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Christmas getaways: best destinations for the end of the year

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The streets are lit up, the store windows are a flurry of activity, and decorations are popping up everywhere. There’s no doubt about it, the end-of-year celebrations are almost here! To inspire and enchant you, we have compiled a selection of some of the most beautiful destinations for Christmas.

 

Christmas in Saint Petersburg

The atmosphere

The magic of Christmas par excellence. Snow-covered streets and rooftops, the River Neva that crosses the city and the canals all frozen over, gigantic trees, and countless lights.

Things to do

Wander around the Christmas market – one of the most beautiful in Russia – to find local, artisanal products. Admire the ice sculptures all over the city, and go ice skating! December 31 is the most festive day here with superb firework displays on Palace Square, which is also home to the city’s biggest Christmas tree. And the main street, Nevsky Prospekt, is pedestrianized and filled with crowds hurrying to enjoy the celebrations.

Did you know?

Christmas lasts a long time in Saint Petersburg, as the Christian celebration is followed by Orthodox Christmas just after the New Year. The leading characters during these festivities include Ded Moroz, a Santa Claus clad in a long, richly decorated coat, and Snegourotchka, the Snow Maiden. Both are just magnificent dressed all in blue!

 

Christmas in Australia

The atmosphere

A total change of scenery ! After all, with Christmas comes the end of the school year and the start of the summer vacation! Tinsel adorns the palm trees and the surfers sport red knit caps with white bobbles!

Things to do

The main meal takes place on December 25. But the celebrations are in full swing on the evening of December 24 with countless barbecues hosted on idyllic beaches or in lush green gardens. The festive fare largely consists of fish, shellfish, ice creams, fresh fruit, and cold drinks. The sun sets late in the evening, so you can enjoy every second!

Did you know?

The Australians adore Christmas decorations. And in the lead up to the festive season they are quite ingenious in adorning their houses with beautiful lights and the finest Christmas characters, who are often life-size or bigger! You won’t find any fir trees here, but instead a host of Christmas Bushes (a green plant with little red flowers) used to make pretty garlands.

 

Christmas in New York

The atmosphere

Magical! Everything sparkles with light, color, and joy. The store windows are each more beautiful than the last, and music is played in the streets much to the delight of tourists and inhabitants alike.

Things to do

Don’t miss out on the magnificent Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center and the ceremony organized for turning on its lights. The fairy tale experience continues with the ice-skating rink installed for the festive season just next to it. And to top it all off, treat yourself to a wonderful Christmas musical.

Did you know?

In New York, the festive spirit starts as far back as November with Thanksgiving, a national institution that sparks that gift-giving feeling! In late November, Black Friday continues in the same vein with its renowned day of sales offering the perfect time for buying all your Christmas gifts.

 

Christmas in Alsace

The atmosphere

A typical atmosphere with the region’s renowned Christmas markets, which are of course one of the main draws of Alsace during the festive season! A unique ambiance whose charm has continued throughout the years against a backdrop of cinnamon scents and other spices.

Things to do

The Christmas markets are comprised of little wooden chalets, each showcasing local gastronomy and artisanry. Mulled wine, waffles, confectionary, toys, artisanal objects, and artwork are just a few of the irresistible gems on offer, all presented in a joyous, good-natured atmosphere. Each one is truly marvelous, although our personal favorites are the markets of Colmar and Strasbourg. The latter was founded almost 450 years ago in 1570 which makes it one of the most traditional destinations of all.

Did you know?

Saint-Nicolas passes through the towns and villages of Alsace on December 6 to give children chocolates, gingerbread, candy, and brioche. And with that, the celebrations begin!

 

Christmas on the Champs-Elysées

The atmosphere

Majestic and elegant, of course. After all, it is the most beautiful avenue in the world!

Things to do

People come from far and wide to admire the Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysées. This year has a red theme with a shower of sparkling stars strung through the 400 trees on the avenue in a celebration of purity and magic. Strolling along this avenue is so enchanting, as it captures the full beauty of the French capital. All the store fronts are decorated for the occasion, and the nearby Avenue Montaigne is also decked out in full, bright splendor.

Did you know?

This year will see Karl Lagerfeld personally turn on the light show entitled Flamboyance. Long live the City of Light!

 

As for us, given the options of the birthplace of Kusmi Tea, the avenue home to its flagship store, and the most spectacular, romantic destinations, it will be hard to choose… Which destinations will you choose to celebrate Christmas this year?