cities to visit in january

5 Cities You Need To Visit in January

With the festive period over and the New Year coming towards us in full force, now’s the ideal time to think about how to celebrate the start of 2023 with a bang! And, what better way than travelling to another country entirely and immersing yourself in the traditions of another culture? Here are five cities you need to visit in time for the New Year for a truly fresh start:

Harbin, China

Embrace the Chinese traditions with the annual Ice Festival. Complete with incredible ice and snow sculptures for plenty of memorable photo opportunities. Experience a real palace with ice stairs, ice walls, ice railings and ice turrets! Or maybe take a ride on the huge Snowflake Ferris Wheel which overlooks the ice castle and exhibits. There’s also the opportunity to see the art of snow sculpting whilst artists from all over the world work on their creations. Whilst the opening ceremony is initiated in Winter, on the 5th of January each year, you can visit as early as December 17th.

New York City, New York

In January, tourism is at a low in New York City, making it the perfect time to visit and experience the tail end of the Holiday season, from visiting the Holiday Markets and catching a final glimpse of the Rockefeller Center Tree. There’s also real savings to be made with Restaurant Week, Broadway Week and Must See Week, all which offer steep discounts for top restaurants, shows and attractions! It’s worth purchasing a New York Explorer Pass to gain a discounted, cash free entry for up to ten attractions, ranging from exciting sights, enthralling tours and interesting museums.

Christchurch, New Zealand

If you’re looking to savour the sunshine, head out to the other side of the planet to indulge in the Bread & Circus Busker’s Festival. Expect a range of brilliant performances and shows staged by both local and international artists such as comedians, acrobats, trapeze artists, musicians, dancers and of course buskers too! You’ll also be able to visit a range of venues, from the Isaac Theatre Royal to the Botanic gardens, this grand outdoor event is not to be missed – just don’t forget to check if the shows you’d like to see are ticketed, hatted or free.

Kenya, Africa

For the ultimate adventure and a spot of wilderness exploration, head out to Kenya. From scaling Mount Kenya to view the stunning snow capped peaks, lush valleys and Savannah as well as going on a safari for plenty of opportunity to catch glimpses of the resident animals and migratory birds, there’s plenty to see! January is considered peak season and is also Nairobi Restaurant Week where eateries offer special menus and samplings at no extra cost or at a special discount price – perfect for the foodie!

Anguilla, Caribbean

For a quieter corner of palm fringed beaches, Anguilla should definitely be at the top of your bucket list for January! Relax under the sun with the palm trees and de-stress by watching the open skies as the sun sets – sounds dreamy, right? It’s also the culinary capital of the Caribbean, complete with top notch eateries, amazing hospitality, fantastic festivals and more. The best bit is that it’s not as high on the list of popular Caribbean islands, so you’ll be able to enjoy it unencumbered without the usual tourist crowds.

What will you choose?

Until next time.

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