Top 10 Christmas Towns and Villages

Top 10 Christmas Towns and Villages

If you are planning a Christmas holiday – consider these ten villages and towns. Whether you are going with your family, with a loved one on a romantic vacation or on your own – you will find something. Christmassy vibes are guaranteed!

10. Jamnik, Slovenia

Situated on the Jelovica Plateau, the small village is a truly picturesque place in the country. The location is indeed stunning: the plateau features lush forests, part of the Ljubljana Basin, surrounded with Julian Alps from north and the Kamnik Alps from the east. And on the top of the hill is crowned by the beautiful church of Saints Primus and Felician.

Why to go there?

Admire breathtaking views. The village is small and apart from the panoramic sites there is not much to do. Visitors come here on their way to Kranj or skiing resorts in Krvavec and Vogel.

Jamnik-Photo by Igor Gratzer

Photo by Igor Gratzer

Jamnik2

Photo by Unknown

Jamnik-Photo by Janez Tolar

Photo by Janez Tolar

Jamnik

Photo by Unknown

9. Tasiilaq, Greenland

Founded in 1894, Tasiilaq is the biggest town in Eastern Greenland. Located on the cost and overlooking the sea, the port city and its signature colorful houses welcome tourists all year round. Tasiilaq has only 2000 inhabitants, therefore one can still find a tranquil getaway even in this relatively busy city.

Why to go there?

Get there by plane or to King Oscar’s Harbour by boat. There you can find numerous outdoor activities all year round, since tourism is very well developed in Tasiilaq.

Tasiilaq2

Photo by Unknown

Tasiilaq

Photo by Unknown

Tasiilaq3

Photo by Unknown

8. Bern, Switzerland

Being one of the most populous cities in the country, Bern has a very rich cultural life. Moreover, its historic center is preserved by UNESCO, meanwhile the mountains surrounding Bern also add up to a stunning panorama. It becomes especially beautiful in Christmas: streets and roofs get covered in snow, buildings shimmer from the lights and delicacies tempt to visit the markets.

Why to go there?

Christmas markets are open since late November and offer Swiss specialties, candles, souvenirs and of course mulled wine. A nice skating rink in Parliament Square is another popular attraction, as well as skiing in the parks or mountains.

Bern4

Photo by Unknown

Bern2

Photo by Unknown

7. Santa Claus Village, Lapland, Finland

The village enters Arctic Circle and its guests not only get to experience a true winter, but to visit Santa Claus himself. There are various restaurants and themed shops in the village, but still the main attraction is the opportunity to chat and take a picture with Santa.

Why to go there?

The ultimate place to visit on a family holiday. There is Rovaniemi Airport just 2 km from the village.

Santa3

Photo by Unknown

Santa2

Photo by Unknown

Santa

Photo by Unknown

6. Tromso, Norway

The biggest city in the Northern Norway is the best place to admire the Aurora Borealis – one of the main attractions in the Arctic Circle. Incidentally Tromso drops in the zone where the Northern Lights are visible for about 6 hours a day! The town also boasts a lively music scene.

Why to go there?

The town is especially beautiful in winter and Christmas period. It is also the best place to see the Northern Lights. A very Nordic-like town with rich cultural life and plenty of activities.

Tromso-Photo by Yngve Blomsø

Photo by Yngve Blomsø

Tromso3

Photo by Unknown

Tromso2

Photo by Unknown

Tromso

Photo by Unknown

5. St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

The largest city in the province is also known to be one of the most colorful towns in the world! Usually one would expect vibrant colors and vivid houses someplace, which is always warm and sunny. However, climate in St. John’s is usually chilly and sullen. But it doesn’t stop the locals from painting their buildings brightly.

Why to go there?

From unique architecture and rich culture, to versatile outdoor activities and events – St. John’s is a great city to visit once in Canada. Winter is cold and boasts lots of snow, for those who are looking for a chilly weather.

St John’s3

Photo by Unknown

St John’s2

Photo by Unknown

St John’s

Photo by Unknown

4. Petit-Champlain, Quebec City, Canada

Beautiful city of Quebec gets covered in snow and decorated in thousands of lights in winter, thus becoming a desirable destination. Meanwhile Petit Champlain is the most popular and picturesque neighborhood: visitors come here to explore the historical architecture, narrow cobblestone streets and mural paintings. Moreover – it is the oldest shopping district in the whole continent!

Why to go there?

The pedestrian street also features the Breakneck Stairs: built in 1635 it is the oldest stairway in Quebec. A wonderful panoramic views open from the top, overlooking Old Quebec. Besides all the historically significant buildings, little boutique shops, cafes and restaurants also attract crowds.

Petit-Champlain

Photo by Unknown

Petit-Champlain-Photo by Dawna Moore

Photo by Dawna Moore

3. Innsbruck, Austria

The capital of Tirol is located in the picturesque Inn Valley. The town is surrounded with high mountains, which makes it a very popular winter sports spot: it even has hosted a few Winter Olypics. It is also one of the most beautiful locations for a Christmas market, posited in the backdrop of the Alps.

Why to go there?

Over 70 stalls, scattered among the dazzling tree decorations, offer traditional as well as international Christmas products. The tower trumpeters fill the air with sounds, while puppet show, storytelling and animals entertain the kids.

Innsbruck

Photo by Unknown

Innsbruck

Photo by Unknown

Innsbruck4

Photo by Unknown

Innsbruck2

Photo by Unknown

Innsbruck3

Photo by Unknown

2. Jokkmokk, Sweden

The town is found in the Arctic Circle and provides a true winter, with lots of snow and low temperatures. It has been a center of trade for indigenous Sami people, who would come to the Jokkmokk’s Winter Market trade reindeer skins. Besides wonderful nature, adorable reindeer and outdoor activities, the snowballs are another exciting attraction. Made by an experienced sculptor, the ice houses welcome visitors to spend a night in this authentic hut.

Why to go there?

Discover authentic Sami culture and diverse winter activities: sleighing with reindeer or huskies, skiing and of course sleeping in the snowball.

Jokkmokk

Photo by Unknown

Jokkmokk2

Photo by Unknown

Jokkmokk-Photo by jmpavval

Photo by jmpavval

1. Montreal, Canada

ne of the most beautiful towns in North America gets lit up for Christmas. Also just about a right amount of snow covers the city thus creating a true winter feeling. Besides beautiful sites there are plenty of outdoor activities that attract locals and guests. Among various events and concerts local stars Cirque du Soleil performs in December, providing an unforgettable program.

Why to go there?

A truly beautiful city is all shimmering and Christmassy in December. Many events, outdoor activities, shopping opportunities welcome guests and ensure the best winter holiday.

Montreal-Photo by Michael Vesia

Photo by Michael Vesia

Montreal-Photo by Mathieu Dupuis

Photo by Mathieu Dupuis

Montreal2

Photo by Unknown

Montreal

Photo by Unknown