Christmas is a magical time and for many people, Christmas parties are the highlight of the year. Whether you are planning a get together with work colleagues or a gathering of friends and family, if you are looking for a great place to celebrate this festive period, here’s a list of the best 5 destinations in the world:
London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, with an endless list of things to see and do. Over the festive period it really comes alive with venues such as Hyde Park and Hampton Court Palace putting on special events. Take in the breathtaking Christmas lights, see a pantomime or a show, or shop 'til you drop on the famous Oxford Street. For the more adventurous, try ice skating at specially constructed rinks at the Tower of London and the Natural History Museum.
In terms of party venues, popular venues include Brick Lane's trendy Apples & Pears, stunning Art Deco hall The Troxy and the Greenwich Yacht club. For a more exclusive and low key alternative, there are a wide range of Christmas dinner parties e.g West End Event’s Christmas parties available to attend at various high-end hotels.
New York, USA
New York is magnificent at any time of year, but at Christmas it is really special. The city that never sleeps has been the scene of so many iconic Christmas TV and film moments, and draws millions of people looking to take part in the festive magic. Highlights include Christmas shopping on the world famous fifth avenue, shows on Broadway and ice skating at the Rockefeller Center.
There are plenty of great venues for a Christmas party across New York, but Manhattan's Casa Lever comes high recommended by users of OpenTable.
If there are children in your party, where better to take them than to Santa's home, Lapland! Lapland has become a favourite with tourists from around the world, and there are a range of affordable package deals available. Santa Park and Santa Claus Village provide fun for all of the family at this special time of year, and there is even an opportunity for families to meet with Father Christmas himself!
For a stunning Christmas party venue, the Snow Village, near Kittilä is constructed entirely from snow and ice and is just over 2 hours from Lapland.
Germany and its fantastic Christmas markets are synonymous with Christmas, drawing visitors from all over the world. Nuremberg's “Christkindlesmarkt” is among the best and welcomes more than two million tourists each year. Enjoy traditional carolling, browse a wide range of crafts and sample the local delicacies - including Glühwein (mulled wine) and the delicious Stollen cake.
The Maritim hotel in the historic centre of Nuremberg is one of the cities favourite venues and is a short walk from a host of bars, eateries and attractions.
Bondi Beach, Australia
Those who love Christmas, but hate the cold weather will find a warm festive welcome 'Down Under'. If you want to experience turkey and all the trimmings on the beach while people dressed as Santa Claus ride the waves, Bondi Beach is the place to be! There are beach parties throughout the festive period, so grab your swimwear and get involved!
The Swiss Grand Resort and Spa is one of the area's finest party venues and offers a special Christmas buffet lunch and a visit from Santa himself!
Christmas time is drawing near and it’s never too early to decide on how you celebrate it. And although most of us are accustomed to our hometown traditions, it doesn’t hurt to explore new ways of enjoying the festive season.