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Where to go for Christmas on a budget

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When we talk about Christmas we already think of decorations, trees and the magical atmosphere that only this party can give. No matter where you are, Christmas deserves to be celebrated with your closest friends and family. But what if you want to break the rules and travel? In this period any part of the world becomes even more wonderful, thanks to the Christmas spirit that invades every street of the city, with markets, exhibitions and themed fairs.
If you like the idea, you just have to choose a destination. Don't know which one? We recommend it. From Italy to the rest of the world here are 15 destinations, also quite cheap, for an unforgettable Christmas.



Index

  1. Destinations in Italy
  2. Destinations in Europe
  3. Destinations in the rest of the world
  4. User questions and comments

Destinations in Italy

1 - Gubbio, Umbria

Gubbio is a very popular destination all year round, but during Christmas it has a unique charm. To attract tourists in this period are the gigantic christmas tree, which holds the distinction for being the largest in the world, and the crib. Set in the San Martino district, it perfectly recreates the magic of Christmas in the streets of the town. Be careful not to mistake one of the life-size statues for a passer-by!


  • hotel and b & b starting from € 54,00 per night -
  • Average cost of a dinner: € 34,00 for two people
  • Tour of the Umbrian villages

2 - San Gimignano, Tuscany

Far from the more famous Florence, San Gimignano is an architectural jewel. Known for its towers that create a landscape that is nothing short of suggestive, during the winter it comes alive with Christmas markets and initiatives that will make you spend unforgettable holidays.
An ideal opportunity for food and wine tours along the oil and wine roads and for a trip to the Chianti region.


  • hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per night -
  • Average cost of a dinner: € 70,00 for two people
  • From Florence: tour to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti

3 - L'Aquila, Abruzzo

In the mountains of central Italy you will also find another splendid destination for Christmas. The capital of Abruzzo in fact, despite the earthquake that hit it, has not stopped its traditions. During the Christmas period the town square comes alive thanks to the markets that sell typical products, among which the house of Santa Claus stands out, while the hamlets come alive with living nativity scenes and decorations.

  • hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per night -
  • Average cost of a dinner: € 40,00 for two people
  • The Eagle of the Mysteries: guided view on foot

4 - Artena, Lazio

Hidden in the mountains of the Lazio hinterland, Artena during the Christmas period is a real spectacle. The streets of the town are decorated with lights and decorations that from a distance make Artena look like a real nativity scene. Not to be missed is the giant Christmas tree, "built" on the mountainside thanks to a lighting system.


  • hotel and b & b starting from € 57,00 per night -
  • Average cost of a dinner: € 35,00 for two people

5 - Perugia, Umbria

Perugia is not only beautiful during the Eurochocolate, but also during Christmas. During this period the city is enriched with decorations and markets, both in the "hidden" part and in the streets.
Definitely worth visiting is the underground Perugia and the markets and craft shops.


  • hotel and b & b from € 39,00 -
  • Average cost of a dinner: € 35,00 for two people
  • 2 hours walking tour for small groups Perugia: Private Walking Tour

Destinations in Europe

1 - Warsaw, Poland

Close enough to Italy but with that particular inimitable charm, Warsaw is a fantastic destination for an original and traditional Christmas at the same time. Here you will find several markets that you can visit before the Pasterka, the traditional mass on December 24th.


  • starting from € 58,48 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 42,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Flight A / R + 4 nights / 5 days from € 280,00 per person - see the offer
  • Average cost of a dinner: starting from € 30,00 for two people
  • Full day city tour pub crawl with free drinks

2 - Ljubljana, Slovenia

During Christmas, the capital of Slovenia comes alive with lights and sounds, thanks to the festival of lights and the Christmas markets. A stone's throw from Ljubljanica you will find everything you could wish for a magical and unrepeatable 25 December. Furthermore, you will not struggle to find cultural events in squares, streets, churches and museums.

  • flights to Ljubljana or Trieste (95km from Ljubljana) starting from € 22,02 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 32,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Flight A / R + 4 nights / 5 days from € 204,00 per person - see the offer
  • Average cost of a dinner: starting from € 44,00 for two people
  • Ljubljana Lights and Delights Walking Tour

3 - Bucharest, Romania

On the edge of Europe you can spend a magical Christmas in Bucharest. The credit goes to the numerous initiatives that animate the city, such as the markets in Cișmigiu Gardens, in the University square and on Kiseleff avenue and the skating rink in Unirii square.


  • starting from € 33,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 29,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Flight A / R + 4 nights / 5 days from € 184,00 per person - see the offer
  • Average cost of a dinner: starting from € 30,00 for two people
  • 1 day in Transylvania and Dracula's Castle

4 - Sofia, Bulgaria

Il Christmas in Sofia it's definitely magical. There may not be snow (or at least not always) but the atmosphere will be equally incredible. You will find markets in every corner of the city and, if you are lucky, you will also arrive in time for Bulgarian music festival which is held right in December in Sofia.

  • starting from € 25,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 29,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Flight A / R + 4 nights / 5 days from € 168,00 per person - see the offer
  • Average cost of a dinner: starting from € 25,00 for two people
  • 3-hour gastronomic-cultural tour

5 - Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia can offer you a pleasant surprise at Christmas thanks to Tallinn. This splendid city during the month of December has nothing to envy to the "house of Santa Claus": snow, markets, lights and decorations everywhere for a magical and timeless atmosphere.

  • starting from € 170,71 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 56,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Flight A / R + 4 nights / 5 days from € 564,00 per person - see the offer
  • Average cost of a dinner: starting from € 20,00 for two people
  • Best of Tallinn 2 hours Bike Tour ticket for hop-on hop-off bus

Destinations in the rest of the world

1 - Madagascar, Africa

Exotic and heavenly, the island of Madagascar is a splendid location for unforgettable Christmas holidays. Rich in vegetation and unspoiled nature, it is famous for its mild climate and beaches that have nothing to envy to even more "wild" destinations, thanks also to the coral reef. Here you will find everything you need for a relaxing holiday, even in the company of lemurs.

  • Flights to Antananarivo starting from € 452,67 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 38,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Flight A / R + 6 nights / 7 days from € 1.095,00 per person - see the offer
  • Average cost of a dinner: starting from € 15,00 for two people
  • Antananarivo Like a Local: Personalized Guided Tour

2 - Bangkok, Thailand

A slightly out of the ordinary place to spend Christmas is Thailand. Do not expect to find Christmas trees and decorations, since it is not a recognized holiday except within Catholic families. However, you can spend the day before visiting the beauties of the place, such as the Royal Palace and the various temples such as Wat Pho, Wat Arun and the temple of the reclining Buddha. In addition, the Christmas period is great to visit, since it is when there is the most favorable climate of the year.

  • starting from € 423,89 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Flight A / R + 6 nights / 7 days from € 1.048,00 per person - see the offer
  • Average cost of a dinner: starting from € 20,00 for two people
  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Excursion From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Full-Day Tour by Bus and Boat

3 - Yangon, Burma

If you love adventure you cannot fail to consider the Christmas in Burma. In this period the area is favored by an excellent climate that will allow you to travel without too many problems. Not to be missed are the area of ​​Hpa-an, where one of the most characteristic ethnic minorities lives, the Kayin, and the holidays for their New Year, which falls precisely in this period. Also don't forget to visit the countless Bagn temples.

  • Flights to Yangon from € 604,91 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Flight A / R + 6 nights / 7 days from € 1.368,00 per person - see the offer
  • Average cost of a dinner: starting from € 23,00 for two people
  • Bagan by Boat: Sunset Cruise Tour with Local Guide Mandalay: The North Tour

4 - Hanoi, Vietnam

Always heading east you will find another original destination for a fun and educational Christmas: Vietnam. During this period, temperatures drop even below 10 °, so cover up well. Unlike other areas of the east of the world, here Christmas is celebrated, and even a lot, regardless of the city you decide to visit. Do not miss the mass in the cathedral of Hanoi, outside which you will find a beautiful Christmas tree, and the markets in the streets of Hoi An.

  • Flights to Hanoi starting from € 403,26 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 28,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Flight A / R + 6 nights / 7 days from € 920,00 per person - see the offer
  • Average cost of a dinner: starting from € 20,00 for two people
  • Cu Chi Tunnel: Half-Day Small Group Tour My Son Shrine: Sunrise Tour from Hoi An Ha Long Bay, Thien Cung Cave and Kayaking with Cruise Private Hanoi Tour: HoChiMinh Mausoleum and Water Puppet
  • Recommended events and activities: visit sanctuaries, Ha Long Bay

5 - Mauritius, Africa

In Mauritius we always talk about the sun and the sea in a true earthly paradise, fine white sand with more than crystalline waters that contrast with dense vegetation among which you will find sugar canes, pineapples, coffee plantations and much more. If you are tired of the cold it will be a fantastic alternative to relaxing for the Christmas period. In this period, the climate is also optimal!

  • Flights to Mahebourg from € 472,70 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 38,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Flight A / R + 6 nights / 7 days from € 1.097,00 per person - see the offer
  • Average cost of a dinner: starting from € 15,00 for two people
  • Deer Island: Black River Full-Day BBQ Cruise: Speedboat Tour and Dolphin Swim
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