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Best Places to Visit in Kuwait for Christmas Cheer

Plan a day trip or weekend getaway to get some holiday cheer. This article highlights the best places to visit in Kuwait for Christmas cheer.
|-Best Places to Visit in Kuwait for Christmas Cheer

As the festive season approaches, expats and digital nomads in Kuwait may be looking for places to soak up the holiday spirit. While Kuwait itself may not be known for traditional Christmas celebrations, there are plenty of destinations around the world that come alive with festive cheer in December. From enchanting Christmas markets to spectacular light displays, here are some of the best places to visit for a dose of yuletide joy.

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is often hailed as the “Capital of Christmas,” and for good reason. Its Christkindelsmärik, one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe, dates back to 1570. The city transforms into a winter wonderland with its half-timbered houses adorned with festive decorations. The market is a treasure trove of handcrafted gifts, ornaments, and Alsatian delicacies. The aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread fills the air, particularly in the Place de la Cathédrale, where the towering Christmas tree stands. The market typically runs from late November to Christmas Eve.

We Recommend: Don’t miss the chance to try the local bredele biscuits, a traditional Alsatian Christmas treat. These small, sweet cookies come in various shapes and flavors and are perfect for sharing the holiday spirit.

Nuremberg, Germany

The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is a must-visit for anyone craving an authentic German Christmas experience. This historic market is famous for its unique ornaments, toys, and the Nuremberg gingerbread, Lebkuchen. The Christkind, a symbolic gift-bringer, opens the market with a traditional prologue. Visitors can enjoy the festive atmosphere throughout December, with highlights including the Children’s Christmas Market and the lantern procession.

We Recommend: Be sure to savor the Nuremberg sausages, served three in a bun, and pair them with a mug of Glühwein, the German version of mulled wine, to keep warm while browsing the stalls.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna’s Christmas markets, or “Christkindlmarkts,” are a sight to behold. The Rathausplatz market, set against the backdrop of the city’s Gothic city hall, is particularly enchanting. Handcrafted gifts, decorations, and an array of sweet and savory treats can be found here. The adjoining Rathauspark is filled with festive lights and displays, creating a magical atmosphere. The markets usually start in mid-November and last until Christmas.

We Recommend: Indulge in a slice of Sachertorte, a rich chocolate cake that’s a Viennese specialty, or warm up with some Weihnachtspunsch, a spiced Christmas punch.

London’s Chelsea Neighborhood

London’s Chelsea neighborhood sparkles with Christmas lights and decorations, making it a delightful area to explore during the holidays. The famous King’s Road offers a mix of high-end boutiques and cozy cafes, all decked out in their festive best. The Chelsea Christmas Lights, usually switched on in late November, add to the neighborhood’s charm. While there, visitors can also enjoy the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which features a Christmas market, ice skating, and festive shows.

We Recommend: Try the mince pies, a British Christmas staple, or enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with a festive twist at one of the local cafes.

Little Italy in NYC

Little Italy in New York City embraces the holiday spirit with its own Italian flair. Mulberry Street is lined with Italian restaurants and shops offering holiday treats and gifts. The neighborhood’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony is a heartwarming event, usually taking place in early December. Visitors can also explore the nearby holiday markets, like the one at Bryant Park, for a mix of international and local artisanal goods.

We Recommend: Don’t leave without trying some Italian panettone or struffoli, which are honey-glazed dough balls that are a traditional Neapolitan holiday dessert.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague’s Christmas markets are a highlight of the holiday season, with the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square markets being the most famous. The city’s Gothic and Baroque architecture provides a stunning backdrop for the twinkling lights and festive stalls. Visitors can find everything from Bohemian crystal to traditional Czech marionettes. The markets usually run from early December until the first week of January.

We Recommend: Taste the trdelník, a warm sugar-coated pastry, and wash it down with some medovina, a honey wine that’s especially popular during the winter months.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh’s Christmas is a six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city. The European Christmas Market in the gardens beneath the Edinburgh Castle offers a plethora of crafts, gifts, and culinary delights. The Scottish Market showcases local produce and gastronomy. The city’s Christmas celebrations also include a big wheel, ice skating, and various shows. The festivities begin in late November and continue until early January.

We Recommend: Warm up with a dram of Scotch whisky or enjoy some Scottish shortbread as you wander through the markets.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels’ Winter Wonders event transforms the city into a Christmas paradise. The Grand-Place hosts a stunning sound and light show, and the surrounding streets are filled with over 200 chalets selling crafts, decorations, and Belgian specialties. The event also features a Ferris wheel, ice rink, and numerous festive activities. It typically runs from late November to early January.

We Recommend: Belgian chocolates and waffles are a must-try, as well as the famous moules-frites if you’re looking for something more savory.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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