Christmas Travel Ideas 2021: where to spend the Christmas and New Year holidays

Christmas is one of the most magical and beautiful times of the year. If you are thinking of spending this beautiful party in some dream location or in a perfect one postcard city, which seems to have come out of the pages of a children's storybook, here are some of the destinations for Christmas 2021.

You will experience one of the most unforgettable trips or vacations of your life. The Christmas period is one of the most popular times of the year, book in advance for more choice and to find the best rates, many facilities offer the free cancellation.

Christmas destinations 2021

Vienna (Austria)

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The Austrian capital offers the possibility of an old-fashioned Christmas, with the smell of gluhwein (Bavarian mulled wine) in the air, glittering holiday decorations covering the city's imperial architecture, and three outdoor Christmas markets.

Visitors can choose from a wide range of handcrafted souvenirs and ornaments, as well as tasty finger food and that wonderful spiced hot wine. Of course, the concerts of Vienna they are a must during the holidays during this period.

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Valkenburg (Netherlands)

If you want to do some Christmas shopping and pick out some special gifts, there is no better place than the Valkenburg Christmas markets. It is the oldest and largest underground Christmas market in Europe, set up in a labyrinth of cave passages below the city. The market starts in mid-November and lasts until just before Christmas, with the entire city transformed into a sparkling winter landscape.

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Rovaniemi - Lapland (Finland)

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Rovaniemi it is one of the best places on earth to celebrate Christmas. Located north of the Arctic Circle, Finns claim there is the home of Santa Claus, and therefore what better place to meet Santa Claus. Here children can bake cookies with Mrs. Claus and enroll in the school for Elves.

In addition, this time of year is great for husky rides, sledding and reindeer in untouched snow, or to see the Northern Lights. If you want a special experience, stay at the Arctic Light Hotel, built entirely of snow and ice.

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Nuremberg (Germany)

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Nuremberg's Christmas markets attract more than two million visitors every year. The 200 selected exhibitors build incredible stalls, to then participate in the competition for the prize of the best stall of the year. You will not find any plastic or mass-produced decorations. Here the market vendors are true artisans and only sell traditional hand-made toys.

As you turn, you can enjoy the tempting aromas of mulled wine and gingerbread, sausage and almond cakes, all in the typical Christmas atmosphere. Also be sure to see the Ferris wheel, the old-fashioned horse carousel, the steam train and the Toy Museum.

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Grindelwald (Switzerland)

Grindelwald is one of the most picturesque towns in the Switzerland, located in a snowy valley, at the foot of the Canton Bern, surrounded by woods. With its small houses, it is the perfect place to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. Here you will find beautiful decorations along the streets, huge Christmas trees around every corner, mulled wine and Christmas gifts galore.

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Strasbourg (France)

Strasbourg Christmas Markets - Photo credit - Christina, via Flirck

The city offers a number of themed Christmas villages that transform the city into a fantastic one Wonderland with 300 stalls distributed in 12 villages, each representing a different country. In addition, Luxembourg will also be present this year, with its own dedicated village.

Visitors can enjoy typical potato cakes or gluhwain (mulled wine). Alongside the traditional market there is the new one alternative Christmas fair, with live music and a street art track.

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Bruges (Belgium)

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This medieval city is stunning all year round, but it gets really lively in the winter, with its center transformed into one Christmas parade, with a large skating rink.

Visitors arriving between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve can also enjoy the beautiful Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival. Also this year the festival will attract more than 40 artists who will make amazing creations with 300 tons of ice and around 400 tons of snowflakes.

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Prague (Czech Republic)

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Known for its magnificent Gothic architecture and unique folkloric traditions of Christmas, this city is truly unlike any other. The Christmas markets of Prague with decorated log cabins filled with handcrafted gift items and Christmas ornaments.

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Cologne (Germany)

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Its Christmas atmosphere is particularly irresistible with its magnificent decorated buildings. Here you will find eight different Christmas markets on both sides of the Rhine, including the largest, located on the square in front of Cologne's iconic cathedral.

Visitors can enjoy a cup of hot gluhwein, a spiced mulled wine that is capable of warming even the most bitter cold. Definitely a great choice to spend the pre-Christmas period.

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Tallinn (Estonia)

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The Estonian capital is known for its wonderful Christmas spirit, with its own medieval old town dusted with snow and lit lanterns along the cobblestone streets. The world's first Christmas tree was erected here in 1441.

Today the tradition continues with the legendary tree on the Town Hall Square, surrounded by small huts that sell typical local products. In addition, you can admire snow sculptures, a mini-zoo, an ice rink, and taste the local food and drink.

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New York (United States)

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New York, even if seen and reviewed on TV and in movies, seen in person leaves everyone speechless. The tree of the Rockefeller Center it is almost certainly the most famous Christmas tree in the world, but it is only the focal point of a city all in celebration. Across the street, Radio City hosts the annual Christmas Spectacular, con the Rockettes.

At the southwest corner of Central Park, Columbus Circle hosts more than 100 vendors selling clothes, gifts, snacks and drinks at theHoliday Market. New York it becomes a beautiful destination where you can skate, ride a carriage or enjoy the impressive windows of the best fashion brands.

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Rome (Italy)

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Christmas is the most beautiful time of the year in the Eternal City, which shows itself with sparkling lights more beautiful than ever. In Vatican, the Pope celebrates midnight mass on Christmas Eve. In Saint Peter Square there is a huge Christmas tree and a life size nativity scene.

A Rome, Piazza del Popolo fills up with over 100 nativity scenes, while Navona Square turns into a Christmas market. Christmas Eve mass takes place in historic churches throughout the city, including the Pantheon, where the mass is accompanied by Gregorian chants.

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Quebec City (Canada)

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A perfect destination for aficionados of products and eco-friendly activities is Québec City. Here you can celebrate Christmas around a tree made from recycled sheet metal, with lights powered by the pedaling of cyclists nearby.

The city offers activities for all tastes and an exhibition of nativity scenes from all over the world. The old part of the city is transformed into a Christmas village which seems to come from a short story by Charles Dickens.

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More destinations for Christmas 2021 that do not lack charm and deserve to be visited are: NAPLES with its nativity scenes, Venezia, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Malmo in Sweden e Barcelona in Spain, famous for its Copa Nadal, a 200-meter swimming race across the harbor on Christmas Day.

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