Romantic Places to Travel for Christmas

Are you thinking to travel somewhere for Christmas this year? Or maybe you’re planning a romantic trip this winter to give as a Christmas gift? Cities like New York, Paris, London and Rome, are great ideas for Christmas. But here are some other romantic places to travel for Christmas, that we have experienced firsthand over the holidays!

British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver is one of the cleanest and most picturesque cities in North America. It also consistently ranks as one of the world’s most livable cities. Each year, Stanley Park lights up with Bright Nights. It’s  a huge Christmas display put together by all the local fire station precincts around the city that we have personally covered. Don’t miss it if you visit for Christmas.

Nearby Vancouver, you have beautiful Whistler. Whistler hosted the skiing events for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. With good places to eat, drink and perhaps get a massage or visit a spa, it’s perfect for a romantic getaway. Read our article on the striking beauty of a road trip in British Columbia. 

Disney

Some people might only think of visiting Disney with kids, but without kids, seeing Cinderella’s Castle lit up for Christmas is romantic. We visited Epcot and Magic Kingdom in Orlando last year and had a great time. The downside is that the holiday crowds are massive. But here are our tips on visiting Disney over Christmas, including help avoiding the big crowds.

Romantic Places to Travel for Christmas

German Christmas markets

We lived in Europe for 6 years and visited a lot of Christmas markets during that time. Perhaps it has improved, but Amsterdam’s Christmas Market was surprisingly disappointing. Germany is famous for excellent Christmas markets, featuring lots of ornaments, lights and gluhwein (mulled wine).

Nurnberg (Nuremberg) is one of the countries oldest. It does get really crowded but is really beautiful. We also loved the Christmas market in Munich. Drink the gluhwein outside to stay warm and enjoy the ornament stalls and lights, then head inside for some tasty big beers and delicious Bavarian food!

Brussels: Romantic Places to Travel for Christmas

Romantic Places to Travel for Christmas
Christmas Market in Brussels

Delicious Belgian chocolate, food and world-class craft beer…That’s always romantic in our book. But Brussels is perhaps most romantic leading up to Christmas. The stunning Grand Place features a large lit up Christmas tree. And the city puts on one of Europe’s best Christmas markets. You can even eat escargot from the food stalls in Brussels! If that’s not an aphrodisiac, the chocolate and beer certainly is!

Brussels Grand Place At Night

Want free flights for a Christmas Vacation?

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If you don’t travel very frequently, the Delta Skymiles American Express Gold Card is free the first year and just $95 each year after. They give a 40,000 point bonus after you charge just $1,000, so this is a great card. You’ll typically need around 25,000+ miles for a free domestic flight within the United States. There are other perks to having the Delta SkyMiles AMEX Gold Card, like free checked bags on Delta flights.

Best Ways to Book Accommodation for Christmas Travel?

Book your hotel in advance, with free cancellation when possible. We recommend checking out hotel listings on booking.com, as they often offer the best hotel prices, sometimes with free cancellation.

For budget travelers, hotels can be busy and expensive during the Christmas season. So it’s definitely worth having a look at apartment rental options on Airbnb. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, sign up here to receive $40 off your first stay over $75!

Have questions about Christmas travel plans? Email me at alex@wanderlustmarriage.com and I can assist you!

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