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Christmas is not just a celebration but an experience that brings the world under a beautifully adorned tree. Some celebrates the festival at home while some loves to explore various destinations of the world. The celebration of the festival reaches beyond the boundary of the religion and location as the entire world celebrates it with complete enthusiasm. Christmas is almost upon us and you might have already made plans to celebrate this festival in your own special ways.

1. Copenhagen, Denmark

According to the World Happiness Report, Denmark is one of the world’s happiest countries, making it a great place to spend the holidays. In Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, antique amusement park rides decorated with lights are surrounded by yet another adorable, alpine-village style Christmas market selling gifts and snacks through the end of December. The city’s streets are transformed annually by half a million lights and hundreds of Christmas trees which form a magnificent backdrop to your festive meandering.

2. London, England

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You will find traditionally themed Christmas display in Covent Garden, while a huge topiary reindeer Rudolf decorated with the lights is found in Piazza. The streets are sparkling during December, as well as all the malls, that make Christmas shopping an exciting experience.

Christmas in London has timeless appeal—chalk it up to the decorated Georgian townhouses, cozy, packed pubs, and a dash of Dickensian charm.

3. New York City, USA

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The city that never sleeps inevitably rules the roost when it comes to Christmas. From the Rockefeller Center’s gargantuan tree to the awe-inspiring shop displays, December and Christmas in New York City is simply magical.Christmas plays really important role in the Empire State as a number of films have already revealed it. With Christmas lights, tasteless muzak, light dusting of snow, the city turns into a destination celebrating one of the best Christmas of the world. Visitors are awed with the tallest Christmas tree of the world at the Rockefeller Center and ice skate beneath it. There is an excellent shop window displaying things in most desired way.

4. Cologne, Germany

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The hometown of mulled wine, Cologne is famous for the numerous Christmas markets. A beautiful Christmas tree is posited next to the remarkable cathedral and the air gets filled with the tasty scent of German delicatessen. Nothing embodies old-world yuletide charm like the Christmas market, and nobody takes Christmas markets more seriously than the Germans, with Cologne’s drawing four million visitors each winter.

Offering all manner of gift ideas and plenty of glühwein stalls, it’s the perfect spot to pick up all those presents. With all its looming, impressive architecture, Christmas in Cologne is a grand affair.

5. Dublin, Ireland

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On the streets of Dublin, you get the opportunity to do a lot for Christmas. There is 12 Days of Christmas Market at the Docklands, with lots of pantomimes, Christmas lights, and seasonal cheers.

The city’s streets are imbued with an irrepressible sense of festive cheer, and from the lights to the ice rinks and the carols at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Christmas is celebrated with gusto and glee. Make sure you're close to the attractions you want to see and check out our guide on where to stay in Dublin.

6. Lapland, Finland

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A fantasy come true for kids and any adults that refuse to grow up, Father Christmas’s hometown is a must-visit for anyone that still believes in the magic of Christmas. The joyful man in his red and white attire is the most admired resident of this city. You can follow him in reindeer-dotted forests and observe his elves preparing the toys. The city creates a fantastic world and if you love to celebrate a white Christmas, it is the perfect place to go. Being one of the topmost Christmas destinations, Lapland features an amazing ‘Santa Park’ that can be your fun place.

Along with all the festivities, it's also a chance to witness one of the most magical natural phenomenons in existence: the northern lights.

7. Nuremberg, Germany

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Nuremburg in Germany is renowned for its Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas market), which sees 180 stalls arranged side by side on the Hauptmarkt selling toys, trinkets and gingerbread treats. It looks especially enchanting after dark. It's the perfect place to shop for some stocking-filler Christmas presents for loved ones back home - and you can't beat the atmosphere.

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