A recent study by flower vendor, Bloom and Wild, who offer unique “boxed-flower” delivery across Britain, Ireland and to some parts of Europe, named the top cities to spend Christmas in.
Whilst major cities with undeniable snow-dashed Christmas allures topped the charts, we’re proud to say little ole’ Dublin came in the top 10.
The international flower vendor published the said list in the run-up to Christmas 2018, fuelling winter wanderlust and populating bucket lists of all who stumbled across it.
Dublin came in a worthy 10th place and was listed as “the best for merriment” amongst its contenders. Bloom & Wild nod to Dublin’s traditional qualities which draw a steady stream of tourists each year, but are simply the characteristics of home to its some 1.4million residents.
First place was awarded to the quintessential Scandi city of Helsinki which is bursting with classic Christmas spirit. Second place went to Quebec City that wins over with snow-fall and charm hands-down.
Berlin was listed as third and credited for its “cheap Christmas dinners” whilst London and it’s “beautiful Christmas lights” took fourth place.
Super snowy cities Salzberg and Copenhagen took fifth and sixth place respectively, whilst Edinburgh – the capital of Scotland – took seventh and was commended for its “family-friendly” qualities.
Eighth and ninth spots on Bloom and Wild’s list went to Montreal in Canada (“best for snowman building”) and Prague in the Czech Republic (“best for cheap Christmas trees”).
Dublin’s Fair City
Coming in a worthy 10th place, Bloom and Wild state: “if your idea of Christmas heaven is wrapping up warm for an epic pub crawl across endless cobbled streets, then Dublin is the place for you.” And, right it is. Dublin is choc-a-bloc with pubs, bars and restaurants all brimming with festive spirit throughout the holiday season.
With a small, community-based atmosphere, Dublin city makes for the perfect place to pound the pavement and explore as you go. Pub crawls around the holiday season are as popular as anything (just remember to wear your Christmas jumper and check out the rules of “12 Pubs” – Ireland’s traditional Christmas pub crawl).
Importantly, however, Bloom and Wild take a moment to appreciate all else Dublin has to offer (other than booze and banter, that is):“the iconic Irish city will welcome the festive season from 19th November in 2018, hosting the highly-anticipated Procession of Light that brings everyone together for a memorable celebration meets spectacle.”
On top of that, Dublin is an iconic city that is steeping in culture and Irish history, jam-packed with museums and historic sites, as well as home to tonnes of live music and entertainment venues. And, should you want to make your Christmas trip to Dublin all that more festive, check out the annual Dublin Christmas Flea Market and the pantomime at the Gaiety Theatre.
For all of you overseas who didn’t get the chance to pop over to the capital of the Emerald Isle this holiday season, now’s the time to start planning your 2019 trip!