Christmas is just around the corner, and most people have been planning to get out of town to celebrate the holidays. If you are wondering where to go this year, this list of the best Christmas cities could help. This time of the year brings fresh snow, festive foods, and plenty of time to spend with friends and family.
International flower vendor Bloom & Wild has compiled a list of the best Christmas cities in the world. Christmas is celebrated with enthusiasm all over the world, irrespective of region or religion.
To create the ranking, Bloom & Wild took into account things such as the aesthetics, vibe, cost of a restaurant meal on Christmas Day, how soon the Christmas lights are switched on, average snowfall, and how magical the Christmas lights are.
Folks at Bloom & Wild described the Irish capital as “the best for merriment.” Dublin is the city to visit this Christmas if you want to wrap up warm “for an epic pub crawl” across the city’s cobbled streets. The city also hosts the famous Procession of Light that brings people together for the celebration. When you are in Dublin, don’t miss carols at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
The historical city of Prague attracts millions of tourists every year. And the whole place becomes even more beautiful at Christmas. Its centuries-old Gothic architecture coupled with Christmas lights makes the city feel like heaven on Earth. What’s more, Christmas trees are incredibly cheap in Prague. You can get a six feet tall Christmas tree for less than $10. Also, don’t forget to visit the Old Town Christmas market at the foot of the Church of Our Lady Tyn.
According to Bloom & Wild, Montreal is the best city for snowman building. The Canadian city gets an average of 82.5 inches of snowfall every winter. The modern metropolis retains the charm of its history and culture. If you happen to be in Montreal this Christmas, do enjoy a spin round the ice at the Patinoire du Bassin Bonsecours, and the holiday magic at Merry Montreal.
Edinburgh in Scotland is one of the best and safest places in the world. And it’s also the best place to celebrate Christmas with all your family, says Bloom & Wild. Edinburgh is pure magical between St. Andrew’s Day and the New Year’s. The beautifully lit castles, cobbled streets, and shopping centers make the city burst with seasonal excitement.
Bloom & Wild writes that Copenhagen has what it takes to “charm all your senses” during Christmas. The vibrant and cosmopolitan city is “jam-packed with culinary delights.” The whole city lights up weeks before Christmas. The pre-Christmas activity in Copenhagen is easier to navigate because people prefer to walk or bike around the city instead of using cars.
If you want to enjoy the “fairytale views” of Christmas, there is no place better than Salzburg. The Austrian city is the birthplace of Mozart. Its sub-Alpine mountains and fairytale castles look perfect around the holidays. Salzburg gets 44.3 inches of snowfall yearly. Christmas trees aren’t expensive either. The festive markets are a little crowded and compact. Combine all that with snowfall and colorful lights, and you’ll have the Christmas of your dreams.
One of the biggest financial centers of the world knows how to make Christmas beautiful and exciting. The entire city dazzles in Christmas lights and festivities. The English fares and shopping centers will attract you. Somerset House, Hyde Park, the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields turn into winder wonderlands with ice skating, live music performances, and rides.
At first glance, few people would associate Berlin with Christmas. But visit the German capital during Christmas and you’ll realize that it’s one of the world’s best Christmas cities. The holidays give you an excellent opportunity to discover its culture, traditions, and delicious cuisine. Bloom & Wild says it’s the best city for cheap Christmas dinners. It has several dozen Christmas markets across neighborhoods of the city.
2- Quebec City
Quebec City is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The city offers a blend of European and Canadian culture. If you want “that postcard-perfect white Christmas,” you’d want to visit Quebec City because it gets a staggering 124 inches of snowfall per year. The city bursts with winter activities and programs. There are also plenty of things to do such as snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, and zooming around in a snowmobile.
Helsinki has been named the best Christmas city by Bloom & Wild. The Finnish capital has great Christmas markets for shopping. It gets plenty of snow during the holidays, and it’s brimming with culture. Did I mention Helsinki’s Scandinavian charm? Christmas trees are really cheap here, and so are the Christmas dinners.