[dropcap]C[/dropcap]hristmas and New Year’s eve are just around the corner and some of us are still not sure about where to book our last minute tickets to. If you’ve been planning to set out on a foreign trip this holiday season and can’t decide on where to go, we have come up with a solution.
If you too are tired of surfing through the Internet in search of your ‘best holiday destinations’ check out our brief list of happening and Indian-tourist friendly places:
The United States of America: New York City
What can be a better way to celebrate this festive season in a place that offers a combination of snow, art and culture and sports? The New York City fits the best in this category, and to help you plan a happening week there, here are the major events that might attract your attention for add on that Christmassy feel
December 21: Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at MSG’s Hulu Theater – Relive the story of the Grinch, his dog Max and sweet, innocent Cindy Lou Who, all of whom remind us the real meaning of Christmas.
December 22: Winter Solstice Celebration at Cathedral of St John the Divine – The perfectly named soprano saxophonist Paul Winter leads four performances of musicians and dancers honoring the earth and the sun.
December 23: Radio City Christmas Spectacular – This iconic song and dance extravaganza, featuring legendary Rockettes, is one of the holiday season’s must-see attractions. This year’s show combines classic scenes with new numbers and digital projection, turning Radio City Music Hall into a giant canvas.
December 24: Christmas Eve Caroling at Washington Square Park – Sing ‘Silent Night’ under the arch at Washington Square Park on the night before Christmas with Rob Susman Brass Quartet.
December 29: Kwanzaa Celebration at the Apollo Theater – Take pictures with Santa and hear music from local a cappella groups and choirs, in the evening along with special holiday edition for Amateur Night.
December 31: Times Square Ball Drop – Enjoy live music and other performances pre and post midnight with stars like Nick Jonas, Camilla Cabello and Mariah Carey.
Other than these events, family friendly events with floats, balloons and marching bands will also kick off in the city. Some of these events are:
The Holiday Shops at Winter Village at Bryant Park until December 31
Holiday Markets until Jan 2, 2019
Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes until Jan 1, 2019
Along with the soothing evenings and traditional attractions of the city, here are a few places for you to visit in the capital of the United Sattes, Washington DC, this holiday season.
Lit in early December, National Christmas tree in President’s Park on the Ellipse will be attended by 56 decorated state and territory trees, Santa’s Workshop and nighty musical performances on Dec. 31.
Richly dressed, a Christmas Carol cheers at Ford’s Theatre, till December 31
Switzerland: St Moritz
One among the most beautiful UNESCO world heritage sites and because of its charismatic aura, St Moritz is among the most visited holiday destinations by tourist. Around Christmas and New year, St Moritz offers its tourists with amazing cuisine and art attractions. Art lovers can look forward to more art exhibitions in December now that the international Hauser & Wirth gallery is present in town. A skier’s paradise, this place recently hosted the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup.
- As part of the grand opening of the new Galerie Hauser & Wirth in St Moritz two sculptures are to be sited and presented at the lake on December 27. These prestigious artworks are by American artist Paul McCarthy and internationally acclaimed artist Bharti Kher.
- St Mortiz is also the world capital of winter glitz, so why not try your hand at skiing in the ski area surrounded by a snow-covered mountain panorama.
26 restaurants in and around St Moritz have been awarded a total of 382 Gault Millau points and six Michelin stars for this forthcoming winter season. It’s quite a place to try out authentic Swiss cuisine from award-winning chefs from across the world.
Portugal celebrates Christmas in its own cute manner. Christmas has popped up as a culture only a few decades ago in Portugal and become a major tourist attraction. Here are a few places you can visit in Portugal during Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
Lisbon Christmas market: Several Christmas markets are normally set up across Lisbon and it’s also worth coming to Praça do Comércio to see the city’s main Christmas tree. Markets like Rossio are famous for special food and mulled wine around Christmas.
Obidos: It is a small town near Lisbon that turns into a Christmas village at this time of the year. There’s ice skating, an ice slide, a fairground, face painting, and Santa’s house. If you’re visiting Lisbon and want your Christmas market fill, then Obidos is the place to go to.
Avenida dos Aliados: One of the most beautiful places to visit on New Year’s eve, this place gets thousands of people to come around and wave a goodbye to the passing year amid beautiful fireworks at midnight.
Jordan: Wadi Rum
In case you’re up for some adventure, and want to get away from the extensive festivities, try out Jordan’s Wadi Rum.
Wadi Rum is a maze of monolithic rockscapes that rise up from the desert floor to a heights of 1,750m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces and explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store. There are several options for exploring Wadi Rum.
Tourists can hire a 4×4 vehicle, together with driver/guide, and then drive for two or three hours into the Wadi system to explore some of the best-known sites.
One can also opt for a hot air balloon ride, to float silently over Wadi Rum and enjoy the breathtaking natural rock formations. See the seven pillars of wisdom and the natural dunes of the desert from 6,000 feet.
So, where would you want to go this holiday?