10 Best Christmas Getaways
Christmas is a fabulous time of year regardless of where you are, but some places simply make the holiday season all the more magical. Here we take a look at 10 of the finest festive getaways available to you this year. Let’s get started:
1. Lapland, Finland
If you are looking for the ultimate Christmas experiences, Lapland is surely the place to go. Be pulled around pristine, snow-laden forests by reindeer-drawn sleds before settling down in your very own igloo for the night. Lapland is truly special at this time of year.
2. Bali, Indonesia
For an altogether different Christmas experience, why not head off to Bali for your festive break? Treat yourself to the beautiful climate and give the whole commercialisation of Christmas the old heave ho ho ho this year.
3. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Mexicans adore Christmas, and you will too if you visit this part of the world during the holiday season. Live music, street processions, fireworks and people openly dancing and enjoying themselves in the main square here make for a very special experience indeed.
4. Vienna, Austria
Vienna is a beautiful city to visit during any time of year, but over the Christmas period the capital city comes alive. You’ll find 3 outdoor markets dedicated solely to all things festive and the subtly elegant decorations that adorned the already magnificent streets will melt your heart almost as quickly as the amazing sound of the Vienna Boy’s Choir carol singing.
5. Quebec, Canada
The old world charm of Quebec is perfectly suited to this time of year. The 16th- and 17th-century stone houses look as though they have been plucked straight from a Christmas card and the famous local hospitality will undoubtedly get you in the Christmas spirit in no time at all.
The Dutch have long held the tradition of Santa Claus close to their hearts and their celebration of the festive season is something that everyone should experience once in their lifetime. Stay on for an extra couple of days and enjoy New Year in Dam Square too – there’s no better place to see out the old and bring in the new than in Amsterdam.
7. Boston, USA
The charm of Boston’s narrow streets and overall good nature make this part of New England a perfect place to celebrate Christmas. Great food is on offer here and Harvard’s Sanders Theatre puts on a Christmas special every year to get locals and visitors alike in the mood for the festivities ahead.
8. Munich, Germany
If you want to see a Christmas tree like no other, then a visit to the Bavarian capital is an absolute must. Numerous Christmas markets are open throughout the lead-up to the big day, so you’ll never be short of places to go and things to see. Jump on a tram to cross the old city and you’ll be served with gingerbread and mulled wine to enjoy during your journey – how very civilised!
9. Tromso, Norway
There is something about snow that automatically makes you feel altogether Christmassy, and Tromso in Norway has got plenty of the white stuff. This beautiful part of the world also gives you the opportunity to see one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world – the northern lights.
10. Goa, India
Order some worldwide travel insurance and set off for Goa this Christmas if you want to enjoy something a little different this year. Situated on the west coast of India, Goa has strong Portuguese influences and celebrations here will make you feel as though you have stepped straight onto the set of a Bollywood blockbuster.
Laura Reeve is the Marketing Executive at Avanti Travelcare, who specialise in travel insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions, and are one of very few that have no upper age limit on their policies.