What are the most fabulously festive cities in the world?
Perhaps fitting with our collective Hollywood conception of Christmas, they’re all places that are cold, snowy, and full of Christmas lore.
London offers six photogenic ice skating locales, some spectacular holiday-themed settings and events, as well as the fun fact that Britons enjoy a drink 41 percent more often than the December average.
You can catch no fewer than eight gorgeous light displays in Paris while feasting on buche de noel, a rich chocolate cake. Experience New York’s holiday magic through film classics such as Miracle on 34th Street and the famous Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. And you have a 68 percent chance of seeing a white Christmas in Montreal.
If you’re not in mood to lace up your boots and put on your parka, the Middle East is beginning to offer its own modern twist on holiday cheer. Over 25,000 people attended the Dubai Christmas Festival held in early December, where snow was guaranteed to fall every hour, on the hour. Abu Dhabi made its own holiday history in 2010 with an $11 million tree, loaded with rubies and diamonds, in Emirates Palace. And many of the top hotels in Doha are offering Christmas brunch, with menus ranging from traditional puddings and turkey to Middle Eastern specialties.
Who knows? Perhaps in a few years, the list of festive cities will have some new additions.
The folks at tinyprints.com have made an incredible Infographic ‘The Most Fabulously Festive Cities in the World’ with London, Paris, New York, Montreal, Bruges and Vienna on the list.