Wondering where to go this Christmas? Read on..
Who doesn’t remember the famous Christmas carol: ‘Jingle bell Jingle Bell, Jingle all the way’… it indeed is everyone’s favourite childhood memory along with the generous gentleman with a snow white beard who offered all the ‘good kids’ Christmas gifts. Yes! Christmas is less than 2 months away and like millions others, you too are fervently looking for Christmas vacation travel tips to make most of this winter break.
A special list of 5 most beautiful countries has been curated to ensure your Christmas holiday 2016 turns out to be as great as it can be!
Christmas in Georgia (country)
The beauty of this European country needs no introduction. Whether it is a families’ day-out at the Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi or the Dolphinarium, or autumn views from the Lake Rica, the top attraction in Abkhazia, there is something for everyone if you decide to take a Christmas break at this gorgeous place. The natural beauty, changing colors of leaves, snowing and VISA on arrival (if you are a UAE resident!) are simply the additional perks. However, your religious self will be a little disappointed if you are longing for Christmas; 25th December is yet another calendar day for Georgia and they celebrate Christmas according to the Georgian calendar (6th-7th January).
Flight time from Abu Dhabi to Tbilisi: 2 hrs, 43 mins
Flight time from Dubai to Tbilisi: 3 hours, 4 minutes
Places to see in Georgia: Gergeti Trinity Church, Mount Kazbek, Lake Rica, Jvari Church, Batumi Boulevard, etc. Check here for more things to do in Georgia!
Christmas festival in Sri Lanka
Bright-green rice paddy fields, golden sunset at Galle beach, chic hangouts and amiable weather… Sri Lanka is making a buzzin the travel world and all for the right reasons.
Sri Lankans celebrate Christmas with great enthusiasm and begin their preparations well in advance. In fact, if you happen to be in the country on 01 December, you will be woken up with the festive sound of firecrackers, which are the first intimation of the festival of Christmas being round the corner. The festive spirit here is infectious, right from small boutiques to huge shopping centres are all decorated tastefully. The Midnight Mass is held in almost all churches, chapels and cathedrals,big or small, all over the country and people come together for Christmas parties. It is the perfect occasion in a Sri Lankan household to share the seasonal Christmas cake and wine and enjoy lavish lunch and dinner.
Flight time from Abu Dhabi to Colombo: 4 hours, 39 minutes
Flight time from Dubai to Colombo: 4 hours, 44 minutes
Places to see in Sri Lanka this Christmas: Citadel of Sigiriya – Lion Rock, Pidurangala Rock, Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Royal Botanical Gardens etc.
Greece Christmas Vacation
If you have always dreamt of white Christmas vacations, visiting Greece for Christmas is like your dream come true! If the mention of Greece brings up images of pristine water bodies with golden sand, you would need to adjust your stereotypical glares. If summers in Greece mean beaches, winter in in this wonderland will introduce you to the open vistas, less-crowded ancient sites and vibrant city life. The snow-laden Taygetus or LefkaOri would only double the joy!
Greeks celebrate Christmas through innumerable gatherings of friends and families around the holy holiday table. “HroniaPolla!”They wish everyone which means “I wish you many happy years!” Traditional Christmas food: ‘Christopsomo’ (the Christmas bread), ‘Melomakarona’, ‘Kourabiedes’ or ‘Diples’ (types of Sweets) along with a stuffed turkey, lamb with cabbage and potatoes is served and relished on Christmas eve.
Flight time from Abu Dhabi to Athens: 4 hours, 33 minutes
Flight time from Dubai to Greece is: 4 hours, 48 minutes
Places to see in Greece: Meteora (Kastraki), Kleftiko Beach (Milos) etc.
Malaysia Christmas Holiday
If you happen to be in Malaysia during the Christmas, you will be pleased to witness the gusto of Malaysians for the festival. Christmas trees are decked up well in advance and the shopping malls are adorned with Christmas ornaments making the environment joyful. People dressed up in fine clothes participate in the midnight mass on the eve of Christmas.
Delicious sumptuous food, photographs for memories and exchanging gifts with near and dear ones only adds to the cheer.
Flight time from Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur: 7 hours, 27 minutes.
Flight time from Dubai to Kuala Lumpur: 7 hours, 23 minutes
Places to see in Malaysia this Christmas: Petronas Twin Towers (Kuala Lumpur), Sipadan National Park, Turtle Sanctuary Beach (Pulau Perhentian Besar), Mulu World Heritage Area (Miri), Bako National Park (Kuching)
Christmas in Turkey 2016
If you are looking for cheap Christmas vacations without compromising on the quality of fun, Turkey is your best bet! Apart from being an absolutely gorgeous destination (yes! In winters too!),this place is significantly cheaper and crowd-free in the month of December. Being largely a Muslim country, 25th December is yet another day in their calendar. But hey! The vibrant neighbourhood and stunning sites of Istanbul are more of a jackpot than compensation for the lack of Christmas spirit.
Flight time from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul, Turkey is: 4 hours, 13 minutes.
Flight time from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Turkey is: 3 hours, 32 minutes
Places to see in Turkey: Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, Süleymaniye Mosque, Pamukkale.