Best Places to Celebrate Christmas in Indonesia and Abroad Lifestyle – 13 hours ago


Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The celebration of Christmas on December 25 is a special moment for Christians every year. The Christmas holiday moment, which always coincides with the year-end holidays, is often used by a handful of people to travel, whether traveling within the country or abroad.

Many people choose to celebrate Christmas outside the city or abroad, because they want to celebrate a different Christmas atmosphere, and hope that this year's Christmas will feel more special than before.

In Indonesia itself, there are many interesting destinations which are certainly perfect for enjoying Christmas celebrations with the family. According to the official Indonesia Travel website of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf), here are 9 interesting destinations in Indonesia that you can visit:


St. Francis of Assisi Church, Berastagi

The first destination is in North Sumatra, precisely in Berastagi, Karo. This church, called the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, was inaugurated in 2005 and has really interesting architecture. The outer building is shaped like a traditional Batak house, complete with the Gugung Tirto Meciho House and a beautiful garden with colorful plants that are a feast for the eyes.

Cathedral Church, Jakarta

This very famous church in Jakarta apparently has another name which comes from German, namely De Kerk van Onze Lieve Vrouwe ten Hemelopneming or Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. The beauty of the Cathedral Church can be seen from the European neo-gothic architectural style building which was inaugurated in 1810.

Sendangsono Maria Cave, Yogyakarta

Sendangsono Maria Cave is approximately 31 km from Yogyakarta City. There is a water source that appears between two Sono Trees and is believed by local people to cure diseases. Apart from that, this place is also a pilgrimage and meditation destination which is busy with visitors from various regions. Not only do they worship, but visitors also usually take a moment to enjoy the beautiful panorama and cool air of the cave location in the Menoreh Hills area.

Blenduk Church Semarang

The Blenduk Church in Semarang is very instagenic because the building is in an aesthetic neo-classical style. The location is right in the Old City of Semarang, close to other tourist attractions that can also be visited around the Blenduk Church, such as the 3D Trick Art Museum and the Klitikan Old City Market.

Pohsarang Church, Kediri

One of the Catholic Churches in Kediri has touches of various types of traditions that are strong in Javanese, Chinese, Hindu and Buddhist culture. There are many interesting places here that can be explored when the Christmas celebrations arrive, for example tracing the iconic Three Stations of the Cross, staying overnight at the Bethlehem Guesthouse, or the Rosary Hut which was created specifically for visitors to pray the Rosary.

Peniel Blimbingsari Church, Bali

Don't be surprised when you visit the Peniel Blimbingsari Church in Blimbingsari Village, Melaya District, Jembrana, Bali, because the building of this Christian house of worship has a shape resembling a temple. This shows an interesting form of fusion between Christianity and Balinese culture in Blimbingsari. What's more unique is that there are traditional gongs and gamelan which are usually used for religious ceremonies. However, one of the things that differentiates this church from a Hindu temple is the presence of a cross at the top of the building.

Statue of the Lord Jesus Blessing, Tana Toraja

There is an interesting fact behind the statue of the Lord Jesus Blessing, whose beauty is no less than that of a world-class monument, namely the construction process which started from an open competition in 2013 to produce a beautiful statue 45 meters high consisting of a kandean dulang base with a height of 22 meters and a statue 23 meters.

This statue is located in Makale City with Mount Buntu Burake in the background. It is not surprising that this mainstay of Tana Toraja's religious destination is never empty of visitors, whether they want to make a pilgrimage or just go on a family trip.

Jesus Blessing Monument, Manado

Apart from Tana Toraja, a giant statue of Jesus can also be found in Manado. Yes, especially if it's not the Jesus Blessing Monument in Citraland Winangun Manado. With a beautiful view as a backdrop, this statue, which was made at a 20 degree angle, stands firmly and has its own religious value for Christians, especially those who live in Manado.

Tuan Ma and Tuan Ana Chapel, Larantuka

This destination is one of the most popular spiritual tourism destinations in Flores. The location is right in Larantuka City, which is also known as a spiritual city. There are two holy statues consisting of a statue of Jesus Christ and a statue of the Virgin Mary. Generally, pilgrims and congregations crowd this place when Easter arrives. There are many religious activities that can be participated in when visiting the Tuan Ma and Tuan Ana Chapel, one of which is the tradition of kissing Tuan Ana and Tuan Ma.

So, that's a list of interesting destinations that could be tourist destinations in Indonesia during Christmas celebrations, so what about interesting destinations abroad?

Here are the cities abroad with the best Christmas atmosphere that you can visit:

Tallinn, Estonia

A Christmas tree is a mandatory ornament that must be present during Christmas celebrations. Estonia is the place where the first Christmas tree stood. The location is Tallinn, Estonia. The first Christmas tree was erected in 1441. In Tallinn the Christmas atmosphere will feel different, because this iconic Christmas tree is not found in many other cities in the world. Sparkling bright lights also decorate around the Christmas tree there.

Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi itself is often referred to as Santa's hometown. The location is in Finland, which is one of the countries known for its cold weather. Celebrating Christmas here, you can try playing in the snow and riding a sleigh.

London, England

During Christmas celebrations, the City of London in England will look more beautiful and lively. Tourists who come are also required to visit Trafalgar Square to see the magnificent Christmas tree decorated with lots of stars, balls and lights.

Bruges, Belgium

If you like the Christmas atmosphere with an old school or vintage feel, you can come to the city of Bruges in Belgium, you will feel like you have been transported to the past. Bruges is known as a medieval city with cobbled streets. At Christmas, the central area of ​​Bruges City looks charming with iconic light installations.

New York, United States

A large, modern city like New York will certainly have its own way of celebrating Christmas grandly. The reason you should visit New York during Christmas celebrations is because the view of New York City appears more sparkling so there will be lots of exciting events taking place in this city.

Cologne, Germany

Once again, cities in Europe never seem to fail to present a memorable Christmas celebration atmosphere. The city of Cologne in Germany will make you feel so impressed when you spend Christmas in this city. You are guaranteed not to get bored in Cologne during Christmas celebrations, because the excitement of the Christmas market on the banks of the Rhine River will make you want to stay for a long time.

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