Do you want to escape boring winter days in your native city and find yourself some other place where festive mood in the streets and shops make you feel coming Christmas and New Year holidays? Then we have prepared 5 interesting destinations for you where you will not get bored for sure!
1. Jerusalem, Israel
Air temperature: 12-18 °C.
Visa: not required within 90 days.
Cost of living: from 17$ per night.
Jerusalem, perhaps, is one of the most festive places in the world in December. This month the whole city is lit up, local residents celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, and every weekend there is here a grand arts festival “Khamshushalaim”. It is accompanied by concerts, film screenings, and at the same time, discounts in local hotels and restaurants. And positive bonus is relatively warm weather, what is especally pleasant in winter.
2. Budapest, Hungary
Air temperature: 0-8 °C.
Cost of living: from 9$ per night.
In December, the whole Europe is also preparing for Christmas and turns into a solid Christmas market. Especially in this sense Germany is well known. But if you want to not only enjoy the pre-New Year atmosphere, but also save a little, go to Budapest.
The beautiful Christmas market in the square of Vöröschmarkt works in the Hungarian capital all month long. There you can buy a couple of cute little things cheaper than at any other European fair. Mulled wine and street performances on it attract a lot of tourists daily.
3. Geneva, Switzerland
Air temperature: 2-8 °C.
Cost of living: from 78$ per night.
From 8 to 10 December in this large city of Switzerland one of the oldest local celebrations known as Fête de l’Escalade is held. The tradition of celebrating this holiday originated in 1602, after the victory of the inhabitants of Geneva over the troops of the Duke of Savoy.
During the festival the audience can enjoy staged battles, parades and torchlight processions,and fairs, the traditional treats of which are hot vegetable soup, mulled wine and, of course, the famous Swiss chocolate.
4. Sochi, Russia
Air temperature: 6-12 °C.
Water temperature: 11 °C
Cost of living: from 24$ per night.
There are at least three reasons for going to the main resort city of the country in December. The first is the opening of the ski season. The second is the festival of extreme cinema Snowvision 2017 on “Rose Farm”, which will be held from 22 to 24 December. The program offers three days of film screenings, music, photo exhibition and competitions. The third reason to visit Sochi is another local film festival, which will last from 11 to 16 December. In general, you will not be bored here.
5. Titibu, Japan
Air temperature: 8-15 °C.
Cost of living: from 30 $ per night.
Annually on December 2 and 3 in the Japanese city of Titibu there is a night festival of Chichibu Yomatsuri. The holiday is accompanied by music, various treats and a parade in which the platforms are decorated with lights, and ends with a grandiose firework displays, lasting more than one hour. By the way, the platform parade, which takes place during the Chichibu Yomatsuri, is one of the three largest in Japan.