Crackling open fires, mugs of mulled wine, more mistletoe than you can shake a holly branch at… Christmas might just be the most romantic holiday of the year after Valentine’s Day. But sometimes in the whirlwind of last-minute shopping and overindulgence at the dinner table; the romance can get somewhat lost along the way.
If you’re looking to break from tradition this year and whisk your beloved away to experience a truly romantic Christmas. Why not consider one of our top destinations for the most wonderful time of the year?
Wrap up toasty for a trip to Finland for one of the most atmospheric and authentic Christmas breaks in Europe. First up, there’s the vibrant capital of Helsinki; with plenty to offer lovebirds in the way of luxurious spas, restaurants and cultural activities. Next, there’s the fact that Finnish Lapland is one of the best places to admire the beautiful and unique light show of the Aurora Borealis; a natural phenomenon which, at certain times of the year, causes coloured light to dance across the starlit sky. You can stay in a cosy log cabin where you can roast chestnuts on an open fire; or rent an igloo with a glass ceiling, so you can stare up into the arctic sky.
New York City
One for the city slickers. Visit the twinkling lights of New York for Christmas and you’ll be in for a festive treat. Bear in mind that the city can get bitterly cold during the winter and often will bucket down with snow. But even if the temperatures are plummeting, the romance won’t be – not under those crisp, clear cerulean skies. Famous for its shopping opportunities; the department stores of Fifth Avenue go all out with their Christmas decorations. Visit the stretch that’s earned the moniker The Holiday Walk, thanks to the spectacular window displays. Take a turn on the ice at Central Park’s outdoor Wollman Rink with the cityscape creating an atmospheric backdrop before stepping out for the evening to one of the many cosy bars or sophisticated restaurants the city that never sleeps has to offer.
The quaint and quirky streets of Amsterdam look pretty as a postcard when dressed in frost. Strolling the canals, wrapped up in warm layers, will afford the perfect view of the traditional gabled houses, whilst the wide variety of cafes and bars offer a welcome respite from the bitter climes when you’re ready for refreshments. With a selection of magical Christmas markets, the opportunity to spin hand-in-hand on the ice, and plenty of world-class museums to tempt you inside when you need to warm up, Amsterdam offers the ideal cultural Christmas getaway. Additionally, bear in mind that temperatures frequently plummet below zero during winter in this city; so you might even get the romantic white Christmas of your dreams!
If you’re looking for a destination that’s a little more exotic and offers a new perspective on Christmas; fly to vibrant Puerto Rico to explore the Navidad celebrations on the island that’s often referred to as the gateway to the Caribbean. Although temperatures won’t be as high in December as they are at other times of the year; a comfortable average of around 19C means it will be balmy enough to watch a beautiful sunset on the beach. Explore the blue-tinted cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, decked out in sparkling Christmas lights and partake in the festive food and drink that no Puerto Rican Christmas would be complete without. Coquitos, a creamy, spiced rum and coconut drink, are particularly popular at this time of year. Once you’ve knocked a few of those back, you might just fancy trying your hand at some steamy salsa dancing. When in Puerto Rico
We’ll end on a traditional note with beautiful Prague. The fairytale architecture and picturesque city streets of this stunning European destination offer an unparalleled setting for a romantic Christmas break. Ornate spires, Gothic architecture and Baroque facades combine to present an enchanting setting of winding streets and quirky shops; perfect for getting lost together hand-in-hand. During December, the city comes to life with Christmas magic, thanks to the festive markets that are integral to the city’s holiday celebrations. The main markets are at the Old Town Station and Wenceslas Square; though there are several smaller versions dotted throughout the city. Wander past quaint wooden huts offering a wide range of quality gifts from jewellery and scented candles, to metal wares and ceramics. Sample the hot mulled wine and sugary pastries beneath the huge town square Christmas tree and soak up a romantic ambience that’s hard to beat.
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