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You won’t want to miss Christmas in Israel

It’s again that time of the year. Beyond the connection that Israel has to the birth of Christianity, Israel is one of the most beautiful places in the world to celebrate Christmas. The Israel Ministry of Tourism invests a great deal of resources to make this an unforgettable holiday experience for every traveller visiting the country. Whether it's strolling the alleys of the Old City of Jerusalem, the midnight mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, attending the traditional Nazareth event and exploring the charming Christmas markets - there's no better way to start the new year. Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Jerusalem. Photo: Israel Ministry of TourismSanta House, Jerusalem. Photo: Israel Ministry of Tourism Nazareth: Christmas in Nazareth, where Jesus grew up, is a great celebr...

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So, how does the best Christmas tree in Europe looks like! See it yourself

What’s a Christmas without a Christmas tree, and what’s a Christmas tree if it is not decorated with lights and gifts et al. And Christmas tree aren’t definitely meant to be simple. They have to be big and beautiful. Christmas tress are always awaited with much enthusiasm. With Christmas less than a month to arrive, world over preparations for elaborate Christmas trees are already being done on war footing. But do you know, which one is the most beautiful of them all? Well, tough to judge the every Christmas tree from far corners of this earth, but then we still choose few to likening of our senses. So, here are a few Christmas trees that are considered to be the best in Europe.  Also read: Celebrate Christmas with over 3 million sparkling lights Vilnius Christmas Tree. Photo: Sauli...

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Bruges is more atmospheric this winter

Once the leaves have fallen, Bruges puts on its best winter dress. During the day you stroll past wonderfully decorated shop windows and when it grows dark, Christmas lights get you in the festive mood. From 23 November, the historic centre is transformed into one big Christmas market. One can certainly find some great gifts and stocking fillers in the stalls, and there is also ice-skating. Afterwards, you can reward yourself with a lovely hot chocolate or spicy mulled wine. How lovely! Bruges is called Venice of North for its canals During the most festive period of the year, Bruges has much to experience. Delightful Christmas markets, an ice skating rink: from the end of November up to the beginning of January, romantic Bruges will be the most ideal location to en...

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Get the wishes from Santa himself, hand-delivered at Lapland!

Over the time Santa has become a character transcending the boundaries of festival, community and religion. He is being loved everywhere. The Christmas tree, gifts, and Santa Claus hat have become part of a celebration across countries and communities. He has become the ultimate wishmaster. That is why people around the world write to him and he perhaps wishes fortune to all of them. To many, Santa Claus is a mythological character. So, while Saint Nicholas was indeed a 4th century historical figure, his embodiment as Santa has continued for centuries as an icon for peace, joy, giving and caring. Hence all those in need used to convey their wishes to Santa. Thus a tradition to write letters to Santa, specially around Christmas came into being. But where all these letters go? There are m...

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The spirit of Christmas at a mountain of surprise

Stuttgart is said to be a very green city with a lot of forest and vineyards, even downtown in the centre of the city are vineyards located, this is a very unique, and typical Stuttgart, situation. Stuttgart offers a various and multifaceted cultural scene with a tremendous amount of events every day and a lot of museums like Mercedes Benz Museum, Porsche Museum the State Art Gallery or the Art Gallery of the City of Stuttgart and new library a very unique building. With the Beer festivals in spring (Frühlingsfest) and autumn (Cannstatter Wasen), both belong to the biggest in Germany and Europe there is another attractive reason to visit Stuttgart! Best Christmas markets Nowhere has more romantic Christmas markets than South West Germany, with medieval and Baroque palaces and ...

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Christmas is a fairy tale in Taiwan

Christmasland is a "realm of Merry Christmas" in the urban setting of Xinban Special District, a sprawling playground intended for people of all ages, and also an effort to enhance New Taipei City's global profile. By connecting attractions throughout the neighborhood (The Lin Family Mansion & Garden, 435 Art Zone, Huangshi Market, Fuzhong Shopping District, Nanya Night Market, etc.) to Xinban Special District's emerging shopping district, Christmasland bolsters tourism in both New Taipei City and Northern Taiwan as it transforms the entire Banqiao area into a spectacular winter getaway destination complete with culinary treats, entertainment and lots of shopping. Read Also: New year eve celebrations! Got to be Brussels!! To mark the period between Christmas and Chinese New Year,

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Celebrate the Holiday Season in the Sunshine State

This season, the state of Florida will shine extra bright with holiday spirit as millions of Christmas lights delicately cover the land and water, and the smell of delicious delicacies fill the air. As angels illuminate the bow of magnificently decorated boats and tiny lights decorate palm trees, locals and visitors alike will enjoy Florida’s unique and magical holiday season. Historic Holidays - While it may not snow in St. Augustine, the Nation’s oldest city turns into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. As the Annual Nights of Lights celebration takes over the city from November 21 to January 31, 2016, the historic district will be lit with more than 3 million white lights from the ground up to the rooftops. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a whit

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Germany Unplugged: The best Christmas markets

One of the biggest and most beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe is held every year in Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. In 1692 the first Christmas Market was mentioned in a document. It's origin is probably much earlier. The Christmas Market is held in the heart of Stuttgart - in the Königsstrasse infront of the Königsbau, at the marketplace and the nearby sourroundings. To enjoy the beauty of Baden-Württemberg’s state Capital I would recommend at least a three-day stay. The automobile museums of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are a must see, as well as the palace square in the city’s heart or the beautiful green areas like the Killesberg Park or the Zoological-Botanical Garden Wilhelma. Also Stuttgart is a great starting point to discover the nearby Black Fore

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Give gift of travel this Christmas

Trafalgar, the world’s leading guided holiday operator has some suggestions for gift-giving this Christmas. In particular, consider giving the gift of travel, an experience gift where the bonus perk is that the gift giver can choose to enjoy the gift together with their recipient. As the holiday season approaches, celebrate the festive season with loved ones and choose a special travel gift with unique experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. Buying a travel trip as a gift is much more meaningful than choosing a gift at the shops. Most importantly, there is no expiry date on the warranty period of benefits, as the travel experiences will last a lifetime. Besides shared memories together, when visiting a new country, there is much to learn and discover and try new things. From

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Bruges hits all the right notes for Christmas!

Bruges is all about amazing atmosphere and winter romance. The window displays are decked out in all their Christmas finery, as are the streets and squares of Bruges. Without a doubt the most beautiful winter venue is St. John’s Hospital! Every year Magical Winter Moments  is organised in this medieval hospital, with stunning flower decorations adorning this historical site. Prepare for an amazing spectacle from 22 November until 1 December. Not wintery enough? Then why not replace the gorgeous flower arrangements with snow and ice sculptures? Head over to the square in front of Bruges' railway station, where you can explore an enchanting ice world. From 22 November until 5 January the Snow & Ice Sculpture Festival will bring the fantastic world of the Disney film Frozen to l...

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