So, where exactly should you go?
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If you want to feel the Christmas spirit in the best way possible, head to Central Europe to see an enchanting German Weinachtsmarkt. Christmas markets are a centuries-old tradition in this country, and the festive season nowhere feels as cozy as here.
Nothing screams “Christmas market” like the delicious Glühwein (mulled wine) or Eierpunsch (sweet drink based on egg yolks and white wine). Also, don’t forget to try sweet and savory treats.
The most famous and top-ranked markets take place in Nuremberg, Munich and Cologne, although there’s really no telling which one is the best.
Visiting the Holy Land in December is a unique way to feel the Christmas spirit – without the snow, repetitive carols and tacky merchandise.
Israel is a land of rich history and many religions. Diverse Jerusalem, cosmopolitan Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea are just a few from many unique places to visit in this country.
Watching the New Year’s fireworks from a boat in Sydney Harbor is probably one of the best ways to celebrate the turn of the year.
The down under is also an excellent place to escape cold winter in the northern hemisphere and experience warm Christmas.
But even apart from that, Australia simply is a great tourist destination with its breathtaking nature.
Instead of escaping the cold, you may as well embrace it and travel to a true winter wonderland. Finnish Lapland is all about wilderness, snow-covered forest, reindeers and, of course, Santa Claus’s home!
Short days can be a disadvantage, but who cares if the nights are absolutely stunning? After all, northern Finland is one of the best places for aurora hunting.
Thailand is a dream destination for any tourist. The country has it all – beautiful sandy beaches, rich history and culture, delicious food, bustling cities, water sports options, etc.
The dry season, running from November through February, is a perfect time to visit Thailand. Cooler temperatures make sightseeing pleasant, while national holiday on December 5 (former king’s birthday) unofficially marks the beginning of the festive season.
The weather in Mexico in December depends on the region, but its generally moderate – not too cold, not too hot. At year-end, this country is a perfect winter getaway.
Mexico’s rich cultural heritage and intriguing natural wonders (have you heard of diving in Cenotes?) make it one of the most fascinating tourist destinations in the world.
And if you’re a digital nomad, you’ll appreciate the paradise-like places in the Yukatan Peninsula or Baja California.
Morocco is a magical country, rich in colors and tastes, with a variety of breathtakingly beautiful places. Most tourists come here to admire high sand dunes in the east and south. Still, Morocco attracts visitors also with the Atlas Mountains with dramatic gorges, beautiful waterfalls, long ocean shore and amazing, colorful cities.
Chaotic Marrakesh or secluded Saharan desert may be a bit cold in December (especially at night), but if you plan to avoid crowds, they are definitely better off-season.
New York City, USA
The famous Christmas tree, window shopping along Fifth Avenue, ice-skating in Central Park … Visiting the Big Apple in December feels like being moved onto a movie set.
December is one of the busiest times in NYC, so avoiding crowds is not an option. Nevertheless, the city is a place where everyone belongs. The hustle and bustle of New York create an atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else.
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