They say Christmas is for kids, but couples may not totally agree. Maybe it's the cold weather, maybe it's that holiday cheer, but there is something about Christmas that makes people want to cuddle with their their loved ones the way no other season could. If you and your significant other is planning a Christmas getaway but have no idea where to go, you might want to check out the following romantic destinations perfect for this season.
At night, the snow-covered cobblestone streets seem to ablaze with Christmas lights illuminating the pathways. In the main square stands a giant Christmas tree, glittering in the night in all it splendour. Down the streets are markets all dressed up for the holidays. All buildings are infrastructures show a solid influence of French colonization making you feel like you are somewhere in Europe. In the morning, you can ride a dog-drawn sled to take in the beauty of the snowy landscape. These and more make Place Royale a perfect romantic destination. Do not forget to visit Rue du Petit-Champlain and Place-Royale. To sustain the romantic feel, book your stay at the most photographed hotel in the world, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.
Italy is a tourist's favourite for a reason; it's beautiful all year long and it is especially beautiful during Christmas time. The holiday season in Rome commences on the 8th of December, which coincides with their celebration of Immacolate or Immaculate Concepcion. The entire city is alive, with many food establishments and shops open save for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Even shops extend their business hours this season, some are even open on Sundays.
On Christmas Day, among the things that you can do are to take a stroll around the city centre from via Veneto to via del Corso, enjoy the festive atmosphere at Piazza Navona, view the entire city of Rome from Gianico Hill, watch the Nativity scenes from the churches, watch the Pope Christmas Day Urbi et Orbi speech at St. Peter's Square, eat a hearty meal in a restaurant, watch a concert at Rome's Auditorium, and check out art exhibits in selected museums and other sites.
If white Christmas is not your thing, then head over to Puebla in Mexico. Puebla seems to be a time-trapped city with its well-preserved buildings and infrastructures that have been enticing tourists from all over the world. Witness the city's Christmas traditions; Villa Iluminada in Atlixco and the 9-day procession that reenacts the nativity.
In the small city of Chignahuapan, you will find the workshops that do a massive production of Christmas-tree ornaments. The city also holds a yearly tree and ornament festival, which involves several events, such as a fishing tournament, fireworks, mariachis, festival of light, among others.
New York, USA
For a full-on Christmas experience, New York is the place to be. Amplify the romantic atmosphere by skating with the love of your life at the Bryant Park's rink. Shops come aplenty in this area so you can indulge in some Christmas shopping. Cap off the night with hot choco at Serendipity 3.
What could be more romantic than to see the Northern Lights with your significant other? For this one-of-a-kind experience, visit Fairbanks, Alaska. Start by dipping in the hot springs at Chena Springs Resort, then watch the magic unfolds as the place has an unobstructed view of Aurora Borealis.
Berkshires, Massachusetts, USA
Dreamy winter landscapes, small towns that are peaceful and quiet, snowshoeing over the mountains, Berkshires in Massachusetts bring about a romantic setting perfect for those who want to be far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Book a stay at Blantyre Hotel where you will see a 110-foot Christmas tree. The four-poster beds, the fireplaces, here you will have an opportunity to spend quality time with your partner.