Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland Market from above
Free to enter, Winter Wonderland is the best way to beat the winter blues in London.
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9 Unforgettably Festive Holiday Celebrations Around the World

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London

London’s biggest festive event is a spectacular display of all things Christmas. Circus shows, ice-skating, ice dancing and the Magical Ice Kingdom will keep you entertained.

The German-style Christmas markets have plenty of little treats to keep you fed and warm, with cozy Christmas food and mulled wine. Free to enter, Winter Wonderland is the best way to beat the winter blues in London.

When: November 22nd, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Ornate ice sculpture lit up with blue light at the Poznań International Ice Sculpture Festival in PolandSee sculptors from around the world turn blocks of ice into works of art at the Poznań International Ice Sculpture Festival.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / imagospot

Poznań International Ice Sculpture Festival, Poland

The 11th International Ice Sculpture Festival takes place in the medieval Old Market Square, at the heart of the picturesque town of Poznan. The event sees raw artistic talent being channeled into the creation of jaw-dropping ice sculptures, as sculptors from around the world turn blocks of ice into works of art.

This festival draws on the old-world charm of Poznan, and the lively Christmas atmosphere. The finished ice sculptures glitter in the Christmas lights that surround the square, for truly unique Christmas decorations.

When: December 8th to 9th, 2018

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The snow covered Santa Claus Village in FinlandSanta Claus fans can visit the man himself in his office, and stop by Santa Claus’ main post office.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / Michele Vacchiano

Santa Claus Village, Finland

An amusement park in the Lapland region of Finland, visitors officially enter the Arctic Circle when they cross the line painted through the middle of the park. Santa Claus fans can visit the man himself in his office, and stop by Santa Claus’ main post office.

The presence of real live reindeer, the snowy backdrop, and the warm and cozy home of Santa add up to an enchanting experience that will melt the heart of the Grinch himself.

When: Open all year

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