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Best Places to Spend the Holidays with your Kids

Best Places to Spend the Holidays with your Kids

Christmas is the spirit of love and giving. It is the best time to bond with family and friends. Spending the yuletide season with your loved ones can make the occasion even more special.

As they say, this special occasion is for kids. Young people feels excited with gifts from Santa Claus. Some even hang sacks in the door and wait on Christmas Eve for their gift. This day becomes extra meaningful when you see the smile on each kids face.

During the Christmas Season, families choose to go out on a vacation to spend the holiday. If you are planning to celebrate the yuletide season with your kids, here are the best places your children can surely enjoy.

1. Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
Proclaimed as the official hometown of Santa Claus, your kids will truly enjoy their meet and greet with Santa at Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland. In Santa Claus Village, your kids can have a quality time with Santa and the reindeers. They can also stay in an igloo and catch the northern lights. Parents do not have to worry because these glass igloos are made with decent insulation, heated floor and a bathroom, which is very important for kids. Your children can also try sliding down the ice in Snowman World.

Lapland, Finland
Lapland, Finland

2. Zell am See, Austria
If your family is planning to have a white Christmas, Zell am See is the perfect place for all of you. Kids will surely be amazed with the huge Christmas tree in the area. Let your children meet Saint Nicholas at the Christmas market. During this season, Saint Nicholas gives away small toy for kids with good behavior. Kids can also meet Krampus (known as Perchten). He is under the control of Saint Nicholas and is a beastly character covered with fur with a large demonic mask carved from wood. Krampus frighten kids during Christmas by carrying a whip, rattling chains and a bell. He gives naughty children wooden stick.

Zell am See also offers skiing, where you and your kids can learn together.

Austria
Austria

3. New York, New York
The city is well known for its colorful lights and spectacular decorations during the Christmas Season. Christmas windows have always been a big event in New York. There are sponsored windows with the new release movies or classic characters and choreographed to music, where you can have a free entertainment for your kids. Check out the biggest Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center adorned with 45,000 LED lights. Kids can also enjoy skating and gliding at the open air of Rockefeller Center.

New York
New York

4. Disney World, Orlando
Your kids will surely have a great time spending the Christmas Season in the Magic Kingdom of Disney World. Let them enjoy Mickey Mouse’ Merry Christmas Party and holiday sleigh rides.

Disney World, Orlando
Disney World, Orlando

5. Jervis Bay, New South Wales
Who said Christmas is only about lights and decors? If you want to go out of the traditional celebration, your family can spend the holiday season at Jervis Bay. Enjoy the waves at many pristine beaches in Booderee National Park or snorkel in the crystal clear water where kids can see the protected coves and abundant marine life in the waters. Your family can also take a dolphin-watching cruise and spot the other diverse marine life in the area like penguins, seals, seabirds and migratory whales.

New South Wales
New South Wales

6. Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Let your kids enjoy a guided tour along Seal Bay and walk on the beach where they can see beautiful uninhibited creatures lazing on the white sand. Your family can also try some adventure and climb remarkable rock collections in the area. Your children can clamber over the different shaped rocks and enjoy the views of the ocean below. Ask your kids to look out for animals in the protected National Park.

Best Christmas Destinations in the Philippines

Best Christmas Destinations in the Philippines

The Philippines is a country well known for its long Christmas celebration.

Filipinos have the tradition of the so-called “BER months” wherein September marks the long celebration of Christmas Season. The country literally transforms into a spectacular place of lights and sounds where Christmas decorations are all over the street. You will be amazed of the decors you can find in every house. You can hear Christmas carols everywhere. What makes it more exciting are the famous Bibingka and Puto Bumbong.

Love is also all over during this season. Families gather together to celebrate the birthday of Jesus. Some choose to stay home for Noche Buena while others go to different beautiful places in the country. More than any other celebration, what matters most during this season is the bond of each family.

If you are planning to have an extraordinary Christmas season this year with your family, then here are just some of the beautiful places you can visit.

1. San Fernando, Pampanga

Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival

You will surely be amazed with the lights and sounds, which you can see in every corner of the city, which is also the Lantern Capital of the Philippines. If you are asking for more, then you can visit the city during its annual lantern festival. This event exhibits massive lanterns, which will make you dance to sounds and lights. The place is perfect for sightseeing, not to mention the cold breeze of the wind during the season. Your family can surely enjoy the beautiful lights of the city.

2. Baguio City

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Well, it does not snow in the Philippines. Everyone knows that but if you want to wear your jackets and boots then Baguio city is the perfect place for you. The city is popular for its cold weather. In fact, it is the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”. Enjoy the cold weather with your family while roaming around the city. Baguio has many tourist destinations to offer. Mines View and Burnham Park are just some to mention. You can also visit night markets where you can find affordable items. Do not forget to try their popular products like peanut brittle and strawberry.

3. Zambales

Anawangin Cove Zambales
Anawangin Cove Zambales

If you want to move out from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and want to do something extraordinary then you can visit the province of Zambales. I am sure you will have a celebration out of the usual in this place. Your family can go to the beautiful beaches of the province and enjoy the peaceful surrounding. Camp with your family beside the beach and celebrate Noche Buena.       

4. Cebu

Cebu
Cebu

When it comes to tourist spots, the Queen City of the South surely has a lot to offer. Cebu City is popular for its historical churches, which are perfect to visit with your family during the Christmas Season. The City is not only known for its truly amazing sceneries, it also offers unique and delicious foods you and your family can surely enjoy.

5. Palawan

Amanpulo, Palawan
 Palawan

No doubt, this place will be on the list. In fact, Palawan is a great escape during holiday seasons. Not only ordinary people visit the place but as well as celebrities do. It is a place away from the noisy sound of the city. Palawan is a perfect place to visit with your family. It is popular for its beautiful beaches where you can enjoy different activities. You can also celebrate Noche Buena in the popular restaurants in the place.

6. Misamis Occidental

Christmas Symbols
Christmas Symbols

This province may not be as popular compare to the other mentioned above but you will definitely love the place especially if you are more inclined to Mother Nature. The Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines is located here. If you love spending your Noche Buena  thousand feet above sea level you can experience it here and staring at the dark night sky lit by thousand of stars while waiting for fireworks display  in the city .

More than the celebrations, we must always remember the true spirit of Christmas, giving and sharing. Let us also do not forget to give thanks for all the blessings we received.

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