There’s nothing wrong with a traditional Christmas at home with your family. But if you want to change things up, consider taking your family on a trip abroad next Christmas. The holidays are celebrated worldwide in a variety of ways, and sometimes you have to experience those unique celebrations first hand in order to truly understand them. So have your passport handy and consider spending your Christmas in one of these foreign locales.
With mountains in the distance, a little bit of snow on the ground, and amazing architecture, Salzburg at Christmas time is like living inside a postcard. With Salzburg being the birthplace of the song “Silent Night,” there are plenty of wonderful Christmas traditions to enjoy. That includes Krampus Runs, which is when the locals dress as mountainous beasts and search the city for children who have been naughty that year. If that doesn’t interest you, Salzburg is a short drive or train ride away from great skiing and all of the wonderful tourist attractions Austria has to offer.
There may be no better Christmas environment in the world than Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt or Christmas Market. The amount of Christmas spirit you’ll find at this market will overwhelm you. There is a wooden Ferris wheel, steam train, and toy museum. There’s also plenty of gingerbread and mulled wine to go around. The best part is that every toy sold at the market is handmade, so any gifts you buy there will be genuine and homemade. Plus, all of the vendors compete for the best stall design, ensuring that every inch of the market is filled with Christmas joy.
Obviously, Rovaniemi isn’t a traditional tourist destination. However, it’s considered the official home of Santa Claus, which makes it a great place to celebrate Christmas and a great place to bring the kids. You can enjoy making gingerbread cookies with Mrs. Claus or learn to write with a quill pen. Kids can also enjoy a zoo that’s home to a wide variety of arctic animals, as well as the local science center. The best part is that Rovaniemi is an ideal location for viewing the Northern Lights, which will guarantee that you have a trip and a Christmas you won’t forget.