Christmas is better with Bengaluru Duty Free

The anticipation of Christmas always goes hand in hand with choosing gifts for your loved ones. Christmas gifts are a favourite tradition of many families and they don’t just create a holiday mood, but also help in expressing your gratitude and love to people that are important to you. We at Bengaluru Duty Free pursue the Christmas spirit earnestly and certainly believe and support the concept of gifting. Here a few stocking stuffing ideas.

 

  1.   Johnnie Walker Black Label

Everyone loves a bottle of one of the finest Scotch blends there is – Johnnie Walker Black Label. Whether it’s the smooth texture or the fact that it is created using Whiskies from all four corners of Scotland, it is a splendid gifting option for winter. What better time than Christmas to present your dad or uncle with the fabulous Black Label? Get it here: http://goo.gl/xx2JSQ

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  1.   Chivas Regal Extra

As the name suggests, this Single Malt by Chivas Regal is extra special, mainly because of the higher proportion of Sherry cask-matured with a phenomenal blend of dark fruits, rich chocolate and a hint of spice. The result is brilliant to say the least and makes it an extra remarkable gift this Christmas for your favourite man! Order beforehand: http://bit.ly/1igO8qh

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  1.  Baileys Irish Cream

A mind-blowing fusion of the finest premium Irish Whiskey with cream-based liqueur, Baileys Irish Cream is beyond delicious. Let your loved ones indulge in the flavourful delight of this liqueur after a good festive meal. Get this awesome Christmas gift at our store. Buy here: http://bit.ly/1XO5qOU

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  1.   Lindt Assorted Pralines

When you combine the silky sensation of pralines with the richness of chocolate you get what is probably the best present this Christmas. Whether it’s for kids or adults this is the ultimate gifting choice for any age group. Pre order: http://goo.gl/BXaKtA

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  1.   Swiss Dream 3 Nuts

This chocolate stands out due to the different varieties of nuts in it. Milk chocolates embedded with flakes and whole nuts make this a great gift to sweeten Christmas celebrations. Buy it here: http://goo.gl/3kjiT8

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  1. Al Nassma Chocolates

Why not make this Christmas different with the scrumptiousness of these exotic Camel milk chocolates. We are sure you will not be forgotten for introducing your friends to a new chocolate eating experience. Pre order now:  http://bit.ly/1Q9UxCC

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  1.  Issey Miyake Nuit D’issey

This rare composition of a woody, spicy scent with a leather backbone, perfectly rounded off with a hint of sweetness, is the ideal gift for men of all ages. It makes an exceptional present for Christmas. Get it now:  http://goo.gl/htx5fk

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  1. Calvin Klein One

This clean and contemporary fragrance by Calvin Klein is a sensual scent that is best suited for both men and women. There isn’t an overpowering floral or fruity aroma rather refreshing green tea notes which is reminiscent of Summer even during the Winter. This will please your loved ones this Christmas. Buy now: http://bit.ly/1TFriX6

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  1. My Burberry

A delightful scent that is an epitome of supreme craftsmanship, lingering with fresh notes, this one is one for keeps. It also makes an excellent Christmas present for the women in your lives. Order first: http://bit.ly/1Tv0ZSG

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Check out our website www.bengalurudutyfree.in for a wide selection of gifting options that suit your budget. Have a Merry Christmas!

Traditional Christmas drinks from around the world

If you thought Christmas was all about food, food and food think again. Drinks play as important a role as food does during Christmas. This is evident from the large number of traditional Christmas drinks that are popular around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most popular Christmas drinks.

Wassail (United Kingdom)

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The name of the drink, Wassail, is derived from the old British tradition of ‘Wassailing’, which basically involves going from house to house, singing carols, wishing people good health and sharing a hot cuppa of the spiced ale cider. The drink is a part of the British Christmas custom of passing good health and happiness among family and friends.

Here’s how you can make this traditional British Christmas drink.

Ingredients

4 cups Apple Cider or Natural Apple Juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
½ inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 lemons (juice extract)
1.5 fluid ounce Bourbon per person
Sugar as per requirement

Instructions

1. Combine all the non alcoholic ingredients in a saucepan and simmer it for 30 minutes.
2. Measure out Bourbon into individual glasses and pour in the hot spiced cider.

Servings: 4

Glogg (Scandinavia)

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Glogg is a popular warm Christmas drink in Scandinavia. The drink is available as an alcoholic red wine version and also as a non-alcoholic version made of grape juice. Glogg is spiced with cloves, cinnamon and orange and is served hot to beat the winter chill. The drink can be accompanied with a sprinkling of raisins and almonds.

Raise a toast to the festive season by making this drink today, using this simple recipe.

Ingredients

1 1/4 litres Red Wine
¼ litre Brandy
½ tablespoon cardamom
¼ orange peel
½ cinnamon stick
½ cup sugar
½ tablespoon cloves
¼ cup almonds
¼ cup raisins
2 dried figs(optional)

Instructions

1. Heat the Wine, Brandy, nuts, orange peel and spices in a saucepan for 45 minutes. (Do not bring to a
boil, only simmer)
2. Pour all the contents into a strainer to remain with just the liquid.
3. Distribute sugar in glasses and pour the hot Glogg over it.

Servings: 4

Bombardino (Italy)

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One of Italy’s favourite Christmas drinks is the Bombardino, a drink that is made with Brandy and advocaat, a traditional Dutch alcoholic beverage made from eggs, sugar and brandy. The drink is very easy to make; all you need to do is mix the Brandy and advocaat together and heat it to a boiling point. If you prefer a good amount of sweetness to the drink, then you can reduce the amount of Brandy and top the drink off with whipped cream.

Relish this Italian delicacy by making it, following the steps below.

Ingredients

1 cup Brandy
1 cup advocaat
Whipped cream to top

Instructions

1. Pour the Brandy and advocaat into a saucepan and keep it at medium heat. Remove the pan from the
heat as soon as it reaches a boiling point.
2. Pour the mixture into a clear coffee glass and top it off with some whipped cream.

Servings: 4

Cola De Mono (Chile)

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The name of this drink means ‘monkey’s tail’ in Chilean. This Christmas drink from Chile is cold and creamy and is made up of Chilean aguardiente, milk, vanilla bean, coffee, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. The aguardiente can also be replaced with alternatives like Rum and Brandy if you like.

This exotic Christmas drink needs to be experienced at least once. Follow this recipe and enjoy!

Ingredients

2 cups milk
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup instant coffee
½ cup aguardiente
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
½ teaspoon cloves (optional)

Instructions

1. Bring milk, sugar and spices to a boil in a saucepan. Once the milk is heated, add coffee and stir.
2. Put the mixture in the fridge to cool.
3. Once cold, add aguardiente. The drink is now ready to serve.

Servings: 4

Coquito (Puerto Rico)

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This rich Puerto Rican Christmas blend is made of spiced Rum, condensed milk, coconut cream, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. The best way to enjoy this delicious beverage is by having it cold.

Here’s how you can make this delectable drink right at home:

Ingredients

2 cans coconut cream
1 can evaporated milk
1 can sweet condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Rum
1 tbsp cinnamon powder
1 tbsp nutmeg powder

Instructions

1. Set the ingredients in a blender at high speed for five minutes.
2. Refrigerate the mix and serve it chilled.

Servings: 4

Eggnog (United States)

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Eggnog is one of the most popular Christmas drinks in the world. This warm and creamy drink will definitely raise your Christmas spirits and rid you of your winter blues. The drink only takes a few ingredients – milk, eggs and sugar. You can add some Rum or Bourbon to the mix to give it a festive cheer.

Cheer up with this traditional drink. Follow this recipe to make it today.

Ingredients

2 ½ large eggs
1/2 cup sugar (granules)
¾ cup whipped cream
1/4 tbsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups whole milk
½ cup Rum
¼ cup Whiskey
¼ tsp salt

Instructions

1. Beat egg whites and ¼ cup sugar until thick. In a separate bowl beat egg yolks and salt until thick.
Combine both the mixtures together and beat it till you get a thick consistency.
2. Use another bowl to beat cream, ¼ cup sugar and vanilla until it’s thick. Add milk, Rum and Whiskey
to the cream mix and beat continuously.
3. Combine all the mixes together and heat in the microwave/stove for about 2-3 minutes. It is ready to
be served. You can also have it chilled if you like.

Servings: 4

Gluhwein (Germany)

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The warm Christmas drink from Germany, Gluhwein is also known as mulled Wine. This drink mainly consists of red Wine that is spiced with ingredients such as cardamom, ginger, orange and cinnamon. Once all the ingredients are blended, they are heated till boiling point and enjoyed on a chilly Christmas night.

Warm yourself on a cold winter evening with a warm glass of Gluhwein. Follow this recipe to make it.

Ingredients

½ cup water
½ cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 cloves
1 orange (juiced)
1 bottle of Red Wine

Instructions

1. Mix water, Wine, spices, sugar and orange juice in a saucepan. Heat the mix but make sure it doesn’t
boil.
2. Add orange peel and let the mix simmer for 10-15 minutes. The drink is ready to serve.

Servings: 4

Ponche Navideno (Mexico)

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Mexico celebrates its Christmas with some delicious punch. This Christmas punch is usually a mix of ingredients such as raisins, prunes, citrus fruits, sugarcane juice, apples and pears. Alcoholic beverages such as Tequila and Rum can also be added to the mix as per your preference.

Experience the Christmas spirit with a glass of Ponche Navideno. Make this classic drink at home today by following this recipe.

Ingredients

3 cups water
2 tejocotes fruits(optional)
½ tamarind pod
1 ½ guavas, chopped
1 cup sugarcane juice
½ lb prunes chopped
½ green apple, peeled and chopped
½ pear, chopped
1 large orange (juiced)
¼ tsp ground cloves
½ cinnamon stick

Instructions

1. Place water in a large saucepan. Add cinnamon and tejocotes and cook for 15 minutes.
2. Put in the rest of the ingredients into the saucepan and let it simmer for about an hour.
3. The drink is ready. Serve it hot with a generous amount of the ingredients; you may also add some
Rum if you like.

Servings: 4

So this Christmas, accompany all the delicious food with some unique and traditional Christmas drinks. Bengaluru Duty Free has a great liquor collection, which you can browse and pre-order at http://goo.gl/ob1kqe.

Ideal Christmas gifts from Bengaluru Duty Free

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With Christmas fast approaching, the festive spirit is in the air and gifting is the watchword of the season. At Bengaluru Duty Free, we stock some of the best brands and products from all across the world at prices that are an undeniable steal. With over 350 products in liquors, over 1200 perfumes and cosmetics, over 100 electronic gadgets, over 200 different varieties of chocolates and over 20 varieties of fashion accessories listed on our website itself, we wouldn’t be surprised if you feel spoiled for choice.

Under one roof, you can browse and purchase products from the US, UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, Japan, Switzerland, The Caribbean, Scotland, Mexico, and more. Shopping with us is like entering a unified world market for the most premium products at bargain prices.

So given the variety of choice, we know how challenging shopping for the right gifts can be! To make it easier for you, we’ve outlined some of the best products in our various categories with our recommendations. Happy gift shopping!

Christmas gifts for men

A classic Single Malt

Some of the most coveted liquors in the world, Single Malts are priced for their rarity as much as for their refined taste. Some of our prized Single Malts include The Glenlivet Malt 12 Year Old, The Glenfiddich Ancient Reserve 18 Year Old, The Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask, Lagavulin 16 Year Old, The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve and The Macallan Select Oak Malt.       

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We recommend: The Glenfiddich Ancient Reserve 18 Year Old. With its intriguing flavours of zesty grapefruit, baked toffee apples, oak, cinnamon, candied fruits, ginger and dry Sherry, it packs quite a punch on the palate. This Single Malt won the Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC), 2013 as well as the Silver Outstanding Medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), 2012.

Pre-order today for the attractive price of $95 at http://goo.gl/cdpohN.

A music enthusiast’s dream headphones

If he is the type that charges up instantly on good music, then you can’t do better than to gift him an excellent set of headphones. We have over 70 different headphones from different brands at our store ideal to take him into a world of sonic purity. Some of our bestsellers include the Bose QuietComfort 15, the Bose QuietComfort 20, the Sennheiser Momentum and the Sennheiser PX100 III.

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We recommend: The Bose QuietComfort 15. With its extra comfortable design, improved sound and highly effective noise-cancelling circuitry, you will immerse yourself in the music and forget the world. This model offers the best sound and silencing capabilities in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones.

Available at our store for only $319, pre-order now at http://goo.gl/RpzqCj.

Shades of glory

Sunglasses are a great accessory not just because they shield your eyes from the bright sun, but also because they make you look good. Bengaluru Duty Free has a fine collection of shades from iconic brands like Ray-Ban, Police, Oakley and more. Some of our best specimens include the Ray-Ban ORB3025 002/58, the Oakley GT Garage Rock Matte Black Dark Bronze and Police S8743 Razor 1 349P Polarized Brown Gold.

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We recommend: The Oakley GT Garage Rock Matte Black Dark Bronze. These stylish shades pay homage to the classic Rock era of the ‘60s with its loud electric guitar riffs and solos, rock icons and bohemian lifestyle. The frame is very durable and made of lightweight O Matter™ frame material for all-day comfort. The sunglasses are designed with High Definition Optics (HDO) that set the standard for optical clarity, visual fidelity and impact resistance.

Buy this at http://goo.gl/cGmuqc at the equally cool price of $103.

Christmas gifts for women

Satisfy her chocolate cravings

Women love chocolates. Period.

We have a delicious range of chocolates that make for some of the most delectable gifts for her. Some of the most scrumptious delicacies in our assortment include Lindt Assorted Napolitains, Toblerone Tiny Milk Bag, Mars Mixed Fun Size Bag and After Eight Variety Sharing Bag.

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We recommend: Lindt Assorted Napolitains. The Napolitans chocolate box contains an assortment of individually wrapped squares. With milk, white, dark and hazelnut chocolates enjoy a real tasting experience.

Treat yourself to a 1000g box of this fabulous chocolate at the very reasonable price of $48 at http://goo.gl/7nTHRB.

A Champagne for all occasions

This Christmas, give her a sparkling surprise with a bottle of fantastic Champagne from our store. Our delicious selection includes the Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut, the Dom Perignon Blanc, the Laurent-Perrier Brut and more.

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We recommend: The Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut with its perfect balance of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, has become one of the world’s most-loved Champagnes. ‘Moet’ is characterised by bright fruitiness and elegant maturity. The palate reveals subtle pear, citrus and brioche notes. It is the ideal gift for a sophisticated and special woman.

This fantastic Champagne is available to pre-order on our website at the irresistible price of only $55. Go to http://goo.gl/NuV0CQ .

A perfume that evokes grace and elegance

Nothing evokes a sense of sensuous glamour and sophistication like an elegant and subtle perfume. We offer some of the best fragrances for women, and our bestsellers include global favourites like Davidoff Cool Water Woman Sea Rose EDT, CK Sheer Beauty Essence EDT and Dior Miss Dior EDT.

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We recommend: Dior Miss Dior. A perfume that inspires love and romance, Dior’s Miss Dior, whose original version was launched as far back as 1947 by Christian Dior, is an audacious chypre with a citrusy freshness and a jasmine heart. Containing notes of Italian Mandarin Essence, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute and Indonesian Patchouli Essence, this perfume is the epitome of elegance, luxury and spectacular creativity.

Pre-order this delicate fragrance today for the superb price of just $73 at http://goo.gl/At7jK1.

Christmas gifts for young ones

A perfect console for gaming fans

We have dream toys for avid gamers in the form of the Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 3. Surprise your kid with one of these fantastic devices and watch their winter holidays go by in a flash.

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We recommend: The Sony PlayStation 3. This console is for gamers who want to set out on incredible journeys through immersive new worlds. With an outstanding line-up of games including Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and more, the PS3 is every gamer’s delight.

This incredible console is available with two free games at http://goo.gl/jbE1Ad for the fantastic price of $329.

A chocolacious Christmas surprise

All kids enjoy multi-flavoured chocolates and candies, and Bengaluru Duty Free offers a variety of sweet choices. Some of our classics include the Smarties Mickey and Friends Figurine Box, the Mars Mixed Fun Size Bag and Toblerone Fruit & Nut.

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We recommend: The Mars Mixed Fun Size Bag. Imagine if you could get all your favourite chocolates in one pack. The Mars Mixed Fun Size Bag, with its collection of mini bars of Mars, Snickers, Bounty and Milky Way, is perfect for providing a variety of chocolate flavours that will keep the young ones mesmerized.

Get this goodie bag for just $24 at http://goo.gl/YTCQ24

The best Christmas destinations across the world

Christmas is a time for celebritions across the world, crossing cultures and traditions and imbuing people with  a joie de vivre that spreads long before the festival starts and lasts till New Year’s eve. Along with gifting and decorations, Christmas has spurred the growth of another industry: tourism. Multitudes specifically travel to destinations known for their fantastic Christmas celebrations and vibrant festive atmosphere, during December. Let us take a tour of some of the best places on the planet to be in during Christmastime.

New York City, New York

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New York offers some of the best Christmas imagery you can appreciate, with finely pruned Christmas trees, holiday window displays, Christmas lights, carol singing, candy stands, roasted chestnuts, ice skating and more. One of the most impressive displays is the Rockefeller Christmas tree, a 69 – 100 foot Norway spruce that has been put up every year at the Rockefeller Center since 1933.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Did you know that Santa Claus was introduced to the world by the Dutch, who call him Sinterklaas? The Dutch celebrate a two-part Christmas, once on December 5, Saint Nicholas’ Eve, and then again on December 25. So pretty much the whole of December, Amsterdam is ablaze with white lights, shopping avenues become inviting and people line up to skate on the frozen canals. Inside houses, children hang up boots near the fireplace on the evening of December 5, hoping they will be filled with sweets when they wake up next morning, families gather to exchange gifts as well as insulting poems (an old tradition!) and eat lavish holiday meals.

Cologne, Germany

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Though all of Germany comes alive with a classic Christmas vibe, Cologne stands out, with its eight different Christmas markets on both sides of the Rhine, the largest one located on the plaza in front of the city’s most iconic cathedral, the Kölner Dam. Sip a cup of hot glühwein, a spiced, mulled wine that warms the most stubborn Christmas chills, and walk along to the Weihnachtsmarkt at Roncalliplatz, in front of the cathedral. This market has 160 beautifully decorated stalls, the tallest Christmas tree in the Rhineland, cribs, merry-go-round attractions and an extraordinary variety of crafts.

Santa Claus, Indiana

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“America’s Christmas hometown” Santa Claus, Indiana lives up to its name by having a wide array of Santa-themed shops and attractions, including Santa’s Candy Castle, the Santa Claus Museum, and Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari and more attractions throughout the year.

Boston, Massachusetts

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Stroll around historic Boston and experience the traditional 18th Century New England Christmas celebrations. More than 2,800 gas lamps wash the city in a surreal white glow and the impressive Christmas tree in front of Fanueil Hall is the centerpiece of a bustling holiday scene. Enjoy a performance of The Nutcracker, one of Boston’s oldest traditions, or check out the Boston Christmas Craft Festival, the annual shopping extravaganza and gingerbread house competition at Boston’s World Trade Center. Finally, Boston Christmas celebrations are not complete without the Boston Pops Orchestra, featuring great classical and light popular music by renowned composers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Rome, Italy

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Rome is a place where faith and tradition play a more serious role in Christmas as compared to most other parts of the world. Midnight Mass at the Parthenon is a spiritually uplifting event, in some people’s view, even more so than the one held in Vatican City. Visit the Piazza Navona Christmas Market for all kinds of Christmas sweets, toys, nativity figures, decorations and gifts. Saint Peter’s Square hosts a huge and beautiful Christmas tree, while the oldest permanent nativity scene in the world can be viewed at the Santa Maria Maggiore. Besides viewing the magnificent Christmas trees at Saint Peter’s Square, the Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum, you can view the beautiful lights dotting the ancient city, and skate from 10 pm to midnight at the outdoor skating rink near the Castel Sant’Angelo, among other interesting activities.

San Juan, Puerto Ricosan juan

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San Juan celebrates Christmas like a long-lasting carnival, complete with caroling and a grand Puerto Rican Christmas dinner of roast pork, patties, rice and beans and the traditional Christmas dessert of tembleque¸a custard with coconut, cornstarch, vanilla and cinnamon. Take in the sights of Old San Juan by walking the blue-tinged cobblestone streets, visit the sacred sites of the Capilla del Cristo and the sculpture of La Rogativa, attend the Misa del Gallo or Rooster’s Mass at the historic Catedral de San Juan, and get a taste of local culture by trying on a pava, a rustic straw hat that is associated with the jibaro culture of Puerto Rico.

Aspen, Colorado

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Aspen is more than a world famous ski resort; it is also known for great Christmas celebrations such as holiday music events, tasteful shopping streets and more. A do-not-miss event is The 12 Days of Aspen, promising visitors a full calendar of events, including concerts, ice skating, restaurant deals, yoga for skiers, free hot air balloon rides and more.

Paris, France

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The City of Light lives up to its reputation by decking itself in white light all through Christmas in the boulevards and shopping streets. Night time presents cheerful holiday scenes of ice skating revellers gliding along gracefully on a temporary rink beneath the glow of the Eiffel Tower. You can now actually ice skate on the Eiffel Tower’s first level! Enjoy a steaming Nutella crepe or roasted chestnuts from street vendors. In sum, the atmosphere of the city during Christmastime distinctly adds to its romantic legacy.

So pack your bags and travel to some of the best Christmas destinations across the world, and experience the season of joy afresh.