Top Destinations to Spend Christmas

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As we move towards the Christmas holidays, travel fanatics are planning on where to welcome in the yuletide season. Although many families prefer to enjoy festivities, many people are trying out new cultures and traditions in different cities and countries. Here are three examples of how Christmas is celebrated differently around the world.

The Philippines

Filipinos tend not to follow the tradition of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”, as they begin their celebrations as early as September! The country start to deck their halls, malls and streets 3 months before the big day and leave them up to after the Eve of Epiphany in early January. The country’s main festive event is the Simbang Gabi, which begins on the 16th December.

In the build up to Christmas Day, Filipinos attend nine nights of masses, which is believed to make all your yuletide dreams come true. The end of the masses are celebrated with huge street parties and lantern festivals.

Lapland

No Christmas list would be complete without an honourable mention of the most festive destination of them all. Although there are many villages around the Arctic Circle in Sweden and Norway which also work under the name of Lapland, Rovaniemi in Finland in the unofficial home of Saint Nick.

The resort is the perfect place to take your family, as the children can get fully involved and engrossed in the winter wonderland. You can take a sleigh ride in the snow with Rudolph and the gang, bake some sweet treats with Mrs Claus and even meet the big man himself, Chris Cringle.

Las Vegas

As one of the most outrageous cities on the planet, Vegas certainly knows how to celebrate the Christmas holidays. Probably the most unusual aspect of the festivities is that all the stores, casinos and restaurants are all open for business on Christmas Day! The Bellagio truly epitomises yuletide spirit by pulling out all the stops, converting the entire complex into a winter wonderland.

As well as decorating the casino and gaming rooms with tinsel and fairy lights which you find at a mobile casino, the Botanic Gardens and Conservatory are transformed with a full sized snow globes, hundreds of white carnations and a huge 45 foot Christmas tree centrepiece.

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