Holiday Destination Ideas for this Christmas 2016
Do you fancy hanging your Christmas stockings on an exotic chimney this year? With great package deals, you could find yourself on a sunny beach, surrounded by sparkling Christmas markets or making the most of the UK’s festive spirit.
And don’t worry, we’re assured that Santa’s reindeers are expert travellers, so they’ll find you anywhere. Here’s a look at our top picks for Christmas holidays in 2016.
Christmas in the Sun
With a warm, sub-tropical climate, rugged volcanic interior and gorgeous beaches, Madeira is always a fantastic family holiday spot. Come Christmas time though, the island explodes with festive cheer. Seasonal celebrations include the ‘switching on’ of Christmas lights, the Market Night Party in Funchal, the Madeira Island Winter Fest and Grand Fireworks Display on New Year’s Eve. Best of all, it’s easy to get there via direct flights from Gatwick airport, with British Airways.
Thailand still offers great-value for money, when it comes to holiday package deals to family-friendly resorts. Phuket puts you in the heart of sun-filled action, with attractions to keep everyone smiling. Many of the resorts host special Christmas Day lunches and dinners, with entertainment and activities. For you, this means the cooking is taken care of, the kids are entertained and all you have to think about is which beach to take a dip at next!
Europe’s Winter Wonderlands
If horse-drawn sleighs travelling around a snowy resort speaks ‘Christmas’ to you, Zermatt is your destination. This enchanting Alpine land offers great snow coverage for skiing, traditional chalets to get cosy by the fire and hang your stockings up, decorations sparkling in the night and entertainment to put you in the festive mood. Don’t miss the chance to try a traditional, hearty Swiss Christmas dinner.
Prague, Czech Republic
With giant, extravagantly decorated trees lighting the famous squares, mulled wine on every corner, the remnants of cinnamon pastries on smiling faces and tales of ‘Good King Wenceslaus’, Prague is a Christmas lover’s dream come true. If you love markets, those in the Old Town Square will soon see your travel budget dwindle. To fully experience your own fairy tale, take a horse-drawn carriage ride in the lightly falling snow.
Christmas in the UK
We all know Falmouth is a top spot for sailing and Blue Flag beaches, plus, you stand a good chance of enjoying pleasant weather at any time of year. When it comes to Christmas though, the residents pull out all stops. There’s workshops for lantern-making and decorations, the Christmas Tree Festival, the Christmas Carol Concert, a Santa Fun Run, markets and Falmouth Live Nativity.
If you don’t like crowds, then London isn’t the best choice for Christmas. If you do, there’s a reason everyone flocks to the city! Ice-skating, carols, theatre shows, markets, fairs and shops would put Santa’s own workshop to shame. Don’t miss the Oxford Street and Brunswick Christmas lights and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland with thrill rides, ice-skating shows, games and Santa Land for the little ones.
Ready to head off on an adventure over Christmas? A plane ticket does, after all, make a fantastic stocking filler…