Christmas is a fantastic time to spend at home with your loved ones. Watching Christmas movies, eating festive treats and simply enjoying being together. But, sometimes a trip can add some extra magic to what is already a wonderful occasion. There are many breath-taking sites to visit at Christmas time, and whether you are looking to travel early in the season to get your shopping done and be home in time for Santa, or planning to be away for Christmas day itself, these 5 locations are perfect.
Going to visit Santa in Lapland is perhaps the perfect festive trip, especially if you’ve got young children who still believe in the magic of Santa and his elves. On a visit to Lapland, you can travel by sleigh, meet Santa’s elves and then get the chance to speak to the great man himself as he takes a break from his final Christmas preparations.
Take a short 3-night break to see Santa in one of these luxury Lapland family hotels and enjoy the sites of Lapland, or spend eight nights relaxing in luxury with your own private sauna and a warming log fire. You could even have a go at cross-country skiing, snowmobile driving or enjoy a fantastic husky ride.
If you are looking for a trip that’s a little closer to home, look no further than York. There’s something inherently festive about this beautiful city. Even in the summertime. With shops devoted to gorgeous Christmas decorations and treats, and both large branding shops and tiny independent stores, you’ll be able to get all of your Christmas shopping done while strolling along the magical cobbled streets.
If it’s Christmas shopping you are after, New York is the place to visit. From enormous toy shops to the best fashion outlets in the world, New York City has something for every festive traveller. You’ll also get to enjoy the massive Christmas tree in Rockefeller Centre, ice skate on a huge outdoor rick and eat some of the best festive street food in the world.
If you are a Christmas market fan, Berlin is the place to visit. Instead of one market, Berlin hosts around 100 dotted all over the city. Visit the Ferris wheel and ice rink at Roten Rathaus before heading to Potsdamer Platz to slide down a snowy mountain on a tyre. Berlin markets aren’t just about food and gifts; they are also packed with lights and fun. The markets run from early December until the end of the year and sell everything you could want on the perfect Christmas break.
If you want a slightly more grown-up Christmas break, Bruges could be perfect. It’s still packed with fun and festive cheer. But the artisan markets, homemade chocolates and beer and stunningly gothic architecture make it the perfect place for adults to explore before settling down for a Christmas break.
Christmas can be an excellent time to travel. Everywhere is filled with lights and attractions and even the cooler weather doesn’t dampen spirits. Everywhere is better at Christmas time.