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Travelling at Christmas isn’t for everyone. Some people love nothing more than snuggling up at home with their loved ones, surrounded by all of their home comforts and luxuries. For these people, there’s nothing more stressful than travelling around Christmas time. Packing up gifts and braving poor weather conditions to take a trip, especially one abroad, fills them with dread.
For others, a Christmas trip is brilliant. The perfect way to make a special time of year even more magical. There are so many great places to visit, and whether you’d rather travel early and be home in time for the holiday period, or spend Christmas Day away from the stresses of home life, you can easily have the most beautiful Christmas trip, with just a few small touches.
A Great Location
Christmas is sure to be magical wherever you are. But, some locations are better than others if you are looking for the perfect Christmas holiday. Where you visit very much depends on what you are looking for. If it’s an adult only trip and you want a great chance to let your hair down and have some fun, while also getting plenty of opportunities to finish the last of your Christmas shopping, a big city like New York or Berlin would be ideal. If you’ve got kids and you want a chance to fully appreciate the magic of Santa, a family Christmas holiday in Lapland could be exactly what you are looking for.
If you are travelling with kids, you need to take them to see Santa. No festive trip would be complete without it. Most big cities will offer the chance to see Santa. But, they all offer different things. Check out local Santa’s online before you travel to prepare your visit and avoid the risk of missing out.
What’s more magical than wandering down a street lined with Christmas lights and decorations? Most cities and towns have lights from around the end of November. Make sure you schedule an evening walk on your trip, so you’ve got a proper chance to enjoy them.
Explore local Christmas markets and let yourself indulge in some festive treats. These can differ all over the world as every country has their own Christmas speciality, so make sure you try to sample something different wherever you go.
Doing your Christmas shopping in a different location can be a great way of getting people some exciting and unique gifts. Big cities are great for shopping, but sometimes gifts from smaller, independent stores can be a better choice.
Wherever you are going there’s a fair chance, it might be cold. The last thing you want is to be ill over Christmas, so make sure you pack plenty of warm layers, jumpers, waterproofs and some sensible, comfortable shoes.
Travelling around Christmas is a fantastic chance to learn about how different countries celebrate, allowing you to fit some of their traditions into your own Christmases once you get home.