Christmas Festivals around the Globe

Christmas Festivals around the Globe

Time marches on, and here we are at another Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year is packed with beloved annual rituals, delicious traditional fare, and plenty of celebratory alcoholic beverages. From London to Budapest, some of the best Christmas vacations feature festivals that go far beyond the traditional fare of handmade nativity scenes, eggnog, and crocheted stockings. These celebrations feature everything from breathtaking ice sculptures to high-speed roller coasters that will give you and your family a thrill that not even Santa himself can match. Despite the holiday season, we adrenaline junkies can't resist attending one of the many incredible festivals held all around the world. To get you in the holiday mood, let's take a look at the top Christmas Festivals throughout the world.

Winter Wonderland – United Kingdom

In the month of December, Hyde Park transforms into a dazzling holiday festival with elaborate displays and plenty of opportunities to do some holiday shopping. More than two million people from all over the world visit Winter Wonderland every year to see Santa, skate on the ice, and feast on delicious holiday treats.

There's a solid reason why it drew over two million people last year. Ice skating, photos with Santa, more holiday treats than you can eat, and plenty of holiday gifts are all staples of any Christmas celebration, and Winter Wonderland is no exception. The 200-foot-tall observation wheel, two roller coasters, and various circuses make for an unbeatable Christmas extravaganza. Santa Land, two enormous roller coasters, a 200-foot high enclosed pod observation wheel, kid-friendly rides, and a Cirque du Soleil-style Christmas circus by Zippos Circus are just some of the attractions at this amusement park.

Take advantage of our multilingual guided London Sightseeing Tours at Voxcity to experience the city's top sights in a way that works for you. This tour package is a classic with both visitors and natives because it allows for comprehensive sightseeing in a single outing. This is a great way for first-time visitors to London to spend a day getting their bearings in the city.

Christmas Festival of Lights

Portland, Oregon may not be the first spot that comes to mind when you think of a Christmas vacation, but the hundreds of thousands of visitors that visit The Grotto each year for the Christmas Festival of Lights would disagree. The Grotto's director of development, Jane Tokito, calls the event "the world's largest choral festival" because they have not found anything else like it anywhere else. More than a million lights are shown in a stunning light show during the Christmas celebration (which take seven weeks to hang).

Christmas festivals - Festival of Lights

Use the Vox City app to find your way to Porto's parks and lookout spots on your own if you're in search of some peace and quiet during your trip.

Christmas Fair Budapest – Hungary

Although Christmas is celebrated in a variety of distinct ways around Europe, nowhere does it quite like the Hungarian capital of Budapest. The world-famous Vorosmarty Square becomes one of the most picturesque Christmas settings in the world. The festival grounds are lined with wooden cottage booths selling high-end holiday decorations, gifts, and treats. Take a walk around the Hungarian streets while sipping mulled wine and munching on a honey cookie. 

Budapest Christmas festival in Hungary

During the months of November and December, Vorosmarty Square transforms into a lively celebration of traditional Hungarian Christmas rituals. Scents of honey cookies, mulled wine, cinnamon, and fir waft through the air as hundreds of miniature wooden cottage kiosks sell one-of-a-kind holiday presents. Tourists can learn about the holiday customs of Hungary's capital city by tuning in to cultural shows and listening to traditional Hungarian music.

Winterfest Boat Parade – USA

Weary of the winter season yet determined to celebrate Christmas? For a really unforgettable experience, you need look no further than Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for the Winterfest Boat Parade. Admire the sight of two-foot mega-yachts lit up for the holidays as they glide along the Intracoastal Waterway. Snag there early to get a good spot at one of the many neighboring bars or eateries.

Winterfest Boat Parade Christmas Festivals

You can take a self-guided audio tour of famous American landmarks with the help of Vox City. With our help, you can learn more about New York's most precious cultural asset.

Christmas in Strasbourg – France

Strasbourg's Christmas traditions go all the way back to 1570, when the city hosted Europe's first Christmas market. The French Christmas mood is contagious, especially with the more than 300 neighborhood kiosks selling seasonal decorations and presents. Place Kleber is home to one of the world's most impressive Christmas trees, so if you're a fan of enormous, imposing trees, you won't want to miss it. Even the massive tree in New York's Rockefeller Center can't compare to the Great Christmas Tree.

From the moment your feet touch French soil, you can begin your self-guided audio tour of Paris with Voxcity. Use the app's built-in navigation tools, which make navigating on your own a breeze, as soon as possible. You will become completely engrossed in the history and culture of the city as you get closer to well-known landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and have an unforgettable Christmas celebration.

Fantasy in Lights – USA

Pine Mountain, Georgia has hosted one of the most impressive light shows in the United States for the past quarter-century. There is very little light pollution at Callaway Gardens, which makes the holiday lights stand out more vividly. Ride the narrated Jolly Trolley through Fantasy in Lights, and be sure to visit the Christmas Village gift shop for seasonal wares and a photo op with Santa!

Fantasy in Lights Christmas Festivals

Christmas in Ice

North Pole, Alaska offers a unique spin on the holiday season by way of its annual Christmas celebration. About 2.2 million pounds of ice are trucked into the city located 14 miles south of Fairbanks, where skilled sculptors transform it into incredible pieces of art. When the snow and ice cease falling, the Christmas in Ice festival transforms into a glowing winter wonderland of ice sculptures. One thing festival organizers in North Pole don't have to worry about is a heat wave.

Christmas festivals - Christmas in Ice

Listen to the Vox City app's audio commentary to find out more about the Christmas celebration sites and other points of interest, or take a break whenever it's most convenient for you. If you're traveling to different countries to celebrate Christmas, you may use Vox City to plot out your next walking route, look up your favorite sights, and locate the best photo ops.

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