore decorates the Gardens by the Bay in extraordinary lights and turns it into a Christmas Wonderland. You can also head to Orchard Street to see Disney characters and performances. Plus, Singapore hosts the International Film Festival from the end of November through the first week of December, which can be really interesting for those who love film. And if you stay for New Year’s, you can expect more parties than you can count and extravagant fireworks that are best seen from rooftop bars.
The holidays are a special time in the Philippines, and the experience is unlike anywhere else in the world. Locals celebrate Christmas for months starting in September until the end of December, and since Filipinos are mostly Catholic, there are many masses and outdoor celebrations that lead up to the 25th of December. Major cities like Manila will be completely lit up with Christmas lights and decorations and host a variety of events such as the UP Lantern Parade, World Bazaar Festival and Ayala Triangle Gardens Light Show. If you’re wanting to get away from the chaos, you can take a short flight or boat to one of the many islands where the phenomenal weather will allow you to really enjoy the beach and all that comes with it.
Did you know that the origins of the Christmas Market came out of Germany? Although there are plenty of markets to explore during the holiday season, Germany offers so much more than that. We love this destination for the holidays because there’s plenty to see and do. You can attend the Chocolate Festival in Tübingen, ski or snowboard in Ochsenkopf, watch an old-school circus performance in Munich called Circus Krone, and for New Year’s, you can make your way to Munich, Berlin or Stuttgart for the best parties and firework shows.
Romania for the holidays? Yes, this gorgeous destination has much to offer for those who are looking for something unique. You can skip the traditional hotel and spend a night or two at Balea Lake Ice Hotel in the Carpathian Mountains, attend Christmas in Bucovina to not only shop and dine from the stalls but also watch a masked parade and musical concerts, or stay in the capital and defrost in Therme Bucharest, the largest indoor and outdoor wellness center in the country. Or, you can make your way to Băile Herculane, a small town built on hot springs. For New Year’s, stay in Bucharest and start the celebrations off in old town for a wild night out. For those of you looking for something low-key, take a trip to one of the many Romanian castles where you can book an evening dinner and watch the fireworks nearby. Some castles we recommend are Sturdza Castle in Miclauseni, Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni or the Hotel Castel Dracula in Piatra Fântânele.
What other destinations would you recommend to spend the holidays? Do you have a favorite you have either been to or want to experience?
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