We select the top destinations to visit that fully embrace the Christmas spirit
It’s the most magical time of the year and these Christmas destinations are sure to bring out your festive side.
Of all the Christmassy things to do in central London, skating on Somerset House’s glamorous ice rink has to be one of the most romantic. If you are a novice and don’t want to make a fool of yourself on the ice, there’s a skate school where you can tool up enough to break out your new skills at the various club nights hosted by some of the country’s hottest DJs. During the month of December, there’s also the Skate at Somerset sessions – a series of family-oriented events held in conjunction with Tiffany & Co.
Christmas markets in Germany date back to the Middle Ages and the oldest of them all is in Dresden. Also known as Christkindlmarkt, it draws more than two million visitors every year to see its giant tree decked out in thousands of lights and to sample traditional festive fare such as candied nuts, cookies, bratwurst and the famed Glühwein. The market is teeming with stalls selling handmade crafts, toys, ornaments and books, which make charming souvenirs or gifts.
New York, USA
The lighting of the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre truly ushers in the holiday season. Going to see the tree, which is a treat in itself, also gives you a good excuse to stay a few days and finish your Christmas shopping. And while you’re there, be sure to check out some of the city’s other famous seasonal hotspots such as Radio City where the Rockettes perform their annual Christmas Spectacular.