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The best places to combine a holiday with a good dose of festive cheer are those where the Christmas holiday destinations truly come alive.  These festive destinations have everything from Christmas markets and spectacular light displays to snow-dusted streets. Here are five of the world’s top holiday destinations.

New York City, United States

Christmas holiday stalls in New York

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This iconic city lights up at Christmas, and you won’t know where to look. The themed window displays at Bergdorf’s, Macy’s, Saks, and Bloomingdales (among others!) take the better part of a year to plan and are all worth visiting. Look for your miracle on 34th street, marvel at the Dyker Heights holiday lights displays, and take in the Empire State Building’s holiday musical light show.

Don’t Miss:  Ice skating at Rockefeller Center, home to one of the largest Christmas trees in the city.

London, England

oxford St-Christmas in England

Photo:  [Mark Higham-Unsplash] Oxford St

Whether or not Love, Actually is played on repeat at your house during the holidays, you’ll find merriment in spending your Christmas in London. Toast the holidays in many lively pubs in the city, take in the displays on Oxford and Carnaby Streets, and find the perfect holiday-themed souvenirs at Covent Garden. Finally, enjoy a traditional Christmas roast with all the fixings.

 Don’t Miss: The Winter Wonderland Market in Hyde Park.

Strasbourg, France

Stasbourg is beautiful holiday destination in winter

Touted as “the Capital of Christmas,” Strasbourg is home to France’s oldest Christmas markets, dating back 450 years. More than two million visitors come to this quaint French town during the Christmas holiday season. They come to see the festive markets and spectacular light displays.

 Don’t Miss: The renowned Christkindelsmärik market, resting in the shadow of the stunning Strasbourg Cathedral.

Vienna, Austria

vienna-top Christmas holiday destination for Christmas markets

The charming city of Vienna drips with seasonal charm. Visit one of its many markets, and indulge in chocolate-covered fruit, roasted & caramelized nuts, and a lebkuchen. Wash it all down with Weihnachtspunsch (Christmas punch). Various flavors and alcohol-free and alcoholic varieties are available.

Tour the “Ring,” a vast ring boulevard that encircles the old city and is home to luxury hotels, shops, parks, and two-holiday markets for a dizzying display. Take in the lights by hop-on/hop-off bus or with the comfort of a private car and driver.

Don’t Miss: The Viennese Christmas Market at City Hall and holiday tree at Rathausplatz.

Leavenworth, United States

Christmas holidays-in-the-village-Leavenworth

Step back in time a mere two and a half hours east of Seattle, Washington, with a visit to Leavenworth. Leavenworth is known as one of the best Christmas towns in the country. Its Bavarian-inspired buildings are embellished with over half a million lights, giving you the feeling as if you were in a snow globe or touring the set of a Hallmark movie.

If that’s not enough, you can meet a real, live reindeer at the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm. With the option for an educational tour and a chance to feed these Christmas creatures. Dash through the snow courtesy of a horse and sleigh, visit the Nutcracker Museum, or sample some suds at the Icicle Brewery.

 Don’t Miss: Sledding at Front Street Park, under the glow of holiday lights.

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