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If you’re single and thinking about Christmas travel to avoid being home alone on Christmas Day, you’ve come to the right place. This guide shares the very best Christmas destinations for solo travellers.
Solo travel can be rewarding, but travelling solo doesn’t mean you have to be on your own. I asked expert travel bloggers for their top tips on finding the best Christmas destinations for solo travellers, so if you’ve been wondering, “where is the best place to spend Christmas alone?” or “how can I travel alone but still have fun?”, check out these awesome recommendations for solo Christmas getaways.
The Best Christmas Destinations for Solo Travellers
Whether you’re naturally gregarious and would love to spend Christmas with others or you crave peace and solitude away from home, these ideas for Christmas solo holidays could be just what you need!
Here are some of the best places to go for Christmas as a solo traveller in the US:
Christmas in New York City, USA
By Kelly of Travel New York Now
Looking for one of the best Christmas destinations for solo travellers? If so, then you need to spend Christmas in NYC.
After all, New York City is a magical place during the holidays where you can spend Christmas day checking out the tree at Rockefeller Center and enjoying the vibrant holiday-inspired window displays at Sak Fifth Avenue.
Both activities are perfect on Christmas day because everyone else is at home with their family. Therefore, you can enjoy some of the best decorations in the city without all the crowds.
You can also stop into St. Patrick’s Cathedral and meditate before digging into a delicious home-cooked meal at Bubby’s Tribeca.
Another great thing to do alone is to visit the luminaries at Brookfield Place. These are an assortment of stunning lanterns that dangle down from the ceiling of a well-lit, palm tree-laden glass atrium.
Stand here long enough, and you’ll see them transform into a gorgeous assortment of colours before going ice skating at the rink just outside that overlooks the Hudson River.
Stay at the Ace Hotel New York near Madison Square Garden and meet others enjoying Christmas getaways for singles over 50 at this sleek and social boutique hotel. at this sleek and social boutique hotel.
By Victoria of Southern Trippers
Easily one of the best Christmas destinations for solo travellers, Helen, Georgia, is a magical, Bavarian-inspired village where you can walk the streets and enjoy a bit of European charm in the southern USA.
This town is so popular that it is the most visited destination in Georgia after both Savannah and Atlanta.
So, as you enjoy Christmas in Helen, Georgia be sure to admire a wealth of stunning Christmas decor before heading to Christkindlmarkt Christmas Market.
It’s a traditional German-style market where you can shop for crafts, unique gifts, and even sample various delicious foods.
For a bit more shopping you can head to The Christmas Shoppe and Christmas & More to pick up some last-minute gifts.
Next, watch Santa drive by while handing out candy during the annual Helen Christmas Parade before grabbing some epic local fare at Cimmi’s Courtyard Cafe. Locals and tourists love their all-day breakfast since you can enjoy fan faves like biscuits, grits, hashbrowns, and more.
Book a room at the fantastic Black Forest Bed & Breakfast. It’s a charming, adults-only, Bavarian-inspired hotel that offers guests sweeping views over the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s one of the best winter vacations for singles you could have!
By Jessica of Uprooted Traveler
Leavenworth, tucked away in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, always looks a bit magical, thanks to its downtown full of Bavarian-style buildings. Christmas in Leavenworth is spectacular as the alpine village is transformed into a winter wonderland.
You’ll feel like you’ve been transported into a Christmas movie, with half a million lights decorating the downtown area, carolers strolling the Bavarian-themed streets, and vendors purveying chestnuts that are roasted on an open fire.
Given its high elevation, you’re likely to have a cold and white Christmas in Leavenworth, but there are plenty of wine bars to duck into for a mug of gluhwein by the roaring fire.
The downtown area is quite small, so it’s walkable and manageable to navigate on your own. Everyone is friendly here – if you’re interested in making new friends, just head into the closest bierhall!
On Christmas Day, Leavenworth will be quiet but there’s plenty of nearby outdoor adventures to be had. You could take your snowshoes to the nearby Lake Wenatchee State Park to explore the snowy landscape or consider a day trip to Stevens Pass to try your hand at skiing or snowboarding.
At the end of the day, come back to your homebase at the Bavarian Lodge, where you can soak in an outdoor hot tub and take in the snowy Cascades mountains around you.
Europe for Solo Travel Christmas 2022
Here are some of the best places to go for Christmas as a solo traveller in Europe:
Christmas in London, England
By Coralie from Grey Globetrotters
London is a fantastic city to visit all year around, but when the festive lights and decorations illuminate the most popular streets and tourist attractions, it’s pure magic.
On Christmas Day, there’s no public transport in London, so you’ll want to stay in the city centre. Enjoy a leisurely brunch at your hotel then grab your comfiest trainers and head for St Paul’s Cathedral to experience the sound, colour and carols of a traditional English church.
Top Tip: Aim to arrive at least 90 minutes before the service to get a seat!
After the service, you could stroll across the Millennium Bridge and wander along the South Bank, past Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Southwark Cathedral. The Horniman at Hays Galleria is one of a small number of places open, serving a hearty traditional 5 course British Christmas lunch, with all the trimmings. Be quick – you’ll need to book soon if you want to bag a table!
Walk off the festive calories with a walk across London’s most iconic bridge – Tower Bridge for a peek at the Tower of London, before heading back to your hotel to relax, or pop into the hotel bar.
On Boxing Day (26th December), treat yourself to a walking tour of London’s impressive Christmas lights. You’ll want to check out Bond Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street and Oxford Street , and may like to visit the impressive Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park too.
Top Tip: Christmas is the perfect time to photograph London, as there will be far fewer people around than usual.
Stay in the Club Quarters St Pauls, which is only moments away from St Paul’s Cathedral. Rooms are comfortable and stylish, and the casual French-style bistro serves very good food. Check availability at Club Quarters, St Paul’s here.
By Sabrina from Shades of Summr
Spending Christmas in Vienna, the beautiful capital of Austria, is very special, as the city transforms into a winter wonderland with decorations and fairy lights everywhere. Not only is Vienna incredibly beautiful during Christmas, but Austria has also been ranked as one of the most peaceful countries in the world, making it one of the best choices for Christmas solo holidays.
For the perfect Christmas day in Vienna, visit one of the city’s numerous Christmas markets. The most beautiful one is located in the town square. Drink special hot mulled wine and eat chestnuts by the fire.
Top Tip: Unlike many other European cities, several of Vienna’s Christmas markets are open all day on the 25th and 26th of December! Find all the Christmas market locations and opening hours here. Christmas days are national holidays in Austria, some shops might be closed.
Book a spot in one of the various Christmas concerts around town and enjoy classical music in a historically significant location.
The first district is the best place to stay in Vienna during Christmas. All major Christmas markets will be within walking distance of your hotel. I can recommend booking your stay at Le Meridien hotel.
By Roshni from The Wanderlust Within
Sweden’s second-largest city is one of the best Christmas destinations for solo travellers. Several Christmas markets spread across Gothenburg are accessible by foot or tram, making it easy for a solo traveller to explore all of them.
The best Christmas market for foodies is in Haga, where there are rows of stalls selling Swedish sweet treats like cinnamon rolls and hot drinks to warm you up. Some festive must-tries include glogg (sweet mulled wine) and Pepparkaka (thin and crispy gingerbread biscuit).
The most traditional Christmas market is in Kronhuset, a great place to purchase gifts and trinkets.
However, the most popular Swedish Christmas market is found at Liseberg theme park. The area is lit up by 5 million Christmas lights that are sustainably powered by the park’s wind turbine. You can expect a festive ice skating show, 80 market stalls and as many rollercoasters as you can handle!
If you want to enjoy a traditional Swedish Christmas dinner, book the Christmas table dinner at Gothia Towers and try out the pickled herring, saffron buns, cured salmon and traditional gottebord for dessert.
One of the best places to stay during Christmas is Hotel Bellora; it is centrally located and only a short tram ride from each Christmas market in Gothenburg.
Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
By Amber Haggarty from Amber Everywhere
If you’re planning to spend Christmas alone in Europe, the Wicklow Mountains might be the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy the holiday in solitude. Located about an hour south of Dublin, the Irish county of Wicklow is considered the Garden of Ireland, known for its lush green spaces.
There are many wonderful things to do in Wicklow alone, including hiking, exploring charming small towns, wandering through elaborate gardens, and visiting a blustery beach.
On Christmas Day, you can brave the chilly December air and hike the Spinc trail around Glendalough or walk from Greystones to Bray while looking out over the Irish Sea along the cliff walk. If you’re feeling brave, you can go for a quick swim in the ocean to clear your mind and feel fully alive. Then, blast the heat in your car until you return to your hotel.
Finish the day curled up with a great Christmas movie and a comforting Christmas dinner. If you don’t want to cook for your holiday, you can pick up pre-made portions of classic Christmas dishes at Avoca in Kilmacanogue, including some vegetarian and vegan options.
Most of Ireland will be shut down for the Christmas holiday, so plan to stay put for Christmas Day and the next few days afterwards.
Top Tip: Rent a car with Rentalcars.com because the Wicklow Mountains are remote. Having a car is the best way to explore the area – one of the most uncrowded Christmas destinations!
The Croneybyrne Courtyard would be a great place to stay over Christmas because the Wicklow Mountains surround it, and the rooms contain kitchens for you to prepare meals.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
By Taylor Beal from Traverse With Taylor
Amsterdam is easily one of the best Christmas destinations for solo travellers as almost everything is open without shortened hours!
You see, the Netherlands celebrates their main winter holiday on December 6th, Saint Nicholas Day, when Sinterklaas comes to visit the children of the Netherlands. Christmas Day on the 25th isn’t even a thing in Amsterdam!
Spend your day wandering around the city. Shop down the Kalverstraat, enjoy the Christmas Market in Dam Square, and take a canal cruise in the evening to see the UNESCO World Heritage Canal Ring lit up for the Festival of Lights.
Top Tip: Create an itinerary for Amsterdam before you arrive so you can fit everything in and enjoy a beautiful Christmas in the Netherlands!
Eden Hotel Amsterdam is a stunning hotel in a safe neighbourhood with large, comfortable rooms and a great breakfast. The hotel has two excellent restaurants if you want to dine in and is only a two-minute walk to the fantastic restaurants and nightlife in Rembrandtplein.
By Kristin Lee of Global Travel Escapades.
If you’re travelling solo and don’t want to feel alone during the Christmas holiday, then one of the best places to go is Paris, France. During the winter, travellers from all over the world come to Paris to see the city decked out in lights.
Paris has something for every type of traveller, even on Christmas Day. For example, head to Les Halles or Les Tuileries if you want to wander around a Christmas market and try local foods. You’ll find many stalls selling handcrafted goods, souvenirs, and toys.
Meanwhile, if you want to participate in winter sports, try ice skating at the Patinoire Arena. And for anyone who wants to enjoy a little Christmas music, you can find concerts regularly playing in the Saint-Germain district!
If you’re ready to embrace the holiday spirit that encapsulates the city, check out the Plaza Tour Eiffel Hotel! It offers beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower. But be sure to book fast, as there’s high demand during the holiday season!
By Fernanda from Mauka Travels
For solo travelers looking for a magical yet unique destination to spend Christmas Day, Bled in Slovenia may be just the right solution. It combines beautiful landscapes with the cosy Christmas atmosphere everyone chases during the holidays.
Bled is one of the most visited cities in Slovenia and a true postcard-worthy destination. The city is built around the stunning Lake Bled, which has a little island in the middle and is overlooked by the Bled Castle. During Christmas time, the city hosts a Christmas market along the promenade that serves mulled wine, traditional sweets, and roasted chestnuts.
One unique thing to do on Christmas Day in Bled is to go to the castle for the festive event called “Dance with the Lord and Lady of the Castle”. Admission to the castle costs 13 EUR per person. For this event, held only on the 25th of December and the 1st of January in 2022, besides the incredible view of the lake, visitors are transported in time with a medieval setting and traditional dances. It is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Getting to Bled and moving around town is pretty straightforward even during the holiday season, besides the possible traffic due to the Christmas market popularity.
By Cristina of My Little World of Travelling
Malaga isn’t only a fantastic city to visit in summer, but at Christmas too. The city comes alive with beautiful festive lights and decorations, and there are plenty of holiday events and activities to enjoy alone.
On Christmas Day, you can head to the Cathedral of Malaga, where a special morning mass takes place, or visit one of the city centre’s Belen (nativity scenes). In the afternoon, enjoy Malaga’s traditional food at El Pimpi, one of the most popular restaurants in the city. And, in the evening, walk on Larios Street to see the Christmas Light Show. The lights show is often three times a day between 6 pm and 9 pm.
Winter in Malaga is very mild, so you can also probably enjoy a nice walk in the Paseo Marítimo (the beach promenade). Alternatively, buy some Christmas souvenirs at the Christmas Market in Paseo del Parque.
If you are going to spend more than two days in Malaga and you love hiking, there are many scenic hiking trails near Malaga too.
The best place to stay in Malaga during Christmas is Room Mate Valeria. This centrally located boutique-style hotel is perfect for solo travellers and offers excellent city views. Plus, it’s just a short walk from all of the best Christmas activities and attractions.
By Linn lund of Amused by Algarve
Albufeira is a lovely place to travel for Christmas for solo travellers. As the Algarve’s party capital, there are lots of fun things to do, especially if you stay at a hostel like the Rich & Poor Hostel where you will meet other travelers that you can hang out with.
The Algarve in winter is an amazing place to soak up vitamin D on the beach, with up to 20 degrees Celsius in the daytime. You could go on a boat trip on Christmas Day with new friends from the hostel or rent a catamaran, get those Santa hats on, and spend a few hours on a secluded island.
Round up the day with dinner in the old town at an international or traditional Portuguese restaurant and head out to the Party Strip for drinks later on. Albufeira is the best place to travel solo for Christmas if you want to hang out with other travellers and have fun!
By Millie from Stay Wild Travels
Lapland is one of the best places to go for Christmas as a solo traveller. You could stay in a glass igloo with the northern lights dancing above you if you’re looking for some time alone to immerse yourself in Finnish Lapland’s nature.
Alternatively, you could book group activities such as snowmobiling, reindeer or husky safaris if you prefer to mingle.
The fun doesn’t stop on Christmas Day. Whilst most people around the world tend to hunker down on Christmas Day, those in Lapland enjoy one of the many activities on offer before heading out for a meal and then onto a fireworks display in the local town or village.
Luckily, you’ll not run into any transport issues with Christmas travel to Lapland, since this is high tourist season.
Rovaniemi, Kitilla, Ivalo and Kuusamo are some of the best locations to enjoy Lapland in winter. Pick a fabulous lakeside Skyfire Glass Igloo for a touch of luxury or stretch your budget further at the Motelli Rovaniemi.
By Linn of Brainy Backpackers
Rome in winter is spectacular, and during the Christmas season it’s even better. Solo travellers will love the vibes whether you prefer to spend time by yourself taking in the ancient Roman ruins or you want to hang out with other travellers if you’ve chosen to stay at a hostel.
Christmas lights cover the city’s cobblestoned streets and all the little pizza shops. Book a table at a nice restaurant in Trastevere for dinner. If you have ever wondered how it is to have pizza for Christmas, Rome is the place to test it out!
On the 25th of December, most of Rome’s attractions will be closed, so it is a good day to take it slow, go for a stroll in the city’s parks, eat lots of amazing food or go out for drinks with new hostel friends. A great place to meet other travellers is the Hostel Trastevere.
By Linn of Amused by Andalucia
Seville in winter is a wonderful destination for solo travellers at Christmas, with plenty of impressive attractions to visit.
Besides visiting the Alcazaba, Cathedral and Giralda, head to the Plaza de España and walk along the Guadalquivir River. Get chestnuts at any of the stalls throughout the city and try the traditional Roscon de Reyes cake that is typical for Christmas in Seville. Attend a flamenco show and book a table for dinner in the old town.
Seville, like the rest of Spain, celebrates more the 6th of January for the 3 Kings Day than they do on Christmas day. If you happen to be there for the first week of January, you’ll see several processions walking through the city with floats of the Three Kings and other fairy tale figures throwing candy to the kids in the crowds.
Stay at La Flamenka Hostel to be social, or if you prefer something a little more special for your Christmas travel, Hotel Casa del Poeta is a gorgeous boutique hotel in a restored 17th-century mansion.
By Pati from Pati’s Journey Within
Krakow is Poland’s most magical city at Christmas, and CNN called the market one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world (next to Vienna and New York). It’s a welcoming Christmas destination for solo travellers.
Stroll among stalls serving traditional Polish Christmas dishes, souvenirs, mulled wine and beer. Then pop into Sukiennice, the historic cloth hall that now houses souvenir and folk-art shops. You can also climb the St. Mary’s Basilica tower or learn about the torture chambers once located in the Town Hall Tower’s basements.
The best thing to do in Krakow on Christmas Day is to lose yourself in the cobbled streets of the historic old town or walk down the Vistula River boulevards. Pop into Magia Café or Café Camelot for lunch and a hot brew.
Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter, has popular hip cafes, bars and great restaurants, plus Oskar Schindler’s Factory Museum and the Galicia Jewish Museum. It’s a relaxed place for a delicious meal and a good beer at Alchemia or Singer, with plenty of solo travellers around.
Christmas Eve is the most important celebration. Locals disappear to dine with their families around 6 pm, and some shops and businesses close early. Then, a couple of hours later, everyone reappears for the festivities, which last until late evening and continue for two days! If you plan to dine out during Christmas in Krakow, you’ll need to book a table!
Solo Holiday Destinations in Africa for Christmas
Contributed by Debbie Hendricks
Botswana is the best gift you could give yourself! Spend your holiday on an amazing camping safari in one of the best destinations for solo travel at Christmas.
You’ll have a guide to take you to the top wildlife viewing spots, and a cook to deal with your meals.
December is summertime in Botswana, Africa – low season. The landscape is becoming lush and green, and the temperatures are warm, with only occasional rains. It’s also prime time to see the baby animals in Botswana and the best time to see the wildlife without a crowd of land cruisers sprouting tourists.
Spend your Christmas Eve on a bushwalk in the Okavango Delta, watching the elephants bathe and wait while their kids play in the water. Christmas dinner is a quietly festive meal cooked on a fire and eaten in the open air under the setting African sun.
One of your fellow safari goers might sing Silent Night softly, and you join in with the others. Your favourite gift is feeling the slight tremble of the ground as a lion in the distance roars in the middle of the night.
You will congratulate yourself on choosing the best Christmas destination for your solo travels.
By Pilar from Travel the World Pages
Spending Christmas Day in the Sahara desert in Morocco is of the most authentic experiences you can have, far away from the shopping pressure of the developed world. The true message of Christmas – of loving one another – will touch you deeply as you admire the swarms of stars to the rhythm of Berber drums around a Sahara desert campfire.
Zagora is a chilled-out town in the Drâa-Tafilalet region of Morocco that can be reached from Marrakech by plane or bus. You can unwind while visiting the local zouk and climbing its iconic mountain, the “Jbel Zagora”.
Four desert spots are reachable from Zagora desert town, and one of them, Erg Chegaga, is located in the Sahara desert. This beautiful and secluded spot features the tallest desert dunes in Morocco, and it is only a two-hour drive from Zagora. You can reach Erg Chegaga on Christmas Eve and stop in an oasis.
Spend Christmas Day riding a camel on the dunes, sand boarding or riding a quad bike and discovering the surrounding area. Tours can be arranged from Zagora, and it is essential to go with a local guide. The camp is located 50 km into the Sahara desert, and you could get lost without a local guide.
Asia: Christmas Solo Travel to Forget it’s Christmas
Here are some of the best places for solo travel for Christmas 2022 in Asia
By Disha from Disha Discovers
Bangkok is one of the best places to visit in Thailand for solo travellers, especially during Christmas, because the city is as vibrant as ever.
Restaurants, shops, and other attractions are open on Christmas day, so you’ll encounter minimal travel challenges.
Even though Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand, Christmas is still a big deal due to the large ex-pat community and December being the peak tourist season.
One of the best things to do in Bangkok on Christmas day is to visit Asiatique. This open-air night market has a festive atmosphere with Christmas decorations and lights, and it’s filled with shops and restaurants.
Also, many hotels and restaurants in Bangkok offer traditional Christmas day brunch and dinner options so you can enjoy delicious food and great company with other travellers who are away from home for the holiday.
Another fun place to visit in Bangkok on Christmas day is ICONSIAM. This upscale mall is decked out in festive decorations and has an impressive Christmas tree. It won’t take much for you to get in the Christmas spirit while looking at the impressive Christmas displays.
Lastly, visit one of Bangkok’s many Buddhist temples on Christmas day to learn about another culture and religion. The best temples include Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Phra Kaew, and Wat Traimit.
The best place to stay when visiting Bangkok solo for Christmas is DoubleTree by Hilton in Sukhumvit.
By Penny From GlobeTrove
Goa is one of the best Christmas destinations for solo travellers because this former Portuguese colony celebrates Christmas with lots of pomp and festivities. Goans bring in Christmas with festive songs and cheer.
The houses of Goa are decorated, and there are constant church services: most Goans troop out for midnight mass with their families. There are loads of churches to visit during the season, but you should not miss the UNESCO Churches of Old Goa.
Christmas dances are also a thing! All ages head to these dances to tap their shoes to the beat of popular songs. These spots always have a lot of good food and drink, which is part of the festivities.
If you’re not into the celebrations, Christmas is the best time to head to the beach. The weather is perfect, the water is warm, and you can kick back and enjoy the sun.
Goa is also pretty safe, making it a great Christmas travel destination for solo travellers. There are great spots to mingle with locals and other travellers so you will never feel alone.
Queenstown, New Zealand
By Delilah from Our Travel Mix
Queenstown is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, and Christmas here can be stunning! It’s one of the busiest times to visit Queenstown so expect to find crowds at popular spots. The good news is that most of the popular Queenstown activities will operate as usual, even on Christmas day.
Top Tip: It’s a good idea to book restaurants in advance!
For Christmas dinner, you could grab a picnic (or a Ferg Burger) and eat outside by Lake Wakatipu in the heart of Queenstown.
If you prefer something a little fancier, the best options are a four-course tasting dinner at Nest Kitchen or the Christmas Day Lunch at the Skyline restaurant. The latter includes gondola rides up Bob’s Peak and two luge rides – a full-on day which will keep any solo traveller occupied.
The town is usually decorated, and there are often Christmas events throughout the Christmas period in Queenstown. Most are more oriented towards families; however, I always love visiting Santa’s Grotto, a market running in the nearby town of Wanaka throughout December.
Favourite places to stay in Queenstown are Adventure Q2 for backpackers, Sherwood Hotel for mid-range travellers and The Rees for anyone after a bit of luxury. You’ll need to book any hostels or hotels in advance over Christmas – they’re popular because they’re amazing!
Wrap Up – Best Christmas Destinations for Solo Travellers
So, there you have it – a diverse selection of inspiring Christmas and New Year travel destinations for singles of all ages. You don’t have to spend Christmas alone – unless you want to.
There are so many options for solo travel during the Christmas period, whether you want to wrap up and enjoy the cold weather or escape to warmer climes.
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