Many people enjoy spending Christmas at home, but if you’re wondering where to go for Christmas as a festive treat you should check out some of our favourite winter wonderland breaks. Whether you’re looking for an even more traditional white Christmas or long for sun and sand, you’ll find a few of the best destinations here.
London is perhaps the UK’s most festive city and makes the perfect place to spend the Christmas season. You can snuggle up in a plush boutique hotel and enjoy special seasonal attractions such as ice skating near the Natural History Museum and strolling around Christmas markets on the riverside. Harrods lays on its own festive treats at this time of year, and you can enjoy traditional afternoon tea with cakes as a break from shopping.
Wondering where to go for Christmas that will highlight all the festive activities and not shortchange you on snow? The answer has to be Finnish Lapland, where you can spend your Christmas in the Arctic Circle and take the kids to the traditional home of Santa in the capital, Rovaniemi. There is a great choice of holiday packages on offer that include the chance to go on reindeer sleigh rides, Santa safaris, and see the Northern Lights. There’s no better way to spend a traditional white Christmas than in this magical country.
Nobody does Christmas better than the Germans. During the festive season here all you’ll see is traditional markets selling mulled wine and sausages, and the soaring medieval architecture complements the festivities perfectly. You’ve even got a good chance of a sprinkling of snow to add to the magic. The Kristkindlesmarkt has been a Christmas feature here since 1628 and has over 180 stalls selling everything from traditional wooden toys to sweets and beautifully wrapped gifts.
Not everyone loves the snow, so if you prefer a bit of sun, sea and sand to the cold weather back home, the Caribbean makes the perfect choice when deciding where to go for Christmas. Islands like St. Barths are especially popular at this time of year. It has some of the best facilities in the region, and you can choose from a good range of hotels and rented villas, with great deals on offer at this time of year. With the summer crowds departed and the new season not yet begun, you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere and pleasant vibe.
If you’re travelling with kids you’ll find some of the best child-friendly holiday packages in Tuscany, Italy. Villages like Montepulciano stage spectacular festivities including the Santa Claus Castle complete with toy factory, and there are a number of excellent resorts and other types of accommodation to choose from. These include everything from restored medieval villages to rural boutique hotels that specialise in catering for young families. If you prefer the city life, Tuscany is particularly rich in colourful historic cities such as Siena, Pisa and Florence, which all have their own festive programmes during this season. When deciding where to go for Christmas in Europe, we think that Tuscany makes the perfect destination, and you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful time.