So what are you planning this Christmas? Any special Christmas Destinations on your mind? There might be more options than staying at home or visiting the relatives.

Christmas DestinationsWhat Makes Christmas Destinations Great?

I guess it depends a bit (or a lot) on your personal taste what you would consider a great Christmas Destination, so the places and ideas mentioned here are by no means complete or correct. They are just some ideas that might get you thinking about your Christmas plans. And there might be even something that you could combine with the relatives, who knows.

Before you embark on your trip you will have to decide what makes Christmas Destinations great for you personally. Should it be

  • Historically significant to the occasion?
  • Have lots of snow for this amazing white Christmas?
  • A great part place?
  • Relaxed, laid back and fun for the kids?
  • Very traditional?
  • Or anything else?

Depending on your personal definition of great Christmas Destinations you might find a pick in the suggestions below, or you might have to search a bit more.

Christmas Destinations For You

  • San Miguel De AllendeSan Miguel De Allende (Mexico) – In the lead up to Christmas you can see a nightly re-enactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter. Including a procession from house to house, a girl on a donkey, piñatas and poinsettias. The last house they visit will be host for the nights festivities, including rounds of ponche, a hot spiced fruit drink, and piñatas.
  • Quebec City (North America) – with narrow cobblestoned streets and stone architecture of the walled city (founded in 1608 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain) it is as romantic and European as it gets on this side of the pond. And you have a good chance of being treated to a white Christmas as well. With lots of choices for a beautiful dinner this is a great choice for the holidays.
  • Paraty (Brazil) – this Portuguese colonial town is a great escape if you prefer it nice and warm. Friendly locals, azure waters, beautiful beaches, and exotic-bird-filled jungles may make you forget what holiday it is altogether. This is the backdrop for an unforgettable Christmas.
  • Trømso (Norway) – experience one of nature’s greatest shows –  the northern lights (look for them between 6 p.m. and midnight) and be really close to the North Pole (I was told Santa lives there ;) ) for Christmas. You will have the chance to try dogsledding, enjoy great food, and a mountaintop cable car. But be aware – a “day” is just a couple hours of twilight blue.
  • Vienna (Austria) – with its beautiful architecture Vienna has an old world charm about it, especially at Christmas. You will love the twinkling decorations and three outdoor Christkindle Markets. Go there at night (which sets in early being winter) and enjoy some finger food and a glass of spiced mulled wine (Gluehwein) while you do your last minute Christmas shopping from the Vendors on the market. And on Sundays at 9:15am you can listen to a free concert of the Vienna Boys’ Choire.

So there you have five beautiful and totally different Christmas Destinations – what is your favourite? Where would you like to go this year for Christmas?

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  2. Vienna – yes, I would love to be there for the annual Strauss concert!!
    Norway – yes again – and I’d also go snow skiing while I was there
    ..and I’ll add Canada – skiing at Sun Peaks in British Columbia
    Now I need a holiday!
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    • Christmas is coming up, so I hope you get a chance to take that holiday. And thanks for adding Canada to our list of great Christmas Destinations :)


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  4. I love those christmas destinations you have picked out. One of these years, I would love to go to a different country and experience a white christmas for a change instead of sweltering in our Australian Heat.
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    • Hi Jackie, white Christmas is definitely very different to (north) Australian Christmas. But I didn’t have too much trouble getting used to all the prawns you get to eat at Christmas :)


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  7. MY dream is to see a white Christmas just once and I know one day soon that will happen
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    • Hi Rita,
      there are a lot of places that celebrate a white Christmas – which one would be your favourite? Make your pick and start the planning, and you will be at your white Christmas Destination in no time.


  8. Wow,
    Never thought of these fabulous destinstions. Perhaps need to get the head and body out of Australia and start to explore our real backyard.


    • Hi John,
      there are some great places out there, but I have to say Australia is pretty good with great Destinations as well. Maybe not a wintery white Christmas, but the backyard is huge with lots of places to discover!


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  11. I so love the idea of getting away for xmas! I would love to be overseas, and see a white christmas for the very first time :)

    There is something magical about Christmas. Imagine gettin away and having the holidays with another culture :)
    That would be a great xmas.

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    • Hello Lisa,
      I agree, emersing yourself into the festivities of another culture for christmas is quite an experience – one you will never forget. when will you be going?


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  13. I would love to have a White Christmas. Quebec, Norway and Vienna would be my pick out of your list.


    • Hello Kerry,
      looks like you have some great choices lined up there. I am looking forward to hearing from you after your White Christmas trip :)


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