Festive family breaks this Christmas
Christmas is an exciting and magical time for children. And what better way to celebrate the season than with a snowy Christmas holiday? We could be waiting a long time for a white winter in Britain – so here’s seven snowy, snug and seriously festive destinations that yule love!
Father Christmas and snow safaris in Lapland
Imagine snow-dusted forests, reindeer, snowshoeing, a frozen sarafi, hot chocolate around a fire and if that’s not enough magic – a trip to see the real Santa Claus! Finnish Lapland is abounding with activities for children and nothing quite beats visiting Santa in his homeland. Whether you’ve little ones or older children there’s enough excitement for all ages – including parents! Try the frozen town of Luosto in the heart of a national forest or family-friendly Yllas and Levi. You can take an overnight train to the northern regions from Helsinki or a short connecting flight.
Fly direct from Heathrow to Helsinki and take onward travel.
A classic Canadian Christmas
What says Christmas more than peppermint sticks, cinnamon-coated treats and a snowy wonderland to gaze at? Head to Toronto to see the city lights switch on and then for a little countryside relaxation try the rural region of Caledon. The area is renowned for country markets where tasty, festive goodies can be picked up. You can go snowshoeing through picturesque trails, sled in the forests and visit the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls.
Fly direct from Heathrow to Toronto.
Skiing and snowman building in Europe
Hit the slopes this Christmas and enjoy a jolly and traditional atmosphere with our two ski destinations. For traffic-free, child-friendly skiing try Avoriaz in France. There’s wood clad buildings, horse-drawn sleighs and plenty of snow for creating the all important snowmen!
For snow-sure, easy slopes head to Obergurgl, Tirol in Austria. Families come back here every year for its joyful character, traditional feasts and great ski runs for everyone.
Fly direct from Heathrow to Geneva or Innsbruck.
Ice skating and unbeatable Christmas lights in NYC
There’s a chill in the air, everyone’s wrapped up in their cosiest jumpers, and standing in the middle of New York City blanketed in white, the Christmas lights come on. The Big Apple is particularly magical at this time of year. Enjoy ice skating, over-sized Christmas trees, shopping at Macy’s, walking in frosty Central Park, climbing to the top of the Rockefeller Center and taking in a Broadway show. The days are bright and crisp and there’s no end to the festive fun that can be found in the city.
Fly direct from Heathrow to New York City.
Christmas markets in Innsbruck
There’s nothing quite like a festive German market – stalls piled high with fragrant gingerbread, donuts with hot cranberry sauce, wooden toys, hand blown glass ornaments and jolly, jolly music. Perhaps the most romantic is Altstadt market. When the sun goes down the trumpeters start and on the weekends you can ride the funicular to look over snow-capped peaks and the sparkling lights of the town below.
Fly direct from Heathrow to Innsbruck.
Cosy cabins in Norway
Picture a crackling fire, warm drinks and the family gathered round playing games in your log cabin in Norway. Throughout the region, in many ski areas, you can rent a whole private cabin nestled away in the forest. In the daytime there’s ski school and snow activities for the children and in the evenings you can snuggle by the fire with traditional Norwegian fare – what’s not to like?
Fly direct from Heathrow to Oslo and take onward travel.
The Northern Lights in Iceland
No matter what time in winter you see the Northern Lights they are always spectacular. However, it’s just that bit more magical at Christmas, especially for the children. Plus there are endless activities in this beautiful country – horse riding, elf hunting, whale watching, glacier walks, thermal pools and more.
Fly direct from Heathrow to Reykjavik.
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