Unique Ways to Celebrate Traditional Winter Holidays — Fodors Travel Guide

It’s possible to celebrate the holidays but you want.

Ah, it is the holidays. How amazing. It is time for everyday holiday items like decorating a tree or singing a joyous carol or seeing your family drink a lot of eggnog or some thing while watching a holiday film you’ve seen approximately 100,000 times. Or… is it???? It does not have to be. And if you’re like, “I would like to not do these items listed above and do NEWER, more INTERESTING items, but nevertheless celebrate my beloved December holiday,” well then, here are a few suggestions for you, my unique friend.


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Rome Has a Great Deal of Things Going on

How about you go to the country of Italy? What should you believe about this? You’d love Italy. It has a number of intriguing traditions for you to partake in that you probably normally wouldn’t. They have a great deal of Christmas markets and other festive occasions. It’s possible to walk around and pretend you’re a princess while buying several statues of Santa Claus there (or whatever–that is what I would buy). Furthermore, should you just happen to be there for New Year’s Eve, they have a live orchestral concert which happens right there in the Colosseum.


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Become Certainly Exhausted at this Party in Scotland

Scotland will be the place in case you enjoy doing 500 million items to be for New Year’s. There is a two-day New Year’s celebration in Edinburgh, Scotland called Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, and it will wear you out the hell. On December 30, there is a large torchlight procession through the streets, where you are able to hold a wax-based flashlight and march down the road with “a cast of pipers and drummers.” Then, on December 31, there is a large road celebration where everybody dances and parties to the new calendar year. Oh, and also a traditional ceilidh dance party can be happening during this time.   Additionally occurring around the region is a dog-sledding contest, more dancing and festivals, a disco for infants … the list goes on. This item seems exhausting–but enjoyable! If you’re into this! Oh, and there is also something called a Loony Dook, where you are able to stand in an extremely arctic river in New Year’s Day. Doesn’t this seem like a wonderful way to start 2018?


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    Look at A Few Snow Monkeys in the Mountains & Natural Hot Springs of Japan

    Do not want to celebration in the streets? Me neither! Here’s an idea: Japan. The mountains are covered in beautiful scenery of snow covering waterfalls, shrines, and temples. Doesn’t this seem serene? How about going to Nagano, where you are able to see snow monkeys taking small baths at the natural hot springs? You can do this at any time throughout summer time. And, in the event that you still need a celebration, there is Oshougatsu, the New Year festival, which is being held on January 1-3, where everybody gets served sweet rice wine (trendy) since they “line up to pray” (Is this still regarded as a celebration? Yes right?) . Giant bells are tolled. Sounds cool.


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      Visit Ho Chi Minh City, Where a Bunch of Tiny Santas Are Running Around

      Saigon does Christmas right–the streets have been covered in festive decor, and also the weather is super fine. On Christmas Eve they have fireworks, bands, and people throwing confetti everywhere in the Notre Dame Cathedral (in which you can also see a midnight mass in case that is your thing). Additionally, children dress up like Santa Claus, so there is like … a lot of little Santas running around, I figure? That is kind of weird but likely amusing.


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      Sing Underwater Carols in the Maldives

      Sit on a beach on Christmas instead of sitting on your family’s home. Create a dinner reservation in the Anantara Kihavah Villa’s underwater restaurant–in which then they go on to explain that you will “sing carols on the beach” and then “move to your table” where you eat by a “live coral Christmas tree” (and I suppose continue singing? But perhaps that is optional?) .


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      Ride a Tiny Train Through Griffith Park

      Seeking to keep it simple? It’s possible to just ride this small holiday train throughout Griffith Park in Los Angeles to get a couple of minutes. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, every day for approximately 3-5 hours you and your family members can board this little train and ride throughout the festively adorned and lit-up playground for a single mile–and for just $4 (what a hot thing!) .

      INSIDER TIPthis isn’t a normal train–it’s a smaller version. Do not expect a large train.


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        Spend Your Holiday in Transylvania????

        Thus, you’re special, eh? You think you’re a special one? Well, then the best way to visit Transylvania, for the holiday fun. It is time to establish how unique you are by heading to Translvania for Christmas enjoyable. This “Transylvania Holiday Accommodation” is a wonderful little stay in the mountains in a guesthouse owned by an actual count. You are able to do all kinds of winter forest activities and adventures, and reside in the Count’s cozy little home for a couple of days.


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        Visit This Really Tall Holiday Goat in Sweden

        Even the inauguration of the Gavle Goat, the world’s biggest straw goat (who additionally a Christmas goat) is December 3, 2017, in the Castle Square in Sweden. This goat is just seven inches tall and weighs three tons. Everyone adores this big, renowned goat. Attend his inauguration or come by to say hello at any given point throughout the Christmas period.


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        Dance in the Krampus Festival in Austria

        Are you, like me, annoyed with routine, joyful Santa Claus? Well, don’t you worrybecause there is a wicked one in Austria, and he has got a whole festival. There’s an annual race in which a lot of people dressed like Krampus jog for quite a very long time. Also, if Austria is too far off for you to travel, then you will find Krampus Festivals in lot of places. There is one in Los Angeles, which contains a “Krampus Ball,” and a “Krampus Race.” Thus, dance in a Krampus lawsuit, and then run in a single. A lot of physical activity here! However, that is fine! Like I really care. I will run dressed as a wicked demon to celebrate the season.


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        Attend the Cavalcade of Lights in Toronto

        Get prepared to go blind, because Toronto has a very large amount of holiday lights to push into your holiday eyes. The city kicks off the holidays lighting its town Christmas tree and lighting up pretty much every other surface in existence in Nathan Phillips Square.

        INSIDER TIPThis event already happened, and you cannot go into it.