Pakistanis love Santa too. The nation is a multicultural society, and contrary to what outsiders might think, it has a Christian population that celebrates Christmas.

Also contrary to what foreigners may believe, both Muslims and non-Muslims celebrate the holiday. It is enjoyed as a season of gift-giving, especially popular with children.

That’s why Pakistan’s best real estate website Lamudi has compiled a list of international destinations where Pakistanis can enjoy Christmas or just get out of town for the month of December.

  1. Germany

Let’s start with a location that’s not too out of the ordinary – the home of the Christmas market. You can’t escape Christmas celebrations in Germany, and why would you want to with all the festivities throughout December. Visit some of the country’s most famous, and traditional, markets, including the oldest market in Dresden, Berlin’s popular Charlottenburg market, or Heidelberg’s 30-year old German Christmas market. While you’re wandering around the markets, don’t forget to try the traditional Lebkuchen and Glühwein to get you in the festive mood.

  1. Sri Lanka

For those celebrating Christmas in Sri Lanka, festivities begin on December 1, when firecrackers are set off at dawn. You will find Christmas trees in shopping centers, and streets will be decorated with traditionally festive trimmings. Sri Lanka has so much to offer. Why not spend half of your trip exploring city life in areas such as Kandy and Galle, and then head to the beach to relax. Start with river cruises and traditional markets, before settling down in Bentota, Negombo or Unawatuna, to enjoy some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Merry Christmas!

  1. USA

New York is renowned for being one of the world’s biggest holiday destinations. Come December, millions of tourists head to the city to enjoy Macy’s Santaland, or to go ice skating in Central Park. You too can feel like you’re part of a movie, staring up at the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center, breathing in the Christmas festivities while taking in the lights of the city. If you really want to embrace Christmas, head to Christmas Town USA. Yes, there is a small town outside Charlotte, North Carolina, that becomes so caught up in the festive spirit, it changes its name each December.

  1. Philippines

When Christmas has ended, do you think to yourself ‘Wow that passed by in a flash?’ If so, the Philippines is the place for you. The country boasts the world’s longest Christmas season, from the start of September, until January 6th, when the Feast of the Epiphany is held. However, the main celebrations are held in Metro Manila on December 16th, with the un-missable lantern festival. Really embrace the festivities by joining in with the Christmas Eve street parties, and singing some traditional carols.