Now that travel is back in full swing, going away for Christmas is back on the cards again, it's time to discover which cities around the world transform into magical metropolises brimming with festive cheer. From European classics with storybook Christmas markets to gleaming bustling urban centres dazzling with lights, here are our seven favourite cities to immerse yourself in the holiday spirits.
We also include our recommendations of the best hotels to stay in each city for a very merry Christmas.
1. London, UK
Christmas in London has a timeless appeal, whether it's the decorated Georgian townhouses or the classic angels beaming over Regent’s Street.
The city buzzes with festive cheer (and shopping) at this time of the year, and there's plenty to see and do. Christmas markets and activities are plentiful, whether browsing amongst the neo-classical Market Building in Convent Garden or going on fairground rides at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.
Top on the Christmas feel-good list is ice-skating around the frozen 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House, a sprawling neoclassical building of the Strand with a terrace overlooking the Thames.
Where to Stay
From its signature Christmas tree designed by a different fashion luminary each year to its discreet service, there's no better hotel than Claridge's Hotel to ring in Christmas.