Day 1: Celebrate the Holidays in These Merry Cities.

The halls have been decked…

The tree has been trimmed…

The sweet aroma of cookies are baking in the oven..

And you’re putting the finishing touches on any last minute projects.

Though we might not be able to travel this year as we have in years past, doesn’t mean we can’t have some festive cheer in our life and travel virtually. Therefore, I’m very pleased to share a new educational travel series with you to make our spirits merry and bright!

For the next 12 days, leading up to Christmas, I’ll be sharing with you all things holly and jolly that make traveling such a wonderful life blessing. First up, I’d like to take you on a magical sleigh journey telling you all about my favorite destinations that go all out when it comes to the holiday season.

So grab a cup of hot cocoa or eggnog (whatever tickles you fancy), choose a comfy spot, and tuck in to one of these Christmassy towns.

Shall we begin?!

London, England

When I think of this joyous time of year, London always springs to mind! From the shimmering lights that adorn Regent and Oxford Streets, to the bustling shoppers going about their day around the giant Christmas tree in Covent Garden, and the spectacular holiday decorations on the facade of Fortnum and Mason and Harrods there is no shortage of festive spirit. Overflowing with that classic Christmas charm, London has always been a hotspot for travelers. You’ll find the shelves stocked with yummy mince pies, the pubs full of revelers, and carols being sung from Royal Albert Hall. Skaters take to the rink at Somerset House and people admire the towering Trafalgar Square Christmas tree. With so many festive things to see and do, this bustling capital will shine brightly on any educational student tour. I think the hardest question is what to see first (I’d go straight for the lights)?! 

New York City, NY, USA

Ah New York City! There’s something truly special about experiencing Christmastime in the city that never sleeps. From the bold decorations scattered throughout the city to the excitement in people’s eyes to the shop windows putting on a display, there’s nothing quite like Manhattan during the holidays. Be sure to stop and snap a few pictures at the world famous Rockefeller Christmas tree before taking in a performance at Radio City Music Hall featuring the dazzling Rockettes. The Christmas markets at Bryant Park, Columbus Circle, and Grand Central Terminal are but a few among the hustle and bustle. Oh! Don’t forget ice skating as well…a must just for the experience itself and the laughs that will surely ensue. A wander around the major department store holiday displays will also make you feel as if you’ve stepped straight into the North pole. So wether you prefer to seek everything out or go at a more leisurely pace, NYC will leave you wanting to come back again and again to experience the magic of Christmas.

Prague, Czech Republic

This has to be one of the most gorgeous cities I’ve ever visited, and I’m sure you’ll love to experience it on your next educational student tour. Full of old world charm, Prague is a city that exudes a golden warmth when the holidays roll around. The beautiful architecture alone makes for a grand backdrop to their holiday markets. Lasting for a whole month, the Old Town market sees numerous visitors and locals alike fall under its spell as they seek out yummy mulled cider, food, and traditional pastries. The stalls are also full of wonderful Christmas goodies and stocking stuffers. Prague also has a rich and fascinating folkloric history that students will love to learn…I know I did! From the twinkling lights, carols, and nativity scenes, to so much more, Prague comes alive during Christmas and you’ll never want to leave.

Tokyo, Japan

I had the great privilege of being able to experience this cosmopolitan city just last year, and let me tell from the short amount of time I was there, I could tell this city loved Christmas! With its over the top Winter Illumination, Tokyo really puts on a show. The lights were so mesmerizing and everything coordinated with music. A spectacular show that’s free for all to enjoy! I encourage you to spend some time checking out each district as they go overboard and i see nothing wrong with that! Don’t forget to get a bird’s eye view of the sparkling lights from up high in the Millennium Tower. I hope you aren’t afraid of heights because the view is stunning!

Vienna, Austria.

Last, but by no means least, is the charming city of Vienna. With its bustling streets, the sweet smell of roasting chestnuts beckoning you into the famous markets, and the dazzling lights, Vienna makes you feel as if you’ve wandered into a festive wonderland. The stunning architecture doesn’t hurt either as it provides a fantastic backdrop for the twinkling lights. Be sure to take in the skating rink at Rathausplatz plaza. Finally, treat yourself to an enchanting performance of Christmas carols by the Vienna Boys Choir. The city truly shines at this time of year!        

There are so many cities around the world that come to life during the holiday season that it was hard to pick just 5!

Christmas is such a magical time of year, that I hope you’ll consider booking your next student tour with EA Tours during the holiday season. There is no shortage of festive towns who will welcome you with open arms. You are sure to have one of the most magical and unforgettable holidays and student tours of a lifetime as these cities come alive with their infectious joy.

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow,