Stuffed animals line booths at at temple fair in Chaoyang Park.

Chun Jie: Spring Festival in Beijing

Chun Jie celebrates the beginning of the new Chinese year. Like most Chinese holidays, its exact date varies slightly from year to year, depending on the Chinese calendar. Author Shannon Aitken discusses the holiday’s traditions and why this may (or may not) be a great time to visit Beijing.

A santa hat on a white sand beach.

A Merry Cuban Christmas

There’s a good reason that many Cubans have never seen Santa, and it’s not because he couldn’t get a visa—nor that it’s never been known to snow in Cuba. To Cuba’s young, bearded revolutionaries, Christmas was both religious and capitalist at the same time, so the holiday was officially banned. Christopher P. Baker discusses the recent history of Christmas in Cuba and shares his own holiday experiences.

In a home with a parquet wood floor, crepe paper is strung from a ceiling light with a decorated Christmas tree in the foreground.

Christmas Celebrations in Delhi

Christmas is not the most feted day of the year for most people in Delhi, but it definitely does not go by unnoticed. Author Margot Bigg discusses holiday celebrations in India.

In the middle of the city, families stroll through a pop-up village with colorful characters and lanterns.

The Quick & Easy Guide to Hong Kong Festivals

Hong Kong has long been a stronghold of Chinese culture and its traditional festivals are celebrated with energy, color, and lots of noise. Resident and author Rory Boland gives an overview of Hong Kong’s festivals, from Chinese New Year to the Hungry Ghost Festival.

From Paris to Provence, chestnut vendors bring edible holiday cheer to the streets for a few weeks each year. Photo © Aurelia d'Andrea.

Christmas in Paris: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Nat King Cole probably didn’t have Parisian street corners in mind when he crooned the opening lines to the classic holiday tune “The Christmas Song,” but chestnuts roasting on an open fire are an annual tradition that adds a hefty dose of seasonal charm to the City of Light. Author Aurelia d’Andrea reveals the best place to experience this tradition like a local.

Strapped in to the parasail, Michelle looks over her shoulder from far above the landscape of Queensland.

A Queenstown Carol

For those from the northern hemisphere, it’s a bit surreal to experience Christmas “down under.” Author Michelle Waitzman shares her first experience of the holiday in New Zealand, from a paragliding adventure she’d never forget to a shared meal that showcased the Kiwi community spirit.

View of the flatiron rise with its sheer red cliffsides.

Five Phoenix Area Hikes to De-stress During the Holidays

When counting to ten or taking a series of deep breaths proves useless against holiday-related stress, Phoenix-area trails can offer a much-needed respite. So instead of ripping your hair out or overdosing on chocolate to cope, consider strapping on those hiking shoes and hitting the dirt on one of these refreshing hikes.

In the zoo after dark, colored lights make up animal shapes like a hippo and crocodiles.

10 Reasons to Visit Portland in the Colder Months

Portlanders love a good festival, particularly if it celebrates beer, bikes, music, or that favorite local pastime—devouring delicious treats. If you don’t mind the rain, November, December, and January are great times to secure cheap hotel rates and catch seasonal attractions. Here are some great festivals and activities to enjoy during the winter in Portland.