Nothing quite puts you in the mood for the season better than gazing at a beautiful display of Christmas lights. Everywhere you look, you’ll inevitably see the bright lights. They’re in your home, in the mall when you’re shopping, and literally all around town when you’re taking a stroll with hot chocolate in hand.
If you’re feeling yourself getting a little Grinch-y, just one look at the multicolored string lights will fill your heart with joy and brighten up your whole holiday.
Christmas is a magical time of year and if you’re dreaming of spending it in a picture-postcard perfect town that seems to have stepped out of the pages of a children’s storybook, these destinations offer the chance for one of the most unforgettable holidays of a lifetime.
1. Vienna, Austria
At any time of the year, Vienna is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but at Christmas time, she gets dressed in her finest and is a sight to behold. The Austrian people hold their Christmas traditions dear to their hearts and the festive season is eagerly anticipated and enjoyed by all.
One long-standing tradition is the Viennese Christmas markets and even today, Vienna provides an abundance of markets where locals and visitors alike can enjoy the warm, festive atmosphere. The wooden covered stalls of the Christkindlmarkt in front of Vienna’s stately City Hall make up the city’s largest Christmas market.
Here you can make your choice from handcrafted gifts, toys and decorations, sweet delicacies and hot Glühwein (mulled wine). The market opens in mid-November so there is plenty of time to buy unique Christmas gifts for the special people in your life.