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These Are The Top 5 Worldwide Destinations For The Holidays This Year

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There's something so magical about traveling during the holidays. Many destinations around the world go all out when it comes to Christmas decorations and events.

From strolling past over-the-top holiday light displays to sampling delicious food and drink at a Christmas market, traveling around the holidays is always a fun time.

Where are travelers headed around the holidays? A new report reveals the top worldwide destinations for holiday travel this year.

Woman at a Christmas market looking at a tree

According to research from Cloudwards, these are the most magical holiday destinations around the world that are at the top of travelers' wishlists.

5. Budapest

Budapest, Hungary has been having a record-breaking year for tourism, with more visitors than ever flocking to this gorgeous European capital.

Budapest Christmas Market

But Christmas is actually one of the best times of year to visit! Budapest goes full-on for the holidays, with several major Christmas markets where you can enjoy delicious food like sugary chimney cakes and hot beverages.

Even though it can get extremely cold in Budapest around the holidays, one of the best ways to stay warm is to pay a visit to one of the city's historic thermal baths like Széchenyi Thermal Bath or Gellért Thermal Bath.

You can soak and relax in the steaming waters and forget how cold it is outside!

Szechenyi Baths In Budapest, Hungary, Central Eastern Europe

4. Paris

As the famous quote from Audrey Hepburn goes, “Paris is always a good idea.” This holds true around the holidays when Paris is decked out in festive lights.

It's the perfect time of year to stroll along the Champs Elysées, which is decked out for the holidays. Don't miss the Christmas markets in Tuileries Gardens or at Hôtel de Ville.

And if you're up for some holiday shopping, there's no better place to do so than at the famous Galeries Lafayette department store.

Paris at Christmas

3. New York City

I may be a little bit biased since I'm from New York, but I truly think it's the most magical destination in the world at Christmas!

If you haven't been to New York around the holidays, you need to go at least once in your lifetime.

New York is the most festive place in the United States around Christmas.

You can't miss seeing the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, strolling up Fifth Avenue and admiring the holiday window displays, ice skating in Central Park, or catching a performance of the Radio City Rockettes.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree NYC

Another one of the best things to do in New York at Christmas is see the Christmas lights in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.

This neighborhood is a bit out of the way, but you'll be blown away by the extravagant and over-the-top light displays.

2. Vienna

Vienna is home to some of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

This gorgeous city gets fully decked out for the holidays, and there are more than a dozen Christmas markets to choose from.

Vienna Christmas Market

After you've had your fill of sampling delicious food and hot drinks at the Christmas markets, you can explore the stunning Schönbrunn Palace or Hofburg Palace or enjoy a classical music concert at one of the halls where Mozart himself played in the 1700s.

1. London

The number one holiday travel destination in the world this year is London. The highest number of travelers surveyed have London at the top of their holiday travel wishlist, and for good reason.

This is a city that goes all out for Christmas, with lights and decorations all up and down Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street, and more. After you've admired the lights, escape the cold by having a drink in a cozy heated igloo or doing some festive holiday shopping at Harrods or Selfridges.

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