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Christmas is synonymous to snowy landscapes, Christmas markets, and hot Glühwein (mulled wine). Or is it? This article presents places to visit in december, here you can find the craziest, out-of-the-ordinary places in the world to spend this year’s Christmas holidays and it guarantees to change the images that pop up in your mind when you’re thinking about Christmas Time.

Places to visit in december tip #1
Hong Kong, China

Craziest places to visit in december - Hong Kong in China
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If Christmas lights is your thing then wait until you visit Hong Kong. The city covers up in glittering lights and neon signs reading Christmas wishes to passersby. Skyscrapers at Victoria Harbour, get decorated from around the beginning of November looking even more spectacular from what they already do. Special events such as Winterfest and Hong Kong Pulse Light Show take place throughout December while a Christmas market inspired by Finland’s oldest Christmas market is set on Stanley Plaza. And if you miss the snow while you’re visiting Tokyo the city’s indoor ice rings will do the trick and add a bit of wintery feeling to your holidays.

Hong Kong as one of the most beautiful cities in the world! We created a ranking of the 10 most beautiful cities worldwide and Hong Kong has so many to offer this place has to be a part of the TOP cities 2018!

Places to visit in december tip #2
South Iceland, Iceland

Craziest places to visit in december - Iceland

Who said you can’t find a crazy place in Europe to spend your Christmas holidays? Take a tour in South Iceland and let the aurora borealis lighten up your nights while you’re warming up in a hot tub in a wooden bungalow in the countryside. The word spectacular isn’t enough to describe the Icelandic landscape and if low temperatures isn’t a problem for you then, December is the time of the year to visit the Nordic country. Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon, go snowmobiling and glacier hiking and listen to the legends about the 13 naughty trolls known as Yule Lads.

By the way: Did you know that Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, is one of the most kid-friendly vacation spots? One fact is that Icelanders believe in the existence of elves. Pretty cool, hm?!

Places to visit in december tip #3
Rovaniemi, Finland

Craziest places to visit in december - Rovaniemi, Finland
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Known as the official hometown of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi in Finland is one of the most popular Christmas destinations. A visit to Santa Claus Village will make you believe that the white-bearded man lives there all year round and along with his elves is preparing for the big day on December the 25th. Reindeers and husky farms complete the already magical scenery while the fact that you’re only about 6 kilometers (4 miles) away from the Arctic circle, where the story of Christmas begins will get you into the festive spirit right away.

Places to visit in december tip #4
Sydney, Australia

Craziest places to visit in december - Sydney, Australia

Escaping Europe’s winter and traveling to the southern hemisphere where summer is on its peak, should be on every Christmas lovers to-do list. Visiting Christmas markets surrounded by snowy landscapes is certainly a great way to spend your Christmas holidays. But sunbathing with palm trees on the background when the calendar shows 25th of December is unquestionably a unique experience for those living in the northern hemisphere. And there couldn’t be a better place than Sydney for your sunny Christmas holidays.

Bondi Beach the city’s most popular beach gets packed with people of all ages. There you’ll see locals and tourists surfing wearing bathing suits and a Santa Claus hat on top. If that’s not an interesting image, then we don’t know what it is. Spend this year’s Christmas Day with sand in your toes and an ice-chilled cocktail on your hand.

Of course, there are other beautiful beaches worldwide! Why not discover these too? On this list, you find 6 breathtaking beaches worldwide where you can celebrate Christmas in a special way.

Places to visit in december tip #5
Hakuba, Japan

Craziest places to visit in december - Hakuba, Japan
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Fitness lovers and outdoor enthusiasts like Christmas holidays because they can fit in a few days practicing their favorite winter sports and relaxing in nature. If you fall into this category we have the perfect destination for this year’s Christmas escape: The Japanese Alps. Hakuba village a few miles outside Nagano is a popular ski destination filled with luxurious resorts. Christmas isn’t celebrated in a spectacular way in Japan, so, this place is for those preferring to avoid Christmas carols, large crowds and of course the jam-packed shopping malls.

Places to visit in december tip #6
Orlando, Florida, US

Craziest places to visit in december - Orlando, USA

Orlando in Florida might not be the first destination that comes to mind when you’re thinking of Christmas vacation but trust us, it should be. The sunny US State has much more to offer than tropical beaches, blue clear skies, and high temperatures. Not that we imply that these reasons aren’t enough to book a ticket for the next flight to Orlando. But Orlando brims with theme parks and resorts that will add a dash of magic to your Christmas holidays. Walt Disney World Resort is definitely the star of the city but if you want to avoid large crowds there are plenty of other things you’ll find to do. The Singing Christmas Trees, Orlando Ballet’s annual Nutcracker performance and the annual Now Snowing event are some of them.

Places to visit in december tip #7
Tokyo, Japan

Craziest places to visit in december - Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo is an impressive city any time of the year, let alone when myriads of lights decorate the impressive skyscrapers and modern-design buildings. Every street around the city center is adorned with sparkling lights that sometimes are in the shape of snowflakes and other festive illuminations. Take a walk down The Marunouchi area near Tokyo Station and catch a glimpse of Japan’s tallest Christmas tree which reaches over 14 meters. Another popular district that shouldn’t be missing from your list is Roppongi. Here you’ll find locals and tourists strolling around Keyakizaka Street admiring the thousands of lights placed on every corner of the street. This year’s theme is “Snow and Blue” so the 700,000 LED lights placed along the street have a cool bluish color.

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Places to visit in december tip #8
Moscow, Russia

Craziest places to visit in december - Moscow, Russia

Moscow has something special during Christmas time and it makes you feel like you’re taking a journey back in time. Maybe it’s the staged fairytales performed on Tverskaya Square, the scenic Christmas market on Red Square or the city’s imposing buildings illuminated by thousands of lights. Dozens of events, theatrical plays, and music concerts take place throughout December while “Journey into Christmas” festival runs from December 18 until the 14th of January featuring street art shows, cooking and decorating classes, and many other events. Ice rinks and Christmas markets are placed all over the city so, if you’re visiting the capital of Russia in wintertime you’ll never get bored. Whatever you’ll decide to do, just don’t forget to slide down the country’s largest ice slide which spans 100 meters, between Manezhnaya Square and Revolyutsii Square.

The struggle is real: every summer the coolest kids on Instagram post their picture perfect getaways on Social Media. Yeah good for them! But there is one spot that will make you the envy of everyone this year: It’s Positano, this little village on the Amalfi coast.

Never heard of it? No problem, let’s check it out together!

Arrival in Positano

Positano at the Amalfi coast - The arrival

Positioned between the mountains and the seaside there is a little city climbing up the summit with its bright pastel coloured houses. It’s hard to believe that this hot spot use to
be a fishing village.

The best way to reach Positano is flying to Neapel and renting a car. If you don’t drive or you want a more relaxed journey, you can always take the bus. From Neapel lay back and enjoy the beautiful 1-2 hour journey to Positano.

We always suggest taking the bus because… psssst… the Italian’s have a keen style of driving. Moreover the streets can be small and dangerous for people who are not familiar with the area. And don’t forget: the parking fees are very high in Positano (25-30 € per night). Money that would be better saved to spend on delicious food.

And in case you were wondering how to get from A to B, no worries: there is a cheap bus in Positano (1,70 € per person) . And because the village is pretty small you can reach anything by walking. So grab your walking shoes and let’s go!

You know what? If you’re feeling really extra (and you can afford the money of course) then you can come by boat from a few different directions, for example Amalfi, Capri, Sorrento or Salerno. All boats arrive in the Positano – Marina Grande, so you can enjoy the view of the beautifully coloured little houses and the church Santa Assunta from the sea.

Accommodation

Positano at the Amalfi coast - the accommodation

To get accommodation is no problem at all. There are a lot of hotels and apartments you can stay at. And moreover the view to the sea is pure magic.

The city center is just a few minutes away from the beach Marina Grande and the streets around the church Santa Maria Assunta offer a lot of shops. Positano is very popular with the rich and famous; all kinds of celebs visit simply because getting there isn’t as easy as it is a fairly remote location.

Feel free to choose another base location. Because the Amalfi coast is tiny you can reach every hot spot in 25 minutes. Other cities are Amalfi, Capri, Sorrent or Salerno so you can plan a day trip to Positano.

Sightseeing

Positano at the Amalfi coast - Sightseeing

While visiting Positano you should see the church Santa Maria Assunta. The interior is from the 18th century and during the day it is flooded with light which reflects off the white archs and the dome with it’s spectacular golden detailing.

Back to the shopping you’ll definitely find many beautiful ceramic pieces and mediterranean fashion which has been made in Positano since the 50’s.

In general we can say that three nights are enough to discover this hot spot. But because of the beauty of the Amalfi coast you should plan two or three extra stops like Sorrento or Praiano.

Okay okay, but enough with an easy peasy sightseeing tour. Put on your hiking shoes, we have to discover the “way of Gods”! According to the legend the Gods who wanted to go to the Sirenes had to take this way to the water. The route is 10,3 kilometers and should be take you 5.30 hours. If you don’t feel comfortable to make this tour all by yourself grab a guide and let them lead you to this awesome view. It’s well worth the walk!

But the cheapest and best way of enjoying Positano? Take a sunbath or jump into the crystal clear waters. #beachday!

Day trips

Positano at the Amalfi coast - Day trips

Do you have a car or a bike? If not then get one! Otherwise you’ll probably miss something. For example a day trip to antiquated Pompeii. From Positano you’ll need about 1.5 hours to get there. The good thing: you’ll drive directly along the beautiful seaside. Pompeii is located at the foot of Mount. Vesuvius; this city was a busy city until the volcano exploded 79 AD. The pumice that rained down from the volcano covered the whole village, but it also preserved everything, so today it’s a famous place for both archaeologists and tourist from all over the world.

Pompeii is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world! Entry costs 13 € or just 7,50 € with a student discount. It’s then up to you to decide whether you feel like discovering it on your own or in a group. See some beautiful and excellent preserved paintings on the walls.

Moreover book a tour to the Vesuvius Volcano. The tour starts at the National Park (Parco   Nazionale del Vesuvio) which was opened in 1995. Here you can find a lot of tours and hiking tracks. By the way I have to warn you: chances are if you’ve spent the day walking around Positano, you might have aching muscles. If that’s the case then book a car and drive up to the peak of the volcano 1000 meters above sea level.

And more importantly: Don’t forget to grab a jacket! It’s going to get very cold. But if lucks on your side you will have nice weather and an awesome view on the crater and the whole of the surrounding landscape.

For all the foodies

Positano at the Amalfi coast - For all the foodies

A typical breakfast means: Cappuccino and a croissant! If this isn’t to your taste then you can choose between a smorgasbord of fruit, vegetables and bread.

And OF COURSE: Don’t forget the pizza!

Just in case you didn’t already know it Italy has a lot of sweets to offer. Take a stroll down some of the small alleys to find a nice bakery.  

As for italian drinks: What about taking a sip of some delicious homemade limoncello while looking out across the crystal clear waters?

Pssst… fingers crossed you spot a celebrity in Positano!

Already dreaming about a trip to the Amalfi coast? You are not alone! Positano is so popular at the moment because a lot of stars and VIP’s are coming here. The reason it’s so huge is because of the privacy the location offers.

With a little bit of luck you can catch Celebs like Michael Jordan, Vanessa Hudgens or Jennifer Lopez.

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Be sure, you’ll make a lot of photos in Positano! Because it’s a perfect Instagram Location. But don’t just upload your pictures in Social Media but send them as a real postcard to your friends and family too! How cool is it to use the own pictures and create your own cards?