Monday, June 25, 2018 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Best Places for Australians to Travel at Christmas

If you go on holiday during December, you can enjoy the Christmas spirit in a new way and a through the lens of a new culture! Are you planning a Christmas holiday, but just aren’t sure where to go? Fortunately, there are many wonderful destinations for Australians travelers to experience this Christmas! Check out our list of best Christmas destinations for Australians, and you’ll be sure to find the perfect place to spend your holiday.
 

Singapore

Singapore is a great place to track down a semi-traditional Christmas with an Asian flair. This country has a lot of Western expats and has embraced cultural diversity—including Western cultural influence.

There are so many wonderful Christmas activities to experience! If you go shopping at the popular Orchard Road shopping center, you can take an unrivaled glistening Christmas display. Elsewhere, you’ll find the bizarre yet fabulous combination of fake snow and cold-weather fashion in a tropical climate, plus plenty of Santa impersonators. Don’t forget to take a trip to Marina Bay after Christmas — their New Year’s Eve show is incredible.
 
Singapore
Sri Lanka

The best December Sri Lankan destinations are the southern, western, and central regions of the country. There are many ways you can celebrate Christmas here, from the semi-traditional to the totally unconventional!

One popular activity is whale watching, since the migratory path goes right along the coast during this season. You can also spot elephants, sip locally grown tea, or soak in the sun at the beach.
 
Sri Lanka
Thailand

Thailand might not be one of the most affordable winter destinations, but it is one of the most beautiful. The many islands on the west coast enjoy a lovely winter season. If you want a gorgeous tropical Christmas, this is an awesome place to go. After all, Christmas merits splurging—and just think how much you’ll be saving by skipping the Christmas lights, shopping, and other Christmas expenses back home.
 
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India

India’s monsoon season ends before the Christmas season, so you won’t have to worry about getting wet and rainy weather while you’re on holiday. In many places in the country, the weather is cool but not cold. Stay in low elevations, and you’re sure to have a great experience.

Of course, India is a big place! There are a lot of great Christmas destinations there. One of the best Christmas cities is Goa, which features huge Christmas parties that will make you want to incorporate Indian elements into your own holiday traditions from now on! You can get a traditional Christmas dinner from many of the restaurants, and you won’t have to spend a moment in front of the stove. When you’re done, spread out a towel on the beach and enjoy a sparkling fireworks display above the water.
 
India
The United Kingdom

While the U.K. doesn’t sound like a particularly pleasant place for an Australian to go in the winter, you have to try it at least once. After all, you need to discover why white Christmases are so adored by our European friends.
The U.K. has the corner on quintessential Christmas experiences, from snow-covered villages to massive Christmas markets and a long history of holiday traditions. Go ice skating outdoors! Dress up like Santa without sweating!

Attend a Victorian-style event! There are so many things you can do. For the many holidaymakers with family and friends in the U.K., this is also the perfect time to visit loved ones and experience a special holiday together.
 
The United Kingdom
Philippines

The Philippines is the most Christmas-loving country in Southeast Asia! If you want to celebrate a traditional Christmas – in a foreign context, of course – this is an excellent destination. If you think a month of Christmas festivities is long, you’ve never experienced the three-month merriment you’ll find in the Philippines. This country incorporates many familiar Western elements into its celebrations, but everything is done with an Asian twist.

There are also plenty of Christmas traditions that are particular to the Philippines. Many homes have a Christmas star on a pole in their homes. These are decorated with brightly-colored paper and craft materials. This star represents the one that the Wise Men followed to find Jesus, a favorite part of the Christmas story in the Philippines.

If you celebrate Christmas here, you might have the chance to attend a traditional Christmas mass and try a Christmas dinner, Philippines style. There’s ham here, in the form of roast pig, and you’ll also get local candies and fruits to make the season that much sweeter.

As far as weather goes, the Philippines is beautiful in December. The typhoon season is over, and the weather is nice and mild. It’s one of the few times that the weather isn’t hot or wet, making Christmas the perfect time to visit the Philippines.
 
Philippines
New Zealand

New Zealand is a close and budget-friendly Christmas trip. If you just want to get out of Australia and go somewhere else, this is a great choice! Kiwi traditions are pretty similar to Australian ones. Bright and sunny Christmas days are perfect for beach bumming.

There are also several awesome holiday events to check out in New Zealand. The Christmas in the Park concerts in Christchurch and Auckland are fun, free and festive. Or, head to Hastings for the Fiesta of Lights, a dazzling display of Christmas light artistry.

While you’re there, be sure to get a picture with a Pōhutukawa tree. These are Christmas icons in New Zealand, and you’ll probably see these red-flowered trees on Christmas cards!
 
New Zealand
With so many awesome holiday destinations, it can be hard to pick where to go this Christmas! You might have to make Christmas holidays a family tradition. Where will you go this year?
 

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