If you’re already thinking about how you could spend Christmas with family this year, the idea of booking a wintry family holiday may have crossed your mind! This can be one of the loveliest ways to spend some of the festive period, as you’re bound to be surrounded by Christmas spirit and beautiful winter wonderlands!
We have searched the web for lots of great wintry holidays for this blog, which we hope may inspire you to choose something a little different this year. Now is probably the best time to start booking a trip so the best places don’t get booked up (even though it’s probably the last thing you want to be thinking of with us just entering summer!).
Many people search for winter sun holidays during the Christmas months, in order to escape the chilly British weather, but if you’re looking for the perfect festive getaway for your family these are some of the greatest looking destinations set in the perfect Christmassy scenery!
Skiing over the festive period can be a fun way to spend a holiday, and can be relatively good value compared to these types of breaks during February half term. Possibly better suited to families with older children as you’ll be active for a lot of the time, although many places offer fantastic childcare services as well as ski schools and family-friendly chalets, so younger children are able to enjoy these holidays just as much.
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One of the best sites recommended by 101holidays.com is http://www.espritski.com/. They have ski destinations in France, Austria and Italy and many different choices of accommodation from chalets to chalet style hotels!
Skiing can offer the best of festive atmospheres cosied up around the fire in your very own chalet and having fun in the snow with your loved ones!
Another wonderful wintry holiday destination is Iceland. A perfect holiday for families as there are so many wonders of nature to discover, even the adults can let their inner child free! See the magnificent sights of the Northern Lights, as well as glaciers, hot springs, volcanic craters, waterfalls, whale watching, lava flows and much more!
The capital city of Iceland, Reykjavik is also very beautiful and would make a great day trip, exploring a different part of the country!
The world capital of culture, St. Petersburg in Russia can make for a great winter break. Nothing seems more festive when snow is piled high throughout the city and taking walks through the city all wrapped up in your winter gear! This may be a break better suited to adults only or older children, so you are able to appreciate the architecture, music, culture, theatre and art that the city has to offer. While you’re there make sure you book seats to watch a ballet in the Mariinsky Theatre, visit the Church of the Saviour on Blood, the Hermitage Museum, the Grand Market and the Bronze Horseman, among many other fantastic attractions. Why not check out a great website such as telegraph.co.uk where they give sample itineraries to help you get the most out of your stay in this city - http://goo.gl/9J0kBp.
If you’re searching for a traditional holiday, head over to Europe to experience the very best of Christmas markets! Cities such as Cologne, Munich and Budapest are where the most famous markets are held, and these places also offer other festive activities such as church services, ice skating and concerts. There’ll be something for the whole family to enjoy on your European break whether it be tasting a completely new cuisine, buying unique Christmas gifts for family and friends or taking the family ice skating. There are endless traditional activities for both young and old in these beautiful cities!
Finally, the most popular wintry holiday of course is Lapland! See your children’s faces light up and take the family to visit Santa Claus and his reindeers in this magical winter wonderland. Tucked into the most northern part of Finland these wonderful festive breaks have so much to offer! You can be sure that Lapland will pull out all of the stops when it comes to the festive season so if you’re wanting to go ‘full-on Christmas’ this is certainly the place to be!
Some of the best resorts to look into include Levi, Pallas, Luosto and Rovaniemi, where in all of these the scenery, snow sports, restaurants, shops and Christmas themed activities are all at their finest! Visit a website such as thomascook.com to ensure the holiday comes as a package so you shouldn’t get any unexpected charges!
Trips to Lapland can be expensive, as accommodation, flights, day trips and activities can all add up! So make sure you do your research to find the best prices around, but for this once in a lifetime holiday we think it’s worth it.
We hope this blog may have inspired you to take a wintry holiday this Christmas in one of these amazing locations, and to book early!
While you’re getting organised now, why not sort out your Christmas decorations in advance too? Here at UK Christmas World, we’re open all year round stocking all of our wonderful Christmas decorations such as Christmas Tree Lights, Christmas Trees, Nativity decorations, Tinsel, Baubles and many Outdoor displays.