NEW YORK, NEW YORK New York City transforms into a Christmas wonderland over the holidays, with iconic attractions that are recognized around the world. There’s the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, with its yearly treelighting ceremony. Glide under the tree at the iconic Rockefeller Center skating rink. Admire the famous window displays on 5th Avenue. See the Nutcracker with the New York City Ballet, or marvel at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the famous Rockettes. Re-live your own Miracle on 34th Street and visit the big guy at Macy’s 13,000-square-foot Santaland. For shopping, if you venture beyond 5th Avenue, you’ll find the Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park and the Union Square Holiday Market. Ride a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park. Attend Christmas mass at breathtaking St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
BRUGES, BELGIUM Browse the cobblestone streets of Bruges, exploring the city’s celebrated Christmas markets. Enjoy a Belgian waffle, have a sip of Belgian beer, and don’t miss some of Europe’s famous Belgian chocolates, all while enjoying a stroll through one of Europe’s most beautiful old towns. Warm up with a mug of rich, hot cocoa while admiring the tinsel and decorations. Or, put on a pair of ice skates and glide around the Christmas tree at Grote Square. With the historic Belfry Tower as your backdrop, you’ll think you’re skating right into a Christmas fairy tale.
PARIS, FRANCE Paris is known for its romantic ambiance, shopping, art, and food—and Christmas in Paris embodies all these things. Go ice skating in front of the Eiffel Tower. Browse the haute couture shops along the Champs-Élysées, where designers like YvesSaint Laurent, Chanel, Dior, and Hermès, deck their shops with
Christmas spirit. Pick up a box of homemade chocolates or macaroons at À la Mère de Famille candy store, which has been open since the 1700s. Visit the Louvre and other iconic museums over the holiday season or attend a Christmas service at one of the city’s breathtaking churches.
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