The best Christmas family holidays in Europe
What will your family be doing this Christmas? Will you be sitting at home watching the same films and television repeats that you did last year or will you be be trying something more exciting? Going away for Christmas is becoming more popular as families realise that escaping from Christmas around the television is a lot easier than they thought.
There are some great destinations for Christmas family holidays in Europe that your family will love.
Get Active on the slopes
Learning to ski is a fun way to spend the Christmas holidays and in January your children will love to tell all their friends about their experiences on the piste over Christmas. Skiing doesn’t have to be very expensive and with resorts in many different countries to choose from you can find the destination that matches your budget and experience level.
If you have younger children then a trip to Disneyland Paris is always popular. They hold special celebrations right through Christmas and into January so perhaps this is the time to introduce your family to the delights of Mickey Mouse.
Visit Santa in Lapland
It may be too late for this year but now is the perfect time to make a reservation to visit Santa at his home in Lapland. Younger children will be totally caught up in the magic of the occasion and older family members will enjoy the thrill of a reindeer sleigh ride or the chance to try out a snowmobile or husky sledding experience.
A European City-break
You don’t need to travel far in Europe in find a magical destination to spend Christmas. Cities across Europe from Prague to Krakow, Berlin to Rome and Tallinn all celebrate through December with Christmas markets and festivities that will enliven any dull winters day.
Christmas markets are about much more than just shopping. Your children will enjoy Christmas carols sampling food from across Europe watching the entertainment maybe trying an ice skating rink or a toboggan sled run. In addition to all this festive fun most markets boast over 100 stalls packed with decorations gifts and food items that you will never be able to find at home.
As well as the Christmas markets you will still be able to do all the usual things you enjoy when travelling in Europe. You can visit the world famous landmarks in the city there will normally be much shorter queues at this time of year so you will be able to enjoy the thrill of getting to see more of the city without fighting through the throng to get anywhere.
The more relaxed atmosphere found almost everywhere at this time of year lets you explore the city of your choice at your own pace.
If you choose to visit Paris or one of the other European fashion centres then extending your city-break by one or two days to take in the start of the January sales will certainly find favour with any fashion conscious teenagers you know. The chance to get the best in European fashion at a bargain price is something that they will certainly appreciate.