Our top 5 most magical Christmas breaks for the 2015 season
The best 5 destinations for a festive break
Fancy a festive break this Christmas? Here are our top five destinations for a yuletide adventure. Wherever you spend time this Christmas, be sure to remember your single trip travel insurance before you leave, and check that it covers all those personal possessions that you will be buying!
Strasbourg is transformed into a winter wonderland every December, when it hosts its famous Christmas market. The oldest Christmas market in Europe, it has been running since 1570 and is frequently voted Europe’s best. The market is arranged around the idyllic Cathedral of Notre Dame, which is lit up like something out of a fairytale for this festive affair. Stalls sell mulled wine and local foods, as well as a huge range of Christmas gifts. This makes Strasbourg an ideal destination for a Christmas shopping trip in the weeks leading up to the big day. It’s easily accessible too, with trips from London available on the Eurostar.
Surely the ultimate Christmas destination! Unsurprisingly, Lapland pulls out all the stops for festive visitors, making it the perfect destination for a Christmas family holiday. Think snow, log cabins and reindeers. Children can visit Santa in his workshop or go for rides on a reindeer sleigh, while winter sports on offer include skiing and snowmobiling. Lapland’s capital Rovaniemi is a very cosmopolitan affair, whilst the more rural Luosto is one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights. Many tour operators offer package trips, meaning that a festive weekend in the North Pole is easier than ever to arrange.
For those who fancy an active Christmas break, then skiing could be on the cards. A ski trip could offer you the festive appeal of snow and mulled wine, whilst also being an activity holiday. Chose a pretty ski resort to get the best of both worlds. Austria’s Söll is an ideal choice – a picture-perfect village arranged around a fairytale church, surrounded by Alpine mountains. You can enjoy the Skiwelt during the day – one of the largest connected ski areas in Europe – and spend evenings enjoying a romantic dinner in front of a log fire.
If you fancy winter sun rather than snow, then Dubai is a great year-round destination. The weather will be cooler than the summer months, naturally, but in the desert this isn’t a bad thing- the weather will still be hot enough for lazy days around the pool. Dubai’s famous malls and markets offer more than enough to keep the worst shopaholic busy, while the swanky bars and restaurants will pull out all the stops for the festive season. This makes Dubai an ideal destination for an extravagant Christmas destination.
You don’t have to go abroad for a festive weekend: London is an excellent place to be during Christmas. Try ice skating at Somerset House or the iconic Natural History Museum, before going to visit the Christmas shop in Harrods –or Hamleys, if you have little people with you. Every winter Hyde Park hosts its legendary Winter Wonderland – offering rides, gourmet food stalls and a whole lot of festive fun for the whole family.