International Holiday Destinations
With the sound of jingle bells in the air, smell of plum puddings all around and Santa Claus riding high with New Year round the corner, here's some of the world's unbelievably great festive destinations that offer a true holiday spirit:
1. Fun Filled New York:
This exotic city turns into a wonderland during Christmas, complete with twinkling lights, colourful streets, stores filled with shoppers and loads of events to participate in. Two musyt-visit places are the Rockefeller Square, where the world's most famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit and the ice-skating ring at the square. The magical performance of The Nutcracker by the New York Ballet and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Radio City Music Hall ( on for the past 75 years) are musts on the itinerary. If you want to simply rock, the Times Square is the place to be at.
2. Lively London:
Come Christmas and you will find every nook and corner of the city draped in the festive fervour. Go for ice-skating, shop at traditional Christmas markets, enjoy Christmas light displays, eat scrumptious food and enjoy a carol concert, that's what Christmas, and upcoming New Year, is all about here. Visit the Trafalgar Square to see the large decked up Norwegian Tree for the 62nd year and listen to soulful Christmas carols. Pick up souvenirs from the Frost Fair or watch the English National Ballet. Check out the Covent Gardent Great Christmas Pudding Race where 150 participants pass through an obstacle course with traditional puddings on their heads!
3. Sunny Sydney:
Summery Christmas is the catchline here. No white Christmas with sleigh and snow, no thick jackets, no boots. Just enjoy summer on the Bondi beach in the season's sexiest bikinis. Replace the roasted turkey with fresh seafood, barbecues and Australian wine and beer, sing carols on the beach, see the illuminated giant trees at Darling Harbour, Martin Place and trees with an eco-message at The Rocks, explore the markets filled with fresh oysters and prawns and go for shopping sprees at David Jones and Myer stores. And Santa is always there to pose for photos with you and your family!
4. Enchanting Rome:
Attending the Papal Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and hearing the Pope read his Christmas message at the Pizza Navona, one of Rome's most beautiful squares, on Christmas Day is a must. The Piazza takes up the look of a fair with stands selling nativity figures, Christmas treats and toys. Father Christmas is there for photos and a merry-go-round brings cheer to the children. It's the perfect time to see the nativity scenes in churches. Explore the Christmas market to pick up wooden toys and Christmas ornaments and goodies. St. Peter's Square will see the Vatican's tallest Christmas tree twinkling with 2,000 gold and silver balls.
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