Holidays aren’t just for summer, they can be taken in winter too. As winter sets in, the only thing you start to crave is another holiday. Good news though, why not combine the two trains of thoughts (minus the sunshine) and arrive at something magical.
Get that winter getaway booked ASAP and give yourself something to look forward to as the darker nights roll in. Long haul, or short haul, I’ve popped together some of the best winter retreats for the festive season. Move quickly though, the best gets booked up pretty quick!
Santa Claus Holiday Village, Finland
What says Christmas more than an entire village named after the man himself? If you fancy making the hop, skip and a jump over to the Arctic Circle, you may as well opt to stay in Rovaniemi, Finland’s Santa Claus Holiday Village. We’re talking reindeer, dog sleighs, hot choclate and husky snowmobiles. IN THE SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE! There are varying degrees of fancy cottages to stay in, with a Classic Cottage with a Sauna coming from £289* for a night for three people.
European Christmas Markets
Get into the Christmas spirit with a winter adventure and explore enchanting Christmas markets. Immerse yourself in the best traditional markets when you stay in Vienna, which date back to the thirteenth century. See miniature puppets, glistening lights and delicate handblown glass. Or go to Innsbruck for a romantic Christmas retreat – see Christmas tree lights bounce off the snow-dusted mountain backdrop and smell the aroma of sweet gingerbread. Visit the best festive food spot in Budapest. Stroll through the stalls and try kurtoskalacs (a cinnamon-pastry chimney cake), toki pompos (a Hungarian-styled pizza with bacon, onion and cream), home-made chocolates and honey cakes.
A staycation with friends
Celebrate Christmas early this year, ahead of the big day, with your friends and book a Christmas break with Holiday at Home for over the festive period. Christmas doesn’t mean just celebrating with family does it?! Holiday at Home have the perfect properties to entertain any group of friends… They have large luxury holiday accommodation for up to 12 guests including properties with garden hot tubs, a Scandinavian BBQ house, games rooms and cocktail bars to impress and even a hot tub and sauna area to relax in! Depending on the size of your group they have a wide choice of three bedroom lodges and for larger groups four or five bedroom luxury country houses as well as a six bedroom lodge at Brompton Lakes… Prices start from £505 for a 3 night weekend arriving Friday during December 2017 at Brompton Lakes.
Skiing in the Alps
Do you dream of experiencing a place where skiing isn’t just a sport, but rather a deep-rooted culture, a way of life? Skiing has existed in Europe’s Alps for several hundred years. First as a means of transportation through the rugged mountains and more recently, in the last century, as a fun way to recreate during the winter months. Throughout France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany ski vacationers can experience dozens of perfectly preserved villages and hamlets boasting original chalets, hotels, inns and restaurants.
Winter sunshine in St Lucia
If you’re looking forward to some Caribbean warmth before the UK winter sets in, St Lucia the perfect destination. By November, the hurricane season will be over, and temperatures will be somewhere in the mid-20s.
Stay at the wonderful four-star St James’s Club Morgan Bay, priced from £1119 per person. Rates quoted include flights from the UK and transfers with Caribbean Warehouse. This is based on flights from Gatwick with Virgin on 20, 21, 28 Nov; 5 Dec 2017. Price subject to availability.
Where are you heading this Christmas?!