Christmas is coming, a time of the year we in the northern hemisphere associate with cold temperatures yet also warm feelings. The cities are filled with sounds, smells and lights, all combined with the arrival of gifts, good wishes and reunions with the loved ones. Inalcotrends proposes you today a tour of five cities that become a refuge for their citizens and visitors, and are dressed to fill with life and magic the end of the year.
The Italian capital is solemnly decorated due to their closeness to the Vatican, providing a Christmas with a very special religious significance. The city´s centuries of history, its monuments and holiday lights mix with white coloured trees, Christmas markets such as the Piazza Navona or Piazza Ankara or special moments such as the Midnight Mass or the firework showcases.
The British capital welcomes its coldest season with a festival of colored lights that fill the central streets of the capital: Covent Garden, Regent Street, Carnaby Street and Trafalgar Square receive thousands of tourists and neighbours, who can also enjoy Christmas markets in Greenwick Park or Southbank Centre, or ice skating in Hyde Park, Tower of London, Westfield or Somerset House.
Germans stand the Central European weather with a brave face, enjoying a lively Christmas full of plans and possibilities. With stunning views to a white-dressed city, from the futuristic dome of the Reichstag to visits to the more than 50 markets that fill the streets or the typical German “brunchs”, Berlin is at this time one of the most beautiful cities of the old continent, a treat for the senses. A Christmas that conveys peace, harmony and german dynamism.
The country of the rising sun has adopted Christmas without any spiritual significance that may have on other parts of the world, adding the distinctive and characteristic feel of its culture. Japan’s capital offers a colorful and curious Christmas experience: Christmas parade in Tokyo Disneyland, Shibuya shopping, lights that fill the city, or entertainment and gifts in Roppongi Hills. And starting December 26th, the city changes again, this time to prepare for the Japanese New Year.
The famous Christmas tree located in Rockefeller Center is the symbol of a holiday season that in this US city acquires a colossal dimension. The storefronts change, toy stores are decorated and Christmas markets such as Grand Central Terminal or Colombus Circle in Manhattan fight for the spotlight in the Big Apple, with the cold and the snow trying unsuccessfully to cool the warm feelings of these dates.