Christmas at the Walt Disney World; what more can you ask for? In Orlando, Christmas is celebrated big time, going all out especially when you think of Walt Disney World. Here you can expect a Christmas wonderland with wonderful Christmas parades which includes, Donald, Mickey, Minnie and all your favorite Disney characters. This is the place to experience Christmas again through the eyes of a child, even if you’re no longer a child yourself. The festive spirit is contagious and the weather in Orlando Florida in December is very pleasant – perfect for a summer Christmas.
Australia and South Africa’s Christmas Traditions are pretty much alike: Celebrating the summer holiday with lazy days at the beach. Fairy lights, Christmas markets, and Carols by Candle Light events as well as schools having nativity play form as early as the end of October and November. The traditional trifle is a favorite for after Christmas lunch, which usually includes some or all of the following: Ham / Gammon, Turkey, Leg of Lamb, salads, cherries, prawns, and much, much more.
South Africans love to braai with friends and family on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve is usually spent opening gifts around the Christmas tree. The Australian Barbeque is also a huge favorite this time of the year.
Watching the sunsets from the beach, enjoying sundowners in Campsbay, loving a braai at someone’s home or just spending a lazy evening with a beautiful views: Christmas is a fun time here.
In South Africa, Adderley Street Cape Town is bumper-to-bumper traffic in the evenings with everyone heading out to see the Christmas lights.
Australia’s famous Bondi beach is packed during Christmas and a favorite spot to hang out for both tourists and locals.
The Deutsche Schule Melbourne hosts a German Christmas Market which is a mix of Australian and German Christmas market traditions in North Fitzroy, Australia.
Two Western Cape Christmas markets recently made the list for best Christmas Markets in the world: The Stellenbosch Slow Market and the Franschhoek Village Christmas Market.
Christmas trees decorated with tropical flowers, Santa Clause in shorts and with his surfboard, festive lights at night and warm summer days, are what you can expect Christmas in Hawaii to be like. Shhhhh………It is said that Santa Clause “comes to Hawaii to warm up before Christmas starts at the North Pole”. Each year Hawaii plans special events in different towns to celebrate a Summer Christmas, like no other.
Mele Kalikimaka is such a lovely Christmas phrase to say – this video still explains it best:
If there is one thing you learn quickly when traveling abroad during Christmas, it is that actually, we are all very much alike.
All around the world people treasure that magical and special feeling that warms your heart during the time of Christmas.