Discounted First Class Seats and Amazing Holiday Decorations Offer More Reasons to Travel During the Holiday Season

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From Manhattan to Vienna, North America and Europe boast several cities that bring magic and wonder to the holidays. We list some of our favorite cities to visit during the Christmas season, and offer up some of the activities and displays that set these cities apart.

Some towns just know how to make a splash with their holiday decorations. If you’ve traveled around the world during the holidays with our discounted first class tickets, you’ve probably experienced some of these outlandish displays. Even if you don’t need to travel for business this winter, these North American and European cities’ decorations are worth their own trip.

New York City
From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to Rockefeller Center’s dazzling Christmas tree, Manhattan is filled with holiday cheer. Window shopping, ice skating, snacking on roasted chestnuts and enjoying Grand Central Terminal’s light show add to the magical experience that is New York at Christmastime. 

You expect a lot from a city nicknamed the City of Light, and Paris never disappoints. The Champs-Elysees sparkles with trees laden with twinkle lights and magnificent window displays. Visitors can ice skate at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, revel in the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral Christmas tree and take in the resplendent decor along avenue Montaigne and in Bercy Village, the Montmarte District and Place Vendome. 

You’ll be glad for the cheap first class tickets to Amsterdam when you discover the city’s gorgeous holiday illuminations and events.

The legendary Amsterdam Light Festival runs throughout December and into the first days of January, but that’s just part of the city’s holiday appeal. When the canals freeze over, you’ll see locals and visitors break out the ice skates for a unique experience gliding through the city on the canals. A beautiful Christmas tree illuminates Dam Square, several Christmas markets offer fun activities and shopping, and locals relish the Royal Theater Carré’s sing-along to Handel’s Messiah.

The City of Music lives up to its name during the holidays with dramatic Advent concerts in St. Stephens Cathedral, St. Anna Church, Peterskirche, Malteserkirche and Minoritenkirche as well as amazing symphonies and operas. Vienna is also well-known for its impressive City Hall illuminations and Christmas markets. Don’t miss the sensational ice pavilions in the Museumsquartier, ice skating in the shadow of the Vienna Concert Hall and delectable holiday confections at the city’s coffee houses and bakeries.

Rome, Cologne and Niagara Falls also have a special flair during the holidays but don’t despair if your first class flight plans take you to Asia or South America. We’ll list our favorite city illuminations in those regions in upcoming blogs.