Inspirational travel and backpacking ideas , including tips and advice on round-the-world holidays.

World’s top 10 Christmas destinations This Year

1.Vermont, USA        

a snowy Christmas village decorated for the season, it’s quite possible you’re looking at an image of Vermont. This wintry New England wonderland is as cute as you imagine, with tiny villages, steepled churches, and snow snow snow!

There’s plenty of winter fun to be had, from skiing, sledding, snowboarding, and ice skating to snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and more. And Vermont is known for its delicious local food. After time spent enjoying a winter’s day, you can sit down next to a roaring fire for a hearty meal. The classic Christmas spot is Vermont.

2.Paris, France

Paris is a wonderfully romantic city at any time of year but at Christmas it’s even more magical with the streets, squares and shop fronts lit up by thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights. I loved exploring the stalls of gifts, crafts and no end of edible and drinkable delights along the Champs-Elysée. The avenue of trees sparkling in their festive finery with the Arc de Triomphe at one end and a giant Ferris wheel at the other really is a stunning site. The atmosphere is decidedly festive. Sip a glass of mulled cider and soak it all in.

Another favourite spot, although an out and out tourist trap where artists display their paintings of Paris or try and persuade you to have your portrait drawn, the Place du Tertre in Montmartre is also a very pretty scene at dusk with the Christmas lights gently swaying in the breeze.

Along Boulevard Haussmann shopaholics will enjoy exploring the stylish department stores that vie for the best seasonal displays each year. Don’t miss Galeries Lafayette, in particular, its spellbinding Art Nouveau stained-glass dome sitting atop three tiers of exquisite balconies, dating back to 1912. And each year there is a different Christmas display here. Next door, Printemps gives it a run for its money with another stunning stained-glass dome and plenty of Christmas bling.

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