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Christmas in Iceland is bursting with ancient lore and traditions as it is one of the first places that married old winter solstice festivals with Christian celebrations and from that marriage came a magical holiday full of joy and mystery.

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While many travelers may be roller skating through Caracas to attend Church on Christmas morning, you could be ensconced in the jungle surrounded by tepuis enjoying authentic traditional celebratory dishes in Kamarata, Venezuela. 

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India may be a strange place to highlight as one of our 12 Christmas destinations, but even though the vast majority of the population doesn’t follow Christianity, most people enjoy taking part in spreading holiday cheer. 

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Even though we are big proponents of staying away from high traffic touristy areas when traveling, there are a few popular places that are worth braving the crowds for. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland in London seems like it could be one of those places, especially with its sustainability protocol.

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Get your taste buds ready for the delicious destination of Budapest, where honey cookies are always hot and fresh, sausages are dripping with flavor, fry bread is crisping in clay ovens, and chestnuts are roasting on an open fire.  

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If you're looking for a truly unique Christmas experience, head to Oaxaca, Mexico for Noche de Rábanos or Night of the Radishes, where you'll find humble vegetables that have been transformed into stunning works of holiday art. 

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The fourth destination in our 12 trips of Christmas is New Zealand, where snowmen are made of sand, Christmas dinner is roasted on the barbeque and Santa Claus’ sleigh is guided by a kiwi bird.

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The third Christmas trip among our top 12 includes three countries from the western regions of Africa. While these destinations are incredibly diverse, they all have several things in common: Tinsel and Christmas colors can be seen from every vantage point, carollers can be heard from miles away, dances and masquerades are a big deal, and Christmas dinner is delicious.  

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The second destination on our list of future Christmas trips is found in the archipelago, where Christmas is the biggest and longest holiday. Starting in September and lasting until the third week of January, Christmas in the Philippines is one long joyful celebration.

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Dresden from the waterfront of the river Elbe. Image from Pond 5.

The first destination on our list of 12 incredible Christmas trips is Dresden, Germany, where visitors will find themselves lost in over a mile of traditional Christmas splendor. This future feature of ours promises to take visitors back in time to experience the magic of Christmas as it once was.

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