Holidays With a Twist

The Most Wonder-Full Time of the Year

We at Atlas Obscura cherish our annual holiday traditions, but amid the charm, confusion, delight, and stress of the season, we also rejoice in the unexpected and the odd. Join us this December as we explore surprising holiday customs, foods, places, gifts, and more. ‘Tis the season for wonder!

Extraordinary Traditions: Around the world and close to home

Giving Guides: Distinctive gifts to delight and surprise

Festive Flavor: Recipes for an unforgettable season

Delightful Destinations: Places that celebrate the holiday spirit

Spirits of Holidays Past

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