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Who did Christmas Best? 10 of the most impressive cities around the world

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No matter where you are in the world, Christmas is the most magical time of the year. The streets light up brighter than before, Christmas trees larger than life are placed in the centre of cities and Christmas cheer is evident every which way you look. But who did Christmas best? Taking into consideration some of the world’s regular city stunners (New York, London and Paris) and of course a few surprises, here are the most extravagant cities to enjoy at Christmas time!

New York Christmas

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New York City

Growing up watching the Home Alone films, a New York Christmas has always been on the top of my wish list. With pop-up skating rinks, luxury hotel lobbies with over the top Christmas trees and of course the iconic Santa Con, there could perhaps be no city more magical at Christmas time than the city itself!

Denver Colorado Christmas

Image via Brian Papantino / Flickr


Denver City (Colorado, USA) puts on quite a show at Christmas time, with the County Building lighting up in an array of colours and the suburban homes outside of the city lighting up in a similarly colourful fashion making this one of the most magical cities to find yourself in during the holiday season. This is also a great city to enjoy a White Christmas as your chances are high!

Edinburgh Scotland

Image via Graham Campbell / Flickr


Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of the most underrated cities in Europe and the UK – a charming capital filled with unique architecture, Scottish culture and quaint alleyways to explore. At Christmas, the city lights up in an array of colours.

Sao Paulo Christmas

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Sao Paulo

In a city with a population upwards of 11 million, the above image seems justified! That gorgeous (and overtly large) tree is just the beginning of the celebrations in Sao Paulo, the Brazilian city that remains an absolute favourite for travellers to Brazil and South America at large. Lafayette

Via Faye Bullock


It should come at no surprise to see Paris on the list, as this is arguably one of the world’s most magical cities year round, not just at Christmas! There are many things to do in Paris at Christmas to enjoy the holidays and now even a festive Christmas Market at the base of the Champs Elysees.

Chicago Christmas Market

Image via Chicago Hillside Hotel


If there’s just one city in the USA that really takes on the job of spreading Christmas cheer it would have to be Chicago who have their own (self dubbed) “German American” Christmas market in the city which draws both locals and visitors to join in the Christmas spirit. If you want to take a little Christmas spirit home with you, you might like to try the mulled wine & candied nuts!

London Christmas

Via Emma Bates


If there’s one city in the world that rivals the magic of New York City, it would have to be a quick trip across the pond to the capital of England itself; London. This city is similarly magical year round, but the brits certainly do know how to celebrate Christmas in style. Don’t miss the decadent displays at Harrods department store, walking through the decorative alleyways and of course the extravagant lobbies of London’s posh hotels.

Merry Christmas From Melbourne, Australia

Via Wikicommons


Down in the Southern Hemisphere Christmas is celebrated in summer, so its a shorts, thongs (flip flops for ye Americans and Brits), sunnies (slang for sunglasses) and barbie (also slang – for barbecue) type deal. Cities along the coast are as popular as ever for that all important Christmas shopping, and I must say my favourite city in Australia remains to be Melbourne. This city has such a vibrancy year round, but at Christmas time the Melbournians really turn it on for their international and domestic visitors with Christmas cheer evident almost everywhere you look!

Instagram Vienna

Instagram via @theviennesegirl


If there’s anything more impressive than this wrapped up building then I’d love to hear about it. Vienna is a gorgeous city with so much style and effortless class that it hardly comes as a surprise to see it so elegantly decorated in the festive season!

Prague Christmas Prague Christmas by Boris Tylevich / Flickr


Last but not least… perhaps the most charming capital city in Central Europe; Prague! I love this city throughout the year but especially in winter in a layer of snow (although there hasn’t been a white Christmas this year). The Christmas Markets are particularly impressive with a tremendous vibrancy and of course the added benefit of not being on the euro bringing prices a lot further down than their neighbours.


Where did we miss!? Share your favourite Christmas city in the comments below!

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    Shelley Jarvis
    December 30, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Krakow, Poland is magical at Christmas

    December 28, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I’m a Melbourne girl (loving the efforts of the city this year, as always!), but spend last Christmas in Chicago… completely agree with it’s top 10 spot, it was stunning last year!

    eden pope
    December 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

    NYC, London and Edinburgh always look amazing during the holidays! I was lucky enough to be in London and Edinburgh last month to see all the decorations 🙂

    December 27, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

    December 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Edinburgh looks amazing!!

    December 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    So happy to see my hometown Melbourne on the list. I would love to see any of these places during Christmas, especially London & New York!

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    December 27, 2015 at 11:38 am

    The Christmas tree was particularly fabulous this year in the Galeries Lafayettes, you should have seen it! Wonderful!!

    December 27, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Christmas in London is magical!! New York must be amazing too 🙂

    Ngaire Astridge
    December 27, 2015 at 7:22 am

    You also missed Singapore! Check out Orchard Road at Christmas and Gardens by the Bay… Some extrodinary displays!

      December 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Yup! Orchard Road was splendid this Christmas! Singapore has a long-standing tradition of lighting up our shopping strip every Christmas, and it’s a feast for the eyes to marvel at each year. Loved this list though – Paris looked especially stunning. I loved that giant tree with the flowers on it.

    December 27, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Wonderful! I would love to visit each and every one of these cities during the holidays!

    Liakada Travel
    December 27, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Just found your blog Brooke, I love it! Really enjoyed reading though it 🙂

    Ash | Liakada

    Sarah Elizabeth || Sediva Abroad
    December 27, 2015 at 1:57 am

    *Sigh* These all look so amazing. I’ve been to a bunch of these, but only New York around Christmastime x

    December 27, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Denver was always amazing at Christmas. And Boulder, too. I live in NYC now, and it’s absolutely stunning (obviously), but I miss the snow capped mountains as a background to my Christmas.

    December 27, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Wow, all the cities look amazing! I think New York is my fave – it has always been a dream of me to be there for Christmas 🙂
    Much love, Carmen from

    December 27, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Wow everything looks so magical !

    I’m from Paris and I love the spirit in my city during Christmas.

      December 27, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Oh my! How did I not know that one of my favourite bloggers is actually from Paris (my favourite dream travel destination, lol)! Lucky you! Did you get to see that lovely tree in the Champs Elysees?

    Lynda Martin
    December 26, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    How come nothing from Canada?

    December 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Melbourne really outdid itself this year! So much Christmas spirit even though it was 100F almost this whole week ;).