The most magical time of the year will soon be knocking at your door, and we don’t want you to get bored behind your closed door. Yes, winter vacation is around the corner and it is time we start planning the destination with the significant other. When we talk about Winters, Christmas season is officially the holiday season. Snowy winter wonderlands, streets covered in Christmas decor, warm fires and mulled wine while you snuggle up with that someone special.
Must Visit Winter Vacation Destinations For Couples: Share The Spirit & Warmth of Christmas
We have prepared a list of places you can travel with your significant other on a whirlwind romance, feeling the magic of love at every step of your journey. Below are some of the best places to visit in winter vacation around the time of Christmas.
1. Paris, France
Visit the most romantic city in the world during this Christmas. Witness the ‘City of Lights’ come alive with its streets, buildings, and Christmas trees illuminated with thousands of lights. The snow-covered Eiffel tower is a must-see. The city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Stroll hand-in-hand down the beautiful Champs-Elysees, listen to the melody of Christmas choirs from churches, and savor the aroma of roasted chestnuts that lingers in the air. Taking french cuisine culinary classes with your partner could be an indulging pastime. Enjoy ice-skating under the stars and experience the enchanting view together on a Ferris wheel from high above. Adore the whimsical window displays in each store while you shop for Christmas goodies. Around almost every corner, you will find a Christmas carousel inviting you to revel in the idyllic magic of Christmas during winter vacation.
2. Nuremberg, Germany
At the northern edge of the Altstadt (Old Town) surrounded by red-roofed buildings, stands Kaiserburg Castle. The Hauptmarkt (Central Square) contains the Schöner Brunnen, the gilded “beautiful fountain” with tiers of figures, and Frauenkirche, a 14th-century Gothic church. Visit the Nuremberg Toy Museum and a ride on the magnificent two-tiered carousel. Immerse yourself in the Christmas festivities at this magical Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas market) in Nuremberg, one of Bavaria’s cute little villages with medieval architecture. Wander through the markets and make sure to try popular local delicacies like the Gluhwein (mulled wine), sweet roasted almonds, and Lebkuchen (gingerbread biscuits) and the locally made Bratwurst. Purchase exquisite, handcrafted Christmas ornaments, and you might get to meet the Christkind, the angel that brings gifts to children on Christmas Eve if you’re lucky enough. Take a romantic stage-coach tour around the village, complete the fairytale holiday with a stroll up to the medieval Nuremberg Imperial Castle. Spend your winter vacation right!
3. Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik celebrates its cold and dark winter with a warm and cheerful Christmas. Surrounded by stunning scenery and architecture, dance to the music, markets, and delightful illuminations offered. Take a relaxing soak in the geothermal pools, beaches or rivers with the Northern Lights above and drizzling snowflakes. Enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner in Perlan, the revolving restaurant with 360-degree views of the city, and croon to the charming of the music of the Icelandic Opera at the spectacular Harpa Concert Hall. Kindle romance under the night sky illuminated by the breathtaking Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
4. Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
Take a unique and adventurous romantic holiday in the quaint and petite village of Jukkasjarvi. Set in the winter wonderland of snowy forests and frozen lakes, Jukkasjarvi is known for its renowned Ice Hotel, which is rebuilt each year out of snow and ice. The hotel, including the chairs and beds, are constructed from snow, and ice blocks were taken from the nearby Torne River. Artists are invited to create different rooms and decorations made by ice. Besides bedrooms, there is a bar, with glasses made of ice and an ice chapel that is popular with marrying couples. The structure remains below freezing, around −5 °C (23 °F). The hotel accommodates guests who sleep in expedition-style sleeping bags made for extreme conditions. For an intimate experience, spend time snuggling by the fire in a secluded log cabin while sipping on a glass of aromatic Glogg (mulled wine). In the evenings, bathe in a wood-fired sauna while keeping an eye out for the spectacular Northern Lights overhead. Experience the magic of driving a reindeer sled through the winter forests or set off on an adventure on a dogsled.
5. New York City, USA
New York City is a dream destination for all regardless of the season. But Christmas in New York is simply magical. Reenact all your romantic filmy desires with a stroll through Central Park and skate around the ice-rink with beautiful views of the city or at Rockefeller Center. Be awed by the spectacular Rockefeller Center Christmas tree with more than 30,000 Christmas lights. Feel like royalty as you set off on an enchanted carriage ride. Head uptown to the Cloisters and transport yourself to a magical Christmas experience. Wander down Fifth Avenue taking time to admire the festive window displays. Spend a romantic night out at The Nutcracker ballet before making your way to the top of the Empire State Building to take in the breathtaking view of the city and reenact scenes from Sleepless in Seattle. Experience one of New York’s unique performances or a Broadway show that is sure to leave you bedazzled. Cozy up with a hot chocolate and your special someone. And last but not the least, loads of shopping to make your winter vacation reflect on your wardrobe.
6. Grindelwald, Switzerland
Grindelwald, as fancy as the name is, it’s the place to make your magical fantasies come true. This picturesque resort destination is set at the foot of two spectacular peaks of the Swiss Alps. During the holiday season, the alpine village is filled with allure and festivity. Stay at one of the many luxurious spa retreats with a view of the pristine snow-clad Alps and enjoy some much-needed pampering. Thrill-seekers can experience the excitement that only comes with skiing in the Swiss Alps, provided with runs perfect for both beginners and more experienced skiers. After a day on the slopes, indulge in traditional Swiss fondue and sip mulled wine curled up beside the fire. Still needing more romance? Spend some time relaxing together in the hot-tub. For that extra-special night out, dine at Piz Gloria, a revolving restaurant on top of the Schilthorn with breathtaking panoramic views over more than 200 peaks. Now, this is a whole new level of romance during winter vacation.
7. Cappadocia, Turkey
Your unforgettable memories in Cappadocia, Turkey, will last a lifetime. The spectacular sights to be discovered include ancient stables, wineries, churches found in the cave named Derinkuyu Underground City. Explore Ihara Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme, and elsewhere. Other notable sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. The 100m-deep Ihlara Canyon houses numerous rock-face churches.
8. Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei, Taiwan has something for everyone: bustling night markets, scenic hikes, historic landmarks, and enchanting panoramic views. With busy shopping streets and contemporary buildings. The skyline is crowned by the 509m-tall, bamboo-shaped Taipei 101 skyscraper, with upscale shops at the base and a fast elevator to an observatory near the top. Taipei is also known for its lively street-food scene and many night markets, including the expansive Shilin market.Take a cute selfie or two. Hold your sweetheart’s hand, watching the blazing sunset envelop the modern city in its warm, orange glow.
9. Hong Kong
Hong Kong has excellent food, impressive temples, and a breathtaking view of the city skyline, but a trip is not complete without a stop at Hong Kong Disneyland. Scream each others’ names out loud through the terrifying drops of HyperSpace Mountain. Hold hands through the hair-raising jump scares waiting for both of you at the eerie Mystic Manor. Rediscover your love for your favorite Disney characters (and for each other!) in spectacular parades and light shows! Central (the business district) features architectural landmarks like I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower. Hong Kong is also a major shopping destination, famed for bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market. A worthy destination to spend your winter vacation.
10. Rome, Italy
Giant Christmas trees dominate outside the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, and Piazza Venezia, and nativity scenes fill up Rome’s many churches during the holidays. St. Peter’s Square boasts a particularly spectacular nativity. Explore Santa Maria del Popolo’s quirky “100 Presepi” exhibit, which displays crèches from across the world. The streamlined Portrait Rome offers modern but luxurious digs insight of the Spanish Steps. The Villa Spalletti Trivelli welcomes guests into a historic (and still family-owned) home on Quirinal Hill. No visit to Rome is complete without a stroll through Trastevere, and DarPoeta’s sourdough pizzas are a great excuse to get you there. For a taste of local Roman life, head to the low-key I Buoni Amici (Via Aleardo Aleardi, 4). Stroll through the iconic skylines to make your winter vacation memorable.
11. London, England
Mix old standbys with sights just off the beaten track. For museums, try the smaller but thoroughly charming Grant Museum of Zoology (to scratch your Victorian skeleton itch), the Sir John Soane’s Museum (to peruse an architect’s motley home and personal collection), and the Courtauld Gallery (to browse first-class art with considerably fewer crowds). Which in Christmastime, guests can marvel at the intricate replica gingerbread house in the promenade. The delicious Duck & Waffle, located on the 40th floor of the 110 Bishopsgate skyscrapers, is open a miraculous 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The ride up, on an exterior glass elevator, is just as enjoyable as the meal.
Romance is in the air, so stop dreaming and start planning your romantic getaway this Christmas!