Ever dreamt of a white Christmas? While the sun is shining and the grass is green, the snow is falling and the lights are beam. Some celebrate Christmas in summer, while others do so in winter. Wherever you are in the world, expect each country to turn into a magical place during the festive season. If you want to spend Christmas in a place full of thick luscious snow, read on to find out our top picks.
Spot Santa’s village in the underground snow-ploughed city of Montreal. Enjoy the impressive glitzy lights along the Mont-Royal Avenue and the old-fashioned elegance down the Parisian-style streets. For a taste of Europe, admire the 18th-century French architecture whilst sipping on a cup of cocoa at the local sidewalk cafe. When in Montreal, you'll find vibrant big festivities as well as traditional events happening throughout the city. Christmas in Montreal is a great place to experience contemporary history and modern allure among the culturally diverse population.
For the perfect Christmas cosmopolitan mix of modern architecture and design, visit Helsinki, Finland. The beauty of the surrounding nature that blends seamlessly with the high-tech achievements and contemporary trends guarantees for a magical white Christmas. Walk the city centre to uncover the layers of history, while admiring the modern architecture and cutting-edge art. And while you’re in Helsinki, get adventurous on the crisp, snowy wintery slopes.
Prague, Czech Republic
For an alternative white Christmas, visit the incredible city of Prague. Walk the quaint Christmas markets in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Take in the stunning gothic architecture down the narrow snow-covered medieval alleyways, whilst enjoying roasting chestnuts on an open fire. This iconic European city brings extraordinary history and cultural sights, making it an alternative and exciting place to spend a once in a lifetime gothic Christmas.
Celebrate Christmas with traditional fruitcake, mulled wine and local traditions in the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. Experience a magical winter wonderland with the family at the spectacular Christmas markets complete with a skating ring, carnival games, live performances, and much more. With spectacular shows, family-friendly performances, and impressive fireworks, Edinburgh is the perfect place to soak up the festive spirit and get amongst the glittering seasonal activities.
St Petersburg, Russia
Spend a cool wintery Christmas in St. Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia. The brightly-lit town is beautiful for its architectural gems and renowned art, making it a pretty place to treasure a wintery Christmas. As you stroll along the frozen River Neva, be sure to see the big colourful decorated Christmas tree in Palace Square. And while you’re in St. Petersburg, make the most of its festive Christmas markets in Ostrovskovo Square, fine dining and cultural surroundings.
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