Why go: Witness the Northern Lights in the capital city of Iceland.
Dotted with geothermal hot springs and spas for your cosy viewing comfort. Reykjavik is about 250 kilometers from Jokulsarlon, where an iceberg filled glacier lagoon reflects the lights in the most dramatic way.
Other tourist attractions: Visit the Hallsgrimkirkja, the National Museum and soak in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.
Best time to visit: Between September and March
Events to attend: The Reykjavik Food Walk, the Northern Lights Adventure tour, Walk with locals in Reykjavík on the main street Laugavegur, on Þorláksmessa
Add some cheer to your holiday season with twinkling Christmas festivities
Prague, Czech Republic
Why go: Attend one of the best Christmas markets in Europe and shop for traditional toys, lace, Christmas decorations, and Czech glass; get into the Christmas spirit with the nativity scene at the Old Town Square; and dig into barbequed sausages and wine in your spare time. Christmas in Prague is quite the fairy-tale.
Other tourist attractions: Visit the medieval Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral.
Best time to visit: End May and June, and September. Visit in December for a Christmasy trip.
Events to attend: The International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music, Bohuslav Martinů Days to honour the composer, Old town square Christmas Market.
New York City, United States of America
Why go: Be part of the iconic Christmas celebrations in The City – take a holiday lights tour, walk around streets dressed up in their Christmas best, admire holiday window displays and winter villages, and ice skate under the massive Rockefeller Center tree.
Other tourist attractions: Visit the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, shop and dine, attend shows at iconic theaters, and visit the best museums in the world.
Best time to visit: Between April and June and from December to February.
Events to attend: Spirits tasting, Motorcycle Show, Horror Film Festival, Christmas tree lighting, Holiday market Grand Central.
Thaw the winter away with the sun, the sand, and the sea
Why go: Soak up the sun as you sprawl on the impeccable beaches of pretty Thailand and thaw the December chill right out of you! Sustain yourself on some of the best food – choose any menu from around the world – seafood fans will rejoice, though tourist friendly Thailand has something for everyone. And don’t forget to put that luggage space to good use in retail friendly Bangkok.
Other tourist attractions: Beaches, golf resorts, shopping, street food, and designated party areas.
Best time to visit: November to March
Events to attend: Loi Krathong -the Festival of Light, Big mountain music festival, Koh Phangan Color Moon Festival, Mae Hong Son International
Why go: Attend the Dubai Shopping Festival held between 26th December 2017 and 28th January 2018. This time of the year is also the best weather-wise to visit this wonderful city in the desert. The days are warm, but you can spend them splashing around in some of the best water parks in the world, or shopping in air-conditioned retail havens. Evenings are pleasant and perfect to sample great cuisine and entertainment.
Other tourist attractions: Visit the Burj Khalifa, Ski Dubai, go for a desert safari, or head to Dubai Creek.
Best time to visit: December and January
Events to attend: Dubai International Film Festival, Shopping festival, New Year’s Eve celebrations, Elton John Festival.