Have a December to remember with our top Christmas holiday ideas. Whether you want to indulge in the festivities of the season, seek snowy adventures or escape the winter weather and fly to somewhere warm; there are plenty of different ways to spend Christmas away from home with your loved ones.
It doesn’t get any more festive than a once in a lifetime visit to Lapland. Lapland is Finland’s northernmost region and is the home to Mr. Christmas himself, Santa Claus! Lapland is perfectly set up to be a winter wonderland with cosy log cabin accommodations, husky sledging excursions, reindeer safaris, skidoo trips, toboggan runs and most importantly, the chance to meet Santa and his elves!
Lapland is the ultimate family holiday location with a huge amount of activities for the kids to choose along with almost guaranteed snow. Oh, and did we mention the Northern Lights?
European Christmas Markets
There’s nothing quite like visiting a Christmas market to get you in the Christmas spirit. You would have to be a total grinch if you don’t have warm festive feeling after listening to carol singers, drinking mulled wine and visiting the traditional craft good & food stalls.
Europe has some of the most charming Christmas markets scattered across France, Germany, here in the UK, Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Sweden, Estonia and many more locations. Combine a Christmas market visit with some local culture and sightseeing and you have yourself the perfect festive city break.
With regular flights to Reykjavik, Iceland is easily accessible as a city break or a longer stay. Reykjavik has become one of the most popular places to spend a few days with its stunning scenery, breath-taking landscapes and alternative attractions it's no wonder why.
December is the darkest time of the year in Iceland. However, the dark days are lit up with countless Christmas lights, often accompanied by a beautiful blanket of snow
Enjoy a natural spa experience in turquoise lagoons, observe spectacular waterfalls and bubbling geysers, or go on a whale watching tour before venturing deep into the Icelandic countryside where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
Fun fact, unlike most countries that have a single Father Christmas / Santa Claus character, Icelandic children are fortunate enough to be visited by 13 Yule Lads.
Christmas in the Sun
If cold weather and wrapping up warm every time you leave your room is not for you then why not jet off to pastures warmer for the Christmas holidays?
Whether you fancy topping up your tan in the Canary Islands or exploring a destination a little further away such as Mexico, Dubai or Barbados – there are plenty of ways to spend your Christmas relaxing on a beach in your swim wear.
If you’ve always dreamt of a white Christmas, why not hit the slopes for a Christmas ski holiday to remember? Skiing over Christmas is perfect for active holidaymakers who find themselves twiddling their fingers whilst watching the Queens speech or dread the thought of sitting around at home for a couple days over Christmas.
Resorts across Europe know how to celebrate the festive season in style, from the giant ice sculptures in Val d'Isère, to a horse drawn sleigh (complete with Santa) in Arabba. Over in Austria; Saalbach and Mayrhofen host traditional Christmas markets where you'll have the opportunity to buy some last-minute gifts.
Ski resorts stay open over the festive period making it a fun time to be on the slopes, you'll see skiing Santas, snowboarding elves and even the odd reindeer whizzing down the mountain.
Speak to the Howard Travel team about your next Christmas holiday
Whenever and wherever you want to go, our knowledgeable and experienced team can help create the perfect trip.
For inspiration, advice and to discuss your travel plans further, speak to our holiday experts at Howard Travel.