7 Places You Should Visit to Welcome Christmas and New Year’s Day
With only a few days to go for Christmas and New Year, take a look at how the world is gearing up to celebrate.
Have the bells started jingling in your head already? Do you feel restless in your seat, thanks to the ambience around you? Is the whiff of the wind navigating you towards a sleigh of new beginnings?
Need I tell you more?
Welcome to the ‘fluffiest’ season of ’em all – the one that brings in almost an entire month of unbridled festivity!
As the world gears up to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s, here’s a look at the seven places around the world where the celebrations are absolutely unique. If you’re at any of these places on either of the two days, we pronounce you very, VERY lucky.
1. New York
Ladies and gentlemen, if you’ve grown up watching romantic comedies, then you’ll surely understand what it means to kiss at Times Square on New Year’s Eve. This city looks its best during this time. With the larger-than-life fireworks, high spirited lovers and the clock ticking towards 12, it’s the dream destination for one to be at, this time of year!
Christmas in Venice means concerts and cuisines. It also means fireworks, colours, bling – you get the drift. The New Year’s celebration also coincides with the Feast of Saint Sylvester, which is celebrated every year in Venice. Saint Mark’s Square shimmers at midnight as the crowd throng the city to welcome the new year.
You can dress up as a Santa or just dilly-dally on the streets of London – the city will never disappoint you. With the holiday mood firmly in place, London can definitely be the city you choose to usher the new year in. The ice-skating rinks, theatres, concerts, Christmas markets and open-air shows will make sure you have a most memorable time!
4. Santa Clause, Indiana
What can be better on Christmas than being at a place called Santa Clause. Yes, you heard that right. There’s a town in Indiana which is believed to be America’s Christmas hometown.
Little trivia? This is the only town in the world that has a post office that bears the name of Santa Claus! You can relive your childhood fantasies by visiting Santa’s Candy Castle, the Santa Claus Museum or Santa’s Stables.
People in Finland celebrate Christmas with heavy snow and great cuisines.
Here’s what’s unique – Finnish people are known to celebrate entirely on Christmas Eve and NOT on December 25.
Yet another reason you should be here? People believe Santa Claus lives in a place called Lapland, the northern part of Finland, also the north of the Arctic Circle.
The fireworks in Bulgaria on New Year’s Eve is the stuff of legend! Skiing is very popular during this time. The entire city is illuminated with fancy lights and it teems with tourists from all around the world who flock here to celebrate Christmas.
Also? Psst. We have a feeling Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s Dilwale, shot largely in Bulgaria, will contribute generously to the influx of Indian tourists there this year!
There may be plenty of attractive options around the world, but our country ain’t far behind. India is famed for being a country that celebrates 13 festivals in 12 months! Christmas and New Year’s Eve, therefore, are celebrated in almost every city.
But there are two that look the best during this season – Kolkata shines on Christmas Eve and crowds flock to Park Street to wine and dine. Meanwhile, Goa is the most happening place to be during the end of December. Concerts, parties and shows are sure to leave you recharged for the new year!
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