Unique Approaches to Celebrate Traditional Winter Holidays — Fodors Travel Guide

It’s possible to celebrate the holidays however you want.

Ah, it’s the holidays. How lovely. It is time for routine holiday items such as decorating a tree or singing a joyous carol or viewing your family drink a lot of eggnog or anything while viewing a holiday movie you’ve seen roughly 100,000 times. Or… is it???? It does not need to be. And if you’re like, “I want to not do these items listed above and do NEWER, more INTERESTING items, but still celebrate my beloved December holiday,” well then, here are a few tips for you, my distinctive friend.


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Rome Has a Great Deal of Items Going on

How about you go to the country of Italy? What do you believe about this? You’d love Italy. It has a number of intriguing traditions for you to partake because you probably normally would not. They have tons of Christmas markets along with other joyous occasions. You’re able to walk around and pretend you’re a princess when purchasing several statues of Santa Claus there (or anything–that’s what I would purchase). Additionally, if you just happen to be searching for New Year’s Eve, they’ve acquired a live orchestral concert which happens right there at the Colosseum.


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Become Absolutely Exhausted at the Party at Scotland

Scotland will be the place to be for New Year’s in case you enjoy doing 500 million items over the course of 2 days. There is a two-day New Year’s party in Edinburgh, Scotland known as Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, and it will wear you out the hell. On December 30, there is a sizable torchlight procession through the streets, where you are able to hold a wax-based torch and march down the road with “a cast of pipers and drummers.” Then, on December 31, there is a large road party where everybody dances and parties to the new calendar year. Oh, and also a conventional ceilidh dance party can be happening during this moment.   Also happening around the region is a dog-sledding competition, more dance and festivals, a disco for babies … the list continues. This item sounds exhausting–but enjoyable! If you’re into this! Oh, and there is also something known as a Loony Dook, where you are able to stand in an extremely arctic river on New Year’s Day. Does not this seem like a great way to start 2018?


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    Consider A Few Snow Monkeys in the Mountains & Natural Hot Springs of Japan

    Don’t need to party in the streets? Me neither! Here’s an idea: Japan. The mountains are covered in amazing scenery of snow covering cliffs, shrines, and temples. Does not this seem serene? How about going to Nagano, where you are able to see snow monkeys carrying small baths in the natural hot springs? You can do it at any moment throughout summer time. And, if you still need a party, there is Oshougatsu, the New Year festival, which will be held January 1-3, at which everybody becomes served sweet rice wine (cool) as they “line up to pray” (Is this considered a party? Yes right?) . Giant bells are tolled. Seems cool.


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      Visit Ho Chi Minh City, Where a Bunch of Tiny Santas Are Running About

      Saigon does Christmas right–that the streets have been covered in festive decoration, along with the weather is super fine. On Christmas Eve they’ve fireworks, bands, and individuals throwing confetti everywhere at the Notre Dame Cathedral (in which you could also attend a midnight mass in case that’s something). Also, kids dress up like Santa Claus, therefore there is like … a lot of small Santas running round, I guess? That is kind of weird but probably amusing.


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      Sing Underwater Carols in the Maldives

      Sit on a beach on Christmas rather than sitting on your family’s home. Create a dinner reservation at the Anantara Kihavah Villa’s underwater restaurant–in which they then go on to explain that you will “sing carols around the shore” and then “proceed to your table” at which you eat with a “live coral Christmas tree” (and I suppose continue singing? But maybe that’s optional?) .


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      Ride Just a Little Train Throughout Griffith Park

      Seeking to keep it simple? You’re able to just ride this small holiday train through Griffith Park in Los Angeles for a few minutes. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, every day for approximately 3-5 hours you and your family can board this small train and ride throughout the festively adorned and lit-up playground for one mile–and for only $4 (what a hot thing!) .

      INSIDER TIPThis is not a normal train–it is a smaller version. Do not expect a huge train.


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        Spend Your Holiday at Transylvania????

        Thus, you’re special, eh? You think you’re a special one? Well, then the best way to visit Transylvania, for the holiday pleasure. It is time to establish how unique you’re by heading to Translvania for Christmas enjoyable. This “Transylvania Holiday Accommodation” is really a great little live in the mountains at a guesthouse owned by an actual count. You are able to do all sorts of winter forest activities and experiences, and then live at the Count’s cozy little home for a few days.


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        Visit This Extremely Tall Holiday Goat at Sweden

        The inauguration of the Gavle Goat, the world’s biggest straw goat (who also a Christmas goat) is December 3, 2017, at the Castle Square in Sweden. This goat is seven meters tall and weighs three tons. Everyone adores this large, goat. Attend his inauguration or come by to say hello to him at any stage throughout the Christmas season.


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        Dance at the Krampus Festival at Austria

        Are you, like me, filled with routine, joyful Santa Claus? Well, do not you worry –since there is an evil individual in Austria, and he has got an entire festival. There’s an annual race in which a lot of people dressed just like Krampus run for quite a while. In addition, if Austria is too far away for you to travel, then there are Krampus Festivals in lot of places. There is one in Los Angeles, which comprises a “Krampus Ball,” as well as a “Krampus Race.” So, dance at a Krampus match, and after that run in one. Lots of physical action here! But, that’s fine! Just like I care. I’ll run dressed as an evil demon to celebrate the year.


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        Attend the Cavalcade of Lights at Toronto

        Get ready to really go blind, since Toronto has an extremely large quantity of holiday lights to shove into your holiday eyes. The city kicks off the holidays from lighting its town Christmas tree and then lighting up nearly every other outside in existence at Nathan Phillips Square.

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