Top 14 Escapes to Celebrate Easter
Easter—it may just be one holiday, but as the 14 countries on this list can attest, there are plenty of different ways to celebrate it. If you’re after a cultural getaway this Easter, you have several fantastic options to explore, from traditional to religious to tasty. Here are some of the top Easter destinations in the world.
Semena Santa might sound like a Christmas celebration, but it’s the name of the Holy Week celebrations that take place every year in Seville, Spain, throughout the week leading up to Easter. This religious festival features frequent processions with elaborate floats and throngs of penitents in traditional dress—quite a sight to behold.
Get to bed now, kids—the Easter Bilby could be here at any moment. Wait, the Easter what?! In Australia, there is a bit of controversy over the Easter Bunny—you see, bunnies are crop-eating pests down under. The proposed alternative celebrates another critter called the Bilby, which is a tiny little marsupial with rabbit-like ears. Yes, you can even buy chocolate bilbies!
Copper Mountain, Colorado
So you think you’re an all-star Easter egg hunter, huh? Head to Colorado’s Copper Mountain for the Easter egg hunt of a lifetime—think 65,000 eggs hidden over 2,500 acres. It’s every child’s dream come true (and some adults’, too).
Who better to spend Easter Sunday with than the Pope himself? Easter celebrations in Rome begin with a procession on Good Friday, with full re-enactments of the New Testament by professional actors. Join the pope on Easter itself for Mass in St. Peter’s Square.
Easter in Argentina is a full-on, two-week celebration featuring religious-inspired carnivals, chocolate eggs, and tons of yummy food. Be sure to sample Rosca de Pascua, a ring-shaped sweet bread decorate with tasty treats like cream, nuts, fruit, and chocolate.
Spring is a stunning time in Scotland (check out those bluebells on the south coast of Ayrshire!), and it’s the perfect place for a delicious Easter egg hunt. The Cadbury Easter Egg Trail takes place at various National Trust for Scotland attractions, with different trails happening each day throughout Easter weekend. You’ll have to work for your chocolate eggs, but it’ll be more than worth it!
Easter witches? Yup, it’s a thing in Sweden. Think of it as a pre-Easter, Halloween type celebration—complete with painted faces, broomsticks, and even door-to-door visits with requests for treats (sound familiar?)
Easter in England is simply not complete without a good old-fashioned hot cross bun. These fluffy, doughy treats come complete with bits of dried fruit. Check out the hot cross buns at Marks & Spencer and Harrods for a proper British experience.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Not a fan of chocolatey, cream-filled eggs? Head to St. Petersburg, Russia to see a more intricate version—specifically, the infamous Fabergé eggs at the Fabergé museum. Nine of Carl Fabergé’s world famous Imperial Easter Eggs are on display at the museum—and you’ll understand the fuss once you see them in real life.
Look up! No, it’s not Superman—it’s one of the many colorful kites that are flown on Easter in Bermuda. Known as “Bermuda Kites”, these bright kites fill the sky on Good Friday to symbolize Christ’s resurrection. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the holiday.
Ukraine is home to the pysanka—those beautiful dyed Easter eggs with delicate details formed by patterns drawn on with wax. Marvel in the talent of others, or try your hand a creating a pysanka of your own!
Hungry for something a little more substantial that hollow chocolate bunnies? Head to Haux, France—home of Easter omelet. Every Easter Monday, local chefs whip up a ginormous omelet using more than 5,200 eggs. The result: a festive feast that can literally feed the whole town for lunch.
One highlight of Germany’s Easter celebrations has to be the Easter Tree in Saalfeld, Germany. Think of a Christmas tree at Easter: locals decorate this outdoor tree with thousands upon thousands of beautifully designed Easter egg ornaments.
New York City
If you like to celebrate with parades, head to New York City—home of the Fifth Avenue Easter Parade. Bust out your most fashionable hat and join the colorful Easter Parade. Don’t be afraid to go all out with your Easter bonnet—the fancier, the better.
Magee Walker was a late bloomer to the snowboard scene, but thankfully discovered the joys of the sport after moving to Vancouver and spending weekends in Whistler. She’s now lucky enough to call Whistler her full-time home and spends her days conquering the mountain, by foot in the summer and by snowboard boot in the winter.