Snow or sun? Top 10 Places to Spend Christmas Alone

Who said Christmas was for home? Spending a Christmas alone in a big city is a great way to create lifelong bonds with people from all over the world. It has several advantages, such as not having to put up with those family members who get on your nerves or saving more money for your travels. In addition, depending on where you go, everything is likely to be cheaper and there are fewer people than in high season. We have destinations for all tastes, from places where you can enjoy the sun and the beach to others where you can spend a white Christmas. This is our list of the 10 best places to spend Christmas alone.

It’s time to take that Grinch face off and make your holidays happy! ๐ŸŒ 

Bruges, Belgium

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best places to spend Christmas alone, two people walking past restaurants in Bruge with lights

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Let’s start with the obvious. Bruges is probably the Christmas capital of the world, so it’s a good option if you want to travel alone during these important dates. Its Christmas lights and wooden cabins will make you feel like you’re in one of those crystal balls with snow inside, but life-size. Don’t miss the old town and Burg Square (dating back to the 2nd century); the Rozenhoedkaai, where you’ll enjoy beautiful views; and the Grote Markt if you’re looking for a place to eat. Witches is the perfect place to spend the whole day walking!

Take the opportunity to buy some gifts for your loved ones and have a typical mulled wine!

How many days: 3

Our hostels in Bruges will give you a festive spirit. Visit St Christopher’s Inn Bauhaus to discover its social atmosphere and start the New Year off on the right foot in its bar.

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2. Byron Bay, Australia

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best places to spend Christmas alone, person with a surfboard in byron bay on the beach

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Would you like to spend a Christmas away from the cold? Then go to Australia! Byron Bay is the perfect place to spend Christmas sunbathing on the beach. Besides, the people there are super nice and will make you feel like one more.

Take your surfboard and enjoy the summer waves, or head to the Cape Byron lighthouse and marvel at the coastal views. Then party with your new hostel mates until the early hours of the morning. All you have to do is sign up for an aussie style barbecue for Christmas lunch… and everything else will be filmed!

How many days: 4, enough to relax and surf

In the Wake Up! Byron Bay will give you a taste of Australia’s beach culture. They offer bike rentals, surfboards and paddle surf, yoga classes on the beach and pancake breakfasts, all for free! Surely this is the best time to succumb to the charms of Byron Bay.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

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It is not the most traditional place to spend Christmas, but it is one of the most lively. Christmas is a great time to visit Cambodia because it is in the middle of the dry season and the climate is much cooler.

It is also a very popular destination for backpackers travelling alone! The hospitality of its people, its lively bars and its fascinating culture make anyone who comes here feel welcome and at ease. How would you like to spend Christmas riding a bicycle among the temples of Angkor Wat? Or Christmas Eve watching a traditional Apsara dance show? And if you really want to have a traditional feast, then try the tarantula or the fried crickets. You’ll feel like a real local!

How many days: 3-4 days. Christmas is practically all open, so you can make the most of your time.

The hostels in Siem Reap are famous for their party spirit and social atmosphere. In the case of Lub D Siem Reap, no matter what day it is, they are always celebrating something! Stay here if you want to spend an unforgettably wild Christmas (and well, now that we’re here, why don’t you stay for New Year’s?)

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4. Budapest, Hungary

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best places to spend Christmas alone, church by christmas markets in budapest

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Budapest is a backpacker’s paradise, and even more so at Christmas! Its lively social and nightlife make it the perfect city to meet other people travelling alone. In addition, during the winter, the city is decorated with beautiful lights and holds two Christmas markets.

Take your time to stroll around Buda Castle and the Fishermen’s Bastion, and be sure to try some traditional Hungarian food at the Central Market.

Live an elegant and alternative Christmas having a cocktail in one of the many ruin bars of the city. Such cool places are often located in old warehouses and abandoned buildings. The most famous of them all is Szimpla Kert, a place with vegetation everywhere, colorful lights and themed rooms each more original. It’s also open on December 23rd, so… can you think of a better plan to go out for a drink with your new hostel mates before Christmas?

How many days: 4

To flood you with Christmas spirit, every year Meander Hostel Budapest celebrates a countdown of twelve days (until Christmas Day) full of drinking games, decorative activities, parties and much more!

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5. Mexico City, Mexico

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Tacos and Santa Claus! Can you think of a better plan?

In Mexico Christmas celebrations are known as Las Posadas and run from mid-December to February. During this time, the Zรณcalo (the name by which they refer to the Plaza de la Constituciรณn) is decorated with a large Christmas Tree full of decorations and little lights, as well as a skating rink in case you miss the winter side of the festivities. Buildings throughout the city are also illuminated with Christmas lights throughout the month and everywhere you’ll see fireworks, music and parades.

One of the typical dishes at this time of year is codfish. You can also try the traditional Christmas Eve salad with lettuce, beetroot, jicama, oranges and carrots, which, as its name suggests, is usually served on Christmas Eve.

Here you’ll find culture, food, great Christmas celebrations and an increasing number of people traveling alone, so without a doubt Mexico City has become one of the best places to spend Christmas alone. h

How many days: 3-4

Our hostels in Mexico City are sure to brighten up your holidays! Stay in the modern Casa Pepe or the elegant Selina Mexico City Downtown.

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6. Cape Town, South Africa

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best places to spend Christmas alone, view of cape town in between the mountains

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Why not embark on an adventure and travel to South Africa for the holiday season?

Every year the city celebrates a Festival of Lights in the central Adderley street that will delight any instagramer. The lighting ceremony is usually the first week of December and that day the street becomes a real party in style. A lot of Christmas markets are organized where you can buy unique gifts to your loved ones, like the Fab Ideas Christmas Gift Fair by Kommetjie.

Remember that Christmas in South Africa is celebrated in the middle of summer, so don’t forget to bring a bathing suit and sunscreen for a scorching holiday season!

How many days: 3

Cape Town hostels are literally a pass. The hostel ONCE in Cape Town is located a short distance from the best bars and pubs in the city. It also has a small open-air bonfire where you can socialize with other travelers under the stars, as well as a meditation garden where you can have your moments of disconnection in private.

And if you want to indulge yourself this Christmas, stay at MOY Accommodation & Backpackers, a luxury hostel for backpackers at a great price.

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7. Tokyo, Japan

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Earth calling all the urbanites! Tokyo is waiting for you! If the lights of this city are already dazzling all year round, imagine Christmas when the impressive Christmas decorations are added. We can’t think of a better place than this to spend Christmas in your own air!

Take advantage of shopping as if there were no tomorrow at the Tokyo Midtown shopping mall, where they kick-start the New Year’s Eve sales throughout the country. Nearby is the famous Starlight Garden, with hundreds of coloured lights covering an entire field of grass. And if you want to immerse yourself in a true “wonderland” of LED lights, be sure to stop by the Shiodome neighborhood to see its Christmas lighting display (you can walk in the middle and everything!).

Here you can try a lot of new things that will make your Christmas unique, such as participating in a traditional tea ceremony, sleeping in a ryokan (traditional accommodations where dinner is also served) or soaking in an onsen (an outdoor hot spring bath).

And if it’s too cold outside, why not snuggle up with a furry friend in one of Tokyo’s many cat cafes? Tokyo is an ideal place if you’re traveling alone because it offers endless activities to do individually without having to go in a group, so… enjoy at your own pace!

How many days: 4-5

If you don’t know where to stay in Tokyo, downtown Kaisu Hostel is a good place to socialize and at the same time take refuge in the hustle and bustle of the city. The hostel offers free breakfast and even has its own bar-cafeteria.

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8. New York, United States

best places to spend Christmas alone, Rockerfeller Plaza with christmas trees

best places to spend Christmas alone, Rockerfeller Plaza with christmas trees

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New York City offers countless things to do, so it’s one of the best places to spend Christmas alone. This asphalt jungle has it all: art galleries, shops, parks, historical monuments… and anything you can think of! By day you can walk up and down it enjoying the main attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the MET or Times Square; and by night enjoy the brightness of the city.

Christmas in New York is especially magical. Things to do in the Big Apple during this time include visiting the Rockefeller Center and its iconic Christmas tree, skating on its famous ice rink, or touring the elaborate Christmas windows of New York’s most famous department stores, such as Barney’s, Bloomingdales, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

How many days: 5

Why not stay at Freehand New York during your winter adventure? This chic hostel is located in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan, and it’s pure sophistication. And watch out when you pass under the mistletoe! You never know where you can find love at first sight!

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9. Jerusalem, Israel

best places to spend Christmas alone, Western Wall in Jerusalem

best places to spend Christmas alone, Western Wall in Jerusalem

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Make your solitary Christmas deeply personal and spiritual by visiting Jerusalem. For Christians, this Holy City and its surrounding villages are very important because they are the setting for the history of the Nativity. However, being a predominantly Jewish country, the Festivals are much less commercial than in Western countries, so you can devote much more time to personal reflection and to discovering the culture and history of the city.

Jerusalem is a fascinating and much visited place during Christmas where pilgrims from all corners of the world arrive. Some of them can even be seen carrying the cross over the Old City from the Via Dolorosa. Almost everything is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas, so it’s a good time to go out and explore. Don’t miss its impressive Old City, the Wall of Lamentations and the Tower of David.

How many days: 3-4

Abaraham Hostel organizes a Christmas Eve tour of Bethlehem and a big celebration on Christmas Day with live music and drinks at a great price, so you won’t have time to feel alone!

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10. Amsterdam

best places to spend christmas alone, canal in amsterdam in the snow

best places to spend christmas alone, canal in amsterdam in the snow

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If you want to freak out with Christmas this holiday season, can you think of a better place than Amsterdam? You won’t be the only backpacker who comes to Amsterdam during the holidays, so the company is insured. And if you want to be alone, you can also take a bicycle and enjoy the beautiful canals and houses at your own pace (at Christmas they are even more beautiful with the Christmas lights!).

The most important sights, such as the Van Gogh Museum (open on Christmas Eve), the Anne Frank House (open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve) and the Rijksmuseum (open every day) are places worth seeing. In addition, Amsterdam is full of excellent bars and discos where you will catch the Christmas spirit. Stop by the Waterkant bar in Marnixstraat if you’re looking for a cool place to have a good craft beer.

Or better yet, forget about making plans and just watch life go by in this wonderful and peaceful city.

How many days: 3-4

The Flying Pig Downtown organises a pub competition on Christmas Eve, a dinner on Christmas Day and a micro open night on 26 December, the perfect ingredients to create unforgettable memories!

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๐ŸŽ„ Tips for traveling alone at Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

Remember, you don’t have to be doing things 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – if you feel like being at your ball, that’s great! Precisely when you travel you can only do what you want.
Find out what activities your hostel will organize during Christmas. Maybe this makes a difference! Anyone signing up for a karaoke session at midnight?
Think of a place you wouldn’t normally go to at Christmas and go. It might surprise you.
Spend more than two days to see your chosen city. He thinks that depending on their customs, places of interest may be closed on Christmas Day.

Spending Christmas can only become a very enriching experience and something you should try at least once in your life. With the Christmas atmosphere it’s easier to make friends and big cities are filled with magic, regardless of whether it rains, snows or sunshine.

Cheer up and trust your Christmas spirit!

Keep reading:

๐ŸŒŸ A Guide to Surviving Christmas When You’re Traveling the World

๐ŸŒŸ Where to sleep in Amsterdam: the definitive list of hostels

๐ŸŒŸ New York for beginners: the 10 best things to do

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