Going on a trip is a great way to have an unforgettable Christmas. You can escape the crowds at the mall, all of the work of preparing Christmas dinner, and create a lasting memory that your family will treasure for years to come. Here is where to go for an unforgettable Christmas.
Hangout at Belgium’s Christmas Markets
Belgium is famous for its Christmas markets and they are a great place for a family to spend time together. You can pick up locally made Christmas decorations, crafts and view beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Brussels’ Winter Wonders is one of the biggest and you can enjoy live music, ice skating, and fair rides. There is also plenty of great food to eat like waffles, pancakes and smoutebollen, a deep fried sweet dumpling. You can stay warm by drinking hot wine or locally made gin.
Celebrate in Sri Lanka
Celebrating Christmas in Sri Lanka is a fabulous idea because the weather is fantastic this time of year with slightly cooler days and no chance of rain. Depending on your interests, there are a variety of Sri Lanka tours you can choose from. If you are interested in ecotourism you can go whale watching, go on safari through the jungle, or work with elephants at the elephant sanctuary.
Hikkaduwa, Bentota, and Mirissa are glorious beaches to spend your Christmas Day relaxing on or playing water sports. Be sure to head to the mountains where you can wander through tea plantations and explore ancient Hindu and Buddhist monuments, There are many great accommodations and you can stay at tea plantations, in a tree house surrounded by jungle, or at a lovely hotel on the beach.
The Maldives are beautiful archipelago in the Indian Ocean and they are a great place to spend a quiet, relaxing Christmas. There are few Christmas celebrations going on because it is a Muslim country. The area consists of stunning coral reefs, crystal clear aquamarine water and many beautiful white beaches. You can try water sports like surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, and fishing or simply relax on the beach. You can also try yoga on the beach and then treat yourself to a trip to the spa.
On a Northern Lights Cruise
Head to Norway and you can spend your Christmas vacation on a Northern Lights cruise, sailing down stunning fjords and enjoying the views. A Fjord is a long narrow inlet with a steep narrow cliff that is caused by glacial erosion and they are breathtakingly beautiful.
In the winter there is plenty of snow and the temperature drops below 0 so make sure that you bring lots of warm clothing. There are plenty of things to see off of the boat as well and you can explore historical Viking villages, go cross country skiing, and explore the beautiful capital city of Oslo.
Canal Boating in the UK
Spending Christmas on a narrowboat sailing down the UK’s waterways could be the most perfect Christmas you’ve ever had. You can rent boats in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England and explore beautiful scenery and exciting small towns along the sleepy backwaters. Some rental companies allow pets so you can even bring your dog with you.
You will cruise past miles of scenic views and you can stop at the small towns that have docks to tie your boat up at. On Christmas day you can stop at a pub for dinner and then get back on your boat and cruise into the sunset enjoying your stress-free day.