Successful tip: Brooklyn, New York
New York could also be magical at Christmas however Dyker Heights in Brooklyn is probably the Christmas lights capital of the world! A whole bunch of houses go all out to brighten their exteriors in a means that makes Clark Griswold’s efforts in Nationwide Lampoon’s Christmas Trip look second charge. Head to Brooklyn within the early night (keep away from weekends) and take a stroll up and down the blocks which might be blasting out Christmas spirit. You possibly can’t assist however really feel Christmassy in a means that jogs my memory of 80s films. Better of all, it’s free. And there’s the odd eggnog truck to maintain you stuffed with festive cheer.Sinéad Hunter

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Rural Austria

Getting the horn … Krampus present, Kaprun, Austria. {Photograph}: Rex/Shutterstock
Should you assume real terror is an efficient option to entertain kids (and adults), go to rural areas of Austria on 5 December. On the eve of St Nicholas Day (when good kids get chocolate and presents), the satan seems on the streets to chase naughty kids and take them away to hell. The Krampus just isn’t for the faint hearted: a large, horned, furry beast carrying a flaming torch and, typically, with actual “kidnapped” kids driving in a field on its again. It has big bells tied spherical its waist so at the least you possibly can hear it coming. However be warned – if any locals discover you trying nervous, you may be herded and pushed in entrance of the monster to be whipped.Sarah Collings
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Vacationers visiting a pearl fishing village. {Photograph}: David Reed/Alamy
We took an early morning jog alongside the banks of the Mekong in Phnom Penh in Cambodia, previous households taking picnics within the park all dressed up in Santa costumes. Our journey to the Killing Fields was most likely probably the most shifting, harrowing Christmas Day I’ve ever spent however I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. We actually wanted our post-visit cocktails by the pool.Katie Hepworth
Zakopane, Poland

Downhill skier in Kasprowy Wierch, Zakopane. {Photograph}: Roman Babakin/Alamy
Spending a Christmas in Poland snowboarding is joyous, particularly with the standard 12-course Christmas Eve dinner (wigilia). There is no such thing as a meat served as it’s a course for every of Jesus’s disciples with dishes equivalent to pierogi (stuffed dumplings), carp and distinctive Polish cheesecake. The Zakopane mountains have nice snowboarding and events fuelled by Polish vodka – less expensive than the Alps.• discoverzakopane.comMarysia Trembecka

The Kulturbrauerei market. {Photograph}: Andreas Rentz/Getty Photographs
Final 12 months, we spent Christmas in Berlin on a home-swap deal. Fantastic. The Prenzlauer Berg district was quiet and we cycled by town all week (bikes lent to us by our hosts), removed from the madding crowd, because it have been. Chilly and sunny, we cycled to museums, to parks, to the Berliner Philharmonie for a live performance, to the Liquidrom Spa for a sauna, stopping for a glass of mulled wine at Christmas markets within the night. It solely price us the flight (about €170 return from Paris) and the bus to and from the airport. Probably the greatest Christmas holidays ever.Benedicte Bousset
Quebec Metropolis, Canada

The Petit Champlain neighbourhood. {Photograph}: Sophie Caron/Getty Photographs
Quebec Metropolis at Christmas is a magical place that every one generations will take pleasure in. Our youngsters adored skating on the ice-rink in Place D’Youville and zooming down the toboggan run at Les Glissades de la Terrasse. The grandparents’ favorite was exploring the Dickensian allure of Previous Quebec’s streets, which sparkled with snow, tinsel and fairylights, and shopping the attractive Christmas market. Our highlights included a meal in Lodge de Glace, North America’s solely ice resort, and (free!) skating on the huge Plains of Abraham. All of us sang carols exterior Château Frontenac. We rented an residence, although inns for all budgets abound. Rob
Ha Lengthy Bay, Vietnam

Cai Beo floating village. {Photograph}: Getty Photographs
One in all our most memorable Christmas journeys was spent in Ha Lengthy Bay. The three-day cruise included a visit to Cát Bà Island and a go to to a standard pearl village. On Christmas Eve, the crew made a “conventional” meal of barbecued goose, adopted by a laser present on the highest deck.• About £91pp with transfers from Hanoi, tourshalong.comShahnaz
Papamoa seaside, New Zealand

The seaside with Mount Maunganui within the distance. {Photograph}: Getty Photographs
The pristine, white Papamoa seaside in New Zealand was a fantastic place to spend Christmas Day. A morning jog, swim, sunbathe then an extended, lazy picnic on the seaside, with the feelgood issue rising as households shared their hampers with one another, made for a really uplifting expertise. Impressed by some glorious native wine, I even plucked up braveness to participate within the sundown haka contest within the night, giving an brisk efficiency in entrance of the judges. End result: second place and one other bottle of wine.Chloe

The Santa race. {Photograph}: Alamy
Visiting Venice for Christmas was an attractive expertise, fantastic comforting carb-rich meals, snow-dusted islands and candlelit church buildings, all with out the crowds. You would possibly even be fortunate sufficient (as we have been) to catch the annual Santa gondola race, the place Santa-suited Venetians race beneath bridges, all for charity.Kate
Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Quokka on the seaside. {Photograph}: Benny Marty/Alamy
I had an unforgettable Christmas visiting Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth. Seize a ferry from Hillarys Boat Harbour for round £40 return to take pleasure in beautiful surroundings, distinctive wildlife (quokkas are solely discovered on islands on this a part of the nation) and wonderful seashores. Extremely advocate hiring a motorcycle to cycle across the island. You’re certain to see loads of Santa hats and festive cheer alongside the way in which. And there’s at all times the Rottnest Lodge for many who’d favor to sit down and drink all of it in … actually! Cerys