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As an expat, you might be lucky enough to live in one of these picture-postcard destinations. But if you don’t and are in the vicinity, try and plan a trip to soak up the magical atmosphere, beautiful lights and warming food.

The world’s top Christmas destinations

Vienna, Austria

Vienna offers a delightful old-world Christmas with wonderful outdoor Christmas markets where you can browse through a wide variety of crafts and gorgeous Christmas ornaments as you breathe in the heady scent of gluhwein and nibble on some spice biscuits. Visiting the Vienna Boy’s Choir is a must if you end up in Vienna for Christmas.

Woodstock, Vermont

Vermont is known as one of the best places in the US to spend Christmas. A must-see is a parade featuring over 50 horses and riders wearing holiday costumes and period dress. Enjoy sleigh rides and the Wassail feast held during the Wassail Weekend, a pre-Christmas festival.

Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

The home of Father Christmas! This must be one of the best places in the world to Celebrate Christmas. Here your children can enrol in the Elf School and take part in husky-dog rides, tobogganing and even reindeer-sled rides. The Arctic Snow Hotel, completely constructed of snow and ice is a unique place to stay and really enjoy the frozen temperatures.

Nuremberg, Germany

Over two million visitors attend Germany’s Nuremberg Christmas market. Here you will find traditional handmade toys and holiday goods. Every effort is made to ensure all goods sold are authentic and the complete opposite of mass-produced plastic decorations.

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg creates a set of themed Christmas villages where you can enjoy a fantastic winter wonderland and gastronomic delights. Filled with cultural events, wonderful Christmas biscuits and great food, this is one destination for the food-lover in you!

Tallin, Estonia

This medieval town is the Estonian capital and is know for its wonderful Christmas spirit. The world’s FIRST Christmas tree was erected here in 1441 and today, a legendary giant tree is still erected in the Town Hall Square. Visit Tallin to enjoy this wonderful site and take a glide on the outdoor ice rink and visit the elaborate Christmas Village to enjoy the food and atmosphere.

Reykjavik, Iceland

The capital of Iceland is the perfect place to enjoy a spectacular Christmas at the Yule Town Christmas market where locals and visitors enjoy buying a wide range of gifts, treats and holiday decorations. The highlight of this destination is the chance to see the amazing northern lights as they flash over this Christmas city.

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