First, the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge into the city of London. They see the dark houses with the sooty windows, and despite the meager living conditions of the residents, there is "an air of cheerfulness … that the clearest summer air and brightest summer sun might have endeavoured to diffuse in vain." In other words, the people are happy. Though the people must labor to clear the snow from rooftops and walkways, they are "jovial and full of glee," throwing the occasional snowball at one another. The shops sparkle and overflow with treats and abundance.
Second, the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to the house of Bob Cratchit, Scrooge's employee. The ghost blesses the house, and he and Scrooge go on to observe the family's small, but happy, Christmas celebration.
Third, Scrooge and the ghost travel through the streets of London, noting the celebratory atmosphere and the happiness of all the people going from one house to another for their Christmas dinners. Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present arrive "upon a bleak and desert moor" where miners live, those "who labour in the bowels of the earth," yet they know Christmas and celebrate it.
Fourth, the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to sea, to a "solitary lighthouse," to observe the Christmas celebration of the two men who tend the light. The men sing carols and share what little they have with one another.
Fifth, the ghost and Scrooge travel to a ship on the sea. They note the "helmsman at the wheel, the look-out in the bow, the officers who had the watch … but every man among them hummed a Christmas tune." Even in their dangerous conditions, every man on the ship has a "kinder word" for his fellows that day than on any other.
Sixth, the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to the home of Scrooge's nephew, Fred. Scrooge had been invited to this celebration but rudely declined it. He watches as the friends play games and eat, and he gets so caught up in the games himself that he does not want to leave.
After leaving Fred's house, Scrooge and the spirit visit the Christmas celebrations taking place in hospitals, among the sick; in foreign lands where English people reside; with people who are struggling in poverty; in almshouses and jails where one would think that unhappiness would prevail. Everywhere they go, people find happiness on Christmas, no matter their condition.