[29 July 2014 Last updated at 03:43]

Best places to travel over Christmas

Home, Sweet Home...There is no place like home for Christmas, though you don't have to be at home to celebrate the Christmas holidays.

Best places to travel over Christmas

Whether you're a fan of a white Christmas or not, you’ll find that there are plenty of beautiful locales where you can go for Christmas and New Years and have a fantastic time. Here it’s some travel ideas for Christmas at home and around the world:

Vienna

Vienna is one of the top cities to visit in the world and it's also one of the best places to travel over Christmas in Europe. Vienna just oozes with charm during the Christmas period and it’s a fantastic time to soak in Viennese culture and traditions.
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Between late November and Christmas Day, you’ll experience an amazing atmosphere in Vienna and find a Christmas market literary every corner you turn in the city. Vienna City Hall Christmas market is probably the best Christmas market in town as it boasts dozens of stalls selling tasty foods, mulled wine, and festive decorations.

Rio de Janeiro

If you’re looking for a vacation spot in South America to getaway in December and spend the Christmas look no further than Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro is certainly most famously known for Copacabana and Rio Carnival (February), but during Christmas time this electrifying city is elegantly decorated. The city of Rio hosts an annual Christmas tree lighting and flamboyant Christmas holiday parades.
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In all, Rio is truly one of the most amazing places you can travel and spend the Christmas holidays with family and friends.

New York City & Chicago

When it comes to spending Christmas in the US, New York City and Chicago are probably two of the best places to travel for Christmas in the United States. In fact, you'll find that both Chicago and NYC boast two of the best Christmas lights displays in the US.
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New York City hosts an annual Christmas tree lighting at the Rockefeller Center, and a fantastic Christmas show at the Radio City Hall - Christmas Spectacular – starring the famous dance company known as the Rockettes.
Downtown Chicago also boasts a spectacular Christmas lighting tree ceremony (at the Daley Plaza) and an extraordinary Christmas parade (The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival) along the famous Magnificent Mile.

If you’re planning to travel to the USA for a fun Christmas vacation, both New York and Chicago won’t disappoint!

Bangkok

If you’re looking for an exotic Christmas vacation, Bangkok is without a doubt, one of the best places to travel over Christmas in Asia. There are many tourist attractions in Bangkok, and Christmas isn’t as a low-key affair as you would think mainly because Bangkok is such a bustling city with a huge community of expats, international pubs, Christian churches, hotels, and tourists everywhere.
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During Christmas, you’ll find the streets of Bangkok beautifully decorated and people singing carols, which a surreal (but memorable) experience in such an exotic and Buddhist country as Bangkok.

The Caribbean

The Caribbean is without a doubt one of the best places to go for a relaxing Christmas beach vacation since the Caribbean islands boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The Crucian Christmas Festival in St. Croix (US Virgin Islands) is probably one of the best places to celebrate the Christmas spirit in the Caribbean.
The St. Croix Crucian Christmas Festival runs between December and early January and features street parties, calypso and Carnival queen contests, as well as a boat parade (St. Croix Boat Parade) with dozens of boats beautifully adorned in Christmas decorations.
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The Cayman Islands and Bermuda are two other spots worth considering for a Christmas vacation in the Caribbean, particularly the Cayman Islands. People in the Cayman Islands celebrate many old Christian Christmas traditions such as decorating trees and houses, going to church on Christmas morning, and building snowmen out of sand.

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