Dec 21 THE NIGHT THE RIVER SINGS
On this day it is Brisbane's boats that are dressed to the nines. There is a boat parade on the Brisbane River and all participating boats are lit up imaginatively. Tourists can choose to be on the bank but the best views are had from a boat on the river. Most boats offer dinners accompanied by Christmas carols.
For more informations please visit : www.ourbrisbane.com
Dec 24-25 - Christmas Eve Vigil, Vatican City
Amidst all the festivities, many people forget that Christmas is essentially a religious event. For a sombre Christmas be at St Peter's Square at 12am on Christmas Day to hear the Pope give the Midnight Mass. Go early to see the nativity scene at the square.
For more informations please visit : www.vatican.va
DEC 21 CANDLELIGHT CAROL FESTIVAL
It feels like Christmas only if there's some robust carol singing, and the beautiful Riverside Church in New York is the right place for it. The choir presents the season's music, and the church is lit up with candles for the occasion.
For more informations please visit : www.theriversidechurchny.org
DEC 23 MIGAS FESTIVAL, TORROX, SPAIN
To enjoy a communal Christmas, head to the town of Torrox in Spain's Andalucia region. The town's residents kick-start their Christmas festivities by preparing a traditional dish called Migas in the town square. Migas might be a humble concoction of breadcrumbs, meat pieces and olive oil, but the quantity prepared on this day is anything but modest. Around 2,000kgs of flour and 500 litres of olive oil are tossed around in huge cauldrons, and the dish is then distributed to the gathered public along with wine.
For more informations please visit : www.turismotorrox.com
DEC 8-21 ST THOMAS CHRISTMAS MARKET
Christmas markets are a tradition in Europe. While some of the markets have become com¬mercial affairs, the Helsinki market still sees stalls put up by small vendors. Here you can buy Christmas decorations, baked goodies and handi¬crafts.
For more informations please visit : www.visitfinland.com
DEC 19-21 PETER PAN ON ICE. LONDON
The grand old Alexandra Palace houses the biggest ice rink in London, and every year, in December, they hold a grand pantomime. This year the magical play, Peter Pan will be brought to life on the ice. So even non-skaters can enjoy an evening at the rink. Just remember to bring the 'child in you'.
For more details please visit : www.alexandrapalace.com
DEC 16-24 POSADAS, MEXICO
In Mexico, on these dates, children dressed as Mary and Joseph go from home to home, in remembrance of their journey to Bethlehem. The home owner lets the children break an object that depicts evil. Sweets and goodies are hidden inside the object.
For more informations please visit : www.visitmexico.com