The Seven Historic Most Popular Christmas Destinations


Richard Shane
Founder and CEO
The World’s Greatest Vacations


Over the years, several destinations have been popular for Christmas vacations due to their unique traditions, festive atmosphere, and seasonal attractions. Here are a few historic and perennial favorites:

1. New York City, USA: The Big Apple is famous for its elaborate decorations, especially at Rockefeller Center with its iconic Christmas tree and ice skating rink. The holiday markets, department store window displays, and Broadway shows add to the festive charm.

2. London, England: The British capital dazzles during Christmas with its twinkling lights along Oxford Street, the magical Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, and the traditional Christmas markets. The city’s historical sites and theaters also offer special holiday-themed events.

3. Strasbourg, France: Known as the “Capital of Christmas,” Strasbourg hosts one of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe. The city’s picturesque streets and squares transform into a winter wonderland with stalls selling crafts, ornaments, and local treats.

4. Rovaniemi, Finland: As the official hometown of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi in Lapland offers a magical experience, including meeting Santa at Santa Claus Village, reindeer sleigh rides, and the chance to witness the Northern Lights.

5. Quebec City, Canada: With its European charm and cobblestone streets, Quebec City becomes enchanting during Christmas. The German Christmas market, festive decorations, and ice skating add to the holiday spirit.

6. Cologne, Germany: Germany is renowned for its Christmas markets, and Cologne hosts several of them, including the famous Cologne Cathedral market. The scent of mulled wine, gingerbread, and festive lights create a delightful atmosphere.

7. Vienna, Austria: Vienna’s stunning architecture and classical music scene come alive during Christmas. The city’s markets, such as the Rathausplatz and Schönbrunn Palace markets, offer traditional crafts and delicious treats.

These destinations have a historical significance in attracting visitors during the Christmas season due to their unique cultural celebrations, festive markets, and special events that make them particularly enchanting at this time of year