When it’s already October or November, people start to plan ahead where to spend their Christmas vacation. You may want to enjoy the outdoors as well and see other beautiful sites and experience other’s culture.
1. St. Petersburg, Russia
“It’s incredibly dreamy this time of year with the snow and the historic buildings,” says Jaclyn Sienna India, president and founder of the luxury travel firm Sienna Charles. She recommends buying tickets to the Russian ballets and catching a performance of the original Nutcracker at the Mariinsky, which is the theater that hosted the famed production’s world premiere in 1892.
2. Lapland, Finland
Is there anything more authentic than spending Christmas in the Article Circle? Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland in Northern Scandinavia, is known as the “Official Hometown of Santa Claus”—and it looks exactly like the Santa Claus’ village you grew up fantasizing about. Kids will encounter elves, play with Rudolf and his reindeer, and decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus; for adults, there’s snowmobile safaris, husky rides, and Northern Light hunting.
3. Tuscany, Italy
Traveling with kids? Look no further than Tuscany, where child-friendly holiday activities and eye-catching nativity scenes are abundant. One standout: Santa Claus’ Village of Montepulciano, which features a Santa Claus castle, a “Toy Factory” exhibit, and a mini pony ranch. Book a room at Il Castelfalfi, a new five-star resort located in a restored medieval village, or check out the equally luxurious Castiglion del Bosco, an 800-year-old Tuscan estate owned by the Ferragamo family. “Last year was the first year that the Ferragamos decided to keep it open for the holiday,” says Sienna India, of the hilltop resort. “It’s perfect for families—there’s exceptional food, and pizza and pasta-making for the kids.” And for adults, “What’s more cozy than enjoying Super Tuscans by the fire?”
There’s something different, something special about Christmas in the country – a uniqueness which sets it apart from the same holiday in the city. Many of us are already planning how to spend our vacation in the countryside. And here are the ways from this article on you can celebrate Christmas in the countryside.
There’s something especially magical about the understated beauty of December in the countryside. From brown paper packages to simple place settings, here are 35 ways to have yourself a beautifully merry (and blessedly unharried) holiday. ‘Tis a gift to be simple!
1. Light things up.
Add a touch of green year-round by installing forest green lamps on the exterior of your home or barn.
2. Add leaves to the eaves. Outfit a drape of greenery with lights, ornaments, or berries.
3. Hang an all-weather wreath. Why stop at the door? Upgrade a halo of Scotch pine and fir with LED lights and hardy ornaments.
4. Use what you’ve got. Stash plain planters, pots, and pails with birch logs and tiny pine trees bedecked with pinecones.
5. Attend a small-town parade.
Move over, Macy’s! We love the pomp and circumstance of the big-city pageantry but, to us, nothing signals the start of the season—or shows off the heart of a small town—quite like a quaint Christmas parade. The excitement is everywhere, from the moment the homemade floats find their places. Folks happily take a break from the hustle and bustle the season brings. They slow down. They gather. They bid one another well. Year after year, along the never-changing route, Boy Scouts wave and toss out candy while little ones scramble to scoop up a treat or five. The local marching band cheerfully bears the cold, performing for friends and families huddled together. This year, don your mittens and scarves and hit Main Street to welcome the season the small-town America way.