When you’re spending Christmas abroad, it’s hard not to yearn for the little traditions of home, from the way the family exchanges presents to the obnoxious songs on the radio. Instead of being lonely, though, think of your time away as a chance to bask in the yuletide traditions of other cultures. The folks in these five foreign destinations put stateside celebrations to shame, whether with the light shows they put on display, the parties they hold in the streets, or the free concerts they perform in their ancient churches.
- San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
- Bethlehem, West Bank
- Manila, Philippines
- Lapland, Finland
- Florence, Italy