Manila may be the capital of the Philippines but its ‘Christmas Capital’ is the town of San Fernando to the north of the city. San Fernando hosts an extremely popular Giant Lantern Festival at this time of year in the form of a competition, reports Bing Travel. The lanterns, called ‘parols’, are huge stars around 20 feet in diameter. The parols, containing up to 5,000 lights, are an important Philippine symbol of Christmas.
In Denmark, Christmas is celebrated, amongst other places, in one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens. The park has a truly magical feel, with thousands of sparkling lights illuminating its gardens. Sip mulled wine and watch the nightly fireworks display which runs from Christmas to New Year.
If you’re planning on crossing the pond, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida gives the Disney take on Christmas, with its characters joining Santa for numerous events throughout the festive period. The children will love Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, which synchronizes music and lights that illuminate carousels and Santa’s sleigh.