Friday, November 19, 2021
It is that time of the year again when you can enjoy the festive spirit to the fullest. Celebrating Christmas holidays with friends and family amid the cold and snow is an age-old tradition. The festival of Christmas has always been associated with the winter season. However, there are several destinations across the globe where you can celebrate a warm and pleasant Christmas and do away with the freezing temperature. Take a look at the places that you can visit to experience a warm Christmas cheer.
As December marks the summer season in the southern hemisphere, Australia is known for celebrating Christmas towards the beginning of summer holidays. For Australians, Christmas is all about pleasant weather and beach days with the capital city, Sydney specially decked up for the festive season. Therefore, Sydney is one of the most perfect destinations to experience a warm Christmas with decorations, carols and cuisines. Catch locals surfing in Santa Hats and enjoying “prawn runs” on Christmas Eve be a part of the street celebrations around the Pitt Street Mall, musical events and choirs as well as watch the tallest Christmas tree in NSW lighting up in Martin Place. You can even be a part of Australia’s largest free Christmas concert at Woolworths Carols in the Domain on December 21 or enjoy the special Christmas lunch at STUDIO Sydney Tower on the Christmas Day. You can also experience street parties and barbeques on Boxing Day celebrated on December 26.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Recognised as the city of four seasons, Buenos Aires experiences the onset of summer during Christmas as it is located in the southern hemisphere. The capital of Argentina offers a much offbeat Christmas experience amid warm climate and a busy holiday season. In Buenos Aires, the Christmas Eve or Nochebuena is celebrated with more pomp and glory than the Christmas day. The special Christmas dinner and mass takes place on the night of December 24 rather than the Christmas morning. You can also expect some of the best Christmas firework displays as the church bells go off in the midnight mass. Make sure to experience the special Christmas Tango show and dinner as well as the view of the magnificent Christmas tree and decorations at the Galerias Pacifico Mall.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
If you want to experience Christmas in Europe without freezing, Tenerife would be your ideal destination. Here you can enjoy a warm, fuzzy and traditional Christmas surrounded with dazzling sunlight, array of palm trees and the gentle sea breeze. The largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Tenerife is known for its Nativity during Christmas. Almost every municipality creates its own nativity scene or Belen made of wooden or plastic figures with intricate details. Some localities even organise live nativity to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas. The island is also known for its traditional orchestral Christmas concert, traditional Christmas markets and traditional festive special dining arrangement across all its pubs, bars and restaurants.
One of America’s well-known cities, Savannah turns itself into a Christmas wonderland during this time of the year. The weather around December is often variable and though there are chances of few cloudy days, most of the city remains moderately warm. Festivities begin towards the end of November and continue throughout the Christmas time. The whole city gathers to display events, shows, carnivals, boat parades, walking tours and much more. Every corner of the city wraps up in Christmas decorations with special gingerbread towns, trolleys and lights. While the city market comes to life with full holiday spirit, the historic Savannah theatre showcases the “Christmas Tradition” stage snow with Santa and Frosty and the Savannah River welcomes the “Sailing with Santa” charity cruise tour.
December is considered to be one of the best times to visit Hawaii as the weather is wonderfully warm through the day with a comfortable dip in the evenings. Hawaii’s second largest island, Maui is the ideal destination if you are looking forward to celebrate Christmas away from the cold. The famous Banyan tree of Lahaina, one of the largest in the United States, is wrapped in thousands of Christmas lights and is a sight to behold. You can enjoy a special Hawaiian Christmas Day luau on the beach or engage in some whale watching and have a Hawaiian special Christmas dinner in Maui restaurants. The island also allows visitors to shop in special holiday markets or book a Christmas getaway at the Old Wailuku Inn in Ulupono.
Cape Town, South Africa
It is also summer season during Christmas in South Africa but the celebrations in Cape Town show how sunny and magical Christmas can be even though it is far away from the white North Pole. The capital offers some of the best Christmas market experience with handcrafted cards, decorations, treats, baked goods, clothing, jewellery and several last-minute gift-items. The ‘Festival of Lights’ in Adderley Street, ‘Santa’s Village’ at the V&A Waterfront Victoria Wharf and the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ in Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden alongside sumptuous Christmas feasts at different restaurants are some of the most memorable Christmas experiences one can have in the city.
With comfortable temperatures, low humidity and less rainfall as compared to the rest of the year, December is a great time to visit Hong Kong. It also celebrates the grandest Christmas in all of East Asia and is considered to be having one of the world’s most festive Christmas celebrations. Besides major Christmas displays and decorations, you can enjoy various Christmas-related entertainment and activities in the theme parks as well as marvel at the ‘Symphony of Lights’ show over Victoria Harbour.
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