Sure, many stores and restaurants are closed on Christmas Day, but visitors and locals in the Windy City have plenty to celebrate come December 25.Check out these ideas for making the most of a mostly closed holiday. Skate the City's Rinks If you're ready for a day on the ice, you can pick from one of three options.The Mozes & Aaronkerk (on Waterlooplein) has a multi-faith celebration with representatives from different religions (a priest, Buddhist monk, Islamic imam, and Jewish chazzan). Christmas Circus The beautiful Royal Carré Theatre stages the award-winning World Christmas Circus, uniting some of the world’s best circus acts in one child-friendly, spectacular seasonal show.
Until recently, there were no Christmas markets and even Christmas trees were a rarity (both, however, have gained in popularity), and plenty of restaurants, cafés, and stores are open over the holiday period.
If you’re in town, take advantage of this mellow vibe, and enjoy these seasonal activities that best capture the feeling. Ice Skating The Dutch are passionate about ice-skating, and every winter, outdoor ice rinks appear in the stately locations of Leidseplein and Museumplein—complete with skate rentals, music, and refreshments.
It's cooked "low and slow" on a Big Green Egg, an Atlanta-made kamado-style cooker with a huge cult following.
Accompanied by caramelized apple and sage stuffing, and cider gravy, it's a Christmas meal with serious Southern cred. Ride an Atlanta Landmark One of Atlanta’s most photographed attractions, Sky View Atlanta soars 20 stories above famed Centennial Park in the heart of downtown.
You’ll find him downtown at the Georgia Aquarium, wearing a wetsuit and plunging into a 6.3 million–gallon tank, while hundreds watch from outside the glass.
Ol’ Saint Nick isn’t bothered in the least by the whale sharks and manta rays swimming around him in the world’s largest aquatic habitat; instead, he chats amiably with onlookers through a special waterproof microphone. Eat Some Southern-Smoked Turkey At Atkins Park Restaurant and Bar in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood, the hugely popular Christmas dinner menu includes a platter of smoked turkey, and not just any smoked turkey.
Check out their website for times of Christmas services.
Other Amsterdam churches with holidays evening masses are the Noorderkerk, Westerkerk, and the Oude Kerk.
At ARCLight Chicago, Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, and Show Place ICON at Roosevelt Collection there's a bar and elevated snacks on offer, making the experience feel extra-celebratory.
Between the mild temperatures and overflowing ads for end-of-year sales, Hong Kong may not be your first destination of choice for getting into the festive spirit.
This year, the theme is the fantastical "Santa's Journey to the Stars," about a boy named Alex who receives a magical and mystical telescope that enables him to experience the wonder of the holiday on other planets before landing back on Earth. Sample the Christmas Brunch at Sixteen Sixteen, the fine dining restaurant in the Trump Hotel, has a Christmas spectacular planned, complete with brunch, reindeer, hot chocolate and mulled wine, a string trio, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. The Garfield Park Conservatory holiday flower show decks the halls with poinsettias and winter-themed décor. Go to the Movies Six much-anticipated movies are hitting theaters Christmas day, and with everyone together doing family celebrations, you may not have to fight so hard for seats.