It’s the time of year when families gather together to enjoy good food, great company and experience some festive cheer. But who says this all has to be done at home? Holidaying over Christmas has never been more popular, and today there are numerous destinations you can go to in order to celebrate December 25th with the family.
Whether you’re looking to embrace the traditions of the holiday, or escape the cold for beach-vibes, there’s a destination out there for you. Have a look at some of our top family Christmas destinations, and make this year one to remember.
Lapland is the ideal Christmas holiday for any families with small children who want to experience an incredibly, magical winter wonderland. This Finnish region has all the elements to make up a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas adventure, complete with dog-sledding, outdoor skating, reindeer and of course, the Santa Claus Village.
There’s a whole load of festiveness going around these parts, which are sure to win over any Ebenezer Scrooges. Children can meet the most magical man himself, and whether you call him Father Christmas, Santa Clause, Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas or a whole host of other names, he is sure to delight.
For a twist on the usual festive holiday experience, come to sunny Majorca. A quick flight away for UK holidaymakers, this Mediterranean island prides itself on its annual Christmas festivities. The towns are decked to the halls with classic Christmas decor, and beautiful lights complete with switching on ceremonies.
The centre of the old town Palma hosts the feast of the Immaculate Conception, with dancing and delicious holiday snacks. You can also wander through Christmas markets and go to the traditional Christmas Eve midnight mass.
Is there anything more magical than being in Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort at Christmas time? The entire park is decked out with brightly shinning trees, colourful wreaths and Cinderella’s castle is transformed into a dazzling white light display.
Not only that but you’ll see elaborate Christmas parades and firework shows, as well as feasting on festive Disney treats. The star of the show, Mickey Mouse, takes the roll of Santa Clause, and you’ll find him walking around the park in his iconic red and white suit.
To get away from the single digit temperatures, beat the chill by travelling to the Caribbean. The winter months are the top travel period for these islands thanks to its glorious hot weather. Kids will have a blast splashing in the shallows, building sandcastles and enjoying a truly Caribbean Christmas.
Food plays a huge part of these island’s festive traditions, so get ready to enjoy slow-cooked ham accompanied with yams and vegetables and all the eggnog you could drink.
The days may be short over Christmas in Iceland, but there’s still plenty to do for the family, especially if you have some nature lovers in yours. Go visit the glaciers in the highlands of Iceland and see the beautiful waterfalls that are half frozen over. Then take a tour of the Golden Circle, finishing with the grandeur of the Northern Lights. Adults and children alike will love relaxing in the popular Blue Lagoon, thermal waters that will quickly heat you up from the chilly Icelandic air.
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