South America has one of the largest Christian populations in the world and, as such, you can probably imagine Christmas is kind of a big deal down there. That’s why it’s one of the top destinations for travel during the holiday season. Check out these incredible experiences where locals love celebrating Old Saint Nick.
Brazil’s largest and loudest city doesn’t tone it down for the holiday season. Christmas markets, streets filled with lights and plenty of revelers make it a wonderful place to celebrate the holidays. Stick around after the big day and you’ll get to experience the world’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration, Rio’s Reveillon.
For Christmas, Peru’s capital city puts on a fireworks show to rival anything you’ve seen on the Fourth of July. Just before the sky lights up, all of churches in the city hold a giant mass, called Misa de Gallo, at exactly 10 p.m. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the birth of Jesus, or just experience a wonderful display of culture.
This cosmopolitan city in Argentina knows how to throw a party, and the weather here is just right for anyone looking to get away from the cold and snow that typically accompanies Christmas up north. Spend your holiday relaxing on the beach and enjoying the shows put on by the local restaurants before nabbing a great spot to view the annual Christmas fireworks show at midnight.
The Andes aren’t quite as snow-capped during Christmastime in Santiago as they are earlier in the year, but they still offer some incredible views. These, along with the brilliant display of lights and trees, make the city a true treat during the holiday season. It’s also a short drive to numerous, quaint mountain towns that really carry the Christmas feel.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Ice hotels are becoming increasingly popular as a unique adventure for dedicated travelers. If you've ever wondered what kind of gusto it takes to join the polar bear club by jumping into frigid waters in your speedo, imagine the thrill of spending the night on a bed of ice inside your own igloo wrapped in warm blankets and furs.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Oymyakon, Siberia, is literally the coldest inhabited town on Earth. The town of only 500 residents is nicknamed “The Pole of Cold” and has witnessed temperatures as low as -98 degrees. Here, where eyelashes freeze in mere moments, cars must be kept running continually to avoid a dead battery, and vegetables cannot grow naturally; locals have managed to eke out a quaint, and oddly endearing, existence.